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West Side Rag - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:58
This rat was just casually sipping from a dog bowl last weekend on 88th and Riverside. When the rats start acting like dogs, it's time to go to to the woods.
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UWS Openings and Closings - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:10
The Ding Dong Lounge, a beloved Manhattan Valley dive bar, is closing, as are a few other local businesses.
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West Side Rag - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:10
The Ding Dong Lounge, a beloved Manhattan Valley dive bar, is closing, as are a few other local businesses.
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West Side Rag - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:10
The development proposed for 207 West 79th street between Broadway and Amsterdam received a cold reception at the Landmarks Preservation Commission this week, and
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West Side Rag - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:09
Someone reopened the poor door this week. News broke that the De Blasio administration has approved the application by Extell Development to create separate entrances for market-rate and affordable-housing
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West Side Rag - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:52
A 14-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck while playing dice outside the Douglass Houses around West 103rd street on Friday, July 18 at about 11:30 p.m., according
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West Side Rag - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:03
We are all familiar with Manhattanhenge, the twice-a-year event when the sun aligns with Manhattan's street grid. But Scott Matthews has begun to track Cathedral-henge, the
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West Side Rag - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:54
Moving tends to be one of life's more stressful events, and my family's move a few weeks ago was no exception. Just finding a new place on the Upper West Side in
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2014 Shakespeare Festival!

The West Side Community Garden - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:11
West Side Community garden celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th Anniversary Festival Lion and Stage Company Present   “As You Like It” Opens July 19 July 19/20, July 26/27, August 2/3 “Richard the Third” Opens August 9 August 9/10. August 16/17. August 23/24 closes Directed by Joshua Koehn­ Saturday/Sundays: All performances start at 6:PM and fre
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Its time again for Summer Sizzles – the popular Sidewalk Cafe Crawl on historic Lenox

Morningside News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:22

corner social cafeUPDATE: Rain date Tuesday July 22!

Lenox Avenue, Harlem’s historical boulevard known for its style and glamour, from “Stomping at the Savoy” to Sunday strolling, will be the place to enjoy old and new Harlem on July 15, from 6 to 10 pm, when Harlem Park to Park and Experience: Harlem present “Summer Sizzles on Lenox,” a sidewalk cafe crawl on Lenox Avenue. Participants are invited to stroll along the avenue’s picturesque wide sidewalks and enjoy delectable samplings from its many restaurants while sipping on signature cocktails created at each stop. For a ticket price of $10, guests will gain access to the special menu of appetizers and cocktails in each venue.

Lenox Avenue has long been the main artery of Harlem culture and today is the center of transformation for the neighborhood, with the welcoming of new restaurants and bars that are fueling a community and entertainment hub. From its eclectic collection of international fare, including French at Chez Lucienne, Barawine and newly opened Cherie, Latin at La Bodega 47 Social Club and Italian at Settepani, to its globally recognized go-to locations, like Sylvia’s, Red Rooster and Corner Social, and the anticipated reopening of the Lenox Lounge, Lenox Avenue is the place to experience the charm, intimacy and fun of Harlem.

To join the festivities, guests can pick up tickets on the north end at Carver Federal Savings Bank on 125th and Lenox or on the south end at La Bodega 47 Social Club at 118th and Lenox on July 15, starting at 6 pm. Tickets are 2 for $10 when purchased in advance and $10 each at the door. Ticket holders get access to the great sampling and drink specials offered at each venue. For more information on Summer Sizzles and to purchase tickets, please visit: summersizzles.eventbrite.com. Restaurants participating include Corner Social, Chez Lucienne, BLVD Bistro, Settepani, La Bodega 47 Social Club, Sylvia’s Restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, Harlem Shake, Cove Lounge, Lenox Saphire and Barawine, all members of Harlem Park to Park, a network of 75+ entrepreneurs committed to community development in Central Harlem.

Little Free Libraries – a pop up experience – opening in Marcus Garvey Park

Morningside News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:50

black girl reading outdoorThe  Marcus Garvey Park Alliance kicks its summer programming into high gear with the launch party of  The Little Free Libraries – a pop up outdoor library –  in the Marcus Garvey Park’s northwest Lawn on West 123rd and Mount Morris Park West.  The program is presented  in collaboration with Urban Innovations and features the installation of  installed two Little Free Libraries .  The libraries will be filled with books for early readers through young adults. The basic concept is take a book, leave a book.   The community is warmly invited to the opening Saturday July 12 from noon to 4pm as well as to bring a new or slightly used children’s book to donate to the Little Free Libraries. Activities will include reading to children on the lawn, arts and crafts, a community book drive, writing workshop, an exhibition of children’s quilts by the Pelham Fritz Quilting and Crafts Circle, poetry readings by Harvey Pacht, and meet the artists, Ron Islar and Andrew John Dyck, who designed and painted the libraries.


