CLASSIC SAMBUCA FAMILY RESTAURANT ADDS WINE BAR, PARTY ATMOSPHERE

Sambuca, the Italian restaurant at 20 West 72nd Street famous for its heaping family portions and gluten-free pastas, is turning up the music and turning on the sex appeal. Sambuca’s owner Liza Wetanson recently redesigned the front of the restaurant [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY FEATURES BEER TASTINGS AT BEER EXHIBITION

The New-York Historical Society is putting on an exhibition this month (opens May 25) about the history of beer-making in New York. But what’s the fun of learning about beer if you don’t get a chance to drink it? Well, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: MAN FOUND DEAD IN RIVERSIDE PARK, CENTRAL PARK’S SURPRISING TREES

April 30, 2012 Weather: Mostly Sunny, High of 61 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

MARY J. BLIGE HANGS OUT AT UPPER WEST SIDE CAFES, JUST LIKE YOU AND ME

There I was on a rainy day last weekend eating carrot-ginger soup at Cafe Du Soleil on 105th Street, and who’s sitting at the table next to me? Mary J. Blige. It turns out one of the great R&B-pop singers [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: BIG NICK’S

By Tracy Kaler Thousands of restaurants have come and gone on the Upper West Side in the past fifty years since Big Nick’s first opened its doors. But few have won their way into the hearts of locals like the [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND WARRIORS, HERE’S SOME MOTIVATION

Upper West Side filmmaker Yael Shulman made a video of the half-marathon from last month in Central Park that just might get you out of bed this morning. Or maybe it will make you want to stay in bed and [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

GREAT PHOTOS OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE ZOOMING UP AND DOWN THE HUDSON

Folks lined the Hudson this morning to see the space shuttle Enterprise fly by on top of a jet — it was quite a scene, like an airborne piggyback ride. The Enterprise flew up the river and back down again [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: SCHOOL SEX ABUSE CHARGES DROPPED, NO TEXTING DAMMIT

April 27, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy and Windy, High of 56 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

“MOM-AND-POP” REZONING BECOMES MORE FRIENDLY TO PROPERTY OWNERS

The city has amended its plan to limit the size of Upper West Side storefronts so it addresses concerns brought by property owners that it’s too restrictive. The Department of City Planning changed its original plan to “maintain a diversity [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: ANOTHER LOCAL SCHOOL SEX ABUSE ARREST

April 26, 2012 Weather: Afternoon Showers, High of 57 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

LOCAL CHINESE RESTAURANT RACKS UP STUNNING NUMBER OF HEALTH VIOLATIONS

When a restaurant has so many health violations that it racks up more than 28 total points, it tends to get extra scrutiny from the city Health Department. If a restaurant can’t get its score below 28 on a second [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

CITY AIMS TO REMAKE UWS STREETS; PEDESTRIAN SAFETY STRESSED, BUT WE COULD LOSE PARKING

The city has drafted a plan to redesign the streets from 55th Street to 86th Street, making them safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and smoother for drivers. The plan, which will be presented at a meeting Wednesday night at John [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

LINCOLN CENTER, CENTRAL PARK ANNOUNCE OVER 100 FREE SUMMER CONCERTS

Lincoln Center and Central Park have released their schedules for free concerts this summer, and there are more than 100 to look forward to! From July 25 until August 12, Lincoln Center will present its Out of Doors festival, with [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: HUGE ARCHIVE OF NEW YORK PHOTOS UNVEILED, EMBRACE YOUR REAL ESTATE ENVY

April 25, 2012 Weather: Afternoon Showers, High of 58 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

A FIRST TASTE OF NEW ITALIAN PIZZERIA FRATELLI LA BUFALA

By Phil Vasquez I got a taste test today at Fratelli La Bufala, the Neapolitan pizza restaurant opening later this week on the corner of 76th Street and Broadway. In a word? Bellissimo! Or maybe Bravissimo! The pizza is as [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: A BED-BUG VICTORY, SWEET CHARTER SCHOOL DEAL ANGERS PARENTS

April 24, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy and Windy, High of 59 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE PURPLE FIG, A HIGH-END FRENCH BISTRO WITH A FAMOUS CHEF, OPENING ON 72ND STREET

A new high-end French bistro is set to open this week on 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue after the sudden closure earlier this month of PD O’Hurley’s West End (don’t worry, the original PD O’Hurley’s is still [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

200-SQUARE-FOOT APARTMENT IS SO CUTE, IT WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS

Apartment-dwellers are obsessed with space. Most of us would gladly sacrifice a limb for 100 to 200 more square feet, if only to give us more room to store our junk. That’s why it’s so nice to see apartments that [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: SUPREME COURT SNUBS RENT CONTROL CASE, MORE ON BIRD POISON

April 23, 2012 Weather: AM Clouds, PM Sun, High of 55 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

HOME MOVIE SHOWS BUSTLE OF BROADWAY IN 1971

West Side Rag columnist Maria Gorshin directed our attention to this delightful home movie made in 1971 by Nicholas West and posted on YouTube. The sleek cars, the vintage buses, the men in stylish hats, the ladies perched on benches [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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