Research Brings New Light to the Lost ‘Seneca Village’ in What is Now Central Park

In advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Central Park Conservancy historian Marie Warsh led the West Side Rag and colleagues from New York Amsterdam … Read the rest of this entry >>

Monday: A Unique Talk About Central Park’s History

Author Stephen Wolf will tell stories about Central Park -- some historical, some fictional -- at a special talk on Monday night. Wolf, a profess … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: 12 Photos of Fun, Frozen Days in Central Park

There hasn't been much snow yet this winter, but some could be coming this weekend, and it's worth a look back at how some previous genera … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘Mrs. Maisel’ Scene Brings New Customers to a Classic UWS Bar; ‘The Harp is Always Shining’ at Dublin House

When The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel needed a bar where Midge Maisel and Lenny Bruce could commiserate about the hardships of being cutting-edge comi … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Story Behind the Neighborhood’s Most Charming ‘Grotesques’

Look up as you pass a building on 110th Street and you'll see some of the most charming decorative architecture in the entire neighbor … Read the rest of this entry >>

Top Stories of 2018: A Shuttered Cinema, Sick Raccoons, and a $10,000 Surprise

It seems like 2018 is just getting started, yet suddenly we’re making plans for New Year’s Eve! On the other h … Read the rest of this entry >>

After Many Fateful Journeys, An Upper West Sider Prepares for the Next One With Hope and Sorrow

It happens every time I take a shower. As I climb over the bathtub rim, holding on to the grab bar on the back wall of the tub, I find my … Read the rest of this entry >>

R.I.P. to Stan Lee, Another Iconic Artist Who Grew Up on the Upper West Side

Stan Lee, the artist and movie pioneer who died on Monday, got his start like many other great artists, right here on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Get an Insider’s View of Local Architecture With Open House New York, Starting Friday

Open House New York, an annual event meant to introduce people to New York's architectural gems, starts Friday. The event allows you into buil … 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 >>

How a School Battle on the UWS Sparked Cynthia Nixon’s Bid for Governor

Cynthia Nixon smiled, joked with kids and shook hands outside the entrance to PS 75 on West 94th Street during dropoff on Friday mo … Read the rest of this entry >>

How the ‘Garden People’ of Riverside Park Grew a Community

It is always a joy and often a surprise to stumble upon a quiet place where nature abounds in the midst of New York City. Such is the 91st Street Community G … Read the rest of this entry >>

Short Film: A Photographer Turns His Lens on Our Changing Neighborhood

Stephen Harmon has been photographing the Upper West Side for decades, walking around the neighborhood and taking shots of the various chara … Read the rest of this entry >>

Photos: Mrs. Maisel Takes Over the Upper West Side

On Thursday, the Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was filming throughout the Upper West Side, and locals snapped photos of vintage … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Remembering ‘Old John’

Stephen Harmon took this photo sometime in the late 70's or early 80's at 72nd Street and Broadway. "Old John the accordion playe … Read the rest of this entry >>

The New Hotel Belleclaire Entrance Takes You Back in Time

The Hotel Belleclaire on Broadway between 76th and 77th has undergone a major exterior renovation, and it recently revealed its new entran … Read the rest of this entry >>

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 >>

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