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Notes from the Neighborhood: Retail Rezoning Debate Heats Up

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit

The somewhat controversial measure by the Department of City Planning (DCP) to rezone parts of the Upper West Side’s retail corridors is chugging through the pipeline of approvals, but it’s not without its detractors. The proposal would limit the storefront size of new retail stores along certain highly trafficked areas of Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues [&hellip
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Crime Watch: Riding While Intoxicated

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Crime Watch West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Riding While Intoxicated Everyone’s heard cautionary tales of taxi drivers jacking up fares on unsuspecting passengers, but one cabbie took it much further than an extra couple of bucks. A man came into the 20th Precinct last Friday to report that his cab driver from the previous night took advantage of his intoxicated state to [&hellip
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Notes from the Neighborhood: Free Community Health Fair

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

The West End Presbyterian Church will be hosting a free community health fair on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m on West 105th Street at Amsterdam Avenue. It will be the church’s sixth fair. Available services will include confidential medical screenings for early detection and prevention of conditions and diseases, and if necessary, referrals [&hellip
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Notes from the Neighborhood: Community Board Welcomes New Members

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

The latest additions to Manhattan’s community boards were announced last week, and Community Board 7, which covers the Upper West Side from Columbus Square to Cathedral Parkway, will welcome four new members. DeNora Getachew and Laura Atlas were nominated by Borough President Scott Stringer, and Lee Ping Kwan was nominated by City Council Member Gale [&hellip
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Notes from the Neighborhood: Roadblock for JHL Plans

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

Last month, opponents of the new Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL) facility planned for West 97th Street were disappointed when the Department of City Planning declined to require JHL to submit its plans to the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP). Community Board 7 had voted strongly in favor of requiring this review, which would have [&hellip
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Bullying at Any Price

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

West Side public and private schools cope with age-old problem In the past year, bullying has become not only a pervasive danger for students to dodge in the hallways but a hot topic of debate in the media, among parents and around dinner tables nationwide. Tragic stories of bullied kids committing suicide show up alongside [&hellip
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Notes from the Neighborhood

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit

STANLEY ISAACS RALLIES  Parents, children and local officials gathered to protest proposed cuts to the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center’s Beacon Program on Tuesday. The mayor’s preliminary budget would defund the program entirely; the Department of Youth and Community Development has notified the Center that it would have to close the program July 1 if [&hellip
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It’s ‘Academic’ As Prof Runs for Lappin Seat

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

Hill Krishnan may be the only candidate for City Council who can speak with equal passion about his theories on national military spending and the fusion of disco moves with traditional Indian dancing. A search for him on YouTube will reveal Krishnan asking U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron about the British government’s commitment to nonproliferation [&hellip
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High Society Party for the Birds

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

Last Tuesday night, over 250 bird lovers crowded into the Vanderbilt Mansion on East 93rd Street to give their attention and dollars to New York City’s first wildlife rehabilitation center, The Wild Bird Fund. Men and women dressed in suits and sequined sweaters munched on vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and mingled with turtles, a snake, a [&hellip
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Landmarking Yorkville’s German Past

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

The Upper East Side can expect to soon claim another landmark. The Yorkville Bank Building, at 1511 Third Ave., is under consideration by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for landmark designation, and the application is strongly supported by community members, preservation advocates and the building’s owner. Late last month, the LPC met to hear testimony [&hellip
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