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Activists Rally Bronx Residents to Fight Stop-and-Frisk

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in Breaking News

Photo by longislandwins. Photo courtesy of Flickr Commons. Stop and Frisk has long divided New Yorkers who disagree over what constitutes appropriate policing strategies in the protection of city streets from violent crime. In some neighborhoods where these practices are nothing short of commonplace, activists are as fired up as ever in their efforts to reform local law enforcement.   The polarizing Stop [&hellip
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Cartoonist Steve Lafler Showcases Graphic Novels in Brooklyn

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

FE-Steve-Lafler Steve Lafler on his ‘Bughouse’ graphic novels and Oaxacabilly music Update: Date and venue of event have been changed. As he embarks on a tour across the United States, cartoonist Steve Lafler will make a stop in New York City to showcase Menage a Bughouse, a 408-page collection of his three-book series of graphic novels. [&hellip
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Pro-Choice New Yorkers Hold a Sexy Summer Benefit to Raise Funds

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in Blog, Sex & Relationships, West Side Spirit

By Rebecca Harris More than 400 supporters flocked to the West Side’s luxurious Hudson Terrace lounge Tuesday night for limitless drinks, sexy entertainment and decadent fun at Planned Parenthood of New York City’s 8th annual Summer, Sex & Spirits benefit. Guests mingled and danced in the spacious yet intimate venue, adorned with sparkling chandelier fixtures, [&hellip
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Punished for Pot, Fieldston Seniors Hold an Anti-Prom on a Yacht

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in A Trip Through the Archives, News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, NY Press Exclusive, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Photo by Andrew Schwartz. By Rebecca Harris When a group of New York prep school students were banned from attending their senior prom last month after getting high on a class trip, their parents were angry—some at the school administration more than at their kids, students say. Quick to lay down the law, one or several of those parents [&hellip
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The Puzzle: Marble’s Theater Festival

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

Ashley Gorham Johnson and Brian Hampton. Photo by Greg Lum. By Rebecca Harris On Monday, June 25, one West Side church will transform into a live theater for a week of never-before-seen plays performed in front of an audience. Monday marks the beginning of production week for The Puzzle Festival of New Work, a theater festival that will showcase the unfinished plays and musicals of [&hellip
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Exhibit Imagines Canals & Other East River Park Delights

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

FE-CIVITAS Esplanade Wood by Rebecca Harris The shabby state of Manhattan’s East River Esplanade, crumbling with age and plagued by awkwardly configured spaces, minimal amenities and deterioration due to a general lack of upkeep, has been a source of displeasure for East Siders for years. City Council Member Jessica Lappin has said her office receives frequent calls from [&hellip
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Indulge in Summer, Sex & Spirits for a Cause

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

Planned Parenthood of NYC Presents Summer, Sex & Spirits Planned Parenthood of New York City will host their eighth annual benefit Tuesday night By Rebecca Harris Young professionals and feminists from across the city are sure to come out to the West Side next Tuesday for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, circus acts and a few naughty surprises. Planned Parenthood of [&hellip
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Soda Ban Sweet Music to Some East Siders

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in News Our Town, Opinion and Column, Our Town

Since Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his plan to institute a citywide ban on the sale of large sugary beverages, health experts, politicians, vendors and consumers have weighed in passionately on both sides. While many prominent people from former president Bill Clinton to the chair of nutrition at the Harvard School Public Health have voiced their [&hellip
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Ambition on the Esplanade: Exhibit Showcases Designs for Waterfront Development

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in News Our Town, NY Press Exclusive, Our Town, Uncategorized

Elaborate designs for East Side Esplanade now on display in museum exhibit By Rebecca Harris The shabby state of Manhattan’s East River esplanade, crumbling in age and plagued by awkwardly configured spaces, minimal amenities and deterioration due to a general lack of upkeep, has been a source of displeasure among East Siders for years. City [&hellip
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