NOTES ON TRAINING AND COMPETING FROM A LOCAL IRONMAN

Editor’s Note: Last weekend, Upper West Sider Thomas Hudson joined about 2,500 other people from all over the world in competing in the Ironman U.S. Championship Triathlon, which finished at 81st Street in Riverside Park. It included a 2.6-mile swim [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND COLUMN: HOW HOLLYWOOD BROUGHT THE DEVIL TO THE UPPER WEST SIDE

By Stan Solomon On Sunday evenings this Fall, a supernatural-themed prime time drama called 666 Park Avenue is set to air on ABC. But the Upper East Side drama has a twist – and it’s not just the whole haunted-apartment-building thing. The exterior shots that claim to … Read the rest of this entry >>

LINCOLN SQUARE MYSTERY: WAS IT REALLY NAMED FOR ABE?

By Stan Solomon Greenwich Village’s Washington Square was named for President George Washington, and the Flatiron District’s Madison Square was named not for a sports arena but for President James Madison. Thus, isn’t it safe to assume that the Upper [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

ON THE MARKET: CLUTTER RUINS OTHERWISE LOVELY UWS APARTMENT

By Malcolm Carter Loved the apartment, hated the clutter. This condo on a lower floor of a boutique building that is a stone’s throw from Lincoln Center in the mid 60s has a great deal going for it (though not [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: BIG NICK’S

By Tracy Kaler Thousands of restaurants have come and gone on the Upper West Side in the past fifty years since Big Nick’s first opened its doors. But few have won their way into the hearts of locals like the [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

FOOD FIGHT IN AISLE 4! NEW MARKET OWNER SAYS “PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF GOING TO ZABAR’S”

By Laura Weiss Just-opened Upper West Side food specialty shop Gastronomie 491 owner Nicole Ahronee says, “People are tired of going to Zabar’s,” and that they’re eager for an alternative to the 70-plus-year old food emporium. Gastronomie 491, an upscale [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS CHEAP EATS: ISLAND BURGERS & SHAKES

Upper West Sider Kara Rota will be reviewing inexpensive local restaurants for the West Side Rag. This is her first review for the site. By Kara Rota While some of us were still in a mild daze from the lost [&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 >>

THE DIFFICULTY OF SELLING YOUR WALK-UP APARTMENT; TENANTS SURE ARE FIT!

By Malcolm Carter On a clear day, you can. . . climb up forever. Selling an apartment is hard enough these days.  Selling one in a building without elevators is a challenge that can be overwhelming. The photo above (looking [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: LEVAIN BAKERY

This is the second article in a West Side Rag series about the most essential eateries on the Upper West Side. Spurred by the sudden closure of H&H Bagels last year, we asked ourselves the question: what other restaurants, markets, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

A FRONT-ROW SEAT AT THE DOUBLE-DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Elizabeth Boyle It was a cold gray day outside on Saturday, but inside Jewish Home Lifecare on West 106th, crowds of kids sweated it out in front of a full house in a fierce Double Dutch jump rope competition.  [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE ESSENTIAL EATS: BARNEY GREENGRASS

This is the first article in a West Side Rag series about the most essential eateries on the Upper West Side. Spurred by the sudden closure of H&H Bagels last year, we asked ourselves the question: what other restaurants, markets, [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DISABLED UPPER WEST SIDERS STRUGGLE TO NAVIGATE DETERIORATING, POORLY-BUILT CURBS

By Stan Solomon It was a most ‘dark-and-stormy-night,’ and there we were, headed up Columbus Avenue, running late for a dinner date. “We” means myself — attempting to hold an umbrella and steer my aging-but-trusty mobility scooter — and my [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

A DAZED OWL ON 74TH STREET DRAWS A CROWD, THEN DISAPPEARS

By Karen Farber Early on Friday I was coming home from walking my dog and as I passed by 151 West 74th Street I did a double-take.  What I had originally thought was a small dog sitting outside the building [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

HUNTING CENTRAL PARK’S ELUSIVE BLACK SQUIRREL

A fellow nature lover recently told me of seeing a black squirrel repeatedly in the northern end of Central Park. So I ventured out to fin … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE STONE CARVER CHISELS AWAY AT ST. JOHN THE UNFINISHED

By Marjorie Cohen I first heard about Chris Pelletierri from a student in his stone carving class. Intrigued by the idea of a stone carver working and teaching on the Upper West Side, I arranged a visit to Chris’ studio. [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE UPPER WEST SIDE NIGHT RIDER: WHEELS SPIN ON THE ROAD AND IN THE MIND

By Katie Barry In the wee hours of the morning, the bike pilgrimage home can be a little daunting from my bar job in Chelsea to the Upper West Side. But on my three-speed red Huffy built more like a [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE HISTORY: THE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A MODEL WHO BROKE THE RULES

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a monthly West Side Rag series by Marjorie Cohen. Each month, Marjorie will choose an object or document from the archives of the New-York Historical Society that references the Upper West Side and [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

ART BROUGHT TO LIFE: THE SCOLDING RAVEN BELITTLES US

A belligerent raven, sculpted by Peter Woytuk, hangs out near the entrance to the subway station on Broadway and 72nd Street. The big bronze bird appears to have taken on the character of a neighborhood s … Read the rest of this entry >>

A HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE FOR CREATIVE UPPER WEST SIDERS

Even though the weather outside isn’t frightful, the holidays are in full swing. Yes, that’s right shoppers, only 18 days left till Christmas and 15 days until Hannukah! Don’t be scared. You are in luck. There are tons of great … Read the rest of this entry >>

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