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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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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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Spending City Money on the East Side

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

District 5 residents will vote on how to use $1 million of discretionary budget funding Upper East Side Residents of District 5 have just been handed a blank check. Councilman Ben Kallos announced his office is taking part in an abbreviated participatory budgeting program with $1 million available to spend. Under normal circumstances, a council [&hellip
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The Pothole and The Socialite

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

The winter has been brutal for the roadways downtown Three weeks ago Louise Grunwald fell into a pothole on the East Side and fractured her ankle. “It was noon on a beautiful day, I guess I wasn’t paying attention,” said Grunwald, an Upper East Side socialite who was married to the diplomat and former Time [&hellip
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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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