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 >>

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 >>