About Us


Westside Independent is an online newspaper for the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It covers the kind of news that a local newspaper covers — crime, politics, real estate, education and the arts.

The neighborhood is bounded by the Hudson River on the West and by Central Park on the East. There’s some debate about the northern and southern boundaries, but we’ll use 59th street and 110th, at least to start. We also cover news about Central Park.

The site depends entirely on your interest and activity, so please comment to the posts and contact me at avi at westsideindependent dot com. Also, follow us on twitter and facebook. Welcome!

About the Editor (Avi)

I’m a native New Yorker living on the Upper West Side with my wife and our Labrador/Shiba Inu mix. I’ve worked in journalism for 8 years, writing for daily newspapers, websites and magazines. I spent three years as a contract writer for The New York Times in Connecticut and New York and have also worked at small newspapers in Colorado, Connecticut and Virginia. I volunteer with Pearl World Youth News.

About the Creative Director (Ben)

I’ve worked in communication graphics for 10 years, creating designs for large and small businesses in the fields of branding, advertising, marketing, multimedia and broadcast. I’ve spent 4 years as a designer in an interactive and branding agency, three years as a production and advertising manager for a magazine and the remaining three as a freelancer.

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