THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE AIRPORT PROPOSAL THAT WOULD HAVE SWALLOWED THE WEST SIDE

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In 1946, real estate developer William Zeckendorf proposed building an airport on the West Side of Manhattan from 24th to 71st streets. The three ru … Read the rest of this entry >>

YE OLDE COBBLESTONES UNCOVERED DURING UWS REPAVING

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The repaving of Amsterdam Avenue from 67th to 73rd street has wreaked havoc on double-decker buses, but it’s also unco … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘BLACKOUT’ SHOW FEATURES LOOTED UPPER WEST SIDE STORE

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The PBS show Blackout, reliving the 1977 blackout and its aftermath, airs on Tuesday night. And it turns out West Side Rag inadvertently played a role in the produc … Read the rest of this entry >>

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

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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…

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 >>

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