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A Dangerous Walk for Spruce Street Kids

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

Parents worried about nearby traffic Parents of kids who attend the Spruce Street School in the Financial District say that since September, they’ve had to contend with narrow, congested streets, box trucks backing onto sidewalks, major construction, and a 20-foot-tall inflatable rat while walking their kids to school. All that, plus kids who have picked [&hellip
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Public Financing for Private Schools

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

Grace Church School Under-the-radar agency helps exclusive schools raise hundreds of millions of dollars– all while public schools scramble A little-known program within the city’s Economic Development Corp. has become the chief vehicle by which private schools in Manhattan refinance their capital projects, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to some of the priciest schools in the city. [&hellip
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Beloved Doorman Says Farewell

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Long time Upper East Side doorman Carlos Monteiro retires after 20 years making residents feel at home It seems like everyone at 445 East 86th Street has a Carlos story. Carlos Monteiro, 70, has been the doorman at the Upper East Side co-op for the past 28 years, and this past Friday was his last [&hellip
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Priced out of Carnegie Hill

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Small businesses hit hard by rent increases, changes in co-op rules Fred Kooby signed a lease for his stationery store on the Upper East Side the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Since then, he’s operated Blacker and Kooby at the same location on Madison Avenue and 88th Street with a handful of [&hellip
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Opponents of Seaport plan hope city approval process thwarts development

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

Last Monday residents from Lower Manhattan gathered with representatives of Community Board 1 and the Howard Hughes Corporation to air concerns over a proposal to develop the South Street Seaport. Howard Hughes wants to build a 600-foot residential tower on the north side of Pier 17, a project that they say will subsidize the rest [&hellip
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Charlotte Lichtblau, Upper West Side artist, émigré, dies at 88

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

The German Expressionist remembered by friends and family as ‘Lotte’ The painter Charlotte Lichtblau’s apartment on the Upper West Side serves as a perpetual exhibition of her life not only as an artist, but also as an exile, émigré, intellectual, and a woman with a profound desire to understand and record her experience. There’s the [&hellip
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