Harvey Pacht

Harvey Pacht is one of the talented voices of the Poets of Corsi, that is based out of the Corsi Senior Center located in East Harlem. One of the founding members of the Self-Advocacy movement here in New York State, Harvey has been a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. He is the proud father of Samantha, a Gregorian Calendar on legs.

Ron Islar

Ron Islar’s design features the historic Fire Watchtower that will undergo a restoration in the near future and the Twin Towers which has been lost to us forever, illustrating the importance of architectural landmarks.

Andrew John Dyck 

Andrew John Dyck is a muralist. He created the design for his library with input from young artists from the Urban Innovations family.

The Little Library Programs complements the summer reading program being hosted by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with LiteracyInc.  The weekly reading program occurs every Thursday, beginning July 10,  10am – 11am, also on the Marcus Garvey Park, Northwest Lawn (123rd & Mount Morris Park West). The program features  great read alouds and fun literacy activities for elementary school-aged children. For more information contact the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance at http://mgpalliance.org.

Romeo N Juliet takes stage Uptown

Morningside News - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 12:02

classic theater of harlem romeo n julietThunderstorms may have shut down the preview of the Romeo and Juliet on Friday July 4th but passion prevails as the opening continues at planned for the run of the second free outdoor performance by the acclaimed and inspirational The Classical Theatre of Harlem.  In its second season, CTH presents a Harlem spin on the class tale with the production of Romeo n Juliet (Ty Jones, producing artistic director; David Roberts, managing director)at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. Justin Emeka, who edited and adapted the tragedy to bring the colorful characters of Harlem to life, returns for the second year in a row as director. Performances, which are free and open to the public, run from July 5 through 27.  CTH again brings together a dynamic cast and creative team of familiar faces from last season’s critically acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with some talented new additions. The production, which has a multiracial cast, is designed to bring professional entertainment to the local community, while drawing hard-core theater lovers from across the city.

“We are thrilled to blow the dust off this classic to reveal an array of identities within the African Diaspora. Exploring centuries-old themes around love, identity, violence and masculinity through this culturally specific lens is an exceptional and unique offering for the theatrical community,” said Jones. “I am proud that we continue to reinvent these timeless works in ways that connect with young, contemporary, multiracial consumers while satisfying the sensibilities of longtime theater patrons.”

This intense and fiery production continues a movement to reimagine classical theater. RnJ reveals the unpredictable passion of love, barely separated from the unforgiving tragedy of violence. The stage explodes with soulful music, verse and movement, as hip-hop beats and dance-hall rhythms provide the backdrop for a community suffering from internal conflict. The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater is located in Marcus Garvey Park (enter at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue and walk south to the venue). Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s curtain is at 8:15 p.m., following Jazzmobile free concerts at 7:00p.m. (There will be no performance on Tuesday, July 8.)  For more information, visit www.cthnyc.org.

MONDAY 2/24: “Person Of Interest” Filming On The Upper West Side Today

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:49
CBS’ crime-drama Person Of Interest is filming in the neighborhood today. The show stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman. J. J. Abrams is an Executive Producer. Production is in the vicinity of W. 79th, between Broadway and Amsterdam.
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Modell’s Truck Giving Out Free Hot Chocolate & Hand Warmers At Columbus Circle

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:09
If you happen to be out and about in the Columbus Circle area, apparently a truck from Modell’s is giving out free hot chocolate and hand warmers I’m not sure how long it’ll be there (I think it’s making a few stops around the city), but MUW reader @jmagNYC sent in the photo above around [...]
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WEDNESDAY 2/12: Monthly Casual “UWS Work From Home” Meeting/Networking/Social Event

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 17:13
The February UWS Work From Home meeting/networking/social event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 2/12. These monthly “meetings” serve as a great opportunity for people in the neighborhood who are self-employed, telecommute, freelance, or otherwise work from home to get out and meet people in similar situations from around the UWS. I’ve been a pretty regular attendee [...]
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2014 NYC Winter Restaurant Week Reservations Now Open — More Than Two Dozen UWS Options

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:34
It’s that time of year again… Winter Restaurant Week is just around the corner (February 17 – March 7), and once again there are plenty of  Upper West Side options for you to sample the goods at. Unless otherwise noted, the restaurants listed below are offering their Restaurant Week menus for both lunch ($25) and dinner [...]
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THURSDAY 2/6: “Night At The Museum 3” Filming On The Upper West Side Today

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:41
Looks like Night At The Museum 3 is filming on the UWS today. The cast features some big names, including Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, and Ricky Gervais. OLV reports production is taking place in two different areas of the neighborhood: 63rd & Central Park West and 77th & Central Park West [...]
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Upper West Side Openings: Marshalls

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:50
There have been rumors swirling for months that Marshalls planned to open an UWS store in the retail space at The Larstrand development on Broadway, between 77th & 78th. So while perhaps it’s not exactly a surprise at this point, the signage recently became visible thanks to the construction site undergoing a bit of a [...]
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