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David McWater Resigns From Community Board 3

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

Longtime Community Board 3 member and former chairperson David McWater announced his resignation, effective immediately, at the board’s Sept. 24 meeting. In a statement given to Our Town Downtown, McWater said the recent death of his father and mother-in-law as well as the friction between him and the LES Dwellers contributed to his decision. The [&hellip
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NYC Muslims Respond To Extensive Police Targeting

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

‘People don’t understand, this is our country’ It has been known for years now that the NYPD has been spying on the city’s Muslim community. Now, the extent of those operations is becoming clear. Two Associated Press reporters, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, wrote in a recent New York magazine excerpt of their new book [&hellip
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Seaport City Falls Flat for LES Residents

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

Concerns over luxury housing development and “disaster capitalism” For the first time since Mayor Bloomberg announced his grandiose idea to build a “Seaport City” on the Lower East Side, community members had a chance to raise their concerns about the plan, and many were not thrilled. The idea presented by the city is to construct [&hellip
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Downtown Mosque Reacts to NYPD Surveillance Tactics

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

‘People don’t understand, this is our country’ Masjid Manhattan, a mosque on the Lower East Side, was packed one recent Friday. The second floor was filled from wall to wall with worshippers who came to hear the Friday afternoon Jummah – or sermon – from Sheikh Mostafa, the mosque’s imam. Worshippers filed in before the [&hellip
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Targeting Muslims on the Upper East Side

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

‘People don’t understand, this is our country’ It has been known for years now that the NYPD has been spying on the city’s Muslim community. Now, the extent of those operations is becoming clear. Two Associated Press reporters, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, wrote in a recent New York magazine excerpt of their new book [&hellip
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The Education of Ben Kallos

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Meet the 32-year-old who could be your next city councilmember Ben Kallos is not your typical Upper East Sider. He went to state school because, he said, he couldn’t afford an Ivy League education. His Hungarian grandparents immigrated to New York in the 1950s. He grew up on the East Side but went to high [&hellip
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Blurring the Line Between Yorkville and East Harlem

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Filmmaker hopes to start conversation about gentrification and identity Andrew Padilla is only 23 years old with a single high school filmmaking class under his belt. But that hasn’t stopped him from making a documentary about gentrification in East Harlem on the Upper East Side. The film, El Barrio Tours, has gained a fair amount [&hellip
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Parents Fight Back Against Co-Location

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

Community leaders say there’s not enough space and class size will increase A proposal by the Department of Education to co-locate an early college program in the same building as the Neighborhood University High School on the Lower East Side has been met with staunch resistance from community leaders and parents.  The proposal would add [&hellip
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