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Searching Online for the Perfect School

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

Manhattan startup Noodle.org helps parents and students in high-school selection process Let’s say your middle schooler strives to be a ballerina and lives on the Upper East Side. According to Noodle.org, she should be looking at Talent Unlimited High School on East 67th Street. And your younger son, who’s shown an interest in architecture? Noodle [&hellip
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Hudson River Park Waterfront Could be Open for Development

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

Gov. Cuomo signs bill that would allow the park to sell air rights one block inland Hudson River Park, which extends along the waterfront from 59th Street all the way to Chambers Street, was created in 1998 to be New York City’s first self-sustainable park, gaining revenue from its surrounding parklands and developed piers. But [&hellip
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Delis and Diners Kvetch Over Knish Shortage

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

But for some, it’s a blessing in disguise when customers have to buy their fresh knishes Diners, delis and pushcarts nationwide let out a collective groan when they found out that Gabila knishes would be no more — at least for awhile. Gabila is one of the largest mass producers of the knish – the [&hellip
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Looking for Answers On the L.E.S.

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

A spate of teen-focused violence has rattled the neighborhood After what has been a violent year on the Lower East Side – including the shooting deaths of two teenagers — police, after-school programs, and members of the community are working to bring peace to the neighborhood. A lot of that effort has centered around after-school [&hellip
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Crunch Time for Local Charities

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town

Non-profits scramble as most generous period of the year begins Once the last of the pumpkins have rotted away, and the scarves and peacoats are taken out of storage, New York charities will begin gearing up for what is their busiest time of the year. The Greater New York chapter of the Salvation Army, for [&hellip
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Greenmarket Farmers and Customers Wary of Cuts

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

After $5 billion cut from food stamps program nationwide, farmers’ market customers will have to cut back The stereotypical farmers’ market customer may be thought of as an upper class, vegan yoga instructor looking for some kale and grass-fed beef. But the reality may surprise you. In 2012, GrowNYC GreenMarkets counted over $800,000 in sales [&hellip
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Benefit Cuts Hit Farmers’ Markets

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town

Customers and vendors express surprise at food stamp cutbacks Pamela Oleas, manager of the 92nd Street Greenmarket on the Upper East Side, estimates that over half of her customers use Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) to pay for their groceries. Oleas believes recent cuts to the food stamp program will certainly affect the market, but not [&hellip
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If You See Something, Take A Picture

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

Photographer’s SoHo exhibit riffs on post-9/11 fears “If You See Something, Say Something.” Taking shoes off in airports. Feeling uneasy around unattended bags. They’re all part of our uneasy post-9/11 culture. But for photographer and Upper West Side native Robin Blackwood, they’re also a source of inspiration for a photography exhibit, “Unattended Bags And More [&hellip
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The Landmarking Wars: What’s Next at City Hall?

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

Developers, preservationists gear up for post-election battle For key players in the fight between developers and preservationists, the countdown to a new city administration boils down to this: how will Bill de Blasio approach development in Manhattan? On the one hand, de Blasio has a record of siding with preservationists, dating back to his days [&hellip
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