Helen Rosenthal’s Bills to Protect Birds and Human Beings Pass the Council, as Local Leadership Is About to Change

The New York City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday to help prevent birds from flying into buildings, a phenomenon that's estimated to kill 90,000 to 230,000 birds migr … Read the rest of this entry >>

Councilmember’s ‘Conversation’ on Controversial Dock House Disallows Public Comments

A meeting billed as a community discussion on a controversial new construction project ended up being a recap of what's already been presented, … Read the rest of this entry >>

More Concrete Information on Vaccine Distribution Starts to Trickle Out as Local Seniors Express Anxiety: ‘If I Get COVID, I Will Die’

The anxiety of the moment—leaving politics aside—is about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is the topic on everyone’s … Read the rest of this entry >>

All Homeless Hotel Relocations Are on Pause Until September 30th; New Services Go Into Effect At The Lucerne

The men experiencing homelessness at The Lucerne hotel on West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue won’t be moving out before th … Read the rest of this entry >>

Motorcycle and Package Thefts Have Spiked, NYPD Commander Says at Community Meeting

Thieves on the Upper West Side are currently targeting unguarded packages and motorcycles, Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi told about 40 residents gathered Wedn … Read the rest of this entry >>

Rosenthal Explains Her Homeless Shelter Position, Changing Some Stances

Councilmember Helen Rosenthal sent out an email on Sunday shifting her stance on certain issues surrounding the new homeless shelters that have been p … Read the rest of this entry >>

Despite Politicians’ Assurances, All Sex Offenders are Not Barred from New ‘Homeless Hotels’

Despite reassurances from politicians that there are no sex offenders at the three new homeless shelters on the Upper West Side, the city can't bar all sex offe … Read the rest of this entry >>

Locals Express Frustration and Confront Councilmember as Hotel Becomes Homeless Shelter

Shortly after groups of homeless men began to arrive by bus on Monday morning to their new living quarters at The Lucerne Hotel on 79th Street and Amsterdam A … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Local Podcast Finds Its Voice in Troubled Times, and Will Pass the Mic to the Community

Forty years ago, Upper West Siders Rebecca McKean and Alan Winson became partners in marriage. One hundred episodes ago, they b … Read the rest of this entry >>

Defund the Police? Open the Playgrounds? City Council’s Corey Johnson and Helen Rosenthal Will Talk Wednesday

The City Council has been considering more aggressive strategies to dealing with the two issues weighing heavily on this city's psyche -- racial inequality and Covi … Read the rest of this entry >>

West Siders Take to the Street for an Open Air Town Hall

A town hall unlike anything seen on the Upper West Side in recent years took place on West End Avenue on Tuesday night, with politicians and energized citizens ca … Read the rest of this entry >>

Helen Rosenthal Endorses Bernie Sanders, Marking a Leftward Shift

Council Member Helen Rosenthal endorsed Bernie Sanders for president just days before Monday's Iowa primaries on Monday. Rosenthal's dec … Read the rest of this entry >>

Upper West Side City Council Members Help Pass Bird-Friendly Bill to Stop Deadly Crashes

The New York City Council voted to pass Int. 1482-B, the Bird-Friendly Materials bill, during a legislative session today. Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Mark L … Read the rest of this entry >>

Tax Breaks, Tax Hikes on the Table to Address Problem of Retail Vacancies

UWS Save Our Stores, a grassroots organization aimed at reducing the number of long-term vacant storefr … Read the rest of this entry >>

New Workout Area and Half-Court Junior Basketball Court Open; Community Can Vote on More Projects Like It

A new recreation and fitness area intended for tweens and younger adults opened in Riverside Park at 76th Street this week, and it’s just what the neighborhood ordered — liter … Read the rest of this entry >>

Where’d Mom & Pop Go? City Council Passes ‘Storefront Tracking Bill’ to Map Retail Vacancies

Small businesses have shuttered at an alarming rate on the Upper West Side and throughout the city, inspiring proposed solutions ranging from commercial rent control to a vacancy … Read the rest of this entry >>

Helen Rosenthal Finds Purpose, and Her Next Challenge, In Budget Battles

City Council Member Helen Rosenthal has rallied loudly to bring attention to controversial issues. But at heart she's a budget wonk, who enjoys poring … Read the rest of this entry >>

Popular Bull Moose Dog Run Finally On Track for Renovation; Will Be Closed for a Year

It’s been a long time coming, but the Bull Moose Dog Run, located in Theodore Roosevelt Park, next to the Museum of Natural History, is finally getting a full renova … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Council Approves Cap on ‘Mechanical Voids,’ But Falls Short of Limiting Tall Building Heights

Last week, the City Council voted to approve a text amendment to the New York City zoning code, restricting the size and placement of “mechanical voids,” over … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Approves 775-Foot Tower on 66th Street; Opponents ‘Resolved to Fight On’

The Department of Buildings (DOB) has approved Extell’s revised plans for a 775-foot residential skyscraper at 50 West 66th Street, saying they now comply … Read the rest of this entry >>