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 >>

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 >>

Book Review: Remembering Local Landmarks and Family Pain In ‘The Long Half Lives of Love and Trauma’

As with many European Jews in New York City after World War II, the family of veteran arts journalist Helen Epstein was able to move into progress … Read the rest of this entry >>

Book Review: In ‘Emerson Page’ You’ll Recognize the Neighborhood and the Struggles and Magic of Adolescence

There is something magical in recognizing local landmarks in a piece of literature or a film. For Upper West Siders it might be the exterior o … Read the rest of this entry >>

BOOK REVIEW: ‘BLAUSTEIN’S KISS’ TELLS STORIES OF LOVE, LOSS AND NEW BEGINNINGS

By Nancy Novick You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy Judith Felsenfeld’s collection of short stories about mainly Jewish characters—but you might relate to the stories better if you're in the right age demogra … Read the rest of this entry >>

BOOK REVIEW: ARTHUR WOOTEN’S DIZZY

By Nancy Novick Unless you’ve been living in a media-free zone, stories of celebrities spinning out of control have become part of our daily conversation—a phenomenon that may lead to a serious case of compassion fatigue. But imagine a scenario [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

LOCAL HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM SHOWCASE NEW YORK’S ‘OUTDOOR MUSEUM’ IN A NEW BOOK

Editor's Note: Nancy Novick reviewed "The Outdoor Museum", by Margery and Sheldon Harnick, and also got a chance to meet and interview them. Both the review and the Q&A are b … Read the rest of this entry >>

WHILE MICHAEL TUCKER’S FACE EVOKES L.A., HIS NEW BOOK IS ALL UPPER WEST SIDE

Editor’s Note: Nancy Novick reviewed Michael Tucker’s new book “After Annie”, and also got a chance to meet and interview him at the Fairway Cafe. Both the review and the Q&A are below. By Nancy Novick Life in any New [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS BOOK REVIEW: “READING MY FATHER” BY ALEXANDRA STYRON

Nancy Novick, an Upper West Side writer, plans to write an occasional column for us on books, particularly those with relevance to the neighborhood. This first column is about Alexandra Styron (above), a one-time Upper West Sider who wrote a [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>