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L.E.S. high school dodges co-location bid

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

University Neighborhood High School saved by de Blasio’s stance on charter schools Last year, students and parents of University Neighborhood High School were told that the Dept. of Education had plans to phase in 500 additional students as part of a new technical high school to be co-located in their building. The UNHS community rallied [&hellip
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Where could Success Academy go now?

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

Success_Academy_Harlem_1_jeh In the wake of de Blasio’s move, the charter school powerhouse could be in the market for real estate. After Mayor Bill de Blasio blocked the co-location and expansion of three Success Academies, the charter school empire headed by former city council member Eva Moskowitz, the question remains as to where her displaced schools could [&hellip
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Signs of life on Pier A

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

A long-ignored structure on the tip of Manhattan gets a restaurant spiced with history Battery Park City For more than two decades, Pier A has sat empty, decrepit and neglected on the tip of Lower Manhattan just across from Ellis Island. Built in 1884 as the headquarters of the New York harbor police, it was [&hellip
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A community copes with tragedy

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

West 97th Street at Amsterdam Ave. co-named after Ariel Russo “Street re-namings are often a time to celebrate, but not today,” began Councilman Mark Levine. “Today is about remembering a wonderful young girl who would have been five today.” Levine on Monday was presiding over the street co-naming of Ariel Russo, a four-year old who [&hellip
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Blackout

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Upper East Side For more than a month now, sidewalks along a three-block stretch of 2nd Avenue, from 68th to 71st streets, have been dangerously dark, without a single streetlight. “I come home frequently on the 68th Street crosstown bus and walking on that street at night is terrible,” said an Our Town reader, who [&hellip
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The $1 million effort to dump the dump

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Upper East Side - Pledge 2 Protect, the Upper East Side community group that’s emerged as the most potent force fighting the waste transfer station on the Upper East Side, has considerable pull in the community. The group has amassed 30,000 signatures denouncing the city’s plan, and a recent rally it organized at the cavernous [&hellip
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City’s Plan to Curb Bad Drivers Halted by Albany

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

Vision Zero photo_opt Home rule explained as Vision Zero initiatives roadblocked by state control Anyone who’s ridden the subway recently may have noticed advertisements urging New Yorkers to get out of the city and experience the rest of the state. One ad urges strap-hangers to catch a show in Buffalo, while another touts the beauty of upstate hiking [&hellip
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Jewish Home Lifecare: The effect on schools

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

Details about how construction will affect P.S. 163 will be included in a forthcoming environmental impact statement Upper West side Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell sent a letter to the state health department blasting a report by Jewish Home Lifecare that, he said, fails to take into account the effect that building a 20-story nursing home [&hellip
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