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OLD UWS ASTROLOGY SIGN UP FOR AUCTION

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An old sign advertising an astrologist named Lauren on 74th and Columbus who promises to "solve all problems of life" is up for auction … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: DON’T PRETEND YOU DON’T LOVE THE 80’S

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Remember the olden days, when young men wore tight shorts, old ones wore hats, and everyone read actual physical newspapers? Her … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: WHEN FEARSOME ‘PIRATE CATS’ ROAMED THE UPPER WEST SIDE

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One hundred years ago, the residents of the Upper West Side bolted their doors in fear of a group of marauding cats that h … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE COLORFUL UPPER WEST SIDERS OF THE 1980’S

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Stephen Harmon has so many wonderful photos of Upper West Siders that he took in the 80's (and other decades). He's s … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THAT SPUNKY 80’S STYLE

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Upper West Sider Stephen Harmon loved to walk around the neighborhood in the 1980's and snap pictures of the colorful pe … 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

IT’S OFFICIAL: UWS CORNER WILL BE NAMED ‘NORMAN ROCKWELL PLACE’

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The City Council voted last week to officially name the corner of West 103 Street and Amsterdam Avenue "Norman Rockwell Place" … Read the rest of this entry >>

HISTORY RIPPED ASUNDER: THE LAST 4 REMAINING PHONE BOOTHS IN NYC ARE BEING REPLACED

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Workers are dismantling the four remaining phone booths on West End Avenue -- the four remaining booths i … Read the rest of this entry >>

THIS WEEKEND, THE PAST PULLED INTO THE 96TH STREET STATION

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Now pulling into the 96th street station: The what??? Emily Zdyrko experienced a Back to the Future moment when a 9 t … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: FANTASTIC VIDEO OF THE UWS IN 1977

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An amazing video showing the Upper West Side in 1977 by Mark Mannucci and Mary Larsen has been making the rounds on social media in recent … Read the rest of this entry >>

AN UPPER WEST SIDE BUILDING HONORS THE ‘BOY MAYOR’ WHO LIVED THERE

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By Anya Schiffrin Former May John Purroy Mitchel was honored last week at 258 Riverside Drive, the 98th street building where he live … Read the rest of this entry >>

LEARN AND CELEBRATE LOCAL HISTORY AT 3 UPCOMING EVENTS

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There are several free events coming up that celebrate local history. The following listings come from Landmarks West and the Bloomin … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: WHEN THE MIDDLE OF BROADWAY WAS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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The Upper West Side in the 1930’s and early 1940’s didn’t lack for park benches where mothers could sit with other mothers and … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: THE STORY BEHIND AN UPPER WEST SIDE ICE CREAM SIGN; 3 MILLION GALLONS!

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In late August, confronted with oppressive humidity, blinding rays, and damp underarms, city folk turn to ice cream. Thoughts of deodorant and heatstroke are c … 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: AN OLD RESTAURANT SIGN PEEKS OUT FROM BEHIND MCDONALD’S FACADE

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McDonald's on Broadway between 81st and 82nd street closed this week and the sign is already down, revealing the ghost letters of a former occupant, the former restaurant Teacher's … Read the rest of this entry >>

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