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

NeighborhoodChatter Horse Accident Renews Calls for Carriage Ban Another accident with a carriage horse last week has reignited the citywide debate over whether the iconic horse-drawn carriages should be outlawed. The New York Times and other news outlets reported that around 4:30 p.m. last Thursday, a horse pulling a driver and two passengers got spooked in [&hellip
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Emergency! Group of Upper East Siders Prepare for Doomsday Scenarios

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

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. How one local group is making sure Upper East Siders are ready for hurricanes, terrorist attacks and other doomsday scenarios. Imagine one day in the indeterminate future, you’re going about your day when the unthinkable happens. A bomb has gone off in Midtown. An earthquake has toppled Manhattan. A blackout has disabled all communication and [&hellip
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Sen. Espaillat Hopes to Retain Expanded West Side District

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

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat   As the September primary date draws near, Sen. Adriano Espaillat is pushing full steam ahead in his second consecutive campaign, hoping to convince a whole new set of voters that he is the right man to represent the 31st District in the New York State Senate for another term. Espaillat narrowly lost the congressional [&hellip
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