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Greg Louganis Q&A

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Greg Louganis has built his entire life around overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles. He is perhaps most famous for a single dive at the 1988 Olympics preliminaries, a reverse two-and-a-half somersault pike, in which he hit the back of his head on the spring board and had to receive stitches for his injury. Undaunted by the [&hellip
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New Charter Opens to Applause

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

A neighborhood that went to battle to fiercely oppose the opening of one charter school in the recent past is now set to welcome another with open arms. The Hebrew Charter School Center is preparing to open its newest school in Community Education District 3, which covers the Upper West Side as well as parts [&hellip
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City Seeks to Crackdown on “Reckless” Delivery Bikes

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Breaking News

Photo by Ed Yourdan. Photo courtesy of Flickr Commons. Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan held a press conference to announce the DOT’s new education and enforcement program for delivery cyclists. The commissioner was joined by Council Members Gale Brewer, Jessica Lappin, Dan Garodnick and Council Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca, as well as some local restaurant owners, to introduce the efforts and explain [&hellip
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Noah Gotbaum Mulls Public Advocate Run

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Education, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

noah Noah Gotbaum has made a name for himself on the Upper West Side as a fierce advocate for public education, and now he’s considering taking that reputation for a city-wide test run in a campaign for public advocate. As a father of three children in local public schools and a member of District 3’s Community [&hellip
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Tapped In

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Notes from the Neighborhood, Our Town

NeighborhoodChatter Espaillat Demand Vote Transparency Last week, after the preliminary counts came in for the 13th Congressional District primary race, incumbent Charles Rangel declared victory and immediately set about proclaiming the race a piece of cake based on the initially wide margin of votes in his favor. State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who many had viewed as [&hellip
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Crime Watch

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town, Our Town

CrimeWatch2-150x150 Purse Ploy Last Thursday afternoon, two ladies strolled into a high-end luxury store in the East 60s, seemingly to browse the exquisite hand bags, shoes and other leather goods. As one of the women chatted with a sales associate about a pair of shoes she was eyeing, her companion took a leather briefcase off the [&hellip
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Maloney Opponent Says District Can Swing Back to GOP

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town, Politics

FE-Chris-Wight In a district that leans heavily Democratic, one Republican is hoping to upend the political establishment this fall and defeat the longtime incumbent, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, to represent the Upper East Side. Chris Wight, an investment banker who has lived in the neighborhood for the past decade, is quick to remind his naysayers that Maloney [&hellip
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East Harlem Loses Beloved Community Leader

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

by Megan Bungeroth Last week, residents of East Harlem gathered at a memorial to honor Yolanda Sanchez, who passed away on June 11. Hundreds of people turned out to mourn the passing of a dedicated community activist who worked her entire life to promote local political involvement and activism.  Over a 50-year career in public [&hellip
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Petition Push for New Uptown Middle School

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Family, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Students in front of PS 158   Parents and politicians are clashing with the Department of Education (DOE) in a war of numbers and need on the Upper East Side. While residents insist that they must have another middle school and soon in the neighborhood, the DOE is holding parents at bay, pointing to data they say indicates that elementary school [&hellip
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