OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY: SOMETIMES THIS NEIGHBORHOOD FEELS LIKE A STAGE SET

86th gutted

With several landmarked buildings being gutted and converted into luxury condos, the Upper West Side can sometimes feel like a stage set created to resemble an old-style neighbor … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: BEFORE THE WEST SIDE RAG, THERE WAS…

wisdoms child

Wisdoms Child was "the original rag-a-muffin of West Side news" back in the 70's, says longtime Upper West Sider Arlene Kurtis, who edited the paper and sold ads … Read the rest of this entry >>

CONTROVERSIAL DEVELOPMENT GETS PERMITS APPROVED JUST BEFORE RECEIVING HISTORIC STATUS

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 11.24.04 PM

Talk about getting it in under the wire! A controversial proposed development at 711 West End Avenue received building permits just before the Landmarks Preservation Commission … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘A LIVING ROOM FOR THE GAY COMMUNITY’ CLOSES (PHOTO GALLERY)

candle bar5

Candle Bar, the gay bar at 309 Amsterdam Avenue between 74th and 75th streets, closed on Monday night and dozens of people came out for the sen … Read the rest of this entry >>

LARGE UWS HISTORIC DISTRICT GETS REDRAWN AHEAD OF TUESDAY MEETING; PRESERVATIONISTS ARE LIVID

archives6

Looking down West End Avenue from 100th Street in November 1930. From NYC municipal archives. A new historic district that could change development rules for dozens of buildings on three avenues is set to be examined by the Landmarks Preservation [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: HOW 96TH STREET GOT ITS TREES

96th trees

Now that almost all residential streets in Manhattan and many in other boroughs have trees lining the islands and streets, I realize it is fifty-two years since our effor … Read the rest of this entry >>

SHE HAD A SILENT CRUSH ON AN UPPER WEST SIDER FOR 20 YEARS; YESTERDAY THEY GOT MARRIED

courtney robert3

In 1993, nineteen-year-old Courtney Bess caught a glimpse of a tall, lanky, happy-go-lucky mystery guy with a shock of black hair on the Upper West Side, but it took her twenty years to … Read the rest of this entry >>

AN ARTIST BRINGS THE OLD TEACHER’S RESTAURANT BACK TO LIFE

anette oko teachers

Our recent post about the Teacher's and Teacher's Too restaurants sparked lots of discussion, and inspired one reader to send us an image of a print on his … Read the rest of this entry >>

IT TOOK TREMENDOUS EFFORT AND EXPENSE TO FIX THE UPPER WEST SIDE’S MOST BEAUTIFUL STEPS

st paul steps3

The beautiful old marble steps at the St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church on 86th street and West End Avenue have been replaced by new marble steps … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: NEW TOOL LETS YOU SEE PHOTOS OF YOUR STREET THROUGH THE YEARS

76TH HISTORY

The New York Public Library unveiled an amazing tool on Thursday that allows users to locate old photos using a street map that can pinpoint exact locat … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: CHILDHOOD IN THE 70′S

1971

John Stone sent in the photos above and below of himself and his brother David playing in the Upper West Side in the early 1970's. The top photo … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A NANNY IN RIVERSIDE PARK

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 11.49.30 PM

Laura Mullowney sent us the photos below of herself in the summer of 1989, when she was a nanny taking children to Riverside Park. … Read the rest of this entry >>

STREET SIGN PROPOSED TO HONOR NORMAN ROCKWELL, BORN IN A SMALL TOWN KNOWN AS THE UPPER WEST SIDE

206 west 103rd

Norman Rockwell may be known for his paintings of small-town America, but he's got urban roots. Rockwell's birthplace and first home was in a brownstone at 206 West 103rd street be … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: MAD MEN VISITS THE FAMOUS LOST ‘TIP TOE INN’

tip toe

Mad Men returns for its final season tonight, and the show has several references to the Upper West Side -- perhaps most notably ad director Peggy Olson buys a brownstone o … Read the rest of this entry >>

SEE STEPHEN HARMON’S AMAZING PHOTOS OF UPPER WEST SIDERS IN THE 80′S

Woman- Red Hair

Longtime Upper West Sider Stephen Harmon has been carrying his camera around the neighborhood for decades, capturing the unique spirit and style of the people h … Read the rest of this entry >>

OLDER ARTICLES >>