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 >>

UWS Encounters: Height Helps and Home Harkens

My short stature often makes me depend on “the kindness of strangers” … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Tina Fey at the Bus Stop, Perfect Definition, and the Raccoon Man

It was early in the morning. I'm alone at the bus stop, listening to music and waiting for the M5 on River … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Encounters: Thanksgiving Hallucinations, Mistaking Alec Baldwin, and a Sad Farewell

Many years ago, before security took over the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, I managed to get into Central Park while the floats were s … Read the rest of this entry >>