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 >>

Throwback Thursday: A Fresh Dip in Central Park

Way back in the day, people would take a dip on a hot day in the swimmin' holes in Central Park. This photo from the M … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Bench-Warmers

Stephen Harmon sent in the photos below of people hanging out on local benches back in the mid-19 … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Learn Some History Before the Wrecking Ball Swings

The southeast corner of Broadway and 85th Street is being readied for demolition, the latest two-story building on the a … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: 12 Photos of Fun, Frozen Days in Central Park

There hasn't been much snow yet this winter, but some could be coming this weekend, and it's worth a look back at how some previous genera … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: A New View of the Old Neighborhood

The city recently digitized 720,000 photos that were taken taken for tax purposes between 1939 and 1941, and made them available on the inte … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Remembering ‘Old John’

Stephen Harmon took this photo sometime in the late 70's or early 80's at 72nd Street and Broadway. "Old John the accordion playe … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: An Author Remembers the Roaches, the Muggers and the Milk Machine

At risk of sounding like the Ancient Mariner, I remember how Book Culture’s block looked when I moved to New York City in 1970 to … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Business Cards and Receipts to Make Your Mouth Water

West Side Rag reader David saved receipts and business cards from some iconic Upper West Side businesses and sent us the … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: A Flower Shop That Was Out of This World

Once upon a time in what now seems like another world, there was a little flower shop on Columbus and 73rd Street between the years of 1974 and … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: The Blizzard of ’83

A two-day storm in February 1983 was so memorable that someone wrote Blizzard 83 in the snow in front of the Bethesda Foun … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Remember CDs?

For years, the Tower Records at 66th and Broadway was a gathering place for Upper West Siders who didn't yet have Spotify because it wasn't inven … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Famous Dairy Restaurant

The Famous Dairy Restaurant at 222 West 72nd Street served traditional Jewish food and was a favorite haunt of writer Isaac Bashevis Si … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: MEMORIES OF GREAT LOX

A two-story building on 72nd Street between Broadway and West End once housed several small shops, … 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: WEIRD, WILD AND LOST IN THE 80’S

Stephen Harmon sent us more of his great shots of the Upper West Side in the 1 … 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 >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE BROADWAY TROLLEY PASSES A LANDMARK

In the photo above, a trolley saunters up Broadway past the Beacon Theater between 74th and 75th Streets. The … Read the rest of this entry >>

THROWBACK THURSDAY: BUNNIES, TATS AND BREAK-DANCING

Thankfully for all of us, Stephen Harmon carried his camera around the neighborhood in the 1980's and captured the lively fashion and personali … Read the rest of this entry >>

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