Monday Bulletin: Philanthropist Richard Gilder Dies; Historical Society’s Art Bonanza; 94th Street Townhouse ‘Repositioning’

Richard Gilder, the philanthropist who supported some of the Upper West Side’s most treasured institutions, died on May 12th, at the age of … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Bagpiper, A Cantor, Dancers, and Sky-Writers are Bringing Life Back Outside

Musicians and other creative people are bringing new life to the sometimes-empty streets of the Upper West Side in the coronavirus … Read the rest of this entry >>

Watching ‘Just Sam’ Win It All on American Idol from a Douglass Houses Community Room

It was a moment of ecstatic joy on Sunday night at the New York City Housing Authority’s Frederick Douglass Houses, when Samantha “Just Sam” Di … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Star ‘Just Sam’ of Douglass Houses Wins American Idol

Just Sam, a 21-year-old local musician who got started by singing in the subway, has won American Idol, the nationwide talent search to find undiscovered supers … Read the rest of this entry >>

More Quarantunes Offer Laughs and Thanks

Musically inclined West Siders have been posting more songs to keep their neighbors entertained amid the quarantine. We posted one batch of "Quarantunes" a few … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lincoln Center Remembering Those Lost From Covid-19 With Concerts; Yo-Yo Ma and Brian Stokes Mitchell

Lincoln Center is holding weekly concerts on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. to remember those lost to Covid-19. The first of the "Memorial for Us All" concert … Read the rest of this entry >>

PS 199 Posts Thank You Drawings to ‘Essential Workers’ Outside the School

PS 199 on 70th Street near West End Avenue has posted pictures from art class of the city's heroes, sometimes with names attached -- including a "thanks mom" showing a do … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lincoln Center’s Summer Events and Shakespeare in the Park Canceled

Summer will be quiet on the Upper West Side, as some of the signature events in the neighborhood won't be happening this … Read the rest of this entry >>

New-York Historical Society Seeks to ‘Preserve History As It Happens’; Asks for Public’s Help In Documenting Coronavirus

Books will be written about The Pandemic of 2020, and museums will create exhibitions. Those who lived through it, particularly at its epic … Read the rest of this entry >>

Video: Broadway Star Brian Stokes Mitchell Sings ‘The Impossible Dream’ From His Broadway Balcony

Tony Award winning Broadway actor Brian Stokes Mitchell was stricken with the coronavirus, but appears to have recovered -- so much so … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Poem About Perseverance, Written in Line at Trader Joe’s

Shiva Ganapathy was waiting in line to get into Trader Joe's on Columbus and 93rd when he wrote the following … Read the rest of this entry >>

Upper West Sider Writes New Versions of Dayenu and The Four Children for Covid-Era Passover

Passover, like everything else, will be a little surreal this year. One Upper West Sider came up with a way to celebrate the holiday while also acknowle … 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 >>

Couple Sings Their Coronavirus Song: Send Us Your Demos

If these talented people aren’t Upper West Siders, they should be — honorary, at least. (Actually, they’re from Pittsburg … Read the rest of this entry >>

More Local Culture Goes Online: Lincoln Center Musicians Rock Out in T-Shirts, Children’s Museum Engages Kids

Lincoln Center's temporary closure has left a hole in the neighborhood, but it's starting to be partially filled by a new set of online tools and s … Read the rest of this entry >>

20-Year-Old ‘Just Sam’ From Douglass Houses is an American Idol Star

Samantha Diaz, a 20-year-old from the Frederick Douglass Houses, is making big waves on the show American Idol, winning praise from the judges and … Read the rest of this entry >>

Signs of the Times: UWS Photographer Stephen Harmon Captures Their Diversity and Humanity

Stephen Harmon is an Upper West Sider, a retired lawyer, and a world-class photographer whose work is displayed in many of the city's mus … Read the rest of this entry >>

Natural History Museum Offers Links To Fun and Learning For All

Finding yourself with a little extra time on your hands? Here’s a suggestion. We have within the neighborhood the leading natural history m … Read the rest of this entry >>

Indie Film Group That Was Washed Out in Flood Finds New Screening Venue

New Plaza Cinema, a group formed to show independent films on the Upper West Side after Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on 62nd Street closed, has bounced a … Read the rest of this entry >>

Exhibit Sets the Life of Rock-and-Roll Impresario Bill Graham to the Music He Brought Us All

The Bill Graham exhibition at the New-York Historical Society is visually exciting, nostalgic and accompanied by a terrific soundt … Read the rest of this entry >>