Monday, Jul 7th

Thursday, Jul 3rd

  1. A fireworks-​free 4th of July for the area

    With the news earlier this year that the 4th of July fireworks would be happening over the East River this year, the “main attraction” in the neighborhood for the night is gone, so it’s going to be a lot quieter this time around. Still, there’s a few things going on.

    As usual a number of bars and restaurants are having 4th of July celebrations, so you’ve always got that option. Plus, like last year, various stores along 9th Ave will probably get into the spirit of things.

    If you’re looking for something to do during the day though, the W 55th St are holding their annual block party from noon to 4pm, which should be a friendly, casual way to spend the afternoon:

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    Source: Stanley Conrad

    Thanks to the ever-​vigilant Stanley Conrad for the info!

Sunday, Jun 29th

  1. Healthy Hell’s Kitchenights at Mathews Palmer Park starts tomorrow

    Tomorrow night is the first of three nights the “Healthy Hell’s Kitchenights” is running free health nights the W 45th St Block Association is running in Mathew Palmers Park. The nights will have candlelight yoga, “going green” bootcamps, and reflexology:

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    Source: W 45th St Block Association

    Tomorrow night won’t have the bootcamp, but the reflexology and yoga will be running at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. You can see all the details on their Facebook event, or just grab a yoga mat and head on over tomorrow night. The nights are being held each Monday for the next three weeks, so plenty of chances to get out and enjoy the warm summer nights.

Friday, Jun 27th

Wednesday, Jun 25th

Tuesday, Jun 24th

Monday, Jun 23rd

Tuesday, Jun 10th

  1. Missing dog around 53rd St

    W 53rd St & 9th Ave

    Someone has lost their dog around the W 50s:

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    The dog’s name is Larica, and if you’ve seen it wandering around please call (917) 8047619. I’m sure the owners will really appreciate it.

    As always if you’ve lost or found something in the area just let us know, we’d be happy to help.

    Update: Unfortunately reader Nicole has let us know in the comments that the owners have confirmed Larica has passed away. Our condolences.

Monday, Jun 9th

  1. The history of the 9th Ave ‘Network’ sign

    W 51st St & 9th Ave

    Over at Scouting New York, they’ve had a look at the history behind the towering Network sign above Vynl, at 51st & 9th:

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    Source: Scouting NY

    Many people have written about it over the years, but no one seems to know what it was. I’ve always imagined it to be an old-​timey talent agency aspiring actors rubbing elbows with amateur singers and vaudeville-​esque performers in a cramped waiting room, all hoping to become part of The Network, the greatest collection of stars in the world!

    Alas, the truth is somewhat less exciting.

    Head over to the article to find out the whole story. Be sure to read the comments for some interesting memories from long-​time residents.

    On that, you might also notice part of the previous signage peeking through the side:

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    Source: Scouting NY

    Commenter John has the story on that:

    I live in the neighborhood in question where this sign is and been here 49 years and if my memory is correct Grossman’s furniture was at that location, I remember my parents buying furniture there. (I am hoping I am correct, fuzzy memory from when I was a kid)

    More memories, from commenter Barbara:

    That was Grossmans furniture store. Most ppl in the neighborhood bought from them; you could pay the furniture off if he knew you & knew he’d get paid. I furnished my first apartment with his stuff back in 1974. His stuff wasn’t top of the line but good enough. In fact I still have night tables, a tall chest and a wooden rocker that I bought from him (the rocker was a gift from my grandmother).

    So now you know!

Sunday, Jun 8th

Saturday, Jun 7th

  1. Lots of knick-​knacks at the 44th St Garage Sale

    W 44th St & 9th Ave

    The annual 44th St Garage Sale was on today, with hundreds of people turning up to browse the various items residents had for sale lining the street:

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    Most of it the items were actual garage sale items, like second-​hand furniture and clothes, mixed in with your questionable bootleg DVD sellers.

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    Lots of people passing through, but it kept its casual and relaxed atmosphere.

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    The garage sale is held every year, so if you missed it you can look forward to this time next year.