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Denim Day Draws Masses

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

Event to raise awareness about sexual violence gets wide support Hundreds of supporters came out to City Hall last week, clad in denim, to kick off Denim Day, an international movement which aims to raise awareness about sexual assault. Numerous elected officials including presidents from each borough, and community based organizations including the New York [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Local Poet Alexander Norelli Says Be a Shameless Entrepreneur

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Self-publishing is not a “low-brow thing,” but a “way to get your ideas into the world” In my last column, I featured a group of poets trying to kickstart their way to literary benevolence by way of crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. No sooner had I published my column than I heard of a local poet and [&hellip
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Thinking Beyond the Food Drive

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

The NYC Coalition Against Hunger promotes innovative ways to treat the city’s major hunger problem For many New Yorkers—and Americans in general—when they think of feeding the hungry, they think of scrounging through their pantries for canned goods to donate to food banks or helping serve food at a shelter over the holidays. And therein [&hellip
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The Minority is the Majority at CUNY’s “Where I’m From”

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

CUNY’s live taping of its first radio show on heritage and culture draws an eclectic mix of performers “This is a show for the New America, where the majority is the minority,” said Jesse Hardman when he introduced the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s first edition of “Where I’m From” at last weekend’s live taping [&hellip
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Thinking Beyond the Food Drive

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

Innovative ways to fix the city’s hunger problem For many New Yorkers—and Americans in general—when they think of feeding the hungry, they think of scrounging through their pantries for canned goods to donate to food banks or helping serve food at a shelter over the holidays. And therein lies the problem, says the New York [&hellip
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Community Education Council Discusses Hot Button Issues in District 3

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

Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School located at 215 West 114th Street. The CEC brought together families, educators and Dept. of Ed. Chancellor Walcott to address pressing issues facing the school district A joint town hall meeting got heated last week as parents, educators and the District 3 Community Education Council (CEC 3) demanded answers from Chancellor Dennis Walcott and his team regarding a variety of issues [&hellip
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NYCHA Land Lease Plan Met With Disapproval

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

FDH Tenants and City Council members say NYCHA’s plan is moving too quickly and without transparency A plan by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to generate much-needed revenue through land leasing has been met with uproar from public housing tenants and elected officials. NYCHA’s land leasing plan involves eight different sites and 325,000 square [&hellip
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West Village Bistro Serves Up a Health Scare

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

Alta, a high-end restaurant in the West Village, briefly closed down after a pastry chef was found to have hepatitis A  How do “dark chocolate liquid truffles” sound? They may sound a little less appetizing when they come with the risk of contracting hepatitis A. The chocolate truffles are just one of 11 items on [&hellip
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Beautification of Central Park Features To Go Forward

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

Grand Army Plaza_Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy Select parts of Central Park suffering from deterioration will see improvements by the end of the year Community Board 8’s parks committee unanimously passed two motions last week to maintain and upgrade distinct portions of Central Park which have suffered in recent years. The Central Park Conservancy brought forth a proposal to conserve and beautify [&hellip
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Queensboro Bridge Bike Lanes Prove Controversial

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

The Department of Transportation’s proposed Queensboro Bridge bike lanes have cyclists relieved and local residents on edge  Upper East Side residents, community members and longtime cyclists convened at a Community Board 8 committee meeting to discuss new bike lanes proposed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Alan Ma of the DOT, who outlined the proposed [&hellip
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