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Bikes Vs. Parking

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

Upper East Side businesses complain that the new 1st Avenue bike lane extension drives away customers Local businesses are starting to feel the effects of extended bike lanes — and they don’t like it. Earlier this fall, work was completed on Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side, extending the lanes to run all the [&hellip
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The Landmarking Wars: What’s Next at City Hall?

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

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 fighting [&hellip
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Meet Your New Community Board Leader

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

Elizabeth Caputo will take over as chair of the Upper West Side community board later this year Elizabeth Caputo, a 20-year Upper West Side resident, infrastructure banker, dog-lover and community activist, was recently elected to be Community Board 7’s new chair, replacing Mark Diller next month. She served as the vice chair, and is currently on [&hellip
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Taking the Slop Out of Sloppy Joe

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

Parents and schools try out new solutions to revive the school lunch On today’s menu: curried chickpeas with a side of jasmine rose rice and “superhero spinach.” This may sound like a dish at a trendy vegetarian restaurant, but it’s actually one of the brand-new “Meatless Monday” items on the Department of Education’s new alternative [&hellip
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Foodie Boom on the Upper West Side

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

The restaurant wasteland above 96th Street is suddenly thriving The upper reaches of the Upper West Side are getting a culinary makeover. Since late summer, nine eateries and bars have opened, or will be opening soon, in the area above 96th Street and below 110th Street, rejuvenating a part of the neighborhood that has long [&hellip
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The Public School Paradox

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

As the Upper West Side has gentrified, its public schools like dozens of others throughout the city have become much less diverse.   Not long ago, New York City parents sent their kids to public school knowing that they would be exposed to a student population as diverse as the city itself. On the Upper [&hellip
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Comedian Garners Laughs and Money for a Good Cause

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

Local stand-up comic with Crohn’s disease uses his talents to help others Matt Nagin, a comedian who performed at the Gotham Comedy Foundation fundraiser last week, like most stand-up comedians, can’t help cracking several jokes during regular conversation. But unlike most comedians, Nagin uses laughter as his own personal medicine. “I have Crohn’s disease, which [&hellip
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It Happened To Me: Harassment at a New York Street Festival

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

While attending a street fair, the worst feeling you expect to come home with is a stomachache from consuming too many zeppoles and fried snickers bars. You don’t expect to leave a crowded, family-friendly street fair with a sense of shame and disgust. But it happened to me. The day before a popular New York [&hellip
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