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Uptown Illegal Hotel Shut Down by City

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in A Trip Through the Archives, Breaking News, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

FW-318 West 75th Street(as) Last week, another illegal hotel operating on the Upper West Side bit the dust as the city steps up enforcement of recent state laws prohibiting them. The hotel in question is not really a hotel at all, by law or by appearances. It’s run out of 318 W. 75th St., a landmarked five-story walk-up with [&hellip
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Party to Pray: Historic Church says livelihood depends on 583 Park Avenue events

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

FE-583 Park Ave(as) An Upper East Side church, simultaneously a site of worship and a lavish event venue, has become a flashpoint of controversy for the Park Avenue neighborhood surrounding it. The Third Church of Christ Scientist, on the corner of Park and East 63rd Street, leases its historic building to the Rose Group, an upscale event production [&hellip
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Not All Is Fair in Street Fairs, Some Say

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

Every summer, a string of events hit the city that provide, depending on your perspective, either a fun-filled, leisurely day of shopping, eating and entertainment or a hellish, traffic-jamming, noise-making, government-sanctioned takeover of public places. To many, they are just street fairs. Some love them, many enjoy them, and some scratch their heads with wonder [&hellip
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Riverside School Given Go Ahead

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

helenrosenthal The Upper West Side can look forward to a brand-new elementary school in the neighborhood. While there are still many unanswered questions about how it will operate, the Community Board has given its final official approval for the school that will be built in Extell’s Riverside Center development. The new school, which will be called [&hellip
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Boat Basin Adrift: 79th Street dock residents worry over increased fees

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

FW-79th Street Boat Basin(as) Despite what the real estate listings would have you believe, there are places on the Upper West Side where a person can live for less than $700 a month—provided you can handle a little seasickness. The West 79th Street Boat Basin is not only a marina for summer boaters and luxury yachts to dock; it’s [&hellip
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Notes From The Neighborhood

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

parkingmeter Neighbors Try to Thwart Vendors with Parking Meters Last week, Community Board 7 narrowly voted down a resolution from their transportation committee that would have recommended a major change in parking regulations on a small strip of West 68th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. The measure came about as a way to keep food [&hellip
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Notes from the Neighborhood

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

Swindler of UES Woman Indicted Philip Leopold, who is charged with grand larceny, forgery, falsifying business records and several other charges, was indicted this week for stealing over $1.6 million from an 85-year-old Upper East Side woman who is nearly blind, has hearing problems and other health issues. Leopold, who is 76, first met his [&hellip
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