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Crime Watch

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

800px.Do_Not_Cross._Crime_Scene Head Down, Phone Gone On Monday, Oct. 8, at around 6:30 p.m., a local 21-year-old was employing the fancy mapping features of her new iPhone 5 when she was caught unaware. The woman was intently studying the map as she walked toward the northwest corner of Third Avenue and East 95th Street when an unknown [&hellip
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Tapped In

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

NeighborhoodChatter WAR DOC SCREENS AT UWS CHURCH West-Park Presbyterian Church, at 165 W. 86th St., is hosting an advance screening of a new documentary film, The Second Meeting, followed by a panel discussion with one of the film’s subjects and the producer and director, Željko Mirkovi. The film follows U.S. Air Force pilot Dale Zelko on [&hellip
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Crime Watch

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

800px.Do_Not_Cross._Crime_Scene Fire Starter Police were called to the scene of a fire in an East 96th Street building last week on Wednesday afternoon. Fire officials determined that an unknown perpetrator had intentionally set the blaze in the trash compactor area of the residential building, calling the fire “incendiary.” No one in the building was hurt. There [&hellip
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Best Winter Drinks

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Eat & Drink, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown

coffee-lin_mei_chen Compiled by Megan Bungeroth, Alicia Bynum and Naomi Cohen Beat the onset of the winter chills with these hot-temp brews Café Lalo 201 W. 83rd St. near Broadway, cafelalo.com Café Lalo is primarily a dessert spot, and it doesn’t disappoint in the drink selection. This is the place to enjoy a cool-weather cordial after dinner [&hellip
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Reimagining Phone Booths

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

10 copy In 1999, New York City and its Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) decided to invest heavily in an important element of the bustling city’s infrastructure—pay phones. Since then, of course, the use of pay phones has decreased as rapidly and dramatically as Apple churns out new iPhones, and the 13,000 pay phone lining [&hellip
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Voters Will Be Shut Out Next Year Unless They Register Now

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

By Megan Bungeroth New York City is home to many registered Democratic voters, but it also contains its fair share of independent or unaffiliated voters who don’t always vote down party lines. Many of those residents might be surprised to find out, however, that if they want to cast a vote in next year’s primary [&hellip
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Channeling Divorce Into a Musical

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

Picture 2 No one would have blamed Ruthe Ponturo for being sad when her husband of 34 years suddenly left her for another—much younger—woman. But Ponturo decided almost immediately that instead of being sad, she’d be musical. Ponturo’s subsequent divorce from her Broadway producer husband Tony Ponturo became the fodder for a brand-new cabaret show, Divorce–the Musical: [&hellip
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The Best Coffee You’ve Never Had

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

Macchiato @ Kaffe 1668-jonathan mcintosh In Manhattan, there is no shortage of coffee shops, and even some of the craft independent houses have gained citywide reputations as big as the ubiquitous corporate giants. Instead of engaging in a caffeinated argument over which of these hallowed spots serves the best coffee, we decided to go off the beaten java path and [&hellip
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