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Citizen-backed Projects Get City Council Funds

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Councilman Ben Kallos completes first round of participatory budgeting Upper East Side The results of Councilman Ben Kallos’ $1 million participatory budgeting program were recently announced by his office, with money going toward upgrading senior centers, bus stops and schools on the Upper East Side. This is Kallos’ first foray into participatory budgeting, where constituents [&hellip
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Mayor Takes On Affordable Housing

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

De Blasio’s housing initiative includes an investment of $41 billion Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year plan to expand and protect affordable housing in New York City. According to the mayor’s office, a $41 billion investment will yield 80,000 new and 120,000 preserved units of affordable housing in the next decade. The city will [&hellip
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West Side Welcomes New Precinct Commander

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

Commander Marlon Larin introduces himself to the community, talks crime in the neighborhood Upper West Side Police Commissioner Bill Bratton recently reassigned a half-dozen precinct commanders in jurisdictions that extend north of 86th Street as part of a sweeping reorganization that entailed over 60 management changes citywide. Included in the shakeup was 24th Precinct Inspector [&hellip
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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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