Anxiety Grows as Schools Prepare to Open Amid Covid Surge; New Quarantine and Testing Policies

The Omicron variant has led to the largest Covid surge in New York City since the start of the pandemic, with nearly 30,000 people … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lines for Testing Grow as Covid Rate Spikes; City to Add Centers and Options

A sudden spike in Covid cases, likely caused by the Omicron variant, is sweeping through New York City. And once again, long lines are stret … Read the rest of this entry >>

Man Who Had Recently Visited Manhattan Convention Tests Positive for Omicron Variant

A Minnesota man who had recently attended a convention at the Javits Center has tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, raising the likel … Read the rest of this entry >>

Some Local Parents Want a Remote School Option as Delta Spreads

Due to concerns about the Delta variant and a widely unvaccinated youth population, a growing number of parents and public officials are calling for a r … Read the rest of this entry >>

Mandatory Mask Signs Go Up as Local Covid Positivity Rate Rises — as High as 3.7%

Stores are beginning to reinstate mandatory masking policies for everyone as the Covid positivity rate rises again, despite high vaccination … Read the rest of this entry >>

Vaccines Will Be Required to Dine Inside, Work Out at Gyms and See Shows

Mayor de Blasio put some muscle behind Monday’s call for everyone to get vaccinated, announcing on Tuesday morning that he will be mand … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Businesses Stick With Mask Rules Even as State Loosens Them: ‘You Don’t Know Who’s Walking In’

Governor Cuomo says that fully vaccinated people can take their masks off in most indoors spaces starting on Wednesday, … Read the rest of this entry >>

CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Go Maskless in Most Situations; Will You?

The CDC updated its guidance on Thursday to say that those who have been fully vaccinated (at least two weeks after your second shot) ca … Read the rest of this entry >>

Zoom Days Weigh on Local High School Students: ‘Everything Fun About School Has Been Taken Away’

On April 14th, 2021, a group of Upper West Side mothers filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City School Chancellor Meisha Porter, cla … Read the rest of this entry >>

Performers Will Put on a ‘Cabaret’ in the Street This Weekend; Bring Your Own Seat

The city's "Open Culture" program allows performers to stage shows in the middle of the street, as a way to continue New York's artistic vibe wi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Sidewalk Sanctuary: ‘The Pastor Is In’ on West 96th Street

Like most sanctuaries in New York, the Second Presbyterian Church on West 96th Street, just off Central Park West, was forced to tak … Read the rest of this entry >>

Ode to a Neighborhood Trumpeter

Every evening Sharply at seven A single trumpet toots tiny n … Read the rest of this entry >>

Vaccine Age Minimum Drops to 30 on Tuesday; All Adults Can Sign Up Starting April 6

New York will lower the age for people to sign up for vaccine appointments to 30 starting on Tuesday, and will make all adults eligible starting Ap … Read the rest of this entry >>

Friday: Pop-Up Site Offers J&J Vaccine to Those 60 and Up

On Friday starting at 1:30 p.m., the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center is offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to people who are 60 and o … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Local’s ‘Covid Stories’ Show the Neighborhood Throughout the Pandemic

Bob Leonard is a street photographer who lives on the Upper West Side and is a member of the Soho Photo Gallery. He's been taking pic … Read the rest of this entry >>

Theaters and Comedy Clubs Get Reopening Date; Local Comedy Club Raring to Go

The state set April 2 as the date for theaters in New York to reopen, with capacity rules. Theaters that hold fewer than 10,000 people can r … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lincoln Center to Start Holding Outdoor Events With a Unique Format

The biggest performance spaces at Lincoln Center won't be holding indoor performances until at least the Fall, but the performing arts c … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Issues New Mask Guidelines: Wearing Two Can Raise Protection Level to 95%, Study Finds

The NYC Health Department is recommending that New Yorkers wear two masks—a paper one covered by a cloth one—to better … Read the rest of this entry >>

Cathedral Will Become Free Covid Testing Site

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine has lent a hand in various ways since the start of the pandemic -- whether as a place to soothe the sou … Read the rest of this entry >>

11 Pharmacies on the UWS Will Give Vaccines Under New Federal Program; How to Sign Up

Pharmacies throughout the nation and New York City—including 11 on the Upper West Side—began giving COVID-19 vaccines on F … Read the rest of this entry >>