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Taking Attendance

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

Councilman recommends community board members get the boot over absenteeism Members of local community boards may soon be making attendance at meetings more of a priority. In reviewing potential board members to reappoint to the Upper East Side’s Community Board 8, freshman Councilman Ben Kallos recommended to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office that several [&hellip
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Saving Mom and Pop

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

Is it time for an affordable housing-like effort to help local retailers? The Upper East Side stationary store Blacker and Kooby has been around since 1963, at the corner of 88th Street and Madison Avenue in the heart of Carnegie Hill. For decades, the neighborhood mainstay sold art and school supplies, pens and pencils, notebooks [&hellip
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New Building could strain schools

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

New Construction City leaders eyeing impact of 1,000+ unit apartment building on Upper West Side Upper West Side City leaders are looking closely at plans for a 1,189-unit apartment building at 606 West 57th Street that’s just received approval from the City Planning Commission. Although the project would create construction jobs and make better use [&hellip
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The noise in our heads

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

What’s up with that? A bill in the City Council attacks 24-hour work permits For three nights in recent months, the construction project near where Jane Bonia lives has been loud enough to jolt her out of bed. “The noise is incredibly loud,” said Bonia. “It’s impossible to sleep while they’re banging on metal. I’m [&hellip
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Teens on the Community Board

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

A resolution in the City Council would open up the boards to younger members Seventeen-year-old Quentin Dupouy became interested in politics when he campaigned for Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012. Later he attended community board meetings to draw attention to a program he created to help foreign exchange students learn English. This led him to [&hellip
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Two Sides Meet on Trash Project, But Neither Budges

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Little progress is cited in meeting between administration and East side officials Upper East Side Representatives of elected officials on the Upper East Side met with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration late last week to discuss the city’s plan to build a marine transfer station on East 91st Street — but neither side seemed to [&hellip
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Spending City Money on the East Side

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

District 5 residents will vote on how to use $1 million of discretionary budget funding Upper East Side Residents of District 5 have just been handed a blank check. Councilman Ben Kallos announced his office is taking part in an abbreviated participatory budgeting program with $1 million available to spend. Under normal circumstances, a council [&hellip
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The Pothole and The Socialite

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

The winter has been brutal for the roadways downtown Three weeks ago Louise Grunwald fell into a pothole on the East Side and fractured her ankle. “It was noon on a beautiful day, I guess I wasn’t paying attention,” said Grunwald, an Upper East Side socialite who was married to the diplomat and former Time [&hellip
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L.E.S. high school dodges co-location bid

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

University Neighborhood High School saved by de Blasio’s stance on charter schools Last year, students and parents of University Neighborhood High School were told that the Dept. of Education had plans to phase in 500 additional students as part of a new technical high school to be co-located in their building. The UNHS community rallied [&hellip
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