How a Toy Store Stayed Afloat During Covid By Expanding Its Product Line — Even to Toilet Paper

Donna Schofield never imagined that hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes would show up on her order sheet for new inventory, much less to … Read the rest of this entry >>

New Vietnamese Spot Already So Popular It’s Turning Some Orders Away

Banh Vietnamese Shop House at 942 Amsterdam Avenue, between 106th and 107th Streets has been "soft-opened" for about three weeks, just serving food on the week … Read the rest of this entry >>

Restaurant Openings: Broadway Family Mart, Miss Saigon, Chick Chick, Anar, Pastrami Queen

Just in time for winter, we got a new restaurant serving … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Starts Releasing More Timely Covid Data; 94 Positive Cases on UWS in Past Week

The city has created a dashboard for Covid-19 cases by zip code, and the data is much more up to date than previous efforts. The Upper West Side cont … Read the rest of this entry >>

Some Chain Stores Board-Up Ahead of Election

A few Upper West Side businesses have been putting wooden boards over the windows in advance of the election, prepping for possible post-election un … Read the rest of this entry >>

California Girl Is Upper West Side Dreamin’

Monday, Monday...a bit of a gloomy one at that. But lest you forget what lies beneath the clouds, here’s a comment received by WSR … Read the rest of this entry >>

Thursday: Mini-Food Fest Planned in the People’s Garden to Support 15 Restaurants

The "People's Garden" on 111th Street and Amsterdam Avenue is hosting a unique food festival on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. It's … Read the rest of this entry >>

The UWS Was Once the Center of the Movie-Going World; Learn That History on Tuesday

The Bloomingdale History Group is holding a Zoom session on Tuesday explaining the history of movie theaters on the Upper West Side -- there were once a whopping 17 thea … Read the rest of this entry >>

City May Face Dueling Lawsuits, as Shelter Opponents and Legal Aid Both Threaten Action

The fight over the Upper West Side's homeless hotels may end up in the courts, as an opposition group has demanded the mayor produce a tim … Read the rest of this entry >>

Upper West Side Corn Gardener Figures Out the Trick to Growing Ears in A Sidewalk Plot: ‘Lord Be Praised’

The corn growing in a plant bed on 101st Street started as an experiment by local resident Racey Gilbert, who may be a resident of the concrete j … Read the rest of this entry >>

Locals Plan Rallies at 2 Post Offices on Saturday

Congress and the President are battling over the future of the U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting. On Saturday at 11, rallies are pl … Read the rest of this entry >>

Community Board to Hold Public Forum on Homeless Hotels

On Monday, Community Board 7 plans to hold a public forum over Zoom to hear from various constituencies about the h … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lucerne Resident Explains How the Shelter Has Improved His Life, and What He Hopes Locals Understand

Michael Alvarez came to my attention when he posted eloquently on the Facebook group “Upper Westsiders For Safer Streets,” revealing that he was a homeless resident of the The Lucerne H … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Chinese Restaurant Makes List of Top 10 Takeout Spots in the Pandemic

Happy Hot Hunan at 969 Amsterdam Avenue between 107th and 108th streets was chosen by Eater's Robert Sietsema as one of the 10 best takeout spots in the … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Section of Amsterdam Avenue Becomes Restaurant Row on Weekends Starting Saturday; Here’s How It Will Work

Amsterdam Avenue will be blocked off to traffic from 97th to 110th Street on the weekends from August 8 to October 31 as part of the city's plan to make it e … Read the rest of this entry >>

Corn Growing in Random Plant Bed on West 101st Street

Backyard gardens have long flourished on the Upper West Side, growing small sprigs of basil, mint and other things to put in your mojito. We … Read the rest of this entry >>

Sean Hannity Says Upper West Side’s Homeless Hotels are Part of a ‘New York City Nightmare’

The Upper West Side has always been a boogeyman for conservatives who have made fun of the liberal politics of residents here for de … Read the rest of this entry >>

Locals Express Frustration and Confront Councilmember as Hotel Becomes Homeless Shelter

Shortly after groups of homeless men began to arrive by bus on Monday morning to their new living quarters at The Lucerne Hotel on 79th Street and Amsterdam A … Read the rest of this entry >>

Community Board Committee Supports 72nd Street Protected Bike Lane, Wants City to Make It Easier to Open Restaurants Outside

Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee voted on Tuesday night to ask the city to build a new bike lane on 72nd Street, and to give restaurants greater leeway in outdoor seating arrangem … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Strand Upper West Side Plans to Open This Month

The Strand got unlucky with the opening of its Upper West Side branch at 450 Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets -- it had planned to start oper … Read the rest of this entry >>