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Letter: Derelict Landscaping at Gracie Mansion

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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

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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

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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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Letters: The Carriage Debate Gallops On

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

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 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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