Upper West Side

Upper West Side Celebrates Israel

Three days of programming this week with wide communal cooperation.

04/28/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

While controversy over participation in the June 1 Celebrate Israel parade continues to heat up, another major program to mark Israel’s 66th birthday in Manhattan happily appears to be a paradigm of unity.

Arts and crafts with Israeli flavor are part of Israel celebration at Upper West Side locations. Courtesy of JCC in Manhattan

Nach Waxman's Rare Books

Owner of legendary UWS cookbook store transitions to out-of-print.

02/18/2014 - 19:00
Food and Wine Editor

30 years ago, when he opened his now-legendary food and drink bookstore Kitchen Arts & Letters on a quiet stretch of Lexington Avenue, former publisher Nach Waxman quickly discovered that being a bookstore owner wasn’t exactly how he had imagined it. 

Waxman with his books. Lauren Rothman/JW

Social Inclusion: UWS Friendship Circle

How do you create a social environment for children with special needs. Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Yehudis Silverman from the Friendship Circle about their unique social inclusion program on the Upper East Side.


Unglued On The UWS

A new play from Richard Greenberg, ‘The Assembled Parties’ follows the Bascovs and their 14-room apartment over a span of 30 years.
04/11/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What is the spiritual inheritance that children receive from their parents?

In a new play: a ruby necklace, family secrets and a 14-room apartment on Central Park West.

‘As Jewish As You Get’

A rookie reporter recalls a 1980 encounter with ‘Yidl Izhik,’ a very good politician.
02/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When I interviewed Ed Koch in 1980, his father had just visited him at Gracie Mansion. When the elder Koch heard his son criticized, he asked, in characteristic family style, “What do you need this for?”

One icon, and another: Koch and Pope John Paul II. Getty Images

Nursing Home Wins Right To Build

Planning Commission rejects a challenge to proposed project on Upper West Side.
04/09/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

Jewish Home Lifecare has received approval from the New York City Planning Commission to build a new, high-rise nursing home on Manhattan’s West 97th Street overcoming a major hurdle to the project.

Better known to New Yorkers as the Jewish Home and Hospital, its former name, the agency is planning to close its current nursing home in the borough, an outmoded, inefficient facility on West 106th Street, and relocate the operation in a new, 20-story high-rise by the spring of 2017.

The site of Jewish Home Lifecare's proposed 97th Street building.

Upper West Side Toddler, Object Of Thousands’ Prayers, Succumbs To Illness

01/30/2012 - 19:00

Ayelet Galena, the 2-year-old daughter of Manhattan residents Seth and Hindy Poupko Galena in whose sake a nationwide bone marrow drive was conducted following her diagnosis with a compromised immune system shortly after she was born, died on Jan. 31.

She had undergone a bone marrow transplant five months ago at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.

Bagel Store’s Demise Leaves Hole In Community

06/27/2011 - 20:00
Editorial Assistant

Upper West Side residents are mourning the loss of H&H bagels, which closed this week after almost four decades serving up the classic Jewish food. But one New York bagel lover is not taking the news lying down.

A week before closing, the iconic bagel store ripped down the sign and awning outside its Broadway location.

H&H Heretic: Why I Cheer the Closing of a Bagel Shop

On Monday the Upper West Side outlet of the venerated bagel store H&H closed, and not since the death of Michael Jackson has a New York summer seen so much grief. "There Goes a Piece of the Old Neighborhood, Again" ran a New York Times headline in a story dripping with pathos.

Girl with the L-Line Tattoo: Jill Abramson Takes Over The New York Times

Jill Abramson, the just-annouced new editor of The New York Times, got a tattoo when she was 49.  It was of a subway token and Abramson said she got it to re-affirm her roots as a lifelong New Yorker.  And perhaps needless to say, a Jewish New Yorker.  She spoke with New York magazine last year in a prophetic profile written when she was then the No. 2 editor at the paper, under Bill Keller's one-spot.

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