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That Doggie In the Window

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

A state ban on puppy mills makes life uncomfortable for Manhattan pet stores Every Thursday night, the protestors line up in front of CitiPups in Chelsea, handing out fliers to passersby, their chants of “Stop Puppy Mills” drowning out the faint barks of the puppies romping in the window. This small band of protestors has [&hellip
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Home-Grown Girls’ Clothing Store Opens on Upper West Side

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

The curated store, Dot, is inspired by and named for the owner’s grandmother Move over Children’s Place and The Gap; there’s a new children’s clothing store in town. Dot, which opened before the holidays on Amsterdam between 82nd and 83rd, specializes in girls’ clothing. Although the new storefront, which carries carefully-curated lines of pajamas, dresses, [&hellip
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Solving a Deadly Traffic Puzzle

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Following a number of recent pedestrian fatalities — including four more over the weekend — experts, residents, and elected leaders look for answers The corner of 97th and West End Avenue was crowded with neighbors, activists and local politicians last week for the vigil for two pedestrians killed in separate accidents. The victims included Cooper [&hellip
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Make Way for Captain Falcon

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

The Upper West Side’s new precinct captain is focused on property crimes and safety in the neighborhood Captain Michael Falcon joined the 20th precinct in late October, coming from the World Trade Center Command to become the law enforcement leader for the Upper West Side. He brings with him a penchant for getting to know [&hellip
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School Lab Accident Raises Safety Questions

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

An experiment at the Beacon School left a student severely burned, focusing attention on oversight in the school labs Like something out of a teacher (and parent)’s worst nightmare, a chemistry experiment during the first week back after winter recess went horribly wrong at Beacon High School. The accident left two students badly burned, one [&hellip
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Rockefeller University Expansion Worries Residents

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town

Community with least open space in New York skeptical over Rockefeller University’s plans In the next couple of years, Rockefeller University, the science research university on the Upper East Side, may get city approval to build a 181,000 square foot-expansion by utilizing its air rights. The expansion, which would provide a new research laboratory building [&hellip
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Special Needs School to Open on Upper West Side

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Manhattan Star Academy is currently taking applications and is looking to finish construction within the month Manhattan Star Academy, a privately-funded, non-profit school, hopes to bring to the Upper West side and Manhattan something that many parents of special needs children feel is lacking in the city school system: a place for their child. The [&hellip
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Bowery Missionary

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

How one man went from homeless to hopeful at the downtown shelter Delon Ali was just another strung-out, barely conscious New Yorker at Dunkin’ Donuts. He had no warm place to sleep for the night. He could, like he had done multiple other times, commit a small misdemeanor and turn himself into the cops for [&hellip
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