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What the next Landmarks Chair could mean for downtown

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Op Ed By Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation There’s been much speculation lately about who the next Chair of the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission will be. Though there are competing theories as to who the frontrunner is, all agree that whoever is chosen will have a huge impact on our [&hellip
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Out & About

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April 4 The Paper Bag Players Workshop Hamilton Fish Park Library, 415 East Houston Street 3:30 p.m., Free The goal of the Workshops is for each participant to experience The Paper Bag Players approach to creating and performing theater — essentially each participant becomes a Paper Bag Players.Each session will deal with the elements that [&hellip
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Is construction noise a problem in your neighborhood?

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

   “I haven’t noticed noise particularly with construction. I think there are bigger problems we should worry ab out.” Gabrielle M., Downtown “Construction is a problem maybe sometimes on the weekends and mornings. Especially the roadwork.” Daniel N., Upper East Side “I think it’s most annoying when you’re trying to sleep. The morning is the [&hellip
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Dos and Don’ts for College Admissions Interviews

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

Teen Life There’s one more crucial step for teens with their sights set on top colleges It’s college application time and your teen has taken the SAT or ACT, kept up his or her grades, written a stellar essay and completed all college applications. There is one more piece to the college admissions puzzle that [&hellip
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Why Cars Are Killing People

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

Approximately 30,000 Americans will die from automobile collisions this year – but it doesn’t have to be this way By Hunter Oatman-Stanford There’s an open secret in America: If you want to kill someone, do it with a car. Today, despite the efforts of major public-health agencies and grassroots safety campaigns, few are aware that [&hellip
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Strength Training — The Power of Camp

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Why the structure of a camp setting helps children with crucial development By Ethan Schafer, Ph.D. When I was fifteen, I was in my sixth summer at a traditional camp for boys in New Hampshire. One night after dinner, my counselor from the year before (a six-foot, five-inch English rugby player) asked me if I [&hellip
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A Reason to Keep Pushing for Pedestrian Plazas

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

In a story we excerpted in this week’s paper, “Why Cars Are Killing People,” (p. 12), writer Hunter Oatman-Stanford delves into the history of vehicle-pedestrian collisions in urban areas, and reveals that they weren’t always seen as the tragic and unavoidable accidents they are often categorized as today. In the early days of automobiles, drivers [&hellip
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