WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN: ATTEMPTED CENTRAL PARK RAPE, AN ‘ANTI-SEMITIC’ ELEVATOR, AND MORE

Check out some recent stories about an attempted rape, a lawsuit and lots of other issues in the neighborhood from the past … Read the rest of this entry >>

HELICOPTER GOES DOWN IN HUDSON RIVER; TOURISTS PULLED TO SAFETY

A helicopter made an emergency landing in the Hudson River near 79th street on Sunday morning, and all five passengers made it out safely. The 'copter was reportedly showing a family of Swedish tou … Read the rest of this entry >>

JULY 4 FIREWORKS WILL BE ON THE HUDSON AGAIN!

Consider us very pleasantly surprised. For the fifth year, the July 4 fireworks will be held on the Hudson River, meaning Upper West Siders will get some of the best views without having to wait outside on the West Side [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

LARSTRAND STARTS LEASING APARTMENTS, WITH ALL THE LUXURY TRIMMINGS

Ever wanted to watch a big-screen television while you shave or pick a zit on your face? Now you can! The Larstrand on 77th and Broadway has begun renting apart … Read the rest of this entry >>

WHEN DOES THE UPPER WEST SIDE GET CITIBIKES? EVENTUALLY…

Citibike, the city's short-term bike rental network, is the hot new thing in the city this summer. But like many hot new things, it's not on the Upper West Side. We've seen people Citi-biking through the neighborhood, but there's now … Read the rest of this entry >>

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT 2 LOCAL SWIMMING POOLS

Lasker Pool, a free pool in Central Park between 106th and 108th street, opens on Thursday along with the rest of the city’s outdoor pools. Lasker’s a big pool known for drawing lots of kids and for having strict rules. [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

PARKS GET SOLAR-POWERED CELL PHONE CHARGERS

Editor’s Note: Tech company Pensa recently installed solar-powered cell-phone-charging stations in Riverside Park and at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (69th street off of 5th Avenue). Jillian Gray checked out the Riverside Park station, which is near Pier 1 cafe [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

RETAIL OPENINGS, CLOSINGS AND RELOCATIONS: GRANNY-MADE, PILDES, MAXIGA

A longtime Upper West Side clothing store is closing with a big sale, and some other stores have closed or are reloca … Read the rest of this entry >>

LANDMARKS COMMISSION APPROVES BIG NEW UWS HISTORIC DISTRICT

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved landmark status for a large swath of the Upper West Side on Tuesday, including much of the area be … Read the rest of this entry >>

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES TALK REAL ESTATE AND LANDMARKS THURSDAY

Landmark West is putting on an important roundtable discussion this Thursday featuring the candidates vying to replace City Council member Gale Brewer. They plan to talk about land use on the Upper West Side, meaning everything from where to build [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING STARTS TUESDAY

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will kick off the Midsummer Night Swing festival Tuesday night, the start of three weeks of dance and music in Damrosch Park. Dancers of every level are encouraged to participate; from [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN: LAWSUITS, HOT AUCTIONS, CENTRAL PARK REJECTED, SCHOOL PROGRAMS CUT

The news certainly hasn't slowed down for the summertime. Here's some of what made headlines recently in other out … Read the rest of this entry >>

HISTORIC SCHINASI MANSION FINALLY SELLS

The Schinasi mansion, a gorgeous enigmatic 12,000-square-foot marble mansion on 107th street and Riverside Park, has finally found a buyer. The mansion, which has been on the market for about seven years, went into contract after the pric … Read the rest of this entry >>

PORTRAIT OF A NEIGHBOR: BARI KHAN

Editor’s Note: As part of a regular West Side Rag series, artist Michelle Hill interviews and draws Upper West Siders. This is the fifth installment of our Portrait of a Neighbor se … Read the rest of this entry >>

MAKE MUSIC FEST FRIDAY INCLUDES COOL ROWBOAT CONCERT

Hundreds of musicians will fill the streets of New York with songs on Friday as part of the Make Music festival. There are about 46 performances on the Upper West Side, sprinkled throughout the neighborhood and throughout the day. The [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

PROPOSED NURSING HOME WILL GET FULL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

Jewish Home Lifecare, which is planning to build a new 20-story nursing home on 97th street, will conduct months of environmental tests to determine how much lead has collected at the site, among other things. The Environmental Impact Statement is [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

LOOK OUT, YOU MAY BE IN A NEW UWS HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE!

The city has just updated its hurricane evacuation zones, and they now cover quite a bit more area than the old zones. Upper West Siders who live near the Hudson River are covered in evacuation zones, and in the event [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

TWO ART EXHIBITS HOLDING SPECIAL EVENTS THURSDAY

There will be special receptions for two local art exhibits on Thursday n … Read the rest of this entry >>

NANNY REPORTS SEXUAL ASSAULT NEAR TAVERN ON THE GREEN

A nanny walking with two children in Central Park near Tavern on the Green was assaulted Tuesday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. by a man who hit her butt and then grabbed her, according to police. Another woman reportedly intervened and [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MASSIVE UWS HOMELESS SHELTER CONTRACT ON THE LINE AFTER JUDGE’S BLISTERING RULING

The city and a well-connected homeless shelter operator on West 95th street had a nice little arrangement going for months — the Department of Homeless Services had a “handshake” deal with the shelter operator to pay the operator millions, even [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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