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Food Fight at Food City

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

Photo by Karl Crutchfield The perfect neighborhood grocery store—one with a variety of products, fresh produce, good prices and friendly staff – is a precious commodity in Manhattan, and many Upper West Side residents have found that grocery store standby in Food City, a family-owned outpost on Columbus Avenue between West 94th and 95th streets. A seemingly intractable labor [&hellip
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Scamming Seniors: How sharks in the water are targeting older Upper East & West Siders

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Breaking News, Crime Watch Our Town, Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Crime Watch West Side Spirit, Dwell OTDT, Family, Lifestyle, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Seniors, West Side Spirit

old New York is a city with a booming elderly population—there are over 3.4 million people over the age of 65 living here. With that aging population come the predators who single out older victims for their nefarious swindles. In an age of small-time Internet scams and big-time Ponzi schemes, everyone is a potential victim of [&hellip
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CB7 Gives Big Boxes the Boot

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

Elizabeth Kellner speaks at the Community Board 7 meeting. Last Tuesday night, dozens of supporters and a fair number of detractors showed up at Community Board 7’s meeting to express their views on the proposed retail rezoning initiative for the Upper West Side. The proposal from the City Planning Commission would limit storefront widths along certain sections of Broadway and Amsterdam and Columbus avenues [&hellip
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Shuttered Papasito Rallies Against NYPD Treatment

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Breaking News, Business, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

FW.Papasitos.Rally.as Last Thursday, over 100 people rallied at One Police Plaza to protest what they say is unfair treatment by the NYPD of Hispanic-owned small businesses, spurred by the recent shuttering of Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar on the Upper West Side. Last Friday, police shut down the restaurant, which has been the subject of [&hellip
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How St. Patrick’s Traditions Got Their Start

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Arts & Film, Breaking News, Lifestyle, News West Side Spirit, NY Press Exclusive, Our Town, West Side Spirit

FE.FW.Saint.Patricks.Day.Parade.as With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, many New Yorkers are gearing up to take part in what have become ingrained traditions for many city dwellers. A stereotypical holiday itinerary might start with a hearty meal of corned beef and cabbage, followed by swilling green beer, donning plastic green leprechaun gear, cheering on a [&hellip
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Homeless Left Out in the Cold: With city and state programs cut, more homeless flood West Side streets

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

  It’s no shock that a still-struggling economy, an ever-more-expensive city and a continually burgeoning population have combined to produce record-high rates of homelessness in New York. What may shock some, however, is how difficult it is for the city to help its homeless population. In a time of fiscal cutbacks, the subsidies, grants and [&hellip
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Rezoning Battle Rages on UWS

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

Dozens of supporters and a fair number of detractors showed up at Community Board 7’s meeting to express their views on the proposed retail rezoning initiative for the Upper West Side. The proposal from the City Planning Commission would limit storefront widths along certain sections of Broadway, Amsterdam and Columbus Avenue, in an effort to encourage small individually-owned "mom and pop" shops and keep big banks and chain stores out
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How the DOE Handles Abuse, and Inappropriate Behavior

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

After a string of sexual abuse cases in New York City public schools have come to light in recent weeks, some parents are calling into question how the DOE handles these instances. “Parents are really angry, and rightfully so,” said Noah Gotbaum, a Community Education Council (CEC) member for District 3 and parent of children [&hellip
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Assembly Member’s ‘Animal’ Instinct to Protect Wildlife

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

FW-Linda Rosenthal(as) Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal has worked on many important issues in the state legislature—affordable housing, services for the elderly, women’s rights—and now she’s zeroing in on another: shark fins. Last week, Rosenthal announced her co-sponsorship of a bill that would ban the sale and distribution of shark fins in New York State. The fins are [&hellip
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