John Lennon’s UWS Optometrist Recalls The Legend On The 31st Anniversary Of His Death

It was 31  years ago today that John Lennon was gunned down in front of the Dakota apartment building on the Upper West Side. There are countless tributes all over the internet, but @ReporterLeslie has a decidedly local story today: she managed to catch up with Lennon’s former optometrist, Dr. Gary Tracy.

Upper West Side Celebrity Sightings

One of the quintessential Upper West Siders, Yoko Ono, was spotted in Central Park recently.  Twitterer @Kath_Kirk was lunching at the Central Park Boathouse on Christmas Day, and as she left, she spotted the star in the park.  Also spotted recently was David Spade.  The actor/funny guy was spotted by @JebBanegas in a snowy Columbus [...]

Lennon Documentary to Premiere in Central Park

October 9th marks the 70th year since John Lennon’s birth, and along with a celebration of the legend at the Beacon (Broadway at 74th) and an Imagine Peace Tower memorial lighting in Reykjavik, Iceland by widow Yoko Ono is another event commemorating the artist.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Ono held a press conference outside of [...]

John Lennon’s 70th Birthday to be Celebrated at the Beacon

A celebration to mark the 70th year from John Lennon’s birth has been scheduled at the Beacon Theatre (Broadway at 74th).  The benefit concert, with proceeds going to the Playing for Change Foundation, a charity that aims to promote peace through music and also builds music schools in the developing world, has an all-star lineup.  [...]

Upper West Side Celebrity Sightings

Former NFL star and current Fox NFL Football Sunday correspondent Michael Strahan was spotted in the neighborhood last week.  My Upper West tipster Mary R. spotted the athlete where else?  At the gym… he was reportedly working out at the Equinox at 76th and Amsterdam on Thursday evening. Another recent neighborhood celebrity sighting is one [...]

Upper West Side Celebrity Sightings

My Upper West tipster @shmollycoco spotted Dann Florek, best known for his role as Captain Don Cragen on Law & Order: SVU, hanging out late Monday night.  The actor was reportedly at The Parlour (86th near Broadway) around midnight on Monday night.  Also spotted this week was the legendary comedian Bill Cosby.  He was “power [...]

Upper West Side Celebrity Sightings

While our grainy, distant photo (above) does not do the sighting justice, the person sitting on the bench in a black and white jacket under the boom mic is none other than Yoko Ono.  We at My Upper West spotted her right near Strawberry Fields in Central Park (near 72nd), the spot dedicated to her [...]

Celebrities Join to Support Tavern on the Green Management

According to the Daily News, celebrities have been coming forward in numbers with “To Whom It May Concern” letters, written to the NYC Parks Department, urging the department to allow the Tavern on the Green (67th and Central Park West) to keep its operators, the LeRoy family.  The LeRoy family has run the restaurant for [...]