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 >>

Some Local Voters Didn’t Receive a Congressional Ballot During Tuesday’s Primary Election

Upper West Siders at multiple voting locations reported being given ballots on Tuesday morning without the page for the congressional pri … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Parents Want More Real-Time Video Teaching; Some Don’t Want Kids In School Before a Vaccine is Released

Parents spoke out in a meeting over Zoom on Thursday night about the successes and failures of remote learning during the pandemic. Students have been lea … Read the rest of this entry >>

On the Last Night of Curfew, the Curious and the Restless Convene; An 82-Year-Old Tends His Orphan Tree

We wanted to see how curfew-ignoring locals and the NYPD were doing after a tumultuous week and a wearying three months of Covid-19 isolation.  … Read the rest of this entry >>

As Anger Spills Into the Streets, Local Assemblyman Nears a Long-Sought Victory on Police Accountability Law

The protests against police brutality over the past 10 days in New York City have allowed people to express the raw pain they're feeling. But … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Few Store Windows Were Smashed on the UWS, Though Much of the Neighborhood Has Been Spared from Looting

While looting has occurred in various parts of New York in recent days, it appears to be happening only sporadically -- if at all -- on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Police Brutality Protests Spread Over Several Blocks on the UWS, Shut Down West Side Highway

The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has sparked protests across the country, and some protests occurred on Saturday on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Community Board Supports Temporary Outdoor Restaurants, But the Details Could Get Tricky

If local leaders have their way, an expanded version of al fresco dining may be coming to the Upper West Side. After discussion and debate, the Busi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pandemic Nights: March-April, 2020

If you stand near Wollman Rink at the southern end of Central Park at 7 p.m., when New Yorkers throw open their windows and applaud the health … Read the rest of this entry >>

12 UWS Blocks Go Car-Less; One Guy Even Has a Lawnchair

Twelve blocks of the Upper West Side were closed to traffic on Thursday, allowing people to walk, bike and scooter without worrying about cars drivin … Read the rest of this entry >>

Mother’s Day Miracle: A Surprise ‘Corona Baby’ Brightens One Family’s Quarantine

Motherhood isn't all kittens and rainbows, but sometimes it is! One local family got a big surprise after their daughter brought home a foster cat to … Read the rest of this entry >>

Safe Streets, Rats and Central Park Discussed at Community Board Meeting

The coronavirus was a big topic at a community board meeting held online on Tuesday, but it wasn't the only one. Parks, transportation and that old UWS standby -- rats -- also dominated the conversa … Read the rest of this entry >>

Two Local Nursing Homes Have Reported More Than 20 Covid-19 Deaths Each

Nursing homes have been hit hard by Covid-19, and two on the Upper West Side made a state list of the homes hit hardest by the dis … Read the rest of this entry >>

Map Shows Where Construction Continues on the UWS — And Why

With New York City grinding to a halt aside from "essential" activities, most construction has stopped. But several projects in the neighborhood are up and run … Read the rest of this entry >>

Why the West Side (Pandemic Edition): Steve Guttenberg

West Side Rag ran an interview series with creative locals for years that we called "Why the West Side." In these strange times, we're checking back in … Read the rest of this entry >>

More Local Culture Goes Online: Lincoln Center Musicians Rock Out in T-Shirts, Children’s Museum Engages Kids

Lincoln Center's temporary closure has left a hole in the neighborhood, but it's starting to be partially filled by a new set of online tools and s … Read the rest of this entry >>

More Than 100 UWS Restaurants That Are Open For Takeout and Delivery: A List

The Upper West Side would hardly be a neighborhood without its restaurants. Aside from employing hundreds of thousands of New York … Read the rest of this entry >>

The City is About to ‘PAUSE’ to Contain the Virus; At Least Smoked Fish Was Deemed ‘Essential’

New York has become a strange new universe because of the coronavirus, and restrictions being put in place starting Sunday night will certify what's al … Read the rest of this entry >>

Upper West Side Culture Lives On, In a New Format

While New Yorkers are obeying orders, staying home and adjusting to this strange new way of life, many Upper West Side institutions are offering online op … Read the rest of this entry >>