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Operation Backpack Helps Children in Need

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town

Drop off backpacks and supplies at locations throughout the city until August 9th. There are over 20,000 homeless children in New York City, many of whom would have otherwise started school without even pens and pencils. But by mid-August, Operation Backpack hopes to get school supplies and backpacks to 15,000 of these kids — complete [&hellip
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Housing Awaits Approval

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

Extell and Carlyle Development companies have come up with a revised plan for a new affordable housing development at 40 Riverside Boulevard, which has been in the works since last year. Last summer, the developers had withdrawn their initial application. The development, which would be an 80/20 project (80 percent market housing and 20 percent [&hellip
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Comptroller Rejects Central Park Conservancy’s $90 Million Contract

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

Critics say the city’s “green jewel” gets more than the lion’s share of funds Central Park is the largest open space in New York at 843 acres. And the park’s reputation certainly lives up to its enormous space — with an active Conservancy and hundreds of annual children’s programs, tours, concerts and fundraisers. But people [&hellip
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60th Street Rec Center Finally Open

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

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center is a hit with the community After decades of waiting, the Upper West Side finally has a new recreation center at 60th Street. The Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center opened in mid-June, complete with brand-new gym equipment, a pool, and a gymnasium (currently under construction for repairs). The rec center is already [&hellip
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Local Kids Get Fresh Air

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

A 135-year-old non-profit pairs city kids with country retreats Eli Figueroa, age 7, is excited, like most kids, for summer activities like fishing, sticking his toes into waves at the beach and diving into a pool. But unlike many kids his age, this is a rare treat for Eli, who lives on the Lower East [&hellip
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West Siders Probe Candidates

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

Landmark West presses for sensitive development Overdevelopment. Zoning. Crowding and lack of open space. These are the issues that Upper West Siders hounded the seven City Council District 6 candidates about at last week’s forum hosted by Landmark West at New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. The seven candidates are Mel [&hellip
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What’s Up With That?

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

Why were some local high school students left hanging after taking their Regents exams? New York City high schools were in an uproar last week with the delay of certain Regents exam scores. As a result, there were certain students who didn’t get to walk at their high school graduations. At Lower East Side Prep, [&hellip
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