Win a West Side Rag T-Shirt in our New — and Easiest — Contest

It's time for another West Side Rag contest. Yay! This time the prize is a limited edition, pre-pandemic WSR tee s … Read the rest of this entry >>

Kathe Hair Is Still Standing, Despite Enduring a Tough Physical and Financial Toll

Kathe Davridge is no shrinking violet. She was one of the first female bike messengers in New York City in the 1970’s. She braved the skeptics and the haters to become o … Read the rest of this entry >>

Op-Ed: A Local Candidate Reacts to Wave of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

Tuesday night was terrifying. A gunman targeted three Asian spas in Atlanta just hours after I heard about two separate anti- … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Neighborhood’s Small Businesses are in Crisis; One Helper Sees It All and Does What He Can

When Alejandro Martinez quietly steps in the door of small businesses on the Upper West Side, proprietors have no idea there is a potential life … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Sherlock and Shuki Solve Neighborhood Mysteries Together

The best days are the ones that Sherlock and I get to see each o … Read the rest of this entry >>

Harry’s Shoes Leans on Family Traditions, A Slipper Boom and a Remarkable Knack for Shoe Sizes

Some people remember birthdays, some, notable dates in history. Robert Goldberg, 59, remembers shoe sizes. Lots of … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Peabody Is an Ice Cream Fanatic with an Ivy League Education

My parents met when they were both in graduate school at Yale - yes, that … Read the rest of this entry >>

Monday Bulletin: Birding Debate, Vaccine Snafus, Central Park’s Cash Crunch

There’s a debate going on within the birding community, brought about by the three rare and magnificent avian sp … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Sadie Is An Early Riser with a Penchant for Tennis

Dad and I are early risers. And I mean earlyyyy. Each morning, I give him a nudge at 4am … Read the rest of this entry >>

Updated: Small Business Focus: Toscana Shoe Repair Saves UWS Soles While Trying to Survive

Elena Torres has been saving Upper West Side soles since 1998, the year she became a newly minted 30-year-old business … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Waylon’s Come A Long Way Since Hurricane Maria

Three years old on Sunday! I can't wait! I've tried to be on my best behavior this year in hopes of getting some birthday pre … Read the rest of this entry >>

Monday Bulletin: A Snowy Owl; Franken For Mayor; The Hokey-Pokey

Was the appearance of a rare snowy owl on a ball field in northern Central Park last week an omen of a blizzard to … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Puddles Lives for Shakespearean Drama

My heart belongs in Manhattan. In fact, it belongs to my neighbor and girlf … Read the rest of this entry >>

Monday Bulletin: Hit-and-Run Crash; Frigid-Dining Fashion; Changes at Columbia as Twice as Many Students Return

A man was critically injured in a hit-and-run, chain-reaction crash on Saturday night around 9 p.m., at the interse … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Teddy is a Literary Critic with a Love for Cherry Trees

I have a tendency to make my opinions about various literary works known based on what I do or don't che … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend Column: The Vaccine That Wasn’t

I was on my way to get my first vaccine dose. And my buoyancy made me realize what a burden this has all been for the past few months, and even if I am “oka … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Alice Embraces Her Wanderlust, Daydreams of Future Travel While Sunbathing

Mom was a college student living in Dallas when she adopted me. I should pause here and say that Mom and I both … Read the rest of this entry >>

It’s Fung Lee’s Last Week; Hundreds of Happy Faces Will Travel With Her

Inside P & K Laundromat at 432 Amsterdam Avenue off of 81st Street, a massive mosaic of cheerful photos spreads over the entirety of one long … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Beauty of Small Gifts or The Mae Tannenhauser Approach to Philanthropy; Plus You Can Get a Special Tax Deduction This Year

Until she died at the age of 98, Mae Tannenhauser, my mother-in-law, gave to charity in a memorable way. Especially at this time of … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Coconut Is a Canoe-Paddling, Treasure-Hunting Fox (…Or Dog?)

When the pandemic hit and they began working from home, it seemed like the perfect moment to dedicate themselves to raising a pup prop … Read the rest of this entry >>

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