THE RICE MANSION, A REMINDER OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE’S GLORY DAYS

When I started to research the Rice Mansion at 89th Street and Riverside Drive, it was the bricks and mortar that drew me to it. I was seduced by the looks of such a beautiful old mansion, one of only two that remain standing as a reminder of the glory days of Riverside Drive. At the … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE LION BREWERY, WHERE BEER WAS MADE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE

Each month we choose an object from the N-Y Historical Society Library’s collection that relates to the history of the Upper West Side and use it as the focus of an article.  The topic for this month’s column, the Lion [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

EXTRAORDINARY TRUE TALES OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE AUTOMAT

Let's take a look back to the Upper West Side of the 1930's and a building constructed just as the Great Depression began. For decades, it was part of a delightful and innovative business experiment, and on one day in the middle of the summer of 1933 it was the scene of a strange and tragic series of ev … Read the rest of this entry >>

THE CLAREMONT INN: A LOST TREASURE ON THE BANKS OF THE HUDSON

This is the second article in our History Beat series — columns inspired by materials about the Upper West Side from the library of the New-York Historical Society. This article references items from the library’s manuscript and print collections. Many [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UPPER WEST SIDE HISTORY: THE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A MODEL WHO BROKE THE RULES

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a monthly West Side Rag series by Marjorie Cohen. Each month, Marjorie will choose an object or document from the archives of the New-York Historical Society that references the Upper West Side and [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>