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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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Middle School Push as West Siders Go Back to School

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

7260074834_53a4eb3048_o copy As students back 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 on the Upper West Side. While the neighborhood, part of Community Education Council District 3, enjoys some top-notch public schools, [&hellip
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Wackiest Surrogate’s Court Cases That Have Made News Over the Years

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

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. by Megan Bungeroth Most New Yorkers don’t think about the Surrogate’s Court until it makes major headlines, but when it does, the cases are memorable. Here are some of the most famous and bizarre cases in recent memory. 1992- Woody Allen and Mia Farrow go to Surrogate’s Court to settle the custody battle for their [&hellip
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Judge Barbara Jaffe Has an Eye Towards Compassion and Entrepreneurship

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

Judge Barbara Jaffe by Megan Bungeroth Judge Barbara Jaffe didn’t always envision herself in black robes sitting on the bench. She began her career as an administrator for a wholesale arts and antiques company for almost eight years. But even though she found her true passion in the law, she still cutes her business background and arts expertise [&hellip
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MTA Apologizes for Upper East Side Explosion

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

Yesterday afternoon, what was supposed to be a controlled blast underground blew rocks and debris in the street on East 72nd Street and Second Avenue, terrifying residents and damaging a storefront. The explosion occurred as part of the Second Avenue Subway construction, and today MTA officials said that they’re putting a moratorium on all work [&hellip
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Face Off

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

aIMG_7634crop300dpihrx cmik The Race for Surrogate Court Judge and Why It Matters The only certain things in life, the saying goes, are death and taxes. Manhattan residents might add Surrogate’s Court to that list. The little-known but immensely important court is headed by two judges in New York County, and one of those seats will be vacated [&hellip
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Tapped In

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

NeighborhoodChatter Bike Share Pushed Back to Spring Hopeful cyclists looking forward to taking advantage of the city’s bike share will have to nix their dreams of riding through the crisp fall weather this year. The Department of Transportation announced that the city’s Bike Share program will be delayed—again—and will not be implemented until March 2013. The [&hellip
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‘Rat Academy’ hopes to put bite on Uptown vermin

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

Rats at Night copy Manhattan is having a rat moment. The very things that make the city’s best neighborhoods great for people—old brownstones with gardens, nearby parks, an abundance of restaurants—also make them ideal homes for rats, and a growing infestation in Manhattan prompted city officials to hold a “Rat Academy” last week on the Upper West Side. Caroline [&hellip
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