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Closing Time For Now

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

  In a surprise move, New Amsterdam founder announces end of popular monthly market Robert LaValva appears to have given up. The founder and director of the New Amsterdam Market announced via email last week that the market is closing effective immediately, and that the last one was held in its location on South Street [&hellip
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Money in the 76th

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

State Assembly candidates reveal war chests — and personal loans — in latest filings Upper East Side With less than 50 days before the Democratic primary, candidates in the 76th Assembly District race have revealed how much their campaigns have raised so far this year — and some would appear to be more invested than [&hellip
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On the East Side, a New Political Force

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

Rebecca Seawright, a relative newcomer to state politics, grabs an early endorsement lead Upper East Side Rebecca Seawright has emerged as the clear front runner in the race for the 76th Assembly District on the Upper East Side. She got a huge early endorsement from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who has a wealth of credibility [&hellip
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Opponents Pledge More Arrests to Fight M.T.S.

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

Vows of further protests follow a construction accident at the East 91st Street site Yorkville Last Wednesday morning, a rogue jackhammer chisel sailed through the air, crashed through a window, and landed right in the middle of a neighborhood’s fight to stop a nearby garbage station from being built. The day after the construction accident [&hellip
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L.E.S. Community Board Re-elects Chair

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

Incumbent chair Gigi Li fends off challenger, retains majority of board’s confidence Lower East Side Last Tuesday’s Community Board 3 meeting started like any other. Board members mingled beforehand, secured copies of the agenda from the front of the room, and took their seats in the first few rows of Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium. One [&hellip
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Stringer: City Response to Sandy ‘a failure’

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

Residents say small businesses still floundering, residential towers not prepared for next hurricane Lower Manhattan Comptroller Scott Stringer held the last of his six town hall-style hearings to discuss post-Sandy recovery progress – or the lack thereof – in Manhattan last week. “The reason we’re holding this hearing is that Build it Back was an [&hellip
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Community Searches for Source of Crime

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

24th Precinct commander explains homeless shelter raids; youth gangs in West 90s Upper West Side A contingent of homeless rights activists fresh off of a rally they held against the raid of Freedom House attended the 24th Precinct Community Council meeting last week to grill Captain Marlon Larin on why he decided to arrest 22 [&hellip
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The Music’s Changing

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

Upper West Side musician talks shop Upper West Side Gregory Singer talks with his hands, which is perhaps unsurprising given his profession. As a conductor, composer, and classically trained violinist, Singer heads up the Manhattan Symphonie, a little-known orchestra he started that holds mostly benefit concerts for different causes around the city and around the [&hellip
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West Siders Won’t Be Moved

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

Elderly residents on the U.W.S. protest Salvation Army plan to move them to East Harlem By Daniel Fitzsimmons Upper West Side Elected officials and residents of The Williams on the Upper West Side came out en masse to protest the Salvation Army’s plan to move them to East Harlem. “We’re all surprised, taken aback, and [&hellip
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