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A Debate About Debates in Upper East Side State Race

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Assembly candidate Ed Hartzog challenges opponents to regular debates before Sept. 9 primary Upper East Side Ed Hartzog, the journeyman candidate vying to succeed Micah Kellner in the 76th Assembly District, has issued an open invitation to his Democratic rivals to participate in a series of regular debates between now and Primary Day on Sept. [&hellip
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Demolition on W. 79th Deferred, For Now

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

Architects told by landmarks group to go back to the drawing board upper west side The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission denied a developer’s application to demolish a 22-unit building he recently purchased on W. 79th Street, but the developer will likely succeed in getting approval by the commission at some point to demolish the building. [&hellip
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City’s Safety Measures Laughable, Say M.T.S. Opponents

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

Residents and politicians opposed to the East 91st Street marine trash transfer station lampoon city’s response to construction accident Yorkville For people fighting against an Upper East Side trash transfer station, the city’s offer to cover it with steel during construction offers little reassurance of the overall safety of the project. The city’s Dept. of [&hellip
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Amping Up The Fight Over Poor Doors

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

Elected officials and housing advocates say Extell exploiting loophole with separate building entrances Extell Development is facing a new round of criticism after its plan to include a separate entrance for low-income residents at its Upper West Side development project was approved by the city’s Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development. Extell is building a [&hellip
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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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