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Chain Stores Boom on East Side

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

While the influx of chain stores has slowed citywide, they’re gaining on the Upper East Side Are chain stores tacky eyesores, or affordable conveniences? Do they hurt local businesses, or help local residents? While some locals have fought against the encrouchment of stores like 7-Eleven on the turf of what used to be mom-and-pop shops, they [&hellip
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Last Blast

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town

MTA finally ends underground explosions on Second Avenue Good news for businesses on the Upper East Side: the constant blasting noises from the Second Avenue subway project are finally over. According to the MTA, the project’s final blast occurred at 5:21 p.m. on Monday, November 18, on the north side of 86th and Second Avenue. [&hellip
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A Dog and Pony Show, Year After Year

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town

Local pet groomer has been pampering Upper East Side pooches for decades Veronica “Cookie” Gallea has been trimming your neighbors’ hair for a generation. Since 1981, she’s been parked in a space at 400 East 88th Street and 1st Avenue, and in that time she’s rubbed shoulders Jackie Onasis, every New York City mayor, and [&hellip
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After Decades of Debate, Seward Park Development Finally Moves Forward

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Lower East Side plan will include a school, housing — and Warhol The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) on the Lower East Side may finally be developed. The Bloomberg administration unveiled plans to develop 1.65 million square feet of land on Wednesday, awarding the contracts to L+M Development, BFC Investment Partners, and Taconic Investment [&hellip
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A Nursing-Home Fight on the Upper West Side

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Residents raise noise, dust concerns about new facility Could a nursing home endanger the Upper West Side? The Department of Health held a public scoping meeting to discuss environmental concerns regarding Jewish Home Lifecare’s proposed nursing home on West 97th Street last Tuesday, drawing a spirited debate from residents and elected officials about concerns regarding [&hellip
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The First Week of School

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town

Kids on the Upper East Side grade their new classrooms Labor day has come and gone, which means school’s back in session. Our Town took a trip to P.S. 6 on E. 81st Street to talk to kids about coming back. We caught up with first grader Priyanka, twin second graders Owen and Neil, and siblings [&hellip
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Community Comes Together for New LES Mural

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

A memorial gets a fresh update with the help of local volunteers Walter Holcomb, Lower East Side resident of 35 years, remembers the events of September 11th, 2001 with sobering clarity. For months afterward, memorials sprung up like wildflowers across the five boroughs and beyond. One such mural on the Lower East Side, the “Celebrating [&hellip
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When Lady Gaga Was Still Just Stefani

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

In his new book, author Brendan Jay Sullivan remembers the history of the Lower East Side The “One day, when I’m famous” daydream is shared throughout New York City; by struggling musicians and bullied children; by underpaid barbacks and underappreciated college students alike. The counterpoint daydream: “One day, when someone I know is famous” probably [&hellip
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