1. Ice Skating at Wollman Rink
Brrr… baby it’s cold outside! But get active and have some fun ice-skating at the Wollman rink! Open everyday of the week until March 15th from 10 AM (closing times vary, check website for complete schedule), the rink in Central Park is a short walk from the south entrance of W 59th St and 6th Ave. For those seeking to improve their skills, the rink offers a skating school for all ages every day of the week starting from $55 + admission fees (see website for more details). Read More
While coworking was once the bastion of tech hubs in places like San Francisco and Austin, TX, it is experiencing a global boom, and with the opening of The Yard at Lincoln Square has for the first time reached the Upper West Side. In the last several years the demand for coworking space has expanded beyond tech and now encompasses a range of industries, from marketing to architecture to writing.
Coworking is like traditional office space for non-traditional businesses. People who might have left a big firm and gone out on their own to start a company or do consulting work from their house or a Starbucks can now rent desks and offices month-to-month in a larger space shared with dozens or hundreds of businesses like themselves. These spaces have shared conference rooms, shared lounges, glass offices, networking events and opportunities, and free coffee by the gallon. Read More
With so many great sources of inexpensive music (e.g., see my similar article on “The Schools” from October, 2012), confess. You’ve got to feel a bit guilty if you’re an Upper West Sider. It doesn’t seem fair. Yet our neighborhood is also blessed with a wealth of ecclesiastical venues for soul satisfying music. And you can enrich your spirit without depleting your wallet. If a concert isn’t free, a voluntary offering will often suffice and, where it won’t, admission seldom exceeds $25—often with student and senior discounts. Working our way uptown, here are nearly a dozen of the more divine places to congregate: Read More
Manhattan’s most legendary apartment building, the Dakota, is back in the news this week after its latest sales listing hit the market. It’s not just any old Dakota apartment either: it is the longtime residence of Silver Screen goddess, Lauren Bacall, who passed away in August at the age of 89. Having lived there since the building’s co-op conversion in 1961, Ms. Bacall, quoted in a 2011 Vanity Fair profile stated that she purchased her apartment for a mere $48,000 at the time. What’s more, her 4th floor spread, with expansive Central Park views, not to mention three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a library, dining room, home office, and four fireplaces, is now for sale at over 50 times the original purchase price, at $26 million. Read More