PTA TRIES TO REASSURE PARENTS ABOUT POSSIBLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DEMOLITIONS

The news we broke about the city’s effort to find developers willing to redevelop the sites of two Upper West Side public schools has shocked local parents. PS 191 on 61st street and PS 199 on 70th street could be [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

FASHIONISTA JEWELRY SPOT ALEXIS BITTAR OPENS: EXTRAVAGANT DISPLAYS AND RECORD RENTS

A bright blue and green yak with earrings over its horns greets customers who enter the new Alexis Bittar jewelry store, which just opened this week on Columbus Avenue between 79th and 80th Street. Alexis Bittar is a jeweler who [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DAKOTA BAR OPENS AND DRAWS CROWDS; CHECK OUT THE MENU

The Dakota Bar has opened on the corner of 72nd street and Columbus Avenue, and the cocktail lounge and restaurant appears to already be drawing some nice crowds. The spot has a long wine list, and a full menu, with [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN: FOREST WHITAKER FRISKED, LOCALS AGE GRACEFULLY, CELEBRITY NEWS AND MORE

It was another week full of curious, disturbing and intriguing news on the Upper West Side, summarized and linked here for your easy-reading plea … Read the rest of this entry >>

EXCLUSIVE: THE CITY IS CONSIDERING PLANS TO DEMOLISH PS 199 AND PS 191 (UPDATED WITH CITY RESPONSE)

In somewhat shocking news, we have learned that the city has solicited and received proposals from developers to demolish PS 199 on West 70th Street and PS 191 on West 61st Street and build luxury towers on their sites. PS [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DE BLASIO RETURNS DONATIONS FROM HOMELESS SHELTER LANDLORD

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who is running for mayor, gave back $14,850 donated to him by homeless shelter landlord Alan Lapes and his wife, the New York Post reported today. It's a big move because it indicates that Lapes -- who is the landlord for multiple controve … Read the rest of this entry >>

METRO-NORTH TRAINS COMING TO THE UPPER WEST SIDE?

Metro-North has been eying a plan to bring train from the Hudson Valley to the West side of Manhattan and back again for decades, without any action. But those plans could start moving forward in the next few years, with [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS GETS SOLAR-POWERED COMPACTING GARBAGE CAN, SPONSORED BY SHAKE SHACK

Did you think technology is just for cell phones and computers? Oh no! Even trash cans are getting futuristic. The Upper West Side just got its first solar-powered trash can, located on the corner of Columbus Avenue and 77th street, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

CITY WANTS TO BUILD LUXURY APARTMENT BUILDING INSIDE FREDERICK DOUGLASS HOUSING PROJECT

The city has been working on a plan to lease land to private developers so they can build market-rate apartments on public space within housing projects. The plan, revealed last we … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE FRACKING FORUM WEDNESDAY

Governor Cuomo delayed making a decision about fracking for oil and gas in New York state today, but the issue will still (eventually) be decided. Upper West Siders have been following the issue closely, as it could affect our drinking [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

AFTER 70 YEARS, EMERALD INN LIKELY TO CLOSE

Some very sad news to report: after 70 years serving beer to generations of Upper West Siders in a comfortable dark space, Emerald Inn on Columbus Avenue between 69th and 70th streets is likely to close in the next few [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS VOLUNTEER AND DONATION NEEDS: SCHOOL TENNIS EQUIPMENT DESTROYED, CATS NEED HOMES AND MORE

Below, check out some notices we've recently received from Upper West Siders, including public school students whose tennis court and equipment were severely damaged in Hurricane S … Read the rest of this entry >>

FREE IRVING FARM COFFEE ON WEDNESDAY

Get your morning Cup of Joe on the house on Wednesday, courtesy of spinning company Soulcycle (which was started by an Upper West Sider). From 7 to 9 a.m., coffee is free of charge at Irving Farm on 79th Street [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN: BED BUGS, IMPURE YOGA, ILLEGAL PARKING, HOSPITAL AND REAL ESTATE NEWS

In lieu of morning bulletins, we're going to try to run a roundup of news items we see in other outlets once a week. Check out the wide array of local news … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORE SIGNS OF LIFE AT EYESORE ON AMSTERDAM: ‘TIME OUT’ SPACE COULD BECOME A BAR AGAIN

We reported about a year ago that a company called BT Restaurant Enterprises had applied for a liquor license at 349 Amsterdam Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets. That space, which once housed Time Out sports bar, has been empty [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS HOMELESS SHELTERS BRING BIG MONEY TO LANDLORD, BUT DRUG USE AND VIOLENCE TO TENANTS, REPORT SAYS

Alan Lapes, who is the landlord for numerous Upper West Side homeless shelters, is making a lot of money by turning SRO buildings into for-profit homeless shelters like one that opened this summer on 95th Street, the New York Times [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

PHOTO GALLERY: A BIG SNOWSTORM, AT LAST

Central Park got 11.4 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday, and snow-starved New Yorkers rushed out to get a taste o … Read the rest of this entry >>

SAY CHEESE RESTAURANT REVIEW: FEED YOUR INNER CHILD

By Kara Rota Brunch on the Upper West Side is a beloved event, with touchstones like the ubiquitous strawberry butter found everywhere from Good Enough to Eat to Lansky's, or the smoked fish spread at Barney Greengrass. It's not hard to name a generous handf … Read the rest of this entry >>

CITY PLANS SPECIAL ‘SNOW DAY’ IN RIVERSIDE PARK; FREE HOT CHOCOLATE?

There will be an extra special snow day on Saturday in Riverside … Read the rest of this entry >>

VIOLATIONS GALORE! 3 STAR COFFEE SHOP CLOSED AGAIN BY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

3 Star Coffee Shop on Columbus Avenue and 86th street recorded a shocking number of health violations in its most recent inspection. The neighborhood diner racked up a whopping 106 points! Actually, knowing 3 Star maybe it’s not so shocking. [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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