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Driver of cab that struck and killed Cooper Stock arrested

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Picture 2 Koffi Komlani charged with ‘failure to exercise due care’ from January tragedy The driver of the taxi cab that struck and killed nine-year-old Cooper Stock in January has been arrested – 10 months after the accident that galvanized the city around traffic-safety concerns. The West Side Spirit has learned that the cabbie was arrested on [&hellip
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Housing Authority Residents Endure Deplorable Conditions

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

NYCHA residents decry dangerous conditions that they say have been ignored for years Upper West Side Public housing residents on the Upper West Side are claiming an epidemic of dangerous conditions at two buildings in the Douglass Houses complex in the vicinity of West 103rd Street and Manhattan Avenue. At 74 West 103rd Street, significant [&hellip
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In Columbia Apartment Battle, It’s The Long-Term Renters Who Pay

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

How hidden cameras and housing court are used by one West Side landlord to force out rent-stabilized tenants Gloria Mejia’s son took a long look at the smoke detector in the hallway outside his apartment and knew something was amiss. Smoke detectors run on a battery, he told himself, so why does this one look [&hellip
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Southbridge Towers Goes Private

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

The Mitchell Lama complex voted to convert subsidized apartments to market rate Two Bridges Two-thirds of residents at Southbridge Towers voted for the complex to exit the Mitchell Lama affordable housing program and take their apartments private last week. The move will allow them to convert their subsidized apartments into market rate apartments and realize [&hellip
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Trump SoHo: Up In The Air

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

When the mega-project was built, Donald Trump agreed to residency requirements to placate neighbors. But those rules were ignored, and pressure is building again as the project seeks a buyer Soho With the Trump SoHo set to foreclose, and the prospect of new owners acquiring the property, members of a historical society in Greenwich Village [&hellip
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Bill Highlights Issues For Harassed Tenants

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Lawmakers hope increased penalties for tenant harassment will deter unscrupulous landlords A recently passed measure in the city council that toughens penalties for landlords found guilty of tenant harassment is receiving mixed reviews from affordable housing advocates, who say increasing penalties against unscrupulous landlords is a worthy cause, but more must be done. The legislation, [&hellip
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Another Downtown Team, Once Again Squeezed For Space

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

Work to remove PCBs in a public school displaces girls basketball league Greenwich Village Yet another sports league is facing a space crunch in lower Manhattan. Following an earlier report in Our Town Downtown about a successful girls’ softball team that is struggling to find a home field, the commissioner of a girls’ basketball league [&hellip
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Riverside Bandits Finally Nabbed

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Precinct commander says officers made arrests of juveniles who were stealing bags Upper West Side Captain Marlon Larin kicked off the fall meeting of the 24th Precinct Community Council with some good news. He believes his officers have largely stemmed the tide of recent grand larcenies that plagued Riverside Park and the athletic fields around [&hellip
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Dirt Under the Nail Salon

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

A report by the Public Advocate’s office found that many of the city’s nail salons don’t adhere to state safety guidelines By Nicole Del Mauro & Daniel Fitzsimmons Upper East Side On a recent Sunday afternoon at Issa Nails Salon on Lexington Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets, three manicurists dutifully shape and file their [&hellip
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