Five-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At UWS Citibank, Damages Neighboring Businesses

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Photo: @matuzalem (click for full-size)

RELATED: UWS PHOTO OF THE DAY: FDNY Battling Blaze At Broadway & 111th

UPDATE 1/16: Some Notes On The Upper West Side Citibank Fire (With Video)

Scary scene at Broadway & 111th this morning, as a fire broke out in a Citibank just after 5:00 am and grew into a five-alarm blaze requiring nearly 200 firefighters to contain.


SATURDAY & SUNDAY: NYC MulchFest 2014 — Tree Recycling & Free Mulch

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Photo: NYC Parks

Nothing says “early January” like a bunch of dead Christmas tree piled up on the sidewalk (or a temporary increase in people at the gym, swearing this year is going to be different).

If you’re still clinging to your tree and trying to figure out what to do with it, take note that MulchFest 2014 — NYC’s annual Christmas tree recycling program, now in its 18th year — runs though this Sunday (1/12).

There are several locations on the Upper West Side where you can drop off your tree and have it run through a wood-chipper. It’s environmentally friendly, with the added bonus of being a free weekend entertainment option if you have kids… they dig chippers.


2013 UWS CRIME STATISTICS: Felonies Down For The Year, Still Way Above 2011 Levels

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

With 2013 in the books, it’s time to take a look at Upper West Side crime statistics for the year that was.

The good news is that neighborhood precincts showed a modest downturn in major crime during the year.

Through December 29th, the 20th and 24th precincts — which cover 59th to 110th Streets, between Central Park and the Hudson — saw a total of 1,980 serious crimes (i.e., murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto).

That equates to a roughly 6% drop compared to 2012, which is good. However, 2012 saw a huge uptick in crime compared to a historic drop in 2011, do despite this past year’s decrease, crime rates are still nearly 12% higher than they were just two years ago.

You can check out statistics from previous years here:


“Unattainable” UWS Apartment: Renovated & Expanded Townhouse On West 71st For $15.9 Million

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Wrote a few posts last spring about the renovations and rooftop addition to the townhouse at 226 W. 71st (between Broadway & West End).

The building was purchased for about $5 million in April 2011 and I had assumed the owner planned to move in when the work was completed, but that’s not the case.

Looks like it was a fix-it-and-flip-it job, as the gut renovated and expanded home is on the market for $15,900,000.


UWS Openings & Closings: French Bakery Moving Into Former Big Nick’s Space, Popover Cafe Shutters

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

It’s been a little more than five months since Big Nick’s closed, ending a run of more than 50 years at 2175 Broadway (between 76th & 77th).

Now a French bakery is getting ready to move in sometime this spring.


Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things…

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

You may have noticed a couple of posts yesterday — the first in nearly four months.

Back in September, I took what I thought would be a short break from the site… it unexpectedly turned into a lengthy hiatus.

With 2014 upon us and my non-MyUpperWest life slowly returning to normal, I figured it’s time to get back into the game and start writing again.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that one of the best parts about publishing MUW has always been the amazing support from readers. Your tips, photos, suggestions and feedback make the site possible, so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you see something of note in the neighborhood, big or small (openings and closings in particular).

Apologies for my absence — I hope you’ll welcome me back in the fold.

Happy new year,


p.s. A quick reminder: If you want to make sure you never miss a post, you can:

Free Tickets Available For UWS Advance Screening Of “The Nut Job” (in 3-D) On Saturday 1/11

Monday, January 6th, 2014

UPDATE 4:50 pm: Well that was fast — apparently all the passes have been claimed. Apologies if you weren’t able to snag some in time. I’ll post an update if I get any more.


If you’ve got kids and are looking for something to do on Saturday morning (January 11th), I just received a link for free passes to an advance screening of The Nut Job (3-D) on the Upper West Side.

The animated flick is rated PG and features the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Gabrial Iglesias, Liam Neeson, and Katherine Heigl.


Transformer Explosion On West 74th

Monday, January 6th, 2014

FDNY on the scene at West 74th, between Broadway & West End (Photo: @jmagNYC)

If you recently heard multiple explosions in the vicinity of West 74th, you’re not alone.

MUW reader @jmagNYC reports a transformer blew up shortly before noon, resulting in “three large booms.”

FDNY is on the scene, but there do not appear to be any injuries or major damage as a result of the incident.

It can be more than a bit disconcerting to hear things in the neighborhood exploding around you on a Monday afternoon — thankfully this doesn’t appear to be more than an inconvenience to people in the immediate area.

Free Tickets Available For UWS Advance Screening Of “The Family” On Wednesday, 9/11

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

UPDATE 4:10 pm: Well that was fast… Looks like all 200 tickets have been claimed. Apologies if you weren’t able to get one.

If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow night (Wednesday, 9/11), I just received a link with 200 free tickets to an UWS advance screening of The Family.

The film has an A-List cast including Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones.


Free Tickets Available For UWS Advance Screening Of “Don Jon” On Tuesday, 9/10

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Good free event in the neighborhood next Tuesday (9/10):

My friends over at just sent me a code for 200 free tickets to an UWS advance screening of Don Jon.

The film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, marks both the writing and directorial debut of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and has garnered strong buzz and positive reviews.