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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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Mapping Crime on the East Side

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

A new NYPD database pinpoints felony crimes in the neighborhood — and the area around Bloomingdale’s stands out Want to know where the crime is on the east side? The NYPD has released its first interactive map of felony crimes in the city, showing in detail where murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and motor [&hellip
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Mapping Crime on the West Side

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

A new NYPD database pinpoints felony crimes in the neighborhood — and Broadway stands out Want to know where the crime is on the west side? The NYPD has released its first interactive map of felony crimes in the city, showing in detail where murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft have [&hellip
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O, Christmas Tree!

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

The corner tree stand on the Upper East Side isn’t what you think it is We all know them from our neighborhoods: the corner tree stand, complete with lights, some wreaths, and the flannel-clad, bearded attendant sipping hot chocolate and chatting about this year’s crop of evergreens. But who are these people? Do they really [&hellip
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Remembering the Yippies

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

Counter-cultural haven on Bleecker Street still alive despite legal struggle The Yippie Museum was cold on a recent Wednesday night, the kind of place you keep your coat on. A lonely bottle of Seagram’s scotch sat behind the bar but nobody was pouring. Pot clouds lingered in the middle of the room, as 50 or [&hellip
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Cultural touchstone fighting to stay on the Upper West Side

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

Celebrating 35th anniversary, El Taller Latino Americano facing a steep rent hike El Taller Latino Americano – The Latin American Workshop – has thrived for the past two decades on the Upper West Side, at Broadway and West 104th Street. El Taller (tie-year) offers Spanish and English language lessons, dance, art and music classes, and [&hellip
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City Hall’s Secrecy Scramble

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

Community groups complain of lack of disclosure for big development projects Two major projects developed in the final months of the Bloomberg administration have prompted residents and neighborhood leaders to complain about a lack of transparency and collaboration as City Hall scrambles to complete its work by the end of the mayor’s term. The two [&hellip
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