George Carlin, Barack Obama and Humphrey Bogart among notable 'New Yorkers' highlighted in book about Manhattan’s Upper West Side
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Every neighborhood tells a story. In Greenwich Village, it’s one of artists, activists, and the avant-garde. On the Upper East Side, it’s about privilege, position, and power. Sometimes neighborhoods change and tell new tales. But the old stories, the lore, remain. Jim Mackin’s “Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side” collects nearly 600 of them. And they reveal an Upper West Side character that’s lasted for a century – intellectual, political, diverse. During Colonial days, the area was farmland. But by the late 1800s, New York was growing, and New Yorkers needed space. Smart real...