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Homogenized: Tracking The City’s Yogurt Takeover

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

  Tumblr site tallies the FroYo spread He prefers to keep his name a mystery, but the man (it’s a he, that much we can say) behind the Tumblr blog “Now It’s A F**cking FroYo Place,” which documents New York retail spaces that have been turned into frozen yogurt shops, says he actually has nothing against [&hellip
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An Act of Disobedience

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

Upper East Siders opposed to Marine Transfer Station ratchet up pressure Yorkville Eight Upper East Siders opposed to the city’s plan to build a waste transfer station at 91st Street and York Avenue were arrested last Friday protesting the Sanitation Department’s removal of trees at Asphalt Green, a popular athletics complex at the epicenter of [&hellip
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Landlord vs. Tenant, This Time On The U.W.S.

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

Did Lynda Engstrom’s apartment really need an electrical upgrade? Lynda Engstrom is 73, a widowed daughter of Holocaust survivors who lives in a prewar building at 89th Street and West End Avenue. Right now, her rent-regulated apartment looks as if a hazmat team gave it the quarantine treatment. The living room furniture — all of [&hellip
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Three Decades in Business, Then Gone

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

Long-time West Side laundromat forced out of neighborhood Rui Rong He says he can afford to keep the prices low at his wash and fold service on 88th Street and Columbus Avenue because his rent is low, only $880 a month. The space is small; you walk in and that’s it. A folding table sits [&hellip
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Taking Stock on the Upper West Side

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

Lincoln Square BID holds its 17th annual meeting, talks of cutting through red tape Lincoln Square “Seven snowstorms, 56 inches of snow, it was an amazing winter,” said Monica Blum, President of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. “It was really a terrible winter, as we all know.” Blum was recapping the seventh snowiest winter [&hellip
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A Move to End Unequal Perks

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

City council members drafting legislation to prevent unequal access to amenities in apartment buildings Following several recent reports of buildings on the Upper West Side that bar rent-regulated tenants from using amenities such as gyms, playrooms and roof gardens, City Council members Corey Johnson and Mark Levine are drafting legislation that would prevent such discrimination. [&hellip
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Not-So-Affordable Housing

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

Tenants say a city agency is unfairly allowing landlords to overcharge Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen Hell’s Kitchen Residents of affordable housing usually are charged a set portion of their income for rent; it’s what ensures that the units retain their affordability, regardless of inflation. Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen said they’ve been [&hellip
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Air BnB-eware

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

Increasing number of eviction proceedings stemming from use of apartment-sharing websites Many New Yorkers have probably noticed the apartment-sharing startup Air BnB in the news lately. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed the company for records of users he believes are using it to illegally book apartments. Air BnB is fighting the subpoena, saying that [&hellip
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S.L.A. Fields Community Board Questions

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

  Joint meeting held to discuss liquor license application and renewal guidelines Soho Officials from the State Liquor Authority met with members of the three downtown community boards to discuss the liquor licensing process and communication concerns between the authority and the community. In Community Board 1 alone, said chair Catherine McVay-Hughes, the board reviewed [&hellip
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