Here’s How Google Maps Gets Those Creepy Street Views

It’s totally disconcerting to see a picture of your building and its surroundings on Google Maps street views. Did you ever wonder who the heck goes around taking all the pictures? Here’s your answer! This is near 104th and WestEnd Avenue.


Equinox Buys SoulCycle and Is Opening A Larger Upper West Side Outpost

The New York Post reports today that Equinox officially bought SoulCycle, the indoor cycling studios with a culty vibe and celebrity following. According to the Post report, nine locations are going to be added to the current six.

The current small cramped Upper West Side location on West 72nd street will be closed and a 2,000 square foot outpost will open in the Harrison (205 W. 76th Street).

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Here’s a Sampling of Shoes Worn By Actual Residents of the Upper West Side

Clockwise from top: Square-toed flats of indeterminate brand, Birkenstocks, Havaianas flip-flops, Rag & Bone lug soles w/red laces, bronze clogs, Chanel ballet flats

I cannot take credit for the brilliance of this photo. It was taken by my friend C who noticed one morning at school drop-off that everyone’s footwear was so different. She then suggested a caption for the picture: Guess which woman lives in Connecticut? (Hint: It’s C, who just tragically moved from the UWS to Connecticut). Guess which shoes are mine? (Hint: NOT the Birkenstocks, no offense to my other friend C who actually has very good taste in footwear, except for the Birkies).

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OMG, Alber Elbaz Is Moving to the Upper West Side!

Guess which one is Alber?

Our fashion cred here on the Upper West Side just got a major boost: Alber Elbaz, the genius and congenial designer behind French label Lanvin, just purchased a pied-a-terre at the Apthorp.  According to the New York Times, (via Racked)  Elbaz bought a one  bedroom pad which was originally listed at $6.2 million. It’s almost 2,400 square feet, which is quite a spread for a one bedroom apartment. (How big is that bedroom, for heaven’s sake?)

Elbaz moved to NYC from Israel in the mid-80s and has had rentals here, though his main residence is in France because of his gig with Lanvin. He’s supposedly a very sweet guy—and how can you not like someone who has  a penchant for floppy bow ties? I think he’ll be a lovely addition to the Upper West Side. And with those three fashion editors  who live up here and New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, we are finally fashion heavy-hitters, right? RIGHT?

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Böc Moved From Columbus to Broadway

Gripping headline, no? Well, if you’re a shopper and treasure the few boutiques we have up here on the Upper West Side, you care about this. I was cabbing up Columbus earlier today and noted a big “Moving” sign in BOC’s window, but drove by too quickly to see where the new location was. I figured, “Oh, great, another shop moving downtown. Or to Brooklyn.”

But, no! Later in the day I was walking up Broadway and noticed a lot of activity in the storefront at 2191 Broadway (between 77th and 78th). The new BOC! Read More

You Can Buy Madonna’s Really Old Chanel Boots and Help LaGuardia High School

As you most likely know, Lourdes “Lola” Leon–aka Madonna’s kid–attends the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts here on the Upper West Side (100 Amsterdam Avenue).  Their annual auction is on May 7, and Madonna has generously donated an old pair of boots to the auction. (If I did that at my kids’ school, I most likely would have been gently rebuffed and then everyone would talk about me behind my back.) But I’m not Madonna, am I? *sigh*

When Nature and Urbanites Meet. Or, Is That a Real Bird?

While walking down Broadway in the 80s yesterday, I spotted this scarlet creature just hanging out in the middle of the sidewalk. I stopped to peer at it, and in the process gathered a curious crowd. Because when a New Yorker actually stops to look at something, chances are good that it’s a total train wreck. Or A-Rod.

In this case, it was just a little lost red bird, who certainly didn’t belong in the middle of the sidewalk. The question, “Is it alive?” was quickly answered when one woman gently tried to pick it up. Scarlett flapped her little wings and safely landed on this woman’s shoe: Read More