Weekend History: The Story Behind An Upper West Side Ice Cream Sign

Upper West Siders treated themselves to ice cream long before the likes of Emack and Bolio’s and Shake Shack came along. The building at 302 Columbus Avenu … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Ye Very Olde Bloomingdale Road (Broadway) in the Colonial and Post-Revolutionary Era

A few months ago, a new website developed by John Jay College caught my attention. Like many institutions of higher education, the Co … Read the rest of this entry >>

Columbus Statue Still Getting Round-the-Clock Police Protection

On a rainy Thursday morning several months ago in June the police arrived at Columbus circle and they have not left … Read the rest of this entry >>

Two UWS Sites Make Citywide Map of Black History

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has created an interactive map of important sites from Black history, and there are two locations in the neighbor … Read the rest of this entry >>

Hundreds of Vignettes About Former ‘Notable’ Neighbors Collected in a New Book; Hear More at 5:30 Tuesday

At the age of 34, in her Lockheed Vega, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic without stopping, a … Read the rest of this entry >>

How Do You Turn a Century-Old Church into a Child-Friendly Museum? An Architect Explains and Shows New Renderings

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is building a new home in an unlikely spot -- the landmark First Church of Christ, Scientist on Central Park … Read the rest of this entry >>

40th Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death Brings A Large Crowd to Strawberry Fields, and Sparks Emotional Memories

John Lennon died 40 years ago today, after being shot by a man of questionable sanity in front of his home at the Dakota Apartments, on West 72nd Street and Central Park … Read the rest of this entry >>

Monday: Hear from the Author of a Book on Notable Upper West Siders

Local historian Jim Mackin has written a book on famous Upper West Siders -- from Humphrey Bogart to Thurgood Marshall -- including stories about 600 l … Read the rest of this entry >>

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 >>