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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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From Shelter to Catwalk

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

A recovering addict getting back on his feet will walk as a model at Fashion Week David Butler spends his nights at the NYC Rescue Mission, checking residents in and out of the showers and performing general housekeeping duties. He’s been enrolled in the shelter’s 12-step recovery program for about five and a half months, [&hellip
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Red Farm Moves Uptown

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

redfarm photo 1 wss Village Chinese-food innovator targets the Upper West Side Ed Schoenfeld didn’t say when RedFarm on the Upper West Side would open. Not exactly, anyway. The veteran restaurateur said that he prefers to “open slow,” minus the flashy grand opening that often comes with bad service from an inexperienced wait staff. “It’s not my style to [&hellip
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Cross Examination

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

A community board study looks to improve pedestrian safety on the Upper West Side A pedestrian safety study initiated by Community Board 7 could soon result in a raft of pedestrian-friendly changes this fall for those who walk the neighborhood from 94th to 96th Street. “One of the driving purposes of [the study] is to [&hellip
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Battery Park City Authority President Out

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

On Aug. 16, ten months after being appointed by Gov. Cuomo as president and Chief Operating Officer of the Battery Park City Authority, Demetrios Boutris abruptly handed in his resignation.  The authority has appointed Chief Financial Officer Robert Serpico as interim president and C.O.O. A spokesperson for the authority did not give a reason for [&hellip
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