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East Harlem tutoring program gets $15 million challenge

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Philanthropists Marilyn and James Simons recently gave a $15 million matching funds donation to the East Harlem Tutorial Program, which tutors students in East Harlem with the goal of increasing the area’s graduation rate. The Simons’ gift will match public and private donations dollar for dollar up to $15 million and will support EHTP’s Campaign [&hellip
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In With the New at City Hall

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By Ben Kallos, Council Member-elect, Upper East Side With new leadership in city government we have an amazing opportunity for the East Side and the City as a whole to bring about fundamental changes and tangible results. The community rallied around our campaign for City Council with a shared vision of transparency, accountability, and open [&hellip
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Up and Away

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Urban sprawl goes vertical, sparking new fights over air rights The development-friendly Bloomberg era may have officially ended, but the ramifications will continue to ripple throughout Manhattan – and especially above it. Most of the land in the borough’s popular and dense neighborhoods, like the West Village and the Upper West Side, has already been [&hellip
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Garbage In, Garbage Out

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Tracking the most contentious issue on the East Side For Upper East Side residents within breathing distance of E. 91st Street, no issue will be more pressing in 2014 than the progress – or setbacks – of the waste transfer station slated to go up along the river. Despite avid community opposition to the plan [&hellip
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Rethinking the Schools

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De Blasio’s tax hike for pre-Kers is only the beginning Just because there’s a new tenant in Gracie Mansion doesn’t mean public school issues won’t continue to dominate in 2014. Bill de Blasio, for instance, has promised to tax the rich to fund universal pre-kindergarten. But while that high-profile plan is executed, other school issues [&hellip
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The De-Manhattanization of Politics

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De Blasio has vowed to turn his attention to the outer boroughs For the past dozen years, Manhattan has received a disproportionate amount of love from City Hall. Michael Bloomberg not only lived in the borough, but his entire life and social circle were encompassed by it. And that was reflected in his biggest initiatives. [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, January 3 Free Music Fridays American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free The museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore the galleries free of charge, have a refreshment in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium. folkartmuseum.org Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent [&hellip
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In the Shadow of the Billionaires

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New luxury apartments along Central Park stir old debates Living near Central Park has never been for the weak of wallet. But a gaggle of new, ultra-expensive apartment buildings opening on the south end of the park has rekindled long-simmering debates about the affordability of Manhattan and the role the park plays in the life [&hellip
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The Newcomer on the East Side

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Kallos arrives, with a technology focus Ben Kallos will be sworn in to the City Council this week, taking Jessica Lappin’s seat representing a broad swath of the Upper East Side, Midtown East and Roosevelt Island. His victory in the race was a surprise – he was running against current Assembly Member Micah Kellner, who [&hellip
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