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Green Thumb, Concrete Jungle

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

Downtown community gardens spring to life while some fight for their lives Lower East Side Tenants who built and maintained a community garden behind two East Village apartment buildings said that it will be needlessly destroyed by a management company that recently bought the buildings. Around the corner, another community garden that’s catered to children [&hellip
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The Purgatory of Housing

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Some seniors are stuck in limbo between affordable housing programs, waiting lists, and Social Security earnings Upper East Side Ellen Ehrlich will be 87 years old next month. She receives $1,959 a month from Social Security, well short of the $2,100 she needs for her rent-stabilized apartment on East 95th Street. Her adult children pick [&hellip
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They Paved Paradise

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

Park West Village tenants: green space destroyed for parking lot Upper West Side Tenants of Park West Village at 97th Street and Columbus Avenue are in court to prevent their landlord from converting green space they use as a recreational area into a parking lot, even though construction is well underway. Historically, tenants parked in [&hellip
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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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Empty rooms on the U.W.S.

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

Housing The Upper West Side is plagued by vacant SROs, despite surging homelessness   Upper West Side The only indication that something’s amiss at 206 W. 95th Street is a sign on the door stating “No Visitors.” The residential building looks like any other on the block: six stories of brickwork with a wrought-iron fence [&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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