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President Emeritus Reflects on His 60 Years at Columbia

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

SOVERN1 Former Columbia President Michael I. Sovern shares his life (and memoir) with family, colleagues and friends Despite his innumerable accomplishments over the years, Michael I. Sovern, President Emeritus of Columbia University, remains remarkably humble. Sovern was president of Columbia from 1980 to 1993, during, arguably, the school’s worst financial crisis. After receiving his bachelor’s degree [&hellip
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Walking Tour App is Opening Eyes on the Upper West Side

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Landmark West aims to preserve and raise awareness of buildings in the neighborhood Most New Yorkers hurry down the city’s streets with their eyes glued to the next stoplight, never stopping to admire the architecture that surrounds them. Landmark West, a nonprofit on the Upper West Side, is hoping to change that. Three years ago, [&hellip
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Hoping for Pay Dirt On Super Bowl Weekend

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Renting out apartments to out-of-towners, sometimes at sky-box prices Real estate broker Ralph Auerbach owns a number of residences he’s been renting out for a few years through the website AirBnB, including one on the Upper West Side that is going for $5,000 for Super Bowl week. The rate for a normal week in January? [&hellip
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A Taste of Paris in New York

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town

Local photographer Alfred Gonzalez’s first exhibit — of his own work Photographer and East Side art gallery owner Alfred Gonzalez has been taking pictures since he was 13 years old, but this month will be the first time he’s displaying an exhibit of his own work – though he’s owned his gallery for nearly two decades. Gonzalez [&hellip
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