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This East Side News and commentary for New York's East Side News, commentary, and community for New York's East Side. This East Side was, as they say, “born yesterday.” It was created to fill a serious gap in coverage of the Upper East Side and Midtown East, not just as destinations, but as neighborhoods.

We cover the “waterfront,” from Fifth Avenue to the East River — from Yorkville to Sutton Place. And we are here to serve all the people with news and comment on culture, crime, fun, food, real estate, shopping and even the great outdoors (of which there’s a good deal). We have opinions which we won’t keep to ourselves. And we hope the neighbors will join the conversation. Contact us anytime at [email protected]

"to their surprise they found a two-bedroom apartment in the Upper East Side for $4,015 a month, only $100 more than the...
03/27/2021
Covid-19 Clobbered Manhattan. Lower Rents Could Seed Recovery.

"to their surprise they found a two-bedroom apartment in the Upper East Side for $4,015 a month, only $100 more than the rent on their previous, smaller apartment in Queens."

What we've been saying.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-clobbered-manhattan-lower-rents-could-seed-recovery-11616778760?mod=hp_listb_pos2"

Shutdowns and other changes brought on by the pandemic have bruised Manhattan’s economy. But because rents for storefronts, apartments and workspaces have been pushed down to their lowest levels in years, new small businesses and residents have moved in. That could change the character of New York...

This is our life right now.
02/02/2021

This is our life right now.

This is our life right now.

In case you were wondering.  (Stats by East Side zip codes to come)
01/24/2021

In case you were wondering. (Stats by East Side zip codes to come)

In case you were wondering. (Stats by East Side zip codes to come)

There will be spring.  Rosa Mexicano coming to 52nd and 2nd.
01/19/2021

There will be spring. Rosa Mexicano coming to 52nd and 2nd.

There will be spring. Rosa Mexicano coming to 52nd and 2nd.

So quiet at Trump Tower. Perhaps New Yorkers no longer give a damn.
01/15/2021

So quiet at Trump Tower. Perhaps New Yorkers no longer give a damn.

Despite everything, Snowdrops in Central Park!
01/14/2021

Despite everything, Snowdrops in Central Park!

Look what just happened to this majestic linden tree off Fifth and 61st — and right across from the Donald and Melania b...
08/12/2020

Look what just happened to this majestic linden tree off Fifth and 61st — and right across from the Donald and Melania bench.

Façade renovations can serve as archeological digs into New York’s  merchant past.  Trying to imagine the “LADIES HAND M...
08/06/2020

Façade renovations can serve as archeological digs into New York’s merchant past. Trying to imagine the “LADIES HAND MADE BAGS” once sold at 1024 Lexington (at E. 73rd).

Here's to sea lions who lunch.  Central Park Zoo allows outdoor dining.
06/29/2020

Here's to sea lions who lunch. Central Park Zoo allows outdoor dining.

Look what we’ve done.
06/29/2020

Look what we’ve done.

Were you caught in the rain? Here’s right when the clouds broke on 60th S. By Piccola Cucina
06/28/2020

Were you caught in the rain? Here’s right when the clouds broke on 60th S. By Piccola Cucina

Strange and sad time on the East Side, but we will never forget an uncrowded Central Park in its lushest season.
05/15/2020

Strange and sad time on the East Side, but we will never forget an uncrowded Central Park in its lushest season.

More holiday window displays are coming to 5th Avenue to uplift its increasingly vacant and empty storefronts
11/26/2019
Why Fifth Avenue Is Amping Up Its Holiday Windows

More holiday window displays are coming to 5th Avenue to uplift its increasingly vacant and empty storefronts

The shopping district has empty stores. Short term, this means more window displays. Long term? Hmm.

34 degrees at 2:30 p.m.  Someone thoughtfully covered the impatiens on Park Avenue.
11/12/2019

34 degrees at 2:30 p.m. Someone thoughtfully covered the impatiens on Park Avenue.

MoMA reopens with surprises on Monday. Who's going?
10/19/2019
MoMA’s Art Treasure, No Longer Buried

MoMA reopens with surprises on Monday. Who's going?

The riches of the collection extend to its inaugural exhibitions. Give the curators an A+ for effort — and wait. This is just the beginning.

Stop and linger a while next time you're up by the 125th St. Metro North Station
10/12/2019
Making Blight Into Art in East Harlem

Stop and linger a while next time you're up by the 125th St. Metro North Station

As East Harlem waits for the Trump Administration to fund the Second Avenue subway, the Uptown GrandScale Mural Project is changing blight to beauty.

Can you guess where we are ? 🍨🍨🍨
10/01/2019

Can you guess where we are ? 🍨🍨🍨

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Was anyone else very shocked and sad to see Al Forno Italian Restaurant suddenly close on 77th & 2nd? This is what it says on their website... 😞