Throwback Thursday: Ye Very Olde Bloomingdale Road (Broadway) in the Colonial and Post-Revolutionary Era

A few months ago, a new website developed by John Jay College caught my attention. Like many institutions of higher education, the Co … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: When Olivia de Havilland Visited the Upper West Side

Olivia de Havilland died Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the age of 104. She made a personal appearance at the Broadway and West 67th Street Regency The … Read the rest of this entry >>

7 Walks in 7 Days: Alexander von Humboldt Was a Celebrity in His Day

As the weather improves, it’s a good time to explore some parts of the UWS that may be new to you. Whether you’re a solitary walker or you prefer to … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Young Quarantined Artist Draws the View Outside His Window, Then Imagines the Same View in 1940

A 21-year-old Upper West Side artist named Benjamin M. has been home during the quarantine and he decided to draw the view outside his bedroom wi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Famed Garage Where Robert Caro Cracked the Robert Moses Code Now Gated Off

One of the holy sites of investigative journalism in New York City has been fenced off from public view – although the site is so obscure that few people realize its signific … Read the rest of this entry >>

Exhibit Sets the Life of Rock-and-Roll Impresario Bill Graham to the Music He Brought Us All

The Bill Graham exhibition at the New-York Historical Society is visually exciting, nostalgic and accompanied by a terrific soundt … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: One of the Classic Upper West Side Movie Theaters

The New Yorker Theater at 2409 Broadway at 88th Street was one of the great Upper West Side movie houses of the 20th century. Woody Allen … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: A Photographer Captured That 70s and 80s Vibe

Mark Futral has photographed Upper West Siders for decades, and he sent us some of his shots from the 1970s and 80s, along with … Read the rest of this entry >>

5 Events This Month to Learn Upper West Side History

There are five talks scheduled this month about local history, including two this week. Two are from the Bloomingdale History Group, which offers free program … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Two Signs Emerge From the Past

As much as we try to paper over the past, it's usually still hiding near the surface. Two signs that were recently spotted in the neighborhood brought back memories from decades … Read the rest of this entry >>

An ‘Accidental’ Upper West Side Landlord Traveled a Rocky Road to a Windfall; A Young Al Pacino Was His Super!

As someone who started life in an orphanage, I never dreamed I’d one day become the landlord of two small apartment buildings on West 68th Street in New York … Read the rest of this entry >>

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 >>