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Editorial: Saving Small Business: A Proposal

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

For the past several weeks now, we’ve been bringing you stories of small neighborhood businesses forced to leave the neighborhood. The corner bodega that closed its doors after 40 years. The laundromat that can’t pay the enormous increase in rent. The successful grocery store forced to relocate or close. It is no exaggeration to say [&hellip
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Letter: View From The Bicycle

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

I’m a bicyclist who sympathizes with pedestrians angry about bike lanes. Too many riders enter crowded crosswalks against the light, ride against traffic, and endanger pedestrians and motorists through carelessness. But the bike lanes aren’t the problem. The carelessness is, and it’s not exclusive to bicyclists. Every day I see pedestrians walk not only into [&hellip
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Neighborhood Scrapbook

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Arts Our Town

The Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program unveiled a new mural of photographed objects from the lives of seniors at the program. Photographed objects include a Butterfly McQueen doll from the movie “Gone with the Wind” that belonged to a client’s mother; a tool kit left to a client by his late father; a doll one [&hellip
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Letter: Derelict Landscaping at Gracie Mansion

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

A reader says that sections of the historic mayoral residence’s lawn have been severely neglected By David B. Martin Upper East Side Please advise what I could do to to bring attention to the terrible condition of the hill at the foot of 89th East End Avenue, Gracie Mansion’s backyard. It’s turned into a dog [&hellip
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Letter: The economic engine of East Side growth

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town

Earlier this month, President Obama stood at the Tappan Zee Bridge and made the argument that infrastructure investment leads to more jobs and a stronger economy. He pointed out that America became an economic powerhouse as a result of our investment in infrastructure, but that our investment in transportation has shrunk by 50 pertcent in [&hellip
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3 Tips for Choosing an Assisted-Living Home

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

Expert advice on how to avoid the biggest mistakes when searching for retirement communities Seventy percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to a 2014 study by CareScout. “But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their quality of life,” says Peder Johnsen, CEO [&hellip
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Scrapbook: Literary Landmark in Yorkville

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town, Notes from the Neighborhood

Yorkville Community School celebrated Children’s Book Week by helping declare the school and the street where it stands a Literary Landmark. The street was made famous by children’s author/illustrator Bernard Waber (Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, Ira Sleeps Over) in his book, The House on East 88th Street. Pictured, from left to right, are Virginia Stanley (United [&hellip
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