UWS Nuggets: Chopped Down Trees, New Condos, Jazz in Central Park

Upper West Side news nuggets

Here are some bite-sized bits of news for Upper West Siders.

Chai Urgent Care has leased a space at 2345 Broadway, between 85th and 86th streets, @TradedNY reports. Chai has locations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the chain’s website, it appears that this will be its second Manhattan location. Chai can also be found at 1113 York Ave on the Upper East Side.


Sales launched on Monday at new development 250 West 96th Street, Robb Report first announced. The building, which we last wrote about here, also goes by 96+Broadway, and prices range from $1.395 million for a one-bedroom measuring 734 square feet to $5.625 million for a three-bedroom 2,221 square feet.

The Central Park Conservancy and Jazzmobile have announced that Great Jazz on the Great Hill will return on Saturday, August 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. “The event features a lineup of world-renowned jazz performers for New Yorkers, tourists, and visitors of all ages to enjoy while lounging or swing dancing in Central Park. The event is weather permitting, and tickets are NOT required. No refreshments will be sold during the event.” The Great Hill can be accessed through entrance located at 106th Street and Central Park West. View it on a map here, and here’s more info about the event.

A new playground is being built at P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon, located at 234 West 109th Street. We found out when one of our readers — who asked us to refer to him as “Concerned and upset lifelong Upper West Sider” (no problem) — contacted us on July 30 when he saw the playground’s four trees being cut down. “Workers have just cut down beautiful trees that have stood for MANY years in the school playground at 109th between Broadway and Amsterdam,” he wrote to us at just past noon. Someone from Friends of PS 165, the school’s PTA, told us that the space is being renovated and “This has been a planned project for a while now that got stalled for COVID. Overall it will be a great improvement of what’s there. It will still be a playground.”

PS 165 playground trees cut down

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