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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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Notes from the Neighborhood

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

Wellness for Seniors The elder support organization DOROT offers inexpensive wellness classes for seniors on the Upper West Side. This May and June, they will be holding regular sessions as well as one-time workshops to promote mental and physical health. On Tuesdays from 10–11 a.m., a licensed social worker facilitates a group chat to discuss [&hellip
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Traffic Study Focuses on a Safer Upper West Side

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

Last week, the city’s Department of Transportation unveiled the long-awaited results of a comprehensive traffic study of the Upper West Side. Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione presented the DOT’s data and plans to the community at a forum hosted by City Council Member Gale Brewer and Community Board 7, who initially pushed for the study. [&hellip
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Saving Historic Park Avenue

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

Park Avenue may be one of the most recognizable stretches of real estate in the world, and some Upper East Side residents are clamoring to keep it that way. With the recent purchase of two adjoining pre-Civil War properties by a developer and rumors of demolition circling, preservation advocates are reviving a campaign they’ve been [&hellip
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Bullying at Any Price

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

East 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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