‘THE MARBLE SEASON’ AND OTHER UPPER WEST SIDE MEMORIES FROM THE 1930′S

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Editor's Note: Author Lyla Blake Ward is writing a book about growing up on the Upper West Side in the 30's and 40's, and wants to know if any of our re … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE PAST COMES ALIVE UNDER AN OLD SIGN ON BROADWAY

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The Town Shop put up a new sign this week at their new store at 2270 Broadway (between 81st and 82nd). As the workers were getting ready to hoist the new letters, they peeled away the layers of the signs under … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE NEXT GREAT APTHORP BATTLE STARTS MONDAY

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The owners of the Apthorp on 79th and Broadway are proposing to place new luxury apartments on the roof of the historic building, and the first meeting about the proposal is set for Monday. To prepare for the meetings ahead, the owners set up scaffolding and wrapped it in orange to … Read the rest of this entry >>

FROM BULLET HOLES TO MILLIONS: BROWNSTONE FOR SALE ON 94TH HAS STORIES TO TELL

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A fearless couple bought a brownstone at 46 West 94th street in 1960 for $18,000. Little could they have imagined that it would one day hit the market for $5 million. Peggy Mann Houlton and her husband William lived in [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

HIDDEN FOR 54 YEARS, A MYSTERIOUS SIGN PEEKS OUT

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Sometimes history is so close to the surface, all you have to do is remove a few bricks to find it. Pioneer supermarket on Columbus Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets peeled away some of its facade because the city [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

INDELIBLE REMINDERS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

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On September 11, 2001, two rigs left the firehouse at 66th street and Amsterdam Avenue headed to the World Trade Center with 13 men ab … Read the rest of this entry >>

RELIVE THE BAD OLD DAYS WITH ‘NEEDLE PARK’ SCREENING

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening a classic Upper West Side film, The Panic in Needle Park, on Monday night and director Jerry Schatzberg will be there to discuss the film afterward. Needle Park was the nickname of [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

REMEMBERING BIG NICK’S IN PHOTOS, STORIES, POEMS AND VIDEOS

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Big Nick's Burger & Pizza Joint closed on Sunday, July 28 (or to be precise Monday at 4 a.m.) and left about a million memories behind. We've collected a fe … Read the rest of this entry >>

RIP BIG NICK’S BURGER & PIZZA JOINT: 1962-2013

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Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint closes forever today. Sunday, July 28, 2013. Mark it down, because someday it could be known as the day the Upper West Side changed forever. The restaurant on 77th and Broadway has been around [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

CENTRAL PARK COULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE THIS

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In 1857, the city held a contest for the design of a massive park called Central Park. The winner got $2,000, about enough to afford a month of rent in a studio apartment today. There were 33 en … Read the rest of this entry >>

OWNERS WANT TO BUILD LUXURY PENTHOUSES ON TOP OF THE HISTORIC APTHORP

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The owners of the Apthorp, the historic building on 79th street and Broadway, want to build four penthouse apartments on top of the building. The 12-story building was constructed in 1908, and it’s had lots of famous residents, including Al [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

LANDMARKS COMMISSION APPROVES BIG NEW UWS HISTORIC DISTRICT

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved landmark status for a large swath of the Upper West Side on Tuesday, including much of the area be … Read the rest of this entry >>

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