FED-UP LOCAL POSTS ‘RAT CROSSING’ SIGNS ON 76TH STREET

Upper West Siders have a funny way of reacting to rats. It brings out our theatrical side. The "rat house" on 74th street inspired art. A construction site at 52 West 76th Street, however, is now inspiring anew kind of civic pro … Read the rest of this entry >>

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

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 >>

FOR FIRST TIME EVER, NEIGHBORHOOD TO GET SPRAYED FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

On Friday from about 1 a.m. until 6 a.m., the Upper West Side and Central Park will be sprayed with pesticides to kill mosquitoes that may be carrying West Nile Virus, according to the city Department of Health. “The borders [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE RICE MANSION, A REMINDER OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE’S GLORY DAYS

When I started to research the Rice Mansion at 89th Street and Riverside Drive, it was the bricks and mortar that drew me to it. I was seduced by the looks of such a beautiful old mansion, one of only two that remain standing as a reminder of the glory days of Riverside Drive. At the … Read the rest of this entry >>

FIRE AT NEW CONTROVERSIAL HOMELESS SHELTER SPARKED BY CIGARETTE: REPORT

A fire broke out on Tuesday morning in a fourth floor apartment at 316 West 95th Street, where a new homeless shelter opened a few weeks ago over community opposition. The fire was apparently sparked by a cigarette that lit [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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

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

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 >>

MORNING BULLETIN: COLUMNISTS RUNNING THE ASYLUM

This week, West Side Rag has a special treat for readers, as we post pieces from our columnists. Look for them starting  t … Read the rest of this entry >>

MACHIAVELLI CLOSED BY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Machiavelli, a restaurant on Columbus Avenue and 85th Street that's known for its Florentine-inspired paintings and traditional Northern Italian food, was shut down by the h … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: UWS HERO DAD HONORED, LENNON’S KILLER DENIED PAROLE

August 24, 2012 Weather: Mostly Cloudy, High of 86 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

SECOND-HAND CLOTHING CHAIN EXPANDING

Second Time Around, a chain of consignment shops that opened an Upper West Side location last year, is expanding again. The store plans to open a new 2,000-square-foot shop at 238 West 72nd Street by the end of the year, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: MAINTENANCE MAN ARRESTED IN SENIOR MURDER, NEUFELD PLAYGROUND REOPENS

August 23, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 84 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: PICHOLINE’S PROBLEMS, POLL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR BIKE LANES AND TERM LIMITS

August 22, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 80 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

ALERT: MICHAEL JORDAN HOSTING LOCAL FUNDRAISER FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TONIGHT

Traffic could be a mess today as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and other NBA greats host a fundraiser for President Obama at the Time Warner Center. More than 100 people reportedly paid $20,000 to attend the event. The President is [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

ROOKIE USA, BIG NEW SPORTING GOODS STORE, OPENS IN COLUMBUS SQUARE

Rookie USA, a sporting goods store for kids, opened its doors today at 808 Columbus Avenue (99th Street) in the Columbus Square development. The new 7,000-square foot store (plus 2,200-square-foot basement)  sells apparel and footwear from Nike, Converse, and Levi’s. [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: A HUNGRY FLASH MOB, ALL IN WHITE; FIFTH CHALLENGER FOR LOCAL COUNCIL SEAT

August 21, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 83 De … Read the rest of this entry >>

FRENCH BISTRO CLOSING AFTER TAXES SPIKE

Alouette, a French bistro on 97th Street and Broadway, will close its doors for good on August 30, because the owners couldn’t keep up with high taxes and rent. The writing was on the wall last month, as the restaurant [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DANNY AIELLO KICKS OFF CENTRAL PARK FILM FESTIVAL ON TUESDAY

For the tenth straight year, the Central Park Conservancy will show films this week on the sloping lawn just North of Sheep Meadow and South of the 72nd Street crossing road in the middle of the park. The theme of [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: SAFETY EMPHASIS COULD DELAY FOOD DELIVERIES, MANSION SELLS AT DISCOUNT

August 20, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 77 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

MARIO’S GOURMET DELI SHUT DOWN BY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Mario Gourmet Deli, at the corner of 106th and Amsterdam, was shut down this week by the health department, and was still closed as of Sunday morning. Mario's has … Read the rest of this entry >>

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