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The Heidelberg’s Hail Mary

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

The view of the 2nd Ave. subway line construction site from the Heidleberg bar. ICONIC SECOND AVENUE BUSINESSES STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL WITH SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION The polished floors, brand new tables, restored 90-year-old paintings and modern updates to the historic Heidelberg restaurant seem to indicate a run-of-the-mill renovation, something that happens in the normal course of operating a business. But if you look closely at the gleaming hardwood and peek [&hellip
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Tapped In

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Notes from the Neighborhood, Our Town

NeighborhoodChatter Free Ride for Fashionistas The East Midtown Partnership is sponsoring a free trolley for shoppers on Fashion’s Night Out, Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. The annual evening of nighttime retail parties and shopping was created in 2009 and has become a popular event for the city, spurring spending at local shops. The [&hellip
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Battle for Civil Court Judge

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

500px-Crossed_Gavels.svg Candidates running for civil court are put in the unique position of convincing voters that they’d be perfect for a certain job without knowing what the specifics of that job will be. That’s because there are several different areas of civil court, and a new judge will be placed wherever the need is greatest. The [&hellip
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Blast Rocks Second Avenue

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

Inside the Second Ave. subway excavation. Via Wiki Commons On the otherwise calm afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 21, what was supposed to be a controlled underground blast blew rocks and debris into the streets at East 72nd Street and Second Avenue, terrifying residents and damaging a storefront. The explosion occurred as part of the Second Avenue Subway construction, and the next day, MTA officials [&hellip
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Million-Dollar Playground for Riverside Kids

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

Playground As happy kids scrambled around the new playground equipment on a sunny Thursday morning, equally happy adults announced the official reopening of Neufeld Playground in Riverside Park. The beloved Upper West Side play spot had closed for over seven months to undergo a $900,000 renovation, and parents, caretakers and children gathered for the revamped playground’s [&hellip
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Crime Watch

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

800px.Do_Not_Cross._Crime_Scene Compiled by Megan Bungeroth KIDDIE ROBBERY Last week, a local man came home around 11:30 a.m. to his apartment on Columbus Avenue, which he shares with three roommates, to find two complete strangers rummaging through their stuff. The perps fled on foot, and police were able to apprehend one 27-year-old suspect, who was caught in [&hellip
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The State of Education in New York City

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

7260074834_53a4eb3048_o A look at the challenges facing schools in Manhattan As students pack their backpacks and get ready for the school year that will kick off next week, parents and education advocates are gearing up to fight the continuing battle for quality public school education in New York City. While downtown, which includes Community Education Council [&hellip
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Three-Way Race For Tom Duane’s Seat

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

high res hoylman  copy When state Sen. Tom Duane announced, to many people’s surprise, that he would retire after his current term ended, it opened an unexpected path for several hopeful candidates. There is now a three-way primary race under way for Duane’s seat representing the 27th Senate District, which covers a chunk of the Upper West Side as [&hellip
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