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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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Cracking Down on Cab Drivers

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

New legislation would yank TLC licenses of drivers who injure or kill pedestrians A recent spate of pedestrian fatalities has sparked a massive push to overhaul traffic laws in the city, with leaders pushing initiatives that would hold cabbies more accountable for their driving. On the Upper West Side, where three such tragedies occurred in [&hellip
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Push for Park Avenue

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Upper East Siders fighting for historic district on Park Avenue heard by landmarks commission Historically minded denizens of the Upper East Side might finally get what’s been coming to them: a Park Avenue Historical District. According to Teri Slater, a member of the Park Avenue Defenders, an effort to create a historic district along the [&hellip
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New East Side Political Club Forms

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Meet Four Freedoms, the newest Democratic club in the district A new Democratic club has formed on the Upper East Side from the remnants of the Lenox Hill Democratic Club’s leadership and others, who were ousted in a power play by banker Gus Christensen in January after he bought 150 memberships for friends and co-workers [&hellip
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