WEEKEND COLUMN: SOME RESTAURANTS HAVE DOUBLE IDENTITIES

Editor's Note: Below, Stan Solomon takes a look at DBA's, the names that restaurants use that often differ from their legal names. And at the bottom, there's a … Read the rest of this entry >>

THOSE AREN’T GARGOYLES! THOSE ARE HUNKY PUNKS! AND THEY’RE WATCHING YOU…

By Stan Solomon Hey, you! Yes, you, busy UWSer – have you ever felt, as you rushed about this place, that somebody…or something…was watching you? Now, don’t get all paranoid and start scanning for black helicopters over Broadway or holding [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND COLUMN: HOW HOLLYWOOD BROUGHT THE DEVIL TO THE UPPER WEST SIDE

By Stan Solomon On Sunday evenings this Fall, a supernatural-themed prime time drama called 666 Park Avenue is set to air on ABC. But the Upper East Side drama has a twist – and it’s not just the whole haunted-apartment-building thing. The exterior shots that claim to … Read the rest of this entry >>

LINCOLN SQUARE MYSTERY: WAS IT REALLY NAMED FOR ABE?

By Stan Solomon Greenwich Village’s Washington Square was named for President George Washington, and the Flatiron District’s Madison Square was named not for a sports arena but for President James Madison. Thus, isn’t it safe to assume that the Upper [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND COLUMN: HOW COLUMBUS GOT A CIRCLE, A SQUARE, AND A “TRIANGLE”

By Stan Solomon Small wonder that some out-of-town visitors appear dazed and confused, for our city can sometimes (okay, most times) be a confusing place. Take the tourist-schlock-shop chain “Phantom of Broadway” (please!). Four of its six outlets are not [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

HOW HOLLYWOOD GETS NEW YORK, AND THE UPPER WEST SIDE, WRONG

By Stan Solomon Supposedly, Texans are proud of their “Don’t Mess With Texas” slogan. Maybe they’re right. And maybe we equally proud New Yorkers need a similar slogan – something like, “Yo, Hollywood! Don’ Screw Aroun’ Wit’ New York City!” [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DISABLED UPPER WEST SIDERS STRUGGLE TO NAVIGATE DETERIORATING, POORLY-BUILT CURBS

By Stan Solomon It was a most ‘dark-and-stormy-night,’ and there we were, headed up Columbus Avenue, running late for a dinner date. “We” means myself — attempting to hold an umbrella and steer my aging-but-trusty mobility scooter — and my [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>