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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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New York’s Dirty-Air Corridor

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

Upper East Side air quality among the worst in the city, mostly because of old boilers In September, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the fact that the city’s air quality was the cleanest it’s been in more 50 years, and that air quality improvements have prevented nearly 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits, compared to [&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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Downtown elected leaders formally ask EDC to share their Seaport plans

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

A coalition of downtown officials sent a letter to the NYC Economic Development Corporation on Oct. 31 imploring them – along with the Howard Hughes Corporation – to be more transparent about their plans to develop the South Street Seaport. The letter, addressed to NYCEDC Executive Director Kyle Kimball, said, “There is a great deal [&hellip
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Election Chatter

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

What’s next for Liz, and assessing a Broooklyn mayor Before Bill de Blasio ran ramshackle over opponent Joe Lhota in the race for NYC mayor, shop talk was understandably centered on which elected leaders in the city’s Democratic corps were interested in a job with de Blasio’s administration. On the East Side of Manhattan, two [&hellip
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Reporting By Drawing

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

In her 30 years as a courtroom sketch artist, Elizabeth Williams has witnessed and recorded many famous cases Elizabeth Williams takes low-tech tools into a place where cameras and other recording devices aren’t allowed – federal courtrooms. With her brushes, pencils, pastels, paint and paper she re-creates scenes that would not normally be seen by [&hellip
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What happened to Micah Kellner?

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

One-time Democratic front-runner raised eyebrows for spending, attack ads Five months ago, Micah Kellner was a shoo-in for the city council on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Embraced by the city’s Democratic establishment, including outgoing Council Member Jessica Lappin, the 34-year-old state assemblyman had every hallmark of a rising star. Then, in late-July, Kellner’s campaign was [&hellip
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