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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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A New Front in the Tenant Battle

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

Rent-regulated tenants say major capital increases are being used as a tool against them Upper West Side Stonehenge Village is an apartment complex spread out over three addresses on West 97th and 96th Street. The complex was in the news earlier this year for being one of a handful of places on the Upper West [&hellip
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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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