Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation Night

Macys-Balloon-InflationFINALAn annual attraction of Upper West Siders and those beyond, the Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation is a fun if not a bit chaotic event. Here are a few suggestions to make the experience better:

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8 New Plays to Premiere in 4 Community Gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Now in its fifth year, Communal Spaces: a garden play festival will premiere eight new short plays inspired by and performed in four community gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn September 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27.


Photo: Lee Rayment. Actors Rory Kulz & Karen Eilbacher.
Photo: Lee Rayment. Actors Rory Kulz & Karen Eilbacher.

Communal Spaces is an annual festival that commissions playwrights to write new plays inspired by specific community gardens around the city. Audience members may attend one play or several, traveling across the city or around the borough to each garden. Communal Spaces is produced by The Motor Company, Artistic Director Lillian Meredith.

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New Taste of the Upper West Side Kicks off Today

New Taste of the Upper West Side Kicks off Today

Foodie Alert! The 2015 New Taste of the Upper West Side kicks off today with a lineup of restaurants, world-class chefs and celebrity hosts for a full three-night culinary celebration.

This annual event donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification.

The event begins with Soirée in the Park tonight – an outdoor cocktail party that celebrates and raises funds for New York City’s beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. Guests will enjoy live chamber music under the stars with champagne and hors d’oeuvres provided by a host of local restaurants including Sarabeth’s and Luke’s Lobster.  Theodore Roosevelt Park,  7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

New Taste UWSOn Friday May 29th, 40 Upper West Side restaurants – Restaurant List New Taste of the UWS – will compete to win the title of “Best Comfort Food Dish.”  NBC’s Adam Richman, host of Food Fighters and author of “Straight Up Tasty” is hosting this event, overseeing noteworthy participants including Shake Shack, Sarabeth’s and The Meatball Shop, and a special guest appearance by Food Network’s talented Katie Lee. There will great wine selections, creative cocktails and live music provided by the Silver Arrow Band. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Friday May 29th at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The three-day food festival will wrap-up on Saturday, May 30th, where many of the Upper West Side’s most famous restaurants and celebrity chefs will share their best cuisine – Best of the West –  world-class wines and cocktails. Guests will enjoy the 16-piece rhythms of Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band.  Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday May 30th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

For those who want even more access to food, there will be a VIP Reception presented by One West End, that includes exclusive access to a private lounge to enjoy unlimited champagne, a gift bag from Upper West Side shops and sponsors, and the opportunity to participate in private book signings. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

You can purchase tickets to all these events here and on Sunday you can hit the gym.





West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival,  Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden’s Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept. 13-14

West Side Community Garden is hosting a weekend arts festival that includes
poetry readings, a performance by the New York String Orchestra, and artwork
and crafts for sale by local westside artists.

DATES:  September 13th and 14th . 
TIMES:  10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
LOCATION: West 89th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus
Paintings, photographs, jewelry,
ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more will be sold by the
garden’s West 89th Street entrance (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues).
On Saturday, September 13th, you can enjoy a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, in a garden setting.. Entertainment starts at 1:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m.  when Iluminada & Guillermo will play Spanish guitar and lead a folk music singalong for children and adults (in English and Spanish).
On Sunday, September 14th, the New York String Orchestra, conducted
by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie
Calabrese will be featured in readings.  Students from NYU’s Creative
Writing programs will join them, with a book signing and reception to follow.

The WSCG Arts & Crafts festival is funded in
part by The Lily Auchencloss Foundation and is an annual event of the West SideCommunity Garden, open year-round from dawn to dusk.  

Tom’s Diner

Tom’s Diner

The Upper West Side is home to quite a few celebrities – authors, artists and actors. In some cases, our buildings are the celebrities. The Ansonia held a major starring role in Single White Female and the Apthorp, Dakota and San Remo buildings are grand dames of architecture.

Thanks to the television series Seinfeld, Tom’s Restaurant is world reknown. Tom’s Restaurant is a diner located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 2880 Broadway. Frequented by artists, musicians, comedians, students and faculty of nearby Columbia University, it has seen many stars and regular folk walk through it doors over the years, so its about time someone told its story. 

Filmmaker Gian Franco Morini is currently developing a feature length documentary about Tom’s Restaurant, highlighting past and present owners, clientèle and pop culture references, breaking the fictional facade and showcasing the real people behind this true NYC Landmark.

This week, outside of this project, Mr. Morini shot a different kind of footage at the diner; a meeting with Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Larry David. That’s a definite increase in wattage from the UWS’s regular star power!

Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) were spotted this Monday walking into Tom’s Restaurant, the diner that was their main hang-out spot on Seinfeld. Larry David was spotted later walking out.

There is speculation of that they were shooting a Super Bowl video. Although it seems like a tight production timeline, since the event is just two weeks away, it presents yet another reason to watch February 2nd.

Gian Franco Morini

Christmas Services, 2014

Christmas Services, 2014

Join friends, family, and neighbors
for Christmas services at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine on the Upper West Side.



Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
Tuesday, December 24, 4 pm

Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist of Christmas
Tuesday, December 24, 10:30 pm

Christmas Day Choral Eucharist
Wednesday, December 25, 10:30 am