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 >>

Lincoln Center Starts Holding Performances Outside With Social-Distance Circles and Pods

Lincoln Center is not holding any indoor performances this year, and some venues like the Metropolitan Opera have canceled concerts until next … Read the rest of this entry >>

Cathedral of St. John the Divine Hosting Two Covid-Remembrance Vigils

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine on 112th and Amsterdam Avenue is holding two events for victims of Covid-19. One is online and the other will be in-p … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend Column: Missing the Marathon

With the air now cool and crisp and the leaves changing colors, the Upper West Side usually has the New York City Maratho … Read the rest of this entry >>

Profile: A Minister Whose Congregation Is Composed of People Living on the Streets of the UWS

Ian Alterman moved to the Upper West Side in 1965 when he was seven years old, and has lived in the same apartment on West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lincoln Square Sends Out List of Indoor-Dining Restaurants

New York is now allowing restaurants to serve people inside, as long as they keep capacity to 25% or less. Not every restaurant is doi … Read the rest of this entry >>

New Hints That Pandemic Exodus From Manhattan May Be Slowing Down

The latest report on apartment rents in New York appears to paint the same picture drawn since the pandemic first shook confi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Group Attempts to Gather the History of This Tumultuous Year; How You Can Help

The history books may one day have a whole chapter devoted to 2020, and not because it was awesome. One local history group is making an e … Read the rest of this entry >>

Restaurants Can Reopen Indoor Dining on Wednesday; Here’s How Some Local Spots are Preparing

Restaurants city-wide are gearing up for the start of indoor dining, which can begin this Wednesday at 25% capacity. Many Upper West Side restaurant owners and man … Read the rest of this entry >>

Photos of the Day: Outdoor Worship on Yom Kippur

The continuing threat of Covid-19 has made many people wary of gathering in enclosed spaces for extended periods, but one synagogue found a way to … Read the rest of this entry >>

New Condo Development on West End Avenue is Building-In Covid Protection, Even for the Dumbbells

New luxury condos on West End and 78th Street are being designed with Covid-19 in mind -- down to the lobby entrances and the weights in the workout … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Upper West Side’s One Mall Reopens; Amazon Books, Lululemon and Other Shops Open

The Shops at Columbus Circle opened again on Wednesday after malls in the city were given permission to open. There are several new rules … Read the rest of this entry >>

Filmmaker Shows How Outdoor Dining Has Made the UWS Look ‘Very European’ and Alive

Mark O'Toole sent us the following video in response to some of the angst that has filled the Upper West Side in recent weeks, as neighbors battle … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Parent Council Wants City to Delay Public School Opening

The parent council for the Upper West Side and parts of Harlem has sent a letter to the mayor and governor asking them to delay the planned reop … Read the rest of this entry >>

New Rapid Covid-Testing Site Opens on the UWS

There's a new spot in the neighborhood to get a Covid test where you're likely to get results quickly -- in fact, the city says it ca … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Has One of the Lowest Covid Antibody Rates in the City

Upper West Siders have suffered and died from Covid-19, but in comparison with other areas of the city the virus did not appear to do as much damage in the neighbor … Read the rest of this entry >>

Meet the Subway Musicians Who are Still Playing Even as Tips Fall Flat

Each weekday, Lamont Stokes and his brother, Antwon, pop open a violin case listing a PayPal address and park themselves nea … Read the rest of this entry >>