Talking with Anna Quindlen About Her New, Very UWS Novel and Why the Neighborhood Suits Her Down to the Ground

Stepping into Pier 72 diner, Anna Quindlen seems much like any other work-from-home writer on break. Eager for news, a laugh, some rice pudding … Read the rest of this entry >>

Book Review: ‘We Are Staying’ Captures a Flashpoint in Upper West Side History and the Evolution of the Neighborhood

In the summer of 1977, New York City was about as far from the tourist mecca it is today as can be imagined. The Bronx was burning, a serial kille … Read the rest of this entry >>

After an Official Warning, A Dog Longs for an Off-Leash Romp

“Why are you keeping me on the leash? Hey! Wake up! This is the spot where you always let me off. We avoided the maniac cyclists. We’re safe now. I’m not movin … Read the rest of this entry >>

Why Stephanie Little Lives on the Upper West Side

Stephanie Little may have started out in The City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia, people!) but now can’t see herself living anywhere else but West 69th S … Read the rest of this entry >>

Why Jeffrey Toobin Lives on the Upper West Side

Jeffrey Toobin chuckled as he grabbed a bench in his favorite place in New York City – Riverside Park. “My wife thinks it’s very ambitious … Read the rest of this entry >>

Small Business Focus: Murray’s Sturgeon Shop

You won’t find schmaltz (either “excessive sentimentality” or “clarified chicken fat”) at Murray’s Sturgeon Shop, on Broadway between 89th and 90th St … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend Column: An Imperfect Bagel Leads to a Perfect UWS Apartment

“You’ve GOT to try this bagel place, it’s the best in the city!” said our real estate agent. Knowing about bagels is a cherished pastime for New Yor … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: A Flower Shop That Was Out of This World

Once upon a time in what now seems like another world, there was a little flower shop on Columbus and 73rd Street between the years of 1974 and … Read the rest of this entry >>

Small Business Focus: The Jewel Boutique

“You dream it, I’ll make it,” said Harmeet Singh, owner of The Jewel Boutique on Broadway, between 97th and 98th Streets. “We ar … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: A New Mother Laments the Loss of a Fairyland, and The Rise of ‘Infobytes’

For generations of New York City children the mineral and gem room at the American Museum of Natural History was better than a cardboard … Read the rest of this entry >>

Book Review: In ‘Emerson Page’ You’ll Recognize the Neighborhood and the Struggles and Magic of Adolescence

There is something magical in recognizing local landmarks in a piece of literature or a film. For Upper West Siders it might be the exterior o … Read the rest of this entry >>

About the Importance of Local News, In the Wake of DNAinfo Closing Down

Joe Ricketts, the billionaire owner of news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist, shut both of those websites down last Thursday a week after … Read the rest of this entry >>

WestSide Wednesdays: Izakaya Ida

SPONSORED: Izakaya refers to the casual gastropub scene of Japan. Ida translates to between, during, or "a while". Located in the heart of the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

WestSide Wednesdays: Book Culture

SPONSORED: Book Culture on the Upper West Side is undoubtedly a neighborhood favorite hangout. This incredible book store is filled with … Read the rest of this entry >>

Small Business Focus: West Side Kids

“What are your commenters going to say about me?” laughed Jennifer Bergman, owner of West Side Kids, an independent toy store on Amsterdam Avenue and West 84th S … Read the rest of this entry >>

Why the West Side: Susie Essman

When she's on screen, Susie Essman is a comic genius, beloved by millions of people. In her off hours, she's just another Upper West Sider, eati … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND COLUMN: A NIGHT IN CENTRAL PARK ‘WAS THE MOST PEACEFUL SLEEP I’VE HAD IN YEARS’

Oona Shanley sent us a note about her experience camping in Central Park. She won a spot after seeing our … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: LOCALS WHO GREW UP HERE IN THE 70’S TELL THEIR STORIES

Having lived on the Upper West Side since 1989, I could never imagine living in another area of the city. This is my home. I lived here first … Read the rest of this entry >>

CHARIVARI: A FASHIONABLE UPPER WEST SIDE STORY

SPONSORED: Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, and Bloomingdale’s have always been widely recognized names in the New York City fashion world. People travel from all over the … Read the rest of this entry >>

HELP A WRITER IN HER QUEST TO FIND THE OWNERS OF THOSE ‘TINY LITTLE SHOPS’

By Michelle Standley I am doing research for an illustrated book, “Squeezing Out a Living in New York City,” about dozens of tiny little shops, many of … Read the rest of this entry >>

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