Throwback Thursday: The ‘Broadway Ladies’ of the Late 70s

The photo and hand-coloring above are by Joan Menschenfreund, who has lived on the Upper West Side for 51 years. The women were sitting in the Bro … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Forty Years Ago, the UWS Had Quite the Style

Stephen Harmon took hundreds of pictures of the neighborhood in the 70's and 80's and thankfully he still has many of them. Check out … Read the rest of this entry >>

James Baldwin’s Former UWS Home May Become a Landmark

Writer James Baldwin bought the building at 137 West 71st Street in 1965, and lived there on and off for the last two decades of his l … Read the rest of this entry >>

Historic Riverside Park Monument Now a Fenced-Off ‘Hazard,’ and It’s Not Clear When it Will Reopen

Riverside Park’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, the ornate circular structure and plaza at 89th Street and Riverside Drive, commemo … Read the rest of this entry >>

Monday: A Unique Talk About Central Park’s History

Author Stephen Wolf will tell stories about Central Park -- some historical, some fictional -- at a special talk on Monday night. Wolf, a profess … Read the rest of this entry >>

‘Mrs. Maisel’ Scene Brings New Customers to a Classic UWS Bar; ‘The Harp is Always Shining’ at Dublin House

When The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel needed a bar where Midge Maisel and Lenny Bruce could commiserate about the hardships of being cutting-edge comi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Book Review: ‘We Are Staying’ Captures a Flashpoint in Upper West Side History and the Evolution of the Neighborhood

In the summer of 1977, New York City was about as far from the tourist mecca it is today as can be imagined. The Bronx was burning, a serial kille … Read the rest of this entry >>

Powerhouse Wins Landmark Designation Just as Glassy Towers Encroach

Welcome to the Upper West Side, where even our powerhouses are historic! A powerhouse designed by prominent architect Stanford Whi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: The Tricks to Shopping on the Upper West Side 80 Years Ago

Broadway in our neighborhood was retail heaven in the Thirties and early Forties. There were grocery stores; bakeries; haberdasheries; lingerie shops; shoe s … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: LOCALS WHO GREW UP HERE IN THE 70’S TELL THEIR STORIES

Having lived on the Upper West Side since 1989, I could never imagine living in another area of the city. This is my home. I lived here first … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE NYPL HAS MORE AMAZING NEW TOOLS TO EXPLORE NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY

The New York Public Library has been creating some amazing digital tools in the past couple of years. The library wants more of its colle … Read the rest of this entry >>

BELLA LUNA RESTAURANT RENOVATION REVEALS HIDDEN MURAL WITH FASCINATING BACKSTORY

Turgut Balikci was the first to see them, peeking out from behind a wood-paneled wall: “little trees,” he said. Balikci had been planning to pre … Read the rest of this entry >>

OLD UWS ASTROLOGY SIGN UP FOR AUCTION

An old sign advertising an astrologist named Lauren on 74th and Columbus who promises to "solve all problems of life" is up for auction … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: DON’T PRETEND YOU DON’T LOVE THE 80’S

Remember the olden days, when young men wore tight shorts, old ones wore hats, and everyone read actual physical newspapers? Her … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: WHEN FEARSOME ‘PIRATE CATS’ ROAMED THE UPPER WEST SIDE

One hundred years ago, the residents of the Upper West Side bolted their doors in fear of a group of marauding cats that h … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE COLORFUL UPPER WEST SIDERS OF THE 1980’S

Stephen Harmon has so many wonderful photos of Upper West Siders that he took in the 80's (and other decades). He's s … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THAT SPUNKY 80’S STYLE

Upper West Sider Stephen Harmon loved to walk around the neighborhood in the 1980's and snap pictures of the colorful pe … Read the rest of this entry >>

HOTEL BELLECLAIRE PLANS TO RESTORE BROADWAY FACADE TO CENTURY-OLD LOOK

The Hotel Belleclaire on the corner of 77th street and Broadway won approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to red … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP ON THE UWS IN THE 1930’S

I think the neighborhood we now know as the Upper West Side came into being at around the same time as I did — in … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: SOME GEMS FROM THE ROBERT BRACKLOW COLLECTION

Photographer Robert L. Bracklow took lots of excellent photos of buildings in New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His p … Read the rest of this entry >>

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