UWS Encounters: A Found Phone and an MTA Miracle

In the early years of the 21st century, cell phones were rarely password protec … Read the rest of this entry >>

Small Business Focus: For 30 Years, CPW Has Dressed Customers from Age 18 to 90 (Updated to Include The Hat)

Hats don’t become me — except for the one I found last winter in a small, women’s clothing store on 84th St … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Tina Fey at the Bus Stop, Perfect Definition, and the Raccoon Man

It was early in the morning. I'm alone at the bus stop, listening to music and waiting for the M5 on River … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Thanksgiving Hallucinations, Mistaking Alec Baldwin, and a Sad Farewell

Many years ago, before security took over the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, I managed to get into Central Park while the floats were s … Read the rest of this entry >>

Opinion: Solving Broadway’s Retail Dilemma

Retail is in a slump nationwide. In New York City, major shopping and tourist destinations are full of vacant shops. Broadway, once the grand, divided, green boul … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Ernie Gets a Halloween Fright from Swimming Pools, Loves French Bulldogs

I have eyes under here, just so you know. A blue one and a brown … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Superhuman Strength, Alfred Molina’s Favorite Tea, and Meowing on the Bus

Mom visited last week from Ohio. I rented a four-wheeled electric scooter for her. She’s 84, but still drives a car. I figured handling this … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Garth Spends His Weekends Savoring Absolute Bagels, Admiring Contemporary Art

Love love love an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese, or a sesame bagel with lox and creme cheese, or...well, there are just too many great cho … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Starting Early, Too Late, and Right On Time

The year: 1985. Place: city bus in Portland, Oregon. Overheard: group of elementary school kids arguing over which Mutant Teenage Ninja Tu … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Smoky Loves Andy’s Deli and Long Walks in Riverside Park

Dad rescued me while he was driving through the Great Smoky Mountains. I had been abandoned and it was lucky I hadn't been hit by a car at that p … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Starting Early, Too Late, and Right on Time

The year: 1985. Place: city bus in Portland, Oregon. Overheard: group of elementary school kids arguing over which Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtle was the … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Grizzly Bears, A ‘Dumb’ Dog, and Lost Companions

My husband was in the Museum of Natural History in the hall with the dioramas of animals from around the world. A father with a young son, about four years old, … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: A Lost Checkbook and An Exuberant Dog

Here are the first two winners of West Side Rag mugs for their contributions to our new UWS Encounters series. You, too, can drink your coffee or tea … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Q&A With Upper West Sider Paul Krugman: On Commercial Vacancies, Why Tall Buildings Are Good and Robert Moses Wasn’t So Terrible

Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist, author, and Upper West Sider is receiving a uniquely Upper West Side acco … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Mr. Pancakes Loves A Classic Dollar Slice

I've met people from all walks of life - famous and heroic New Yorkers who make our city so g … Read the rest of this entry >>

A New WSR Feature Written By You: ‘UWS Encounters’

They happen all the time when we’re out and about in the neighborhood: encounters with strangers. Some are humorous and heartwarming, others — like the one below … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Oliver Helps Manage the Building, Loves Southern Home Cooking

Mom had always wanted a dog and Dad secretly arranged for me to be a gift -- which, of course, ended in happy t … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Hobie’s Story is the Stuff of Dickensian Literature

I used to live in Houston, but then Hurricane Harvey came through two years ago and I was rescued and evacuated with other p … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pupper West Side: Eloise Shows Annabelle the Ropes Around Town

A few years later, my parents went on a vacation to Turks and Caicos and, suddenly, I had a baby si … Read the rest of this entry >>

Good-Doers are ‘Plogging’ Through Central Park; Find Out What It Is and Start Doing It!

As I was walking my dog in Central Park the other morning, wondering what I was doing in the city in the summer (or, maybe, ever), I bumped into my friend, … Read the rest of this entry >>

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