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Is Homelessness New York’s Number One Issue?

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

IMG_3837 Organizations rally for affordable housing for all in the City “What?” “Affordable housing!” “When?” “Now!” That was the rallying cry last Friday as volunteers from Habitat for Humanity New York City, the Interfaith Assembly on Housing and Homelessness, mayoral candidates and representatives from a variety of other organizations gathered on the front steps of City [&hellip
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Allen Ginsberg Made it Famous, Preservation Groups Want to Save it

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

Downtown organizations rally to save Mary Help of Christians Church from demolition Prolific Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg immortalized the East Village Mary Help of Christians church in his verse, – he lived directly across the street for over two decades – and now preservation groups are fighting to stop its demolition by developers. According [&hellip
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Celebrating The Man Who Redefined Tour de Force

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

Commemoration ceremony celebrates Miles Davis with medallion at former residence Neighbors and jazz lovers of all ages attended last week’s medallion ceremony at Miles Davis’s former Upper West Side residence, in which a medallion was affixed to the landmark against the backdrop of jazz pouring forth into the street. One former neighbor of Davis’s recalled [&hellip
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Greenwich Village Murder a Devastating Call to Action

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

By Alissa Fleck In the morning hours of May 18, 32-year-old Mark Carson was gunned down outside a Greenwich Village pizzeria after being trailed and threatened with anti-gay slurs. Before opening fire early Saturday, the gunman confronted the victim and his companion on the street and asked if they “want to die here,” Police Commissioner [&hellip
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The State of Public Libraries

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

Local libraries supportive of midtown renovations, speak out against budget cuts The New York Public Library system is facing major changes and not everyone is happy about it. The Committee to Save the New York Public Library (NYPL) has been rallying to stop the Central Library Plan, a plan to consolidate the Mid-Manhattan and the [&hellip
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Where the Streets Are Filled With Ideas

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

The New Museum’s biennial Ideas festival presents hundreds of concepts for productive change in the City This past weekend was alive with innovation as Ideas City — a multi-day festival of presentations, exhibitions, workshops and panels which aims to take New Yorkers’ ideas about improving the city, and urban living in general, to the people [&hellip
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Pro Building, Not Rebuilding

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

The East River Blueway Plan establishes community-based framework for East River waterfront “The water is coming,” said Eric Klinenberg to community members and elected officials gathered at Cooper Union last week. Klinenberg, an NYU professor and author to one of the most famous essays about rebuilding New York City after Hurricane Sandy, went on to [&hellip
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The Water is Coming

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

The East River Blueway Plan establishes community-based framework for East River waterfront “The water is coming,” said Eric Klinenberg to community members and elected officials gathered at Cooper Union last week. Klinenberg, an NYU professor and author to one of the most famous essays about rebuilding New York City after Hurricane Sandy, went on to [&hellip
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