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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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The Beginning of the End

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

Horse-carriage drivers, tourists brace for the end of an institution The klip-klop of horse hooves is something that’s been heard in and around Central Park for the past 150 years, as tourists regard the horse carriage tours as indelible to the New York City experience. But the industry could be coming to an end, one [&hellip
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East Side Cop of the Month

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Award given at community council meeting; walk-up burglaries a hot topic East side Police Officer Benjamin Paley was given the 19th Precinct’s December Cop of the Month award last week for apprehending a burglary suspect after a lengthy foot chase. The suspect was making a legitimate delivery to a residential building on the Upper East Side [&hellip
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Fighting for the Soul of Washington Square Park

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

Some fear the possibility of the famous park becoming privatized Fans of one of the city’s most iconic parks are concerned that a newly created Washington Square Park Conservancy will exert undue private control over a public space known for its laid-back, gritty atmosphere. People who flock to Washington Square Park do so to revel [&hellip
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Charter Fight Heads to Court

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

Newly elected public advocate and others file suit to halt DOE charter school decisions, including two on the East side A coalition of elected officials and activist organizations has sued the city in hopes of nullifying some 42 school co-locations throughout the city, including two on the Upper East Side. The DOE’s Panel on Education [&hellip
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FiDi Residents Fight On

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

Opponents of a probation department move plan lawsuit Financial District residents opposed to a city plan to move portions of the probation department to 66 John Street are preparing a lawsuit to stop the move. Patrick Kennell, who lives at 80 John Street, has organized a coalition of residents, schools and businesses opposed to the [&hellip
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Fighting a Forced Downsizing

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

Section 8 residents must move to cover funding gap Argentina Perez lives with her 20-year-old daughter, who suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy, in a two-bedroom apartment at the Knickerbocker Plaza on 2nd Avenue and 91st Street. As a Section 8 enhanced housing voucher recipient, she’s lived in fear that federal budget problems mean she [&hellip
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