THROWBACK THURSDAY: WHEN SWIMMING POOLS FLOATED IN THE HUDSON RIVER

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Yes, Central Park has Lasker Pool and several gyms and buildings have pools, but there does seem to be a dearth of public p … Read the rest of this entry >>

NEVER FEAR: THE GLORIOUS MITCHELL’S SIGN IS (STILL) HERE

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When Mitchell's Liquors on 86th street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue took down its neon sign earlier this month as pa … Read the rest of this entry >>

CHURCH-TO-CONDO PROJECT ON CPW IS DENIED

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Developers hoping to turn the former First Church of Christ, Scientist at 96th street and Central Park West into a condominium were d … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘I WAS AN AGITATOR’: HOW LOCALS RALLIED TOGETHER TO STOP EVICTIONS AND CREATE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

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In the early 1980s, a West 87th street block association, in partnership with Goddard Riverside Community Center and the Settl … Read the rest of this entry >>

LANDMARK WEST TO HOLD ‘VIGIL’ FOR VACANT CHURCH

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What sort of party do you throw for a long-vacant church whose new owners want to turn it into a condominium? Why, a vigil of co … Read the rest of this entry >>

CAN’T GET ENOUGH HAMILTON? EXHIBIT INSPIRED BY THE MUSICAL COMING TO THE ‘HOOD

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Those of us who try -- and fail -- every day to win the lottery for tickets to the Hamilton musical now have a new outlet for our obsession. The New-York Histo … Read the rest of this entry >>

REMEMBERING ANNE JACKSON, AN ACTRESS AND LONGTIME UPPER WEST SIDER

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Roberta Wallach called, “She’s gone” she said. Not sad. Sad comes before, sad comes after. “She went peacefully.” Roberta is Anne Jackson’s daug … Read the rest of this entry >>

LIFELONG UPPER WEST SIDER MAKES DOCUMENTARY ABOUT OTB BETTING PARLORS

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Joseph Fusco, a lifelong Upper West Sider, made a documentary about the old Off Track Betting parlors, which allowed legal bets on horse racing … Read the rest of this entry >>

DAKOTA BEGINS TO SHED ITS SCAFFOLDING, REVEALING TANTALIZING TERRACOTTA TO TOURISTS

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Like a 130-year-old doing a slow striptease, the Dakota is gradually uncovering its historic facade. Va-Va- … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE WISE TOWERS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND THEIR DEFACED HORSES

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Jeff French Segall snapped these photos of the Wise Towers housing project, a NYCHA development, as they were going up in the early 60’s. The development is between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues between 90th and 91st street and consists of [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH GETS LANDMARK STATUS, DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM SOME IN CONGREGATION

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The full campus of St. Michael's Church at 225 West 99th street won landmark status from the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tu … Read the rest of this entry >>

LOCAL EXHIBIT EXPLORES ESCALATING ANTI-SEMITISM BEFORE THE HOLOCAUST

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The Holocaust did not happen overnight. It was preceded by two decades of escalating anti-Semitism in Germany, paralleling Hitler’s … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘MILES AHEAD’ MOVIE LOOKS AT MILES DAVIS’ UPPER WEST SIDE YEARS

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Don Cheadle's movie about Miles Davis, called Miles Ahead, opens Friday in New York. Much of it is set in 1979 during an era when Miles liv … Read the rest of this entry >>

HOTEL BELLECLAIRE PLANS TO RESTORE BROADWAY FACADE TO CENTURY-OLD LOOK

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The Hotel Belleclaire on the corner of 77th street and Broadway won approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to red … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A LOCAL KID MAKES IT TO BROADWAY BUT NEVER FORGETS HIS ROOTS

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This week, we have a special Throwback Thursday post, with a photo from longtime Upper West Side photographer Allen Urko … Read the rest of this entry >>

PERMITS FILED FOR HISTORIC METRO THEATER TO BECOME A GYM

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The Metro Theater on Broadway between 99th and 100th street is one step closer to becoming a gym. Builders filed pe … Read the rest of this entry >>

DEVELOPER DROPS PLAN TO TURN HISTORIC CHURCH INTO CONDOS

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The developer behind a plan to turn the First Church of Christ, Scientist on 96th street and Central Park West into a condo building has withdrawn … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP ON THE UWS IN THE 1930’S

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I think the neighborhood we now know as the Upper West Side came into being at around the same time as I did — in … Read the rest of this entry >>

OLD POWERHOUSE, ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH WILL BE FAST-TRACKED FOR LANDMARK PROTECTION

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted this week to put St. Michael's Church on 99th street and the IRT Power … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: SOME GEMS FROM THE ROBERT BRACKLOW COLLECTION

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Photographer Robert L. Bracklow took lots of excellent photos of buildings in New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His p … Read the rest of this entry >>

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