CITY NOW LETS CONSTRUCTION CONTINUE ALL DAY AND NIGHT, PLUS WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS

With the economy improving and financing becoming more available, developers are once again building high-rises on the Upper West Side. The city is clearly excited about this, and has given contractors wide latitude: the Department of Buildings has been allowing … Read the rest of this entry >>

AND THEN THERE WERE SIX! NOAH GOTBAUM JOINS UPPER WEST SIDE COUNCIL RACE

Upper West Sider Noah Gotbaum is joining the race to replace Gale Brewer on the City Council, he just told supporters. The news could shake up what is already a crowded race in the 6th District, which now stretches from [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

PUBLIC ADVOCATE FORUM THURSDAY

The political season is in full swing, and the candidates for public advocate will come to the Upper West Side Thursday night to introduce themselves to the city's most Democrat-rich district. The forum is at 7:30 at Goddard-Riverside Community Center on … Read the rest of this entry >>

BLOCKBUSTER LIQUIDATING INVENTORY BEFORE CLOSING FOR GOOD; APPLEBEE’S COMING?

The Blockbuster store on 93rd street and Broadway is liquidating all of its stock over the next few weeks as it prepares to close its doors for good. It’s no secret that Blockbuster’s business model has become obsolete, and the [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

REMEMBERING MADELEINE POLAYES, A FIGHTER FOR THE UPPER WEST SIDE AND TRUMP’S FIERCEST OPPONENT

Madeleine Polayes, a tireless advocate for the Upper West Side who famously took on Donald Trump over the Riverside South mega-development, died on Monday. Polayes was a founder of the Coalition for a Livable West Side, an activist group that [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DECODING THE A.G. IN A.G. BISTRO; CHECK OUT THE MENU AND MORE

We received a slightly ominous email yesterday about our story on A.G. Bistro, the restaurant that replaced Italian spot Nonna on 85th and Columbus: “Your informants are wrong about A.G. Bistro.” (If only we had “informants,” this site would be [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

BIRD OF PREY FIGHTS FOR ITS LIFE NEAR TRADER JOE’S

A falcon or hawk apparently fell to the ground near Trader Joe’s on Broadway between 71st and 72nd street this afternoon at about 2:30 p.m., according to an email we received from a reader. “I came out of Trader Joe’s [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

THAT WAS FAST: SHORTLY AFTER MOVING, PD O’HURLEY’S IS EVICTED

The saga of PD O’Hurley’s took another turn on Tuesday, as the bar was officially evicted from its new home at 250 West 72nd Street after getting priced out of its former location a block away. The landlord took possession [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

FREE WI-FI COMES TO UPPER WEST SIDE SUBWAY STATIONS

Multiple Upper West Side subway stations now have free wireless access, meaning you can access the Internet, email and apps whether or not your carrier’s cell phone signal reaches you underground. The full list of stations where wi-fi is available [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

LANSKY’S DELI CLOSES

Lansky’s Deli, the Jewish-style deli on Columbus between 70th and 71st Streets, has closed its doors because it simply couldn’t keep up with rising costs, according to a sign posted to the door. The restaurant had become a mainstay for [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DEAD BODY RECOVERED IN HUDSON RIVER ABOVE 79TH STREET

We are receiving preliminary information about a possible dead body found in the Hudson River North of 79th Street on Monday afternoon. The person is believed to be a “jumper” — people who jump off the George Washington Bridge sometimes [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

HISTORIC EMERALD INN TO BECOME A KATE SPADE STORE?

The Emerald Inn, a dive bar that has lasted for 70 years at 205 Columbus Avenue (69th street), is expected to close once its lease runs out on May 1. Its rumored replacement says all you need to know about [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN: A BARNES & NOBLE ACCIDENT, PRIVATE SCHOOL PROBLEMS, ANGER AT WHOLE FOODS AND SAIGON GRILL

It was a week full of accidents, controversy and more on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

NONNA REPLACED BY A.G. BISTRO

Italian restaurant Nonna at 85th street and Columbus Avenue closed last week as the owners transformed it into a new restaurant: A.G. Bistro. The new restaurant will serve “hearty rustic food,” a manager told us, with various French and Spanish [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN POSSIBLE ANTI-GAY BEATING ON 2 TRAIN

Police are looking for six people suspected of beating a gay man on the downtown 2 train last week in what may be a hate crime. Twenty-three-year-old Urena Morel Frankelly and his boyfriend got on the 2 on Monday around [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

FLAMES SHOOT FROM ROOF IN FIRE ON COLUMBUS AVENUE; STREET SHUT DOWN

A fire on Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd Street on Saturday morning sent flames shooting from the roof of 246 Columbus Avenue and caused firefighters to close down Columbus Avenue south of … Read the rest of this entry >>

TRAGEDY ON THE 1: PERSON HIT BY TRAIN (UPDATED)

Terrible news Friday morning around 10:20 a.m.: someone was hit by a 1 train at the 86th street stop. There have been multiple conflicting reports about the incident, but it appears that the victim was an Asian male and he [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

SUNDAY: A SMALL FRIGID CENTRAL-PARK-ONLY MARATHON

Some people just love to run, and a little rain, snow or sleet isn’t going to stop them. A field of about 1,500 runners will race around Central Park five times this Sunday starting at 8 a.m. to complete a [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE MOVIE THEATER WILL BE EVEN BIGGER THAN WE THOUGHT

The owners of the Alamo Drafthouse Theater, the moviehouse coming to the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway (100th Street) next year, are applying for a permit to expand their lobby into the adjacent building at 2628 Broadway known as [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

NEW BIRCH COFFEE, JUICE GENERATION, FROZEN YOGURT SPOTS OPENING SOON

Upper West Siders will soon get three new places where we can satisfy our various indulgences. 1. Birch Coffee: A sustainability-minded coffee shop is set to open in about a week at 750 Columbus Avenue, at 97th street. Birch, which [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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