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 >>

IT’S OFFICIAL: UWS CORNER WILL BE NAMED ‘NORMAN ROCKWELL PLACE’

The City Council voted last week to officially name the corner of West 103 Street and Amsterdam Avenue "Norman Rockwell Place" … Read the rest of this entry >>

HISTORY RIPPED ASUNDER: THE LAST 4 REMAINING PHONE BOOTHS IN NYC ARE BEING REPLACED

Workers are dismantling the four remaining phone booths on West End Avenue -- the four remaining booths i … Read the rest of this entry >>

THIS WEEKEND, THE PAST PULLED INTO THE 96TH STREET STATION

Now pulling into the 96th street station: The what??? Emily Zdyrko experienced a Back to the Future moment when a 9 t … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: FANTASTIC VIDEO OF THE UWS IN 1977

An amazing video showing the Upper West Side in 1977 by Mark Mannucci and Mary Larsen has been making the rounds on social media in recent … Read the rest of this entry >>

AN UPPER WEST SIDE BUILDING HONORS THE ‘BOY MAYOR’ WHO LIVED THERE

By Anya Schiffrin Former May John Purroy Mitchel was honored last week at 258 Riverside Drive, the 98th street building where he live … Read the rest of this entry >>

LEARN AND CELEBRATE LOCAL HISTORY AT 3 UPCOMING EVENTS

There are several free events coming up that celebrate local history. The following listings come from Landmarks West and the Bloomin … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: WHEN THE MIDDLE OF BROADWAY WAS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

The Upper West Side in the 1930’s and early 1940’s didn’t lack for park benches where mothers could sit with other mothers and … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: THE STORY BEHIND AN UPPER WEST SIDE ICE CREAM SIGN; 3 MILLION GALLONS!

In late August, confronted with oppressive humidity, blinding rays, and damp underarms, city folk turn to ice cream. Thoughts of deodorant and heatstroke are c … Read the rest of this entry >>

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