The New World of Pet Care: Dog Businesses Struggle and A Vet Has Advice for Owners

Only a few weeks ago, dogs and owners were gathering for early morning and weekend play dates. Pups were eagerly anticipating weekday afternoon visits … Read the rest of this entry >>

New Jewish Home Senior Residence Asks for Supplies as Report Says Virus Has Spread to ‘Dozens’ of People

New Jewish Home, a nursing home and rehab center at 120 West 106th Street, has dealt with challenges during the Covid-19 outbreak, as have other nursing homes throughout the … Read the rest of this entry >>

Column: How to Keep Your Physical Distance, But Maintain Social Connection

As anxiety mounts, along with illness and death in New York City and around the country, we’ve been asked to hunker down wherever we call home, for wha … Read the rest of this entry >>

Why the West Side (Pandemic Edition): Steve Guttenberg

West Side Rag ran an interview series with creative locals for years that we called "Why the West Side." In these strange times, we're checking back in … Read the rest of this entry >>

USNS Comfort Docks on the West Side; Local Violinist Plays A Welcoming Song

The USNS Comfort, a Navy medical ship with 1,000 beds, docked on Monday at Pier 90 off of 51st Street on the West Side. The ship was welcom … Read the rest of this entry >>

Federal ‘Paycheck Protection Program’ Offers Forgivable Loans to Small Businesses and Nonprofits; See If You Qualify

The federal government has launched a loan program designed to help small businesses and their employees through this period of closings and la … Read the rest of this entry >>

Senior Residence Evacuated by People in Protective Gear, Witnesses Say

Euclid Hall, a residence for seniors on Broadway between 85th and 86th Streets, appears to be being evacuated, said two people who witnessed resi … Read the rest of this entry >>

#ClapBecauseWeCare Catches On in the Neighborhood and City; Join In!

There is not a lot of good news these days. New York City is an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, and it seems like things will get worse before they’ll get be … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Startling New Sight In Central Park: Hospital Tents

Hospital tents began going up in the East Meadow of Central Park on Sunday, as a volunteer group working with Mount Sinai gets ready to open an overflow hospital in the … Read the rest of this entry >>

Feeding Frontline Medical Workers May Also Save A Family Business; How You Can Help

In the wake of Covid-19 where New York City has fast become an epicenter, one Upper West Side family is hard at work feeding fron … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘Quarantunes’: Original Pandemic Songs by (Mostly) Local Musicians

Ask and ye shall receive. My West Side Rag mug runneth over. We posted that wonderful video of Mel and Claire Vatz from Pittsburgh, si … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Universal Basic Goodness, Quarantines Gone By, A Revelation

Two neighbors I knew offered to shop for me and a third I didn’t know. I was reassured of the universal basic goodness of … Read the rest of this entry >>

Clap Because You Care Tonight and Every Night at 7 PM; Global Movement Reaches New York City

Neighboring Westsiders, for you who are still in town, tonight at 7 p.m. and all nights going forward are your chance to pay back some moral sup … Read the rest of this entry >>

Fire in Subway Car at 110th Street Station Kills Conductor and Injures 16; Arson Not Ruled Out

Fire erupted early Friday morning in the second car of a northbound No. 2 train as it pulled into the West 110th Street station. Garett Goble … Read the rest of this entry >>

Trader Joe’s on 72nd Closes for Cleaning After Employee Tests Positive for Virus

Trader Joe's has temporarily closed its store at 72nd Street and Broadway for cleaning after an employee tested positive for the coronav … Read the rest of this entry >>

Photos: Staying Fit and Limber in the Lockdown

The gyms are closed, and running in high-traffic areas can feel too close for comfort. So West Siders are finding other ways to get sw … Read the rest of this entry >>

Column: Renewing the New York Spirit at a Surreal Moment

This is not the sixtieth birthday I had in mind. Maybe that’s not the worst thing. The pandemic is far worse. But one positive side-effect is we’re starting to be warmer to each other a … Read the rest of this entry >>


SPONSORED: At the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and JCC Harlem, so much of the work is about bringing people together and providing pathways to innovative programs, classes, and support for your daily li … Read the rest of this entry >>

Virus Rules Updates: Construction Halt Considered, Basketball Courts Closed, UWS Gets No Traffic-Less Streets

The city is tweaking its policy response to the coronavirus as residents remain in a near-lockdown to try to slow the sp … Read the rest of this entry >>

Mount Sinai West Nurse Dies of COVID-19; Hospital Grieves And Says ‘We Must Carry On’

Kious Kelly, an assistant nurse manager at Mt. Sinai West, has died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the corona … Read the rest of this entry >>