Throwback Thursday: An Author Remembers the Roaches, the Muggers and the Milk Machine

At risk of sounding like the Ancient Mariner, I remember how Book Culture’s block looked when I moved to New York City in 1970 to … Read the rest of this entry >>

R.I.P. Philip Roth, Upper West Sider; Where are Those Mystery Initials?

Philip Roth, one of the great American authors, died on Tuesday. Roth spent his last years living quietly on the Upper West Side, t … 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 >>

Throwback Thursday: Business Cards and Receipts to Make Your Mouth Water

West Side Rag reader David saved receipts and business cards from some iconic Upper West Side businesses and sent us the … Read the rest of this entry >>

Finalists Chosen to Craft Elizabeth Cady Stanton/Susan B. Anthony Statue in Central Park, as Girl Scouts Contribute

The process to bring the first statue of an historic woman to Central Park moved ahead this week, as the Statue Fund chose its four finalists to construct the st … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Dakota Sure Cleans Up Nice

The Dakota on 72nd Street and Central Park West has had extensive work done on its roof, and the results were recently revealed … Read the rest of this entry >>

Landmark Synagogue Celebrates Historic Birthday: The Jewish Center Turns 100

SPONSORED: Much has changed about the landscape of the Upper West Side over the course of the past hundred years, but one of our historic institutions is as vibrant as … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Journalist Studies His Boyhood Block, and Finds a Wild History

A little over a year and a half back, thanks to the W. 102nd & 103rd Streets Block Association blog, I received a message from New York Times journalist and e … 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: A Tumultuous Year for Mom and Pop on the Upper West Side

When asked what she wanted to do, my 17-year-old goddaughter, visiting from California the week before Christmas, didn’t hesitate: “Go shopping,” she … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Remember CDs?

For years, the Tower Records at 66th and Broadway was a gathering place for Upper West Siders who didn't yet have Spotify because it wasn't inven … Read the rest of this entry >>

Powerhouse Wins Landmark Designation Just as Glassy Towers Encroach

Welcome to the Upper West Side, where even our powerhouses are historic! A powerhouse designed by prominent architect Stanford Whi … Read the rest of this entry >>

For Sale: Two Turrets In An Upper West Side Castle

An apartment that contains two massive turrets of a former hospital at 455 Central Park West between 105th and 106th Street is for sale, a … 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 >>

Video: Love, Loss and Fresh Fish on the Last Day at Joon Fish Market

Joon Westside Fish Market, at 774 Amsterdam Avenue near West 98th Street, closed earlier this month. Filmmaker Christopher Ming Ryan … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: The Tricks to Shopping on the Upper West Side 80 Years Ago

Broadway in our neighborhood was retail heaven in the Thirties and early Forties. There were grocery stores; bakeries; haberdasheries; lingerie shops; shoe s … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Famous Dairy Restaurant

The Famous Dairy Restaurant at 222 West 72nd Street served traditional Jewish food and was a favorite haunt of writer Isaac Bashevis Si … Read the rest of this entry >>

An Emotional Goodbye to the Hall of Gems; ‘A Lot of People Seemed to Be in Mourning for the Space’

For 40 years, the mineral and gem hall at the Museum of Natural History was a dark, calm refuge for families worn out from a day of yelling at dinos … Read the rest of this entry >>

Central Park Will Get Its First Monument to Historical Women

The Parks Department will announce on Monday that it's committed to putting up a monument to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, two pio … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Seneca Village Brought Back to Life

When city leaders were advocating to build a park in the center of Manhattan in the 1850's, there was one neighborhood that was in the way of their p … Read the rest of this entry >>

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