This site presents excerpts and images (and also a short trivia quiz) from Upper West Side Story: A History and Guide (Abbeville Press, 389 pp.), an affectionate anecdotal history of Manhattan's Upper West Side from colonial times to the trendy present, illustrated with over 100 drawings and vintage photos.


New York Times called Upper West Side Story  "an engaging romp through time and space, filled with charming period photographs, spicy folklore, outrageous personalities and even a walking tour." Smithsonian Magazine declared, "Salwen . . . tells his lively story with irreverent good humor.”

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Upper West Side Story is also available as a $7.99 ebook; visit Google Books to order a copy and/or to view preview pages.