Mom Longs for the Playground: “A Verdant Fairy Land”

July 7, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

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By Rebecca Levey
Westside Independent parenting columnist
Eight years ago, when my daughters were born, we lived downtown. Prior to having kids, we loved living by Union Square. But when twin newborns commandeered our apartment, all of the cute Read More / Comment »


A Walk Back Through the 1970’s on the Upper West Side

July 4, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

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Heading North on 8th Avenue in 1970.

By Maria Gorshin
What was the Upper West Side like during the 1970s? Ask people who lived here at the time and you’re likely to hear conflicting opinions. Read More / Comment »


Boat Basin Chronicles: “If You See a Hottie, Text Me”

June 28, 2010 by · Comments Off on Boat Basin Chronicles: “If You See a Hottie, Text Me” 

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Olivia, Johna, Jessica, Erin, and Cathy at the Boat Basin.

By Cheryl Wischhover
When one discusses nightlife in our fair city, I’m pretty certain that the Upper West Side is an afterthought. As a matter of fact, New York Magazine ranked NYC neighborhoods by who stays home the most Read More / Comment »


I’d Like to Buy This Town a Beer

June 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

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By Katie Barry
I’ve been making friends in the most unexpected places. Like the cops who tried to bust me for setting off fireworks from my roof, or the young woman who Read More / Comment »


Looking Back: Growing up on the UWS in the 70’s

June 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The old site of the P&G Bar on 74th Street.

The old site of the P&G Bar on 74th Street.

Editor’s Note: Upper West Side writer Maria Gorshin has begun a series of pieces about what it was like to grow up in the neighborhood in the 1970’s. She will also publish the columns on her blog, City Girl Writes.

By Maria Gorshin
What was it like to grow up in New York? I’ve been asked that question so many times that I know what to expect Read More / Comment »


Laundry Chronicles: A Bad Case of Washer-Dryer Envy

June 7, 2010 by · Comments Off on Laundry Chronicles: A Bad Case of Washer-Dryer Envy 

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By Rebecca Levey
One of my neighbors wears very utilitarian, beige, fairly large bras. One of my neighbors has really ugly 1970s era brown and orange flowered sheets that would look dated on an episode of the Brady Bunch. Read More / Comment »


Meet Victor, the Upper West Side’s Pigeon-Keeper

May 28, 2010 by · Comments Off on Meet Victor, the Upper West Side’s Pigeon-Keeper 

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By Melissa Cooper
Outdoors columnist
Once upon a time, flocks of domestic pigeons ruled the skies over Manhattan, spiraling like tiny tornadoes above the rooftops of the Upper West Side and Harlem. But the area has changed and rooftop pigeon coops have Read More / Comment »


Bright Lights, Tight Spandex: The Swimsuit Hunt is On!

May 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

bikini1Editor’s Note: Cheryl Wischhover is the Westside Independent’s style columnist. And yes, because you asked, the Upper West Side does have style.

By Cheryl Wischhover
It’s May. We all know what that means: Time to start thinking about swimsuits. OK, possibly we have different ideas about what May means. Anyway, retailers actually Read More / Comment »


In Exhaustion, the Runner’s Cynical Heart is Melted

May 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

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By Katie Barry
On an abysmal Sunday morning, I’m stuffing a banana and bagel in either corner of my mouth, choking back tears in pouring-down rain Read More / Comment »


Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools

May 5, 2010 by · Comments Off on Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools 

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column by Rebecca Levey about raising children on the Upper West Side.

By Rebecca Levey
Of all the crazy and neurotic exploits that New York City parents go through, none is more fraught with insecurity, fear and downright competitiveness than the school process. Read More / Comment »


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