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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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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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A Legacy and a Promise

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

Upper West Side WWII veteran, civil rights worker, doctor and Jewish scholar Alfred Moldovan passes away at 92 In March 1965, Gay Talese wrote an article in The New York Times about a civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, that focused on a man named Alfred Moldovan, who at the time was the treasurer of [&hellip
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Yorkville’s Pedestrian Problem

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

DOT studies make several recommendations to improve safety in area A new report from the city’s Department of Transportation calls for several safety upgrades in Yorkville specifically aimed at preventing accidents involving elderly pedestrians. The study looked at the area from East 72nd Street to East 91st Street between Madison Avenue and York Avenue, where [&hellip
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Residents Say City Hid Relocation Plans

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

Concerns voiced over planned probation office, lack of transparency in Civic Center plan Even before Cas Holloway, the city’s Deputy Mayor for Operations, let slip at a Community Board 1 meeting that the city had plans to move the probation department to a residential area in the Financial District, complaints were brewing from board members [&hellip
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