UWS Encounters: Of A Fourth Kind

Shopping at Fairway Market last night, I saw an unmistakable half-face. Like everyone else, Richard Kind had a mask on in the produce aisle, but there … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Hidden Assets

Can’t get flour or yeast/Or even toilet tissue/But shortages of goods/Are not my … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: John Prine, The Drummer, and Larry Hart

I’d never heard of John Prine until CNN reported he died of COVID-19. I listened to his work on youtube last evening. His songs are wonderful. So many good pe … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: A Bird and a Biker

I was working from home, and a little bird visited my windowsill for the first time, and chirped something for a few minutes. It was hop … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Universal Basic Goodness, Quarantines Gone By, A Revelation

Two neighbors I knew offered to shop for me and a third I didn’t know. I was reassured of the universal basic goodness of … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters in the Age of the Coronavirus: ‘We’re All Connected’

It’s eerie how quiet it is out there; even the guy who usually screams at the traffic on 79th & Broadway was doing more pacing than screa … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: ‘I Knew It Would All Be Okay’

If you are seized by a desire to help in this extraordinary time, it does not require a medical degree. An UWS man disco … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Sober Adventures, A Meeting With Martina, and the Smell of Money

I am 35 years sober one day at a time. I recently offered to take a friend new to sobriety to some west side AA meetings I wanted to try. As a beginner, I had been fra … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Stevie Wonder and Two Beatles; ‘A Very Happy Day’

Back in the 70's, on a beautiful summer day, I lived on West 106 street. Stevie Wonder was a guest of a youth s … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Harry Belafonte, A Suggestion for Seinfeld, and Grey’s Anatomy?

Decades ago, my sister Joany and I were looking for an affordable UWS apartment. The realtor took us to a building on West End Avenue in the 70s. The mi … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Paul Simon, Ronnie Eldridge, ‘Fake Annoyance,’ and Kindness

Around 2000, as a number of us waited on a long, slow-moving line at the Planetarium Post Office on West 83rd, an older woman broke the sil … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: ‘Dexter,’ Dogs Walking, ‘A Short-Term Memory Problem,’ and a Legendary Director

A January run along the Hudson had left me freezing and wanting pasta. I set out for Gennaro’s near 92nd where I walked … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Robin Williams, Subway Sharing, Dr. Shoe, and a Benevolent Bus Driver

He was big all right, and plenty mean looking. So, when he parked himself in front of the crowd watching the prize f … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Alan Alda, Whoopi Goldberg, and a Good Kid

On a recent evening after Christmas, my husband and I were walking home along Broadway to our corner at 64th when we crossed paths … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Peter Jennings, a Central Park ‘Star,’ and The Happy Bus

They heard a train rumble underground near a grate and dropped to their stomachs over the grate, staring … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Philip Roth, Illegal Antics, and a ‘Major’ Neighbor

A friend and I were walking through Theodore Roosevelt Park on the path from Columbus to CPW, and as we passed the dog … Read the rest of this entry >>

(More) UWS (Celebrity) Encounters: John and Yoko, Ruth Gordon, and Elton John

In the distance I saw two people walking toward me. All I could see were these two iden … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Mick Jagger, The Hawk Lady, Julia Child, and a Unique Take on Traffic Lights

Years ago, I lived on the UWS and there was an exclusive men's clothing store — can’t remember the … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Bob Dylan, A Subway Save, and a Not-So-Lovely Meter Man

On Friday, 11/29, I went to the Beacon Theater to try and snag some last-minute Bob Dylan tic … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS (Close) Encounters: Glenn, Jackie Mason, and God

Every now and then I think of the old H&H Bagel shop across the street from Zabar's (RIP). Fondest me … Read the rest of this entry >>

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