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

Crime Watch PART HIT MAN, PART SPAMBOT  A 50-year-old West End Avenue resident reported to police last Thursday that he received repeated e-mails from an unknown man threatening to kill him. In the messages, the perp explained that someone had offered him $2,000 (half given in advance) to execute the Upper West Sider, and that the resident could only [&hellip
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Still in the Dark: Why Hurricane Sandy Wasn’t a Surprise

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

Hurricane debris near the damaged ConEd power plant on 14th Street and Avenue C. Photo by Laura Mishkin. This week power returned downtown, kids went back to school and the crane dangling 74 stories above West 57th Street was secured. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, however, New York City is far from fixed. More than 70,000 residents remained without power on Monday. The inundated Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels remained closed. Ruined homes [&hellip
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Central Park Receives $100 Million Gift

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

The Maine Monument at Merchants' Gate in Central Park Photo by Aaron Adler On its “Donations” web page, Central Park accepts gifts of five set amounts, from $20 to $500. A sixth option, “other,” also lets donors choose their own amount: $25, say, if $20 is just not quite enough—or, as in John Paulson’s case, $100 million. The New York-based hedge fund manager announced this sizable gift to [&hellip
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