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OP-ED: Working for Affordable Housing, Piece By Piece

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By Margaret Chin Like many other housing advocates, I applauded and was heartened by the July 10 announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration had by that point financed more than 8,700 units of affordable housing across the city. And, like the mayor, I’m passionate about working to achieve his goal of building or preserving [&hellip
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Alone, and Loving it, in Summertime New York

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

As you read this, Manhattanites are getting ready to head out to the Hamptons for the weekend: the young New Yorkers to their shares occupied by 25 of their closest friends, the older and mortgaged to their second homes. This can be a bone of contention for some, leading to the FAQ: “Why them and [&hellip
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LETTER: A Counterpoint on the Frick

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit

To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman — a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry — is, I am certain, as he says, “a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, [&hellip
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LETTER: The Menace of Helicopter Traffic

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, Opinion Our Town

A letter in response to our July 24 article, “Tourist Thrill Become a Residential Nuisance,” on tourist helicopters downtown: I live by the East 34th St. Heliport facing the river and United Nations. I’m outside on my terrace daily. The helicopters are going back and forth every few seconds. I have to take anxiety medicine [&hellip
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Neighborhood News Check

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Fines set for illegal Chinatown Buses By August 15, the New York City Police Department and the Department of Transportation will begin issuing fines for illegal long-distance Chinatown buses, reported DNAinfo.com. Some rules that could result in fines include: operating without permits, stopping outside of approved zone or deviating from schedule. The NYPD will be [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

July 18 Rushmore Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston St, btwn First & Second Aves 12 a.m.; $10 The Village Voice and WNYU’s The New Afternoon Show present a series of Friday and Saturday midnight screenings of classic favorites. Rushmore, one of Wes Anderson’s early films, stars Jason Schwartzman as nerd incarnate Max Fischer, and [&hellip
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Rethink Your Drinks

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit

Summer tips on how to hydrate the right way, from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics With the official start of summer and temperatures on the rise, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to rethink your drink and keep hydrated during summer months and throughout the year. “With warmer temperatures and increased outdoor [&hellip
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Change Up Your Routine

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

Healthy ways to reinvent yourself and help the aging process Aging gracefully is as much about feeling good on the inside as feeling good on the outside. It’s never too late to make changes to reinvent yourself and maximize your mental and physical well-being. Self-improvement is at the top of many women’s to-do lists, and [&hellip
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