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 >>

‘BLACKOUT’ SHOW FEATURES LOOTED UPPER WEST SIDE STORE

The PBS show Blackout, reliving the 1977 blackout and its aftermath, airs on Tuesday night. And it turns out West Side Rag inadvertently played a role in the produc … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: HOW 96TH STREET GOT ITS TREES

Now that almost all residential streets in Manhattan and many in other boroughs have trees lining the islands and streets, I realize it is fifty-two years since our effor … Read the rest of this entry >>

AN ARTIST BRINGS THE OLD TEACHER’S RESTAURANT BACK TO LIFE

Our recent post about the Teacher's and Teacher's Too restaurants sparked lots of discussion, and inspired one reader to send us an image of a print on his … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: AN OLD RESTAURANT SIGN PEEKS OUT FROM BEHIND MCDONALD’S FACADE

McDonald's on Broadway between 81st and 82nd street closed this week and the sign is already down, revealing the ghost letters of a former occupant, the former restaurant Teacher's … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: NEW TOOL LETS YOU SEE PHOTOS OF YOUR STREET THROUGH THE YEARS

The New York Public Library unveiled an amazing tool on Thursday that allows users to locate old photos using a street map that can pinpoint exact locat … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: CHILDHOOD IN THE 70’S

John Stone sent in the photos above and below of himself and his brother David playing in the Upper West Side in the early 1970's. The top photo … Read the rest of this entry >>

STREET SIGN PROPOSED TO HONOR NORMAN ROCKWELL, BORN IN A SMALL TOWN KNOWN AS THE UPPER WEST SIDE

Norman Rockwell may be known for his paintings of small-town America, but he's got urban roots. Rockwell's birthplace and first home was in a brownstone at 206 West 103rd street be … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: A FIELD GUIDE TO RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF NYC BUILDINGS

Are you curious about the history of your building, your church, your synagogue, your kids’ school? Or maybe that interesting­looking building down the b … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: FOR DECADES, SCHRAFFT’S WAS THE HOT LUNCH SPOT

Schrafft's restaurants and confectioners were ubiquitous in New York through the 1960's, with more than 50 in the city and at least three on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Elegant Nights At The El Dorado

It’s Throwback Thursday, when Upper West Siders and formers UWSers send in their photos of life in the neighborhood back in the … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: OH TO BE YOUNG AND FULL OF BABKA

It's Throwback Thursday, when Upper West Siders and formers UWSers send in their photos of life in the nabe back in the day. Today's contribution is from Ibby Lang … Read the rest of this entry >>

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