Two articles about Strand’s opening in NYC’s UWS – conventional and protests

https://www.westsiderag.com/2020/07/15/the-strand-opens-its-upper-west-side-store-the-owner-explains-what-books-people-are-seeking-out-today The Strand Opens Its Upper West Side Store; The Owner Explains What Books People are Seeking Out Today Posted on July 15, 2020 at 11:10 am by West Sider By Angela Barbuti The Strand begins a new chapter today as the literary landmark opens the door to its second home. “After 93 years in … Continue reading Two articles about Strand’s opening in NYC’s UWS – conventional and protests

New York doesn’t want to see you right now

New York Does Not Welcome You Once the epicenter of the global pandemic, the Empire State is trying to discourage visitors from new coronavirus hot spots.Russell Berman June 26, 2020 Shutterstock / The Atlantic The celebration of New York City’s long-awaited reopening has yet to reach its most hated airport. Were it not for the … Continue reading New York doesn’t want to see you right now

NYC’s Mint Theatre has three gems streaming now

 The Fatal Weakness Mint Theater, New YorkViewable online through July 19, freeTo watch, go to minttheater.orgPASSWORD: LostPlays2020by TERRY TEACHOUTHere’s a happy surprise: The Mint Theater, an off-Broadway troupe that specializes in staging unjustly forgotten 20th-century plays to unfailingly pleasing effect, has been storing up broadcast-ready three-camera archival videos of its productions since 2013. Now it’s making three of … Continue reading NYC’s Mint Theatre has three gems streaming now

UWS gyms still closed but offering many online alternatives

My bet is that your local gym is offering something similar if it's not open yet. UWS Gym Openings Get Pushed Back; Here’s What They’re Offering Online Posted on July 1, 2020 at 10:08 am by Carol Tannenhauser, West Side Rag A virtual class at Candlestick Pilates. By Lisa Kava While restaurant patrons are cautiously … Continue reading UWS gyms still closed but offering many online alternatives

How fast food restaurants will change

https://www.eatthis.com/things-you-wont-see-fast-food-restaurants/ Things You'll Never See in Fast Food Restaurants Ever Again It's possible that, once the shelter-in-place order lifts, you won't be able to find these items in popular chains. By Cheyenne Buckingham May 1, 2020 The way we go out to eat will have to change for many months once the mandated quarantine lifts … Continue reading How fast food restaurants will change

Description of OMNY, NYC’s new contact-less fare setup

Have no idea what's happened to OMNY since this was published immediately before COVID-19 hit. Bad timing. https://ny.curbed.com/2019/5/22/18617849/nyc-subway-mta-omny-contactless-payment-system A guide to OMNY, the MTA’s new MetroCard-replacing fare system The tap-to-pay technology is rolling out on all Manhattan buses as well as more subway stations this month By Caroline Spivack Updated Mar 2, 2020, 1:51pm EST It’s … Continue reading Description of OMNY, NYC’s new contact-less fare setup

Full series of 7 walks for 7 days from the West Side Rag

Many of these suggestions are off the beaten track or tiny. Definitely worth a visit tho -- each and every one. Now that travel (sometimes even to another state) is so fraught with inconvenience if not outright danger) is somewhat off the table, new ideas are great. https://www.westsiderag.com/tag/7-walks-in-7-days 7 Walks in 7 Days: Take a … Continue reading Full series of 7 walks for 7 days from the West Side Rag

Amtrak drastically reducing service

https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2020/06/16/amtrak-is-ending-daily-service-hundreds-stations-blame-coronavirus-pandemic-railroad-says/ Amtrak is ending daily service to hundreds of stations. Blame the coronavirus pandemic, the railroad says. Reduced schedules begin Oct. 1, affecting stations across the country An Amtrak long-distance train is seen at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13, 2019. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post) By Luz Lazo June 16, 2020 at 5:33 … Continue reading Amtrak drastically reducing service

West Side Rag’s series on NYC’s smaller parks

 Walks in 7 Days: A Park Filled With Beauty and Melancholy Posted on June 11, 2020 at 11:44 pm by West Sider By Marjorie Cohen The sixth in our 7 Walks in 7 Days around the Upper West Side will take you to a statue in a small park. Straus Park, triangle at intersection of Broadway and … Continue reading West Side Rag’s series on NYC’s smaller parks

Another observation deck coming to NYC

Always love to read about a landmark in NYC being gussied up for tourist and resident alike. This is good news. Posted in New York June 07, 2020 by Lea Monroe New York’s Iconic Chrysler Building Is Officially Getting Its Own Observation Deck If you take a look at New York City, you’ll see that this epic skyline is … Continue reading Another observation deck coming to NYC

How a busier MTA will operate

400,000 New Yorkers will come back to work Monday. Sounds like a large number but it's just a tip toe back into the real world. These are mostly people working in construction, manufacturing, and retail that delivers to the curb. When normal daily MTA ridership is 6 million, this is truly just a test. It's … Continue reading How a busier MTA will operate

New Yorkers questioning whether to move elsewhere

This writer is always good for a perspective that assumes living in NYC is what anyone should prefer, unless they're not able to "make it." Altho his perspective is absolutely parochial, he concludes that anyone who has lived here happily for years will undoubtedly regret leaving if that decision is made in panic. That happens … Continue reading New Yorkers questioning whether to move elsewhere