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Walking on the West Side

Manhattan-Upper West Side

Having spent several decades in the city and the Upper West Side in particular, I've come to know and enjoy many local gems. Enjoy a little shopping at a one stop stationery destination, a children's toy wonderland, and a delicious Mediterranean style lunch all within a few blocks of one another.

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Fasil is the owner of Gold Leaf Stationers on the Upper West Side. He is a dedicated small business owner and Upper West Sider. He started in the stationery business decades ago, stocking shelves and running the front register, working his way up to become a partner in the shop. Today, he is the owner of the store and has expanded the shop's offering to keep customers coming back. The shop currently carries art supplies, children's toys and custom framing in addition to just about every stationery item you could want.

Gold Leaf StationersShopping
Landmark stationary on the UWS featuring art supplies, kids toys and all your stationery needs
(212) 877-7900website
606-608 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Gold Leaf is truly a one stop shop. From stationary to fine and everyday pens and pencils, acrylic and oil art supplies, printer ink, custom framing, and even children's toys. Everyone can find something they need and the stores unique offering and friendly service has made it a fixture on the Upper West Side.

BodrumRestaurants & Cafes
This eatery's menu spans the Mediterranean, offering both meze samplers & brick-oven pizzas.
(212) 799-2806website
584 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Named after the spectacular port city on the Mediterranean’s Turquoise coast, Bodrum breathes some fresh air into the NYC’s Upper West Side with an ambitious, unique menu of Mediterranean food. With Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, French & Italian culinary influences (just to name a few), Bodrum places brick oven pizza next to mezzes, kebabs next to fish, finding a common thread that unifies Mediterranean cuisines.

© photos courtesy of Bodrum
West Side KidsShopping
Toy store that assists in selecting the proper toy, often unique & educational, for each age.
(212) 496-7282website
498 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

West Side Kids is another neighborhood gem. It's been open and family run since 1981 and has been a long time toy destination for the neighborhood and beyond. The shop was founded by Alice Bergman and now run by Alice and her daughter Jenny. Today, the store still offers a very comprehensive selection of  toys and gifts for children of all ages.

Shakespeare & CoShopping
An iconic Manhattan bookstore that's been on the UES and UWS for over 20 years
(212) 738-0001website
2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

The original Shakespeare & Co. opened on the Upper East Side in 1983. It's the official brick-and-mortar bookstore for Hunter College. More recently they've opened a second location on the Upper West Side. The Lexington Avenue store recently opened up a cafe and the shop features it's own book machine which can produce a book store quality book in minutes from a catalogue of over 7,000,000 in-copyright and public domain titles.

© photos courtesy of Shakespeare & Co

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