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Editorial: Keeping Small Businesses Alive

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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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Editorial: Where Are The Reasonable People?

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

It happens at some point in many hot political debates: when things get particularly nasty, one side or the other will calm down, take a breath, and say that, of course, “reasonable people can disagree.” Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be a lot of reasonable people on the side of banning carriage horses in Central [&hellip
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Looking Back On the First 100 Days

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OP ED On April 10th, I, along with many other East Side elected officials, marked 100 days in office. It has been an honor to represent you. A groundswell of activism among officials and residents, along with a pace that has kept me away from my wife, Irene, and cat Pandora, on more occasions than [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Dining Our Town

April 25 Stéphane Kossmann Art Exhibition: Black & White Carpet FIAF Gallery, 22 East 60th Street Free, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more than 26 years, photographer Stéphane Kossmann has captured the stars as they ascend the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival. Kossmann’s images differ dramatically from those [&hellip
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Out & About

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April 18 Splash Week Swimming Classes Vanderbilt YMCA, 224 E. 47th St. Various Times, Free YMCA Splash Week is a free program created to help people of all ages, especially children, to learn basic swimming skills and water safety practices. Learning water safety and swimming skills helps participants to be safe in and around water. [&hellip
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