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 >>

NYC Health Commissioner Explains 3 Phases of Vaccine Distribution in the City

As the second wave of the pandemic grips the city, questions swirl about the vaccine promising to bring it to an end. Is it safe? Does it work? How will it be rolled out? When will I get it? W … Read the rest of this entry >>

4-Year-Old’s Note Reminds Santa About Coronavirus Restrictions

Among children, there is considerable anxiety about whether Santa Claus will be allowed to come by this Christmas, given coronavirus restrictions. One 4-yea … Read the rest of this entry >>

Linda Rosenthal Proposes Bill to Mandate Vaccine if ‘Science Deniers’ Keep New York from Herd Immunity

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout dominates the national news cycle, the Upper West Side’s own Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal has intro … Read the rest of this entry >>

Alice’s Tea Cup Closes for Now, Because Outdoor Service Can’t Pay the Bills

Facing colder temperatures and a dearth of federal assistance, beloved local restaurant Alice’s Tea Cup has decided to close indefinitely. Sunday m … Read the rest of this entry >>

How Will Vaccine Distribution Work? NYC Health Chief Will Hold Public Zoom Talk Next Week

NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi will join a Zoom with Councilmember Mark Levine next week to discuss how a vaccine might be distributed in the … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Schools Take Different Paths to Reopening

Schools on the Upper West Side were once again a hub of morning activity this week as elementary students resumed in-person instruction for the first … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Traveling Jazz Band That’s Been Keeping UWS Restaurants Lively — and Sometimes Inspiring Spontaneous Dancing

You may have seen Victor Neufeld and his jazz band around the streets over the past couple of months. They've been at restaurants all ove … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘Stay In as Much as Possible and Stop Non-Essential Activities,’ NYC Health Commissioner Urges At-Risk New Yorkers

Go back into voluntary lockdown, NYC Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi, M.D. urged older New Yorkers, those with under … Read the rest of this entry >>

Covid Cases Raise Concern at Local Trader Joe’s; Company Brings in Special Cleaning Crew

Covid cases among employees at the Trader Joe's on 93rd Street and Columbus Avenue have raised concerns among the staff, according to a report in Gotha … Read the rest of this entry >>

How a Toy Store Stayed Afloat During Covid By Expanding Its Product Line — Even to Toilet Paper

Donna Schofield never imagined that hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes would show up on her order sheet for new inventory, much less to … Read the rest of this entry >>

2 Local Restaurants Get $5,000 Grants to Boost Dining Setups as Winter Arrives

Upper West Side restaurants are struggling to attract customers as the weather gets colder, and two of them now have some extra cash to make their setups more invi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Photos: Upper West Siders Set Up Thanksgiving Tables Outside, With Multiple Candelabras

With Covid-19 raging, many families put off Thanksgiving gatherings until next year. Some, however, tried to make it work this year by eating out … Read the rest of this entry >>

Inflation Deflation — Covid Cancels a Classic Upper West Side Event

In a normal year, the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving marks a (literally) buoyant neighborhood tradition: the blowing up of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day P … Read the rest of this entry >>

West Siders are Waiting Hours for Covid Tests; Assemblymember Wants More Testing Sites to Open

Lines to get tested for Covid-19 at CityMD locations have been stretching around the block in the past few days, with some people reporting waits of several h … Read the rest of this entry >>