Throwback Thursday: Photos of the Thanksgiving Parade in 1953

Macy's started holding a Christmas parade through the city starting in 1924, and switched it to a Thanksgiving parade three years l … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: The Astor Market Was a First (Failed) Attempt at a Supermarket on the Upper West Side

Just over 100 years ago, a member of the famed Astor family tried a unique experiment on 95th Street and Broadway -- a market where people coul … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Group Attempts to Gather the History of This Tumultuous Year; How You Can Help

The history books may one day have a whole chapter devoted to 2020, and not because it was awesome. One local history group is making an e … Read the rest of this entry >>

Frankie the Doorman Has 26 Years of Stories, and He Even Told Us One About De Niro

And then there was this time when Sting told Robert De Niro that Frankie does comedy at the Stand Up NY … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Street Could Be Named ’RBG Way’ if Councilman Has His Way

City Councilman Mark Levine is introducing legislation to co-name the street where Ruth Bader Ginsberg lived when she was a Col … Read the rest of this entry >>

The UWS Was Once the Center of the Movie-Going World; Learn That History on Tuesday

The Bloomingdale History Group is holding a Zoom session on Tuesday explaining the history of movie theaters on the Upper West Side -- there were once a whopping 17 thea … Read the rest of this entry >>

Free Outdoor Exhibit at NY Historical Society Captures Loneliness and Courage of New Yorkers

The New-York Historical Society, on 77th Street and Central Park West, has opened a free outdoor exhibit called, Hope Wanted, highlig … Read the rest of this entry >>

Iconic ‘I ❤️ NY’ Logo Renews Its Vow, and Creator Milton Glaser Lives On

When he sketched his famous “I ❤️ NY” logo on the back of an envelope in a taxi cab in 1977, the late, great graphic designer and Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: When Olivia de Havilland Visited the Upper West Side

Olivia de Havilland died Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the age of 104. She made a personal appearance at the Broadway and West 67th Street Regency The … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: More Matchbooks Take Us Back to Patzo, La Cocina and Docks

Our post on matchbooks from old restaurants inspired more people to send in their matchbooks from the area and even from around the coun … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Matchbooks Bring Back Memories

Our tipster Debra was throwing some old matchbooks out when she decided to line them up and snap a photo. "Remember these?" she wrote in an email to … Read the rest of this entry >>

Flamboyant Performer and Longtime Upper West Sider Margarita Pracatan Dies

Margarita Pracatan, a performer who lived in the same Upper West Side apartment for 52 years, died on Tuesday at the age o … Read the rest of this entry >>

Juneteenth Memorial Will Be Held on Broadway and 96th Street on Friday at 5

Friday, June 19th, is Juneteenth, the oldest commemoration of the actual ending of slavery in the United States. It is the day in 1865 that … Read the rest of this entry >>

Children’s Museum Wins Key Vote to Turn Church Into New Museum With a Playful Roof Terrace

An empty, gutted, 117-year-old landmark church on 96th Street and Central Park West will get new life as the home of the Children’s Museum of Manha … Read the rest of this entry >>

Group Warns City to Remove Teddy Roosevelt Statue as Police Seek Vandal

The statue of President Theodore Roosevelt on the steps of the Museum of Natural History has been provoking debate and protest for years … Read the rest of this entry >>

7 Walks in 7 Days: Alexander von Humboldt Was a Celebrity in His Day

As the weather improves, it’s a good time to explore some parts of the UWS that may be new to you. Whether you’re a solitary walker or you prefer to … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Young Quarantined Artist Draws the View Outside His Window, Then Imagines the Same View in 1940

A 21-year-old Upper West Side artist named Benjamin M. has been home during the quarantine and he decided to draw the view outside his bedroom wi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Menus in a Drawer Spark Delicious Memories

Doc Rich Weiss found some old menus and sent us a photo of them, writing a little about what makes those memories special. The restaurants featured in … Read the rest of this entry >>

New-York Historical Society Seeks to ‘Preserve History As It Happens’; Asks for Public’s Help In Documenting Coronavirus

Books will be written about The Pandemic of 2020, and museums will create exhibitions. Those who lived through it, particularly at its epic … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Video of The 1996 Blizzard, Back When It Actually Snowed

This has been the second least-snowy New York winter in recorded history, a travesty to children everywhere and even to some ad … Read the rest of this entry >>