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Squeeze on Middle Class Tightens Uptown

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

Lack of new development and its popularity has incresed ents in the neighborhood, forcing some middle class families from the Upper West Side. Photo by James Kelleher. The Upper West Side has become known as a bastion of middle-class life, a family-centric haven that, while not cheap, offers an attainable life in Manhattan for average people. But over the past few years, as the economy slowly recovers, middle-class residents are increasingly finding themselves squeezed out of their beloved neighborhood. “We see it [&hellip
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Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

NeighborhoodChatter Bus Shelter Planned for W. 72nd Street After years of waiting for a solution from the Department of Transportation (DOT), bus riders will finally have a bus shelter again on West 72nd Street and Broadway. The original shelter was removed in 2010, when the stop for the M5, M57 and M72 bus routes was moved [&hellip
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Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Notes from the Neighborhood, Our Town

NeighborhoodChatter Kellner Sues Mayor & City Over MTS Opponents of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) have thrown up what could be their best-chance roadblock against the project. Assembly Member Micah Kellner announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council in the state Supreme Court on the [&hellip
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Rangel Faces Tough Challenge in June 26 Congressional Primary

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

FW-Charles Rangel(as) The lines have shifted and the race is fierce. As the date of the Democratic primary—June 26—approaches, four candidates for the 13th congressional district are competing for the party’s nomination against long-time incumbent Charles Rangel. The newly drawn boundaries of the district have been a source of much debate, with Rangel insisting that he is [&hellip
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Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

by Megan Bungeroth               Sheepskins and Soledad CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien (left) was the commencement speaker at Hunter College’s 205th graduation ceremony, which was presided over by Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab. The commencement ceremony, where 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees, took place at the [&hellip
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Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, Notes from the Neighborhood, Our Town

OT EXP-Marymount Graduation By Megan Bungeroth & Amanda Woods Singing the Garbage Away A local group opposing the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station is holding a free community concert to raise awareness for their cause and protest the proposed MTS. Residents for Sane Trash Solutions is sponsoring the event, called “Dump the Dump,” Friday, June 5 from [&hellip
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Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

NeighborhoodChatter Compiled by Megan Bungeroth & Amanda Woods UWS Slasher Convicted A state Supreme Court jury found Upper West Side resident Julian Kurita guilty of second degree murder last week. Kurita was convicted of killing his father, Fumitaka Kurita, in their shared Upper West Side home on July 19, 2010. That night, police received a 911 [&hellip
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