The Upper West Side and the Dark History of Pinball in the Big Apple

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Community, History, Other

When you think of pinball in the Big Apple, depending on your age, you likely think of an entertaining game played in an arcade, perhaps in a bar or pub, or via a digital derivation online. What you most likely are unaware of is the approximately 30-year period of time when playing pinball was highly illegal in New York City. During this dark period for pinball, which ran from the 1940s into the 1970s, secret as well as seedier establishments, including on the Upper West Side, became home to pinball machines and their players.

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Morningside Heights

Posted by in Antiques, Apparel, Art, Bars & Nightlife, Blog, Celebrities, Children, Coffee and Tea, Community, Education, Food & Drink, Gourmet Groceries, History, Local Business, Other, Parks, Places of Worship, Real Estate, Shopping

Morningside Heights has tons of great restaurants, eclectic shopping, an impressive academic presence and beautiful parks and churches. Many Upper West Side residents consider it to be part of the neighborhood. Learn more about Morningside Heights in NYC!  

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The History of the Iconic I Love New York Logo

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Community, History, Other

One of the most iconic logos in the United States is the one initially intended to promote New York state. The I Love New York logo has been around for about 40 years, and remains one of the most recognized, not only across the Empire state, but across the country.

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Famous People Who Went To Columbia University

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Celebrities, Community, History, Other

Okay, this is a VERY long list. And it’s filled with important people, like politicians, academics and nobel prize winners. But we’ve narrowed it down to those we think you’d appreciate most. And we’ve included people who attended both the Morningside Heights and Washington Heights campuses. Here is a VERY partial list of famous people who went to Columbia University!

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Haunted Buildings of the Upper West Side

Posted by in Blog, Buyers, Community, History, Other, Real Estate, Renters

Who knew there were haunted buildings of the Upper West Side!?

A neighborhood with history offers a rich culture and a startlingly accurate glimpse into the past. The Upper West Side is one of such neighborhoods. There are hundreds of buildings that are historic and of architectural significance. However, some of these buildings hold quite the dark past. Stories of ghosts roaming around hallways and spirits lurking in basements have captured the minds of New Yorkers for decades. And you’d be shocked to find out how many famous buildings in NYC are haunted. Continue reading below to discover which are the spookiest buildings of the Upper West Side … only if you dare.

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Things to Do in Morningside Heights

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There are tons of fun things to do in Morningside Heights. While considered to be a hamlet of the Upper West Side, it has it’s own look, feel and energy.

If you’re up for a smarty-pants kind of day, here are some of our best suggestions. Consider creating a game with friends, maybe like Treasure Hunt where your team of buddies have to visit these sites for cash and prizes. (Well, maybe just for a drink at the end of the day.)

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Manhattan Valley

Posted by in Community, History, Other, Street Scenes

Say the phrase Manhattan Valley and you’ll be viewed with awe. At least by those, like you, who are in the know.

But, really, do you know what it is? If you’re an Upper West Sider, you probably do. But for those unfamiliar, it’s a neighborhood within the environs of the west side. Origins date back to the 1800s.  The name is based on a depression in the landscape, hence “Valley.” Let’s plan an NYC Daycation here and impress your friends with your knowledge of some really interesting facts about the UWSWe’ll call this the “did you know” kind of an adventure.

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Old Photos of the Upper West Side

Posted by in Community, History, Other, Street Scenes

Don’t you just love old photos of the Upper West Side? Well I’ve rounded up a few for you to enjoy!  For you fans of old New York and UWS history, be sure to also check out Past Famous Upper West Siders and Oldest Brownstones on the Upper West Side.

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Past Famous New Yorkers on the Upper West Side

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Many of the past famous New Yorkers lived on the Upper West Side. And many of them lived in the same buildings!

The list of past famous people on the Upper West Side is long. But I’ve selected the historical Upper West Siders I find most interesting, and I hope you do too.

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Riverside Drive

Posted by in Blog, Community, History, Other, Parks, Real Estate, Street Scenes, Transportation

Riverside Drive is New York City’s most scenic street. As one of the Upper West Side’s main roads, it parallels the West Side Highway and offers panoramic views of the Hudson River. From brownstones to limestone townhouses and beaux arts pre-war buildings, the street is rich in both its architecture and history. Read below to discover what makes this NYC landmark a must-see for both locals and visitors alike!

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