Upper West Side

The Skinniest Store in Manhattan?

Last week, I was scouting around the Upper West Side when I noticed something nestled in the miniscule gap between two buildings on Columbus… Literally occupying about 3 or 4 feet of space, was that a store?? Indeed it was! Known as the “Amazing Store and Smoke Shop” (which pretty much covers everything, if you think about it)… …the store ... Read More »

Ruins in the Hudson

Two of my favorite ruins in Manhattan can be found partially submerged in the Hudson River, overshadowed by the nearby West Side Highway and row of ugly, bland Trump apartment high rises. They’re certainly not secrets to anyone who’s ever walked through Riverside Park, but I recently scouted them as backdrops for a film, and was reminded just how great ... Read More »

The Last Phone Booth In New York City

There are only four outdoor phone booths left in Manhattan – and they’re all on West End Avenue. That’s it: four. This one is at 101st Street: This is at the corner of 100th Street: This tree-shrouded booth can be found at the corner of 90th Street. Finally, this is at 66th Street. And that’s it. If you happen to ... Read More »

Evil Jesters on West End Ave

I really dig the motif on this building, The Umbria, at 82nd St and West End Ave… …which I choose to describe as Evil Jester design. I like how the crooked nose sticks way out, and how it feels like you could actually put your hand in his mouth. Is that wolf part of his jester troupe? They stretch around ... Read More »