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Facing the Ax

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Students draw pictures of Mary and the baby Jesus in a 6th grade art class at Holy Cross School. Six Catholic schools in Manhattan could close this year. Should they be saved? This year may be the last for six Catholic elementary schools in Manhattan. On Nov. 26, the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which governs groups of Catholic Church parishes under the direction of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, announced the impending closure of 26 [&hellip
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New York Presbyterian Seeks Extra Room for New Med Center

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

One of the residential buildings that would be demolished to make way for the proposed facility. Representatives from New York Presbyterian Hospital presented their preliminary plans for a new medical care facility to Community Board 8 (CB8) last week to request more space for the facility than the city’s limits allow for the area. The proposed facility would be constructed on York Avenue between East 68th and 69th streets, replacing two [&hellip
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Guns and Rats on Agenda at West Side Town Hall

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

NEW-GUN The Upper West Side had a town hall meeting last week. Hosted by City Council Member Gale Brewer at John Jay College on Tuesday, the meeting was an opportunity for the public to air their quality-of-life issues to a panel of elected officials and representatives of city departments. Speakers from the neighborhood addressed a range [&hellip
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Tribute for Symphony Space Founder

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Isaiah Sheffer Last week, Symphony Space held a memorial celebration for Isaiah Sheffer, the theater’s co-founder who passed away in November. Family, co-workers and actors whose lives were touched by Sheffer shared stories about the 76-year-old Bronx native, who was best known for masterminding “Selected Shorts,” a nationally syndicated radio program in which famous actors read popular [&hellip
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Workers Rally at 1 Lincoln Square

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Lincoln Square erupted with shouts and whistles last Wednesday, Dec. 12, when local workers rallied outside 150 Columbus Ave. to protest what they believe are unfair working conditions for employees of the building, also known as 1 Lincoln Square. “What do we want? Contract! When do we want it? Now!” chanted the workers, banging on [&hellip
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Tapped In: Nadler Calls for Action on Guns, Broadway Mall Seeks Donations, Creative Economy Growing

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

flickr-2914911278-hd NADLER CALLS FOR ACTION ON GUN CONTROL Following the mass shooting of children and adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Fiday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler asserted that “we cannot simply accept [shootings] as a routine product of modern American life.” The congressman, whose district encompasses the Upper West Side, said in a statement [&hellip
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Crime Watch

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in Crime Watch West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

images STEALING FROM A DEAD WOMAN A recently deceased woman’s bank account was drained of $19,000 over the past year. According to the deceased woman’s granddaughter, three checks have been cashed in the grandmother’s name since June last year. The grandmother was 92 when she passed away in November, and lived on Amsterdam Avenue. The granddaughter, [&hellip
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CB7 Grills DOT on Columbus Avenue Bike Lane Extension

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

Manhattan Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee held a public hearing last week on the proposed expansion of Columbus Avenue’s bike lane. The city’s Department of Transportation hopes to stretch the path from West 59th to 110th streets, more than doubling its current length from West 77th to 96th streets. Upper West Siders for and against [&hellip
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Lappin Launches Run for Borough President

Written by Paul Bisceglio on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

Cty Council Member Jessica Lappin launched her candidacy for Manhattan borough president on Friday with endorsements from three of the Upper East Side’s elected officials. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Assemblymembers Micah Kellner and Dan Quart joined Lappin on the steps of Yorkville Community School, an elementary school Lappin helped open in 2009, to announce their [&hellip
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