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London Street Scenes on the Upper East Side

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Museums, Our Town

London, 2008 The Museum of London has loaned its most popular temporary exhibit to the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) in honor of the 2012 Olympic games in London this month. The East Harlem museum unveiled the expansive photography collection, as well as an original companion exhibit, last Friday to coincide with the start [&hellip
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Harassed Out of Business?

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

JamesKelleher_BikeRental Bike rental places, often accused of aggressive tactics, fear that Citi Bike will take them out By Rebecca Harris Columbus Circle, a popular access point at the southwest corner of Central Park, regularly swarms with aggressive bike rental merchants, hounding passersby like handbag salesmen peddling their wares on Canal Street. Desperate to make sales as [&hellip
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Jewish Home and Fracking in Hot Seat at UWS Town Hall

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

More than 100 residents turned out for an Upper West Side town hall meeting July 19, where Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer fielded questions from concerned residents of the West 90s and 100s. The community pressed Stringer, City Council Member Gale Brewer and a panel of officials representing city agencies on such issues as the [&hellip
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Duchess of Carnegie Hall Turns 100

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Photography exhibit showcases her photos of the famous Editta Sherman, dubbed the Duchess of Carnegie Hall, lived and worked in the Carnegie Hall Artist Studios for more than 60 years, until residents of the unique artists’ community were evicted in 2010 to make way for expanded rehearsal space. Sherman, a photographer and sometimes model best [&hellip
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Vintage Kodak Photos at Grand Central Show Idealized American Life

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Museums, Our Town

In 1950, the Eastman Kodak Company launched a billboard advertisement campaign in Grand Central Terminal that would become a staple cultural component of the famous railway station for four decades. Now, 20 years later and with the centennial celebration of the terminal just months away, some of the images have returned to their original home. [&hellip
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UWS Residents Bring Concerns to Scott Stringer at Town Hall Forum

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in Politics, West Side Spirit

Residents line up to ask Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer questions about issues facing the Upper West Side community. At a packed town hall meeting on the Upper West Side last night, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer fielded questions from concerned residents of the West 90s and 100s. The community came out in full force, pressing Stringer, City Council Member Gale Brewer and a panel of officials representing various city agencies to address their [&hellip
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What to Watch: Olympics 2012

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

With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, America’s fastest and strongest athletes are ready to go for gold in London. In Beijing in 2008, Team USA topped the international competition with 110 medals, the most taken home by any country in the Games. This year, returning champions and bright-eyed rising stars make up a team that [&hellip
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New HBO Documentary Focuses on the Bird, Birdwatchers of Central Park

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

HBO launched a documentary on Monday that explores a unique facet of New York City personality: the bird-watching community of Central Park. Birders: The Central Park Effect, directed by New York nature lover Jeffrey Kimball, chronicles four seasons in the lives of both the birders and the wild birds they admire year-round in the oasis [&hellip
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Big Banks Are Thinking Local

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town, Our Town Downtown

With the economy still struggling and the Occupy Wall Street movement continuing to urge supporters to boycott mainstream financial institutions, major banks are facing more pressure than ever to maintain the trust of customers in the local communities they serve. Campaigns such as the Move Your Money Project, Move Our Money USA and others have [&hellip
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Two Injured After Car Plunges Down Elevator Shaft of UES Parking Garage

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, Our Town

After shot of the fallen car that firefighters extracted from the shaft (Photo Courtesy of @FDNY) Two people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a car plummeted down the elevator shaft of an Upper East Side parking garage. A parking attendant at the East 76th Street and 1st Avenue garage reportedly drove the vehicle into the car elevator on the building’s fifth floor, but the elevator was not there, CBS reported. He [&hellip
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