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Letters: The Carriage Debate Gallops On

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Readers weigh in on the controversial topic of carriage horses in Central Park Last week, we published an op-ed “The Argument For Banning Horse Carriages,” by Elizabeth Forel, president of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. She wrote in response to our original editorial, “Where are the reasonable people?” (May 1, 2014) which argued that [&hellip
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Editorial: Keeping Small Businesses Alive

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

Every week, we hear, and publish, stories about small local businesses folding and packing up their storefronts, forced out by astronomical rent increases. While the ebb and flow of businesses based on community needs is a normal part of urban life, the closures of late go beyond supply-and-demand market forces. Even highly successful boutiques, restaurants [&hellip
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Sports Camp Trends

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Many camps offer a focus on sports that can benefit even non-athletic kids For children who have a passion for sports, specialty camp experiences with a sports focus can offer a variety of benefits. Regardless of a camp’s specialty area, it is the nature of camp to help children develop into caring, resilient, compassionate, independent [&hellip
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Fresh Air or Smoke and Mirrors?

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

Public embraces ubiquitous new product before long-term health effects are known SOHO On the edge of the downtown neighborhood, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready to be plucked [&hellip
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Don’t Let Box-Blockers Slide

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

OP ED The city needs to enforce the rules against “blocking the box” in downtown traffic By Charles Eshelman Soho Mayor Bloomberg did not get voters’ approval for his “Congestion Pricing” scheme so he did everything he could to make life miserable for downtown residents. Here’s one example – the city stopped enforcing rules against [&hellip
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The Failure of Arts Education in Manhattan

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

Our city is getting a failing grade when it comes to arts education. My office just released a first-of-its-kind report, “State of the Arts,” showing that, after years of crippling cuts in Manhattan and other communities, 20 percent of our middle and high schools across New York City do not have a single, full-time certified [&hellip
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Camp Gourmet

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Sharing the message about healthy eating Viki Kappel Spain, M.Ed. is an all-agency camp food service consultant and an active member in the American Camp Association. She cooks, trains, and does consulting work for camps all over the U.S., and has been cooking in the camp industry since 1985. She answers questions about nutrition and [&hellip
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Downtown Easter Services

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Trinity Church 74 Trinity Place near Rector Street Good Friday 12 p.m. Good Friday Worship Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Easter Festive Eucharist 10 a.m. Easter Festive Eucharist for Children and Families Our Lady of Victory Church 60 William Street near Pine Street Easter Sunday 7 a.m. Easter Service 9 a.m. Easter Service 11 a.m. Easter [&hellip
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