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The CitiBike Lowdown

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, Summer Guide, West Side Spirit

Citi Bike_Bridge Every summer, New Yorkers emerge from their apartments and offices, soaking up the great outdoors on two wheels in New York City. This summer, with the launch of CitiBike, which promises to be the largest urban bike sharing system in North America, even more New Yorkers will get to experience the joys of cycling through [&hellip
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Pedal to the Pavement

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, Summer Guide, West Side Spirit

Best Bike Trail-Hudson River Greenway(as)_1 The best cycling spots around Manhattan and beyond To most New Yorkers, Manhattan-based cyclists seemed to be faced with their own unique set of obstacles: screeching cabs, distracted pedestrians, drivers unexpectedly opening their car doors in the bike lane during rush hour. The island, however, is also home to some of the best cycling routes [&hellip
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Bloomberg Snuffs New Living Wage Bill

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown, Uncategorized

bloomberg Fulfilling his promise, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed the first of two bills proposed by the City Council that would raise wages for hundreds of workers. The so-called living wage bill was a watered down version of the same bill proposed last year. The latest draft would force companies that receive $1 million or more [&hellip
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Woman with Fondness for Our Town Downtown Newsboxes Becomes Reddit Fixture

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News, Uncategorized

picklelady_4 A user on the popular message board Reddit posted this picture of a woman who knocked over an Our Town Downtown newsstand in an effort to eat her pickle comfortably. The woman, whose identity remains unknown, has been spotted by posters throughout Manhattan. Several posters report that she is a regular of the Bowery area. [&hellip
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NYU Gets All Clear For BK Expansion

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News, Uncategorized

nyuinside_1 Mayor Bloomberg, joined by a myriad of other officials including House Speaker Quinn and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, announced the go-ahead for New York University’s new satellite campus located in downtown Brooklyn. The new building, located in the old MTA headquarters of 370 Jay St., will be the Center for Urban Science and Progress [&hellip
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Tax Schemer Indicted on Tax Day

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News

It was announced, yesterday, on Tax Day that Peter Murmylyuk was indicted for masterminding a money swindling scheme that robbed taxpayers of $450,000, after a joint investigation by the Manhattan DA and the Department of Homeland Security. Murmylyuk, a Russian national living in Brooklyn, created the fake employment website jobcentral2.net, where he is accused of [&hellip
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A New Ride For The City Blind

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News

Credit to William Alatriste New York City Council Riding in a taxi can be a harrowing experience for the blind and visually impaired. If they choose to pay with a credit card, they were forced to rely on cab drivers to swipe their card and enter the correct amount, including the tip. Now, thanks to new software unveiled by Council Member James Vacca, [&hellip
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Crime Watch: Five Tooth Discount

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News, Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Five Tooth Discount A loss prevention officer, an undercover officer on the lookout for suspicious people, had her hand bitten when she confronted a pair of female shoplifters at a retail clothing store on Broadway. One of the shoplifters pushed the officer down, while the other clamped down on her hand. They then fled the [&hellip
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