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 >>

This Weekend: Open House New York Event Offers Free Tours of Notable Buildings

Open House New York is a free annual event that opens the doors of various historical buildings to the public. There are … Read the rest of this entry >>

After Holding Out for 58 Years, Pioneer Supermarket Decides to Open on Sundays

Some traditions are hard to break, even when the rest of the world seems to have moved on. Pioneer Supermarket on Col … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: NEW SITE MAPS PHOTOS OF CITY STREETS IN THE 1980’S

Two tech-savvy history buffs have mapped thousands of photos from city archives to create a streetview map of 1980's New York City. … Read the rest of this entry >>

BATTLE BREWING OVER WHETHER TO REMOVE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUE

In the wake of a white supremacist march in Charlottesville and an ongoing controversy over Confederate monuments, the … 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 >>

SHAARE ZEDEK GETS FINAL COURT APPROVAL TO SELL 94-YEAR-OLD SYNAGOGUE, WHICH WILL BE DEMOLISHED

A State Supreme Court judge granted Congregation Shaare Zedek's request to sell its synagogue at 212 West 93rd Street, clearing the way for the building to be demolished and redevel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEST SIDE JUDAICA PLANS TO CLOSE AFTER 83 YEARS, OWNER SAYS

West Side Judaica on Broadway between 88th and 89th Streets plans to close after 83 years, owner Yaakov Saltzer told us. He couldn't sp … Read the rest of this entry >>

SEE 3 OLD PHOTOS OF CENTRAL PARK ON ITS 164TH BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday Central Park! On this day in 1853, the state legislature voted to set aside 750 acres for the park. It would be several years b … 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 >>

REMEMBERING ‘NEW YORK JOHNNY’ AND HIS LIVELY COLUMBUS AVENUE BOOK SHOP

The Upper West Side lost a longtime neighborhood fixture last month with the passing of Johnny Avery. A sign on the door o … 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 >>

HOW A CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE, COMING SOON TO THE UPPER WEST SIDE, PLAYED A PART IN ‘YOU’VE GOT MAIL’

The recent announcement that we’ll be opening a Books of Wonder store on location on the Upper West Side has stirred up some debate … Read the rest of this entry >>

WHY YOU SHOULD APPRECIATE THE FACES CARVED INTO UPPER WEST SIDE BUILDINGS

“All you have to do is look up, that's it, just look up when you're walking around your neighborhood,” said Robert Arthur King. It wasn't an admonishme … Read the rest of this entry >>

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