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LETTER: Searching for Public School Space on the U.W.S.

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

It’s not in my nature to say, “I told you so,” but when it comes to needing more space in public schools, I’m proud to shout to the Department of Education (DOE) from the rooftop of any Riverside South high-rise: “I TOLD YOU SO!” In 2006, the DOE lost a valuable opportunity to purchase land [&hellip
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LETTER: The Never-Ending Fight For Parking

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

I tried the impossible last Sunday: finding a free parking space near the World Trade Center. After looking for about 25 minutes, I spotted one on a one-way street but had to go around the block to get to it. By the time I got there, a man was standing in that space, illegally “holding” [&hellip
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Back To School Bites

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

When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love. Whether [&hellip
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The Best Elementary Schools On The Upper West Side

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

In one sense, finding a public elementary school for your child is easy in New York: you go to the school you’re zoned for. The reality, of course, is not easy at all. The sad truth in the city is that most neighborhoods still suffer from a shortage of top-notch elementary schools, despite improvements in [&hellip
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The Private School X-Factor

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

For many Manhattan parents, getting their children into a top-tier private school is an endeavor that starts before the kids are even born. Wading through the rankings, reputations and educational standings to decide where to apply is just one step in the long process, and entire companies exist just to rate these schools and assist [&hellip
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Hydrate