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 >>

Vaccine-Helper Website Sees Huge Demand as New Helper Sites Pop Up

Some New Yorkers have been working on ways to fix the city and state's confusing vaccine rollout, and new sites are popping up to make it easier to secure an appoint … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘On Mondays We Eat Local’: Roommates Launch an Initiative to Help Local Kosher Spots Survive

Upper West Side roommates, Jonah Rosen and Eli Nussbaum, both in their 20s, recently launched an initi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Vaccine Update: NYC Temporarily Closes Sites and Postpones Appointments Due to Shortage; Biden Authorizes Wartime Law

New York City has closed 15 vaccination sites through Sunday, and postponed, for exactly one week, 23,000 appointments sche … Read the rest of this entry >>

Vaccine Update: Mt. Sinai to Resume Vaccinations on Wednesday, as City Warns It’s Running Out

Mt. Sinai Hospital will resume giving Covid-19 vaccinations across its health system, including second doses, on Wednesday, January 20th, after rece … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend Column: The Vaccine That Wasn’t

I was on my way to get my first vaccine dose. And my buoyancy made me realize what a burden this has all been for the past few months, and even if I am “oka … Read the rest of this entry >>

Congressman Espaillat Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Getting Vaccine; Here’s What a Doctor Makes of It

Representative Adriano Espaillat, the Democratic congressman who represents much of upper Manhattan and part of the northwest Bronx in New York’s … Read the rest of this entry >>

Three Vaccine Spots Open Nearby as City Creates Vaccine Phone Number

Vaccine information is coming in fast and furious as the state expands eligibility to people over 75 and certain essential wor … Read the rest of this entry >>

Floral Heart Placed in Central Park to Remember Covid Victims

It has been difficult to memorialize people who died from Covid-19, in part because of the restrictions on gathe … Read the rest of this entry >>

Dance Has Thrived for Decades on the UWS; Will the Pandemic Break It?

Writing about the Upper West Side these days, it’s easy to focus on the absence of what once was and lose sight of what stil … Read the rest of this entry >>

Our Most-Viewed Stories of 2020

Many of you turned to West Side Rag in March as the drumbeat of anxiety over Covid-19 grew louder, and we tried to offer as much information as pos … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Upper West Side’s ‘Masked Hatter’ Makes Fashion Statements, and Public Health Ones Too

With nearly nine months of mask-wearing under our belts, most of us have experimented with the style, fabric, or pattern of this newly mandatory face accessory in some … Read the rest of this entry >>