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Which Neighborhood Lights Up the Most?

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Whether you’re looking to avoid secondhand smoke or light up freely, some areas of the city are smokier than others Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the city, killing more than one New Yorker every hour—more than AIDS, alcohol, murder and suicide combined. In spite of, or perhaps because of this, New [&hellip
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Teenager Celebrates with Upper East Side Woman Who Helped Save Her Life

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News Our Town

Helane Brachfeld-Colvin carries on her husband’s legacy with Project Kids Worldwide Last Thursday, Marisel Rodriguez celebrated her Sweet Sixteen over lunch with family, friends and the woman who saved her life. Although she didn’t look it, the cheerful teenager had just undergone life-saving heart surgery the week before. It was the third, and last time, [&hellip
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The Transformation of the Whitney

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The Whitney Museum is half way through the big move from its Upper East Side home to a new facility downtown The Whitney Museum has been house-hunting for years. After almost five decades in its current home, the Marcel Breuer-designed building on the Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue, the famed modern and contemporary art museum [&hellip
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East Side No Longer Quietest Neighborhood

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Second Avenue subway construction increases noise on East Side; downtown still hotspot for loud zones With the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park season now behind us, it could seem like an interminable wait before the next season of free concerts, but fear not, because there is a public program that will continue to [&hellip
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‘Hood Happenings

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Do you have news of a civic or neighborhood organization, church or synagogue, little league team, or a philanthropic organization? Whatever is going on in the neighborhood, The West Side Spirit wants to know and share it with our readers. Send your news to hoodhappenings@strausnews.com. Fiction Book Club Explore some of today’s best new fiction, [&hellip
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Scaling Back at New York-Presbyterian

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News Our Town

New York-Presbyterian Hospitals will have to scale back last year’s plan to build a new eco-friendly,15-story building with an ambulatory care center and a maternity ward on York Avenue between East 68 and 69th streets. Due to a shortage of funds, it has currently suspended its maternity program, set to include 12 new operating and [&hellip
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