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Beloved Doorman Says Farewell

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Long time Upper East Side doorman Carlos Monteiro retires after 20 years making residents feel at home It seems like everyone at 445 East 86th Street has a Carlos story. Carlos Monteiro, 70, has been the doorman at the Upper East Side co-op for the past 28 years, and this past Friday was his last [&hellip
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Priced out of Carnegie Hill

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Small businesses hit hard by rent increases, changes in co-op rules Fred Kooby signed a lease for his stationery store on the Upper East Side the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Since then, he’s operated Blacker and Kooby at the same location on Madison Avenue and 88th Street with a handful of [&hellip
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High-end four-story house coming to W. 88th Street

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

In a surprise move by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, architects for a luxury row house project on the Upper West Side were told to come back with a design that stood out from the buildings – mainly brownstones – that surround it. Bazbaz Development is pursuing plans to build the four-story rowhouse on a [&hellip
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Opponents of Seaport plan hope city approval process thwarts development

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

Last Monday residents from Lower Manhattan gathered with representatives of Community Board 1 and the Howard Hughes Corporation to air concerns over a proposal to develop the South Street Seaport. Howard Hughes wants to build a 600-foot residential tower on the north side of Pier 17, a project that they say will subsidize the rest [&hellip
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Charlotte Lichtblau, Upper West Side artist, émigré, dies at 88

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

The German Expressionist remembered by friends and family as ‘Lotte’ The painter Charlotte Lichtblau’s apartment on the Upper West Side serves as a perpetual exhibition of her life not only as an artist, but also as an exile, émigré, intellectual, and a woman with a profound desire to understand and record her experience. There’s the [&hellip
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The Beginning of the End

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

Horse-carriage drivers, tourists brace for the end of an institution The klip-klop of horse hooves is something that’s been heard in and around Central Park for the past 150 years, as tourists regard the horse carriage tours as indelible to the New York City experience. But the industry could be coming to an end, one [&hellip
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East Side Cop of the Month

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Award given at community council meeting; walk-up burglaries a hot topic East side Police Officer Benjamin Paley was given the 19th Precinct’s December Cop of the Month award last week for apprehending a burglary suspect after a lengthy foot chase. The suspect was making a legitimate delivery to a residential building on the Upper East Side [&hellip
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