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March 1, 2015 by admin

Stories of Vigilantism, Stolen Art, and Family Life: Three Works from Upper West Side Writers

Speculation about the number of writers who live on the Upper West Side sounds like the premise of a skit Garrison Keillor might present on “A Prairie Home Companion.” There may be no way to find the answer, but from the famous to the unknown, there’s clearly no dearth of writing talent in our neck of the…

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February 24, 2015 by admin

A Nobel Effort

Visitors taking selfies with the statue of Theodore Roosevelt on Central Park West are a common sight these days for anyone visiting or passing by the grand entrance to the American Museum of Natural History. But less than a block away, a monument that honors other great Americans often goes unnoticed.  This four-sided pillar, located in Theodore Roosevelt…

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February 10, 2015 by admin

Reading is Bliss

At the moment, westsidewriter is enjoying the essays that make up “I Feel Bad About My Neck” by the late Nora Ephron. Many of the essays humorously lament the losses and indignities of middle age and beyond, but mixed in with these wry and witty observations are celebratory passages on the enduring pleasures of food, the perfect…

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January 13, 2015 by westsidewriter

Isaac Bashevis Singer Documentary to kick off NY Jewish Film Festival

Long-time Upper West Siders may recall a time when Nobel-prize winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer was a neighbor. Singer lived for many years at Broadway and 86th Street and his affection for, and frequent visits to, the Dairy Restaurant on West 72nd Street was noted in the New York Times. Known for his prolific output,…

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