The Up­per West Side Home that In­spired Woody Allen

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Ellen Cans

Woody Allen re­ceived plenty of in­spi­ra­tion from his pro­ducer, Jack Rollins. Among them, Allen got the im­pres­sion of what an Up­per West Side home is sup­posed to look like. Allen in­te­grated the look and feel of Rollins's pre-war co-op into his movies.

Rollins passed away in 2015, at the age of 100. Birth named Ja­cob Rabi­nowitz, born in Brook­lyn to Rus­sian im­mi­grants, he was a top pro­ducer for film and tele­vi­sion. He had a gift for spot­ting tal­ent and he man­aged famed ac­tors and ac­tresses in­clud­ing Mike Ni­chols, Dick Cavett, Elaine May, Joan Rivers, David Let­ter­man, Robin Wil­liams, and Billy Crys­tal to name a few.

Now, Rollins' three chil­dren are sell­ing the iconic home where they grew up. Lo­cated at 110 River­side Drive, across from River­side Park, the 9th floor 3-bed­room boasts 2,415 square feet of space with open ex­po­sures, over­size win­dows, beamed ceil­ings, and views of the Hud­son River. The home is listed by Julie Gans of Triple- mint for $3,200,000. It is still fur­nished as it was, with the orig­i­nal art and pi­ano, but the fur­nish­ings are not in­cluded in the sale. The white-glove 1929 build­ing of­fers a full-time door­man, a gym, play­room, deeded stor­age, a live-in su­per, and bike stor­age. Jerry Stiller still lives in the build­ing, and so does No­bel Prize-win­ning econ­o­mist Paul Krug­man.

As per the NY Post, Rollins was known for host­ing leg­endary par­ties in the home, where peo­ple gath­ered around the grand pi­ano, singing mer­rily

and play­ing. “The ta­ble would be spread out with Zabar's ap­pe­tiz­ers, pi­ano mu­sic play­ing and lots of good-na­tured schmooz­ing would take place. All these folks with their spouses or squeeze of the mo­ment min­gled with West Side neigh­bors, po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists, our child­hood/ado­les­cent friends and the odd rel­a­tive from Brook­lyn, like ‘crazy Cousin Arthur.' Dad would re­gale the crowd with his fa­mous im­pres­sions such as ‘Gre­gory Peck's fa­ther.' This con­sisted of him in a heavy Yid­dish ac­cent kvetch­ing, ‘So Gre­gory went to Hol­ly­wood … He doesn't write, he doesn't call,'” rem­i­nisces Rollins' daugh­ter, Francesca.

Jack Rollins (pic­tured above) passed away in 2015, at the age of 100. Birth named Ja­cob Rabi­nowitz, born in Brook­lyn to Rus­sian im­mi­grants, he was a top pro­ducer for film and tele­vi­sion. He had a gift for spot­ting tal­ent and he man­aged famed ac­tors and ac­tresses in­clud­ing Mike Ni­chols, Dick Cavett, Elaine May, Joan Rivers, David Let­ter­man, Robin Wil­liams, and Billy Crys­tal to name a few.

Woody Allen re­ceived plenty of in­spi­ra­tion from his pro­ducer, Jack Rollins. Among them, Allen got the im­pres­sion of what an Up­per West Side home is sup­posed to look like. Allen in­te­grated the look and feel of Rollins’s pre-war co-op into his movies.

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