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WEEKEND COLUMN: WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO LIVE AT THE APTHORP

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My wife and I have lived in the Apthorp apartments for over 25 years. In the world of rent control and rent stabilization, … Read the rest of this entry >>

COLUMN: THE UPPER WEST SIDE DON’T GET NO RESPECT

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Remember your elementary school? Remember being escorted out for P.T. (Physical Training) in that fenced-in school … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND COLUMN: OUR RED-TAILED ROMANCE IS OVER

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By Dennis Paoli My wife and I woke up on a bright winter morning in 2013, and there he was: a hawk, perched on the top rail of the fire escape outside our west-looking wi … Read the rest of this entry >>

ARE YOU A FRUSTRATED UPPER WEST SIDER? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!

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By Allan Ripp As someone who walks around New York A LOT - some days more than 20 miles between pre-dawn loops of Central Park, exercising my dog or commuting by … Read the rest of this entry >>

PROFILE OF A DOORMAN: RALPH AMADEO

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Editor’s note: Tessa Abrahams profiles the Upper West Side’s doormen for the West Side Rag. This is the second in her se … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: HOW ONE STORE FOUGHT TO SURVIVE THE BLACKOUT AND LOOTING OF ’77

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By Jen Rubin In the summer of ’76 I was the kid every kid wanted to be. I spent the summer working at Radio Clinic, the business my grandfather opened forty years earlier. I would stand in the glass vest … Read the rest of this entry >>

WHERE TO HAVE A LOW-KEY ROMANTIC DATE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE

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By Logan Lo There are hundreds of date spots in Manhattan, but I’ve always enjoyed going out on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

PORTRAIT OF A NEIGHBOR: THEODORE DIXON

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Editor’s Note: As part of a regular West Side Rag series, artist Michelle Hill interviews and draws Upper West Siders. This is the eleventh installme … Read the rest of this entry >>

A WEST SIDE RAG COLUMNIST IS LEAVING THE UPPER WEST SIDE; HERE’S WHY

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Editor's Note: Malcolm Carter, a columnist for West Side Rag and real estate broker who specialized in Upper West Side properties, is about to depart the Upper West Side … Read the rest of this entry >>

RECIPES: WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE APPLES

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Editor’s Note: Upper West Side personal chef Elyse Prince writes an occasional column for West Side Rag about recipes using ingredients you can buy locally. By Elyse P … Read the rest of this entry >>

RECIPES: TWO SOUPS FOR THE FALL

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Editor's Note: Upper West Side personal chef Elyse Prince plans to write an occasional column about recipes using ingredients you can buy loc … Read the rest of this entry >>

Q&A WITH SOULCYCLE’S JULIE RICE: A LOCAL GYM THAT HELPED SPAWN AN EXERCISE CRAZE

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By Meg D’Incecco Have you ever walked past the corner of Amsterdam and 77th Street and noticed sweaty people streaming out the door of Soul Cycle and wondered, ‘what the heck is that place?’ At its most basic, Soul Cycle [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS SPICY SICHUAN SHOWDOWN: LEGEND VERSUS GRAND SICHUAN

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By Marisa Olsen Legend Bar & Restaurant in Chelsea, a cult favorite Sichuan restaurant, now has a new sister spot on the Upper West Side. Legend Upper West, located at 109 Street and Broadway, which opened its doors in early December. The word has defin … Read the rest of this entry >>

REFLECTING ON THE WINTER’S EVE FESTIVAL

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By Emily Baer On Monday night, the Lincoln Square BID hosted the 13th Annual Winter Eve's Festival. Streets from Columbus Circle to Broadway and 68th Street were packed with locals and tourists alike, all wit … Read the rest of this entry >>

AS THE HURRICANE HIT, LOCALS SOUGHT COMFORT IN FOOD

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It's Sunday afternoon. Sandy is looming. I haul out the flashlights and batteries, consider filling up the bathtub with water. I make a mad dash to Westside Market to get a bag of chocolate chips. If the electr … Read the rest of this entry >>

MY NYC HOME, WHERE THE PEACOCKS ROAM

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By Melissa Cooper After spending the better part of September on eastern Long Island, I’m home in NYC, where fall has thinned the trees in Riverside Park. Home in the city, where the peacocks roam. Our first day back, the [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

FILM REVIEW: GINGER & ROSA AT NY FILMFEST

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By Nancy Novick From Romeo and Juliet to the Twilight saga, themes of first love–and the forces that thwart it–have attracted scores of filmmakers from around the world. But far fewer have depicted the non-sexual, yet no less passionate attachments [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

SOFTBALL AND THE SINGLE WOMAN: ‘SHENANIGANS ARE CERTAIN TO HAPPEN’

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Five years ago, I joined a softball team called the Consenting Adults. They were in their 23rd year of existence, with colorful characters who were writers, psychologists, teachers, and gifted softball players. They ga … Read the rest of this entry >>

THOSE AREN’T GARGOYLES! THOSE ARE HUNKY PUNKS! AND THEY’RE WATCHING YOU…

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By Stan Solomon Hey, you! Yes, you, busy UWSer – have you ever felt, as you rushed about this place, that somebody…or something…was watching you? Now, don’t get all paranoid and start scanning for black helicopters over Broadway or holding [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: ZABAR’S

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By Tracy Kaler As I walk South on Broadway, I always know how many blocks I have left until I reach Zabar’s without ever looking at a street sign. I see the crowds of pedestrians ahead, the commotion and energy [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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