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 >>

Covid Service Updates: Free Daily Dinners and Quarantine Kit Including Dog-Walks

The city is beefing up its services as Covid-19 rates ticks higher. Those who test positive for Covid can get all sorts of services, and peopl … Read the rest of this entry >>

NYC Public Schools to Close on Thursday as Covid Positivity Rate Hits 3%

New York City will close its public schools starting on Thursday because the 7-day Covid-19 positivity rate has hit 3%, according to the m … Read the rest of this entry >>

Comedy Club to Host ‘Temple of Laughter’ Shows in Religious Buildings

Stand Up NY, a comedy club on Broadway and 78th Street, has gotten creative during the pandemic. Because it can't hold full-capacity shows indoors, … Read the rest of this entry >>

Photos: Local Restaurants Fire Up the Heat Lamps

The temperature has dipped into the 40s in recent days, and local restaurants are keeping diners toasty with a wide variety of heat l … Read the rest of this entry >>

Cuomo Orders Restaurants, Bars and Gyms to Close at 10 p.m. as Covid Cases Rise

Governor Cuomo instituted new rules on Wednesday as Covid cases have climbed in the city, making restaurants and bars that have state liquor licenses … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Starts Releasing More Timely Covid Data; 94 Positive Cases on UWS in Past Week

The city has created a dashboard for Covid-19 cases by zip code, and the data is much more up to date than previous efforts. The Upper West Side cont … Read the rest of this entry >>

Stores Can Now Sell in ‘Outdoor Activity Zones’ Though It’s Not Clear That They Will

Mayor de Blasio has launched the Open Storefronts program to let stores sell their wares outside. The city hopes the program -- like outdoor restaurant seating -- … Read the rest of this entry >>

Covid Rate Remains Remarkably Low on UWS, as Rate Rises Elsewhere

The rate of positive Covid-19 tests remains low on the Upper West Side -- in fact, the zip codes here have some of the lowest rates in the … Read the rest of this entry >>

Legal Aid Suit Demands that City Give All Homeless People Solo Rooms During Covid

Homeless men and women were left to languish in packed hotel rooms and shelters as COVID-19 raged in New York City, putting them at heightened risk of serious il … Read the rest of this entry >>

Photos: Halloween Will Go On, With Pregnant Bears and 6-Foot Poles

Halloween may look different this year on the Upper West Side, but many Upper West Siders are still getting in the spirit by decorating and pla … Read the rest of this entry >>