In Today-o’s Observer

Michael Calderone waxes nostalgic about pre-Civil Rights Act Manhattan, when the Upper West Side was cheap, and its landlords discriminatory. Rejected by the owner of a 13-story building, Harry Belafonte bought the entire thing and turned it into a co-op. The Calypso singer is asking $15 million for his 21-room, 8-bedroom apartment now–Diego Rivera artwork not included.

Matthew Grace has the skinny on why fashionistas won’t spill over to a west midtown park come September–another chapter in the fight between handball players and commercial interests.

And, continuing our saturation coverage of the West Side, Matthew Schuerman explains why The New York Times has ruled out getting its new Eighth Avenue headquarters certified as environmentally friendly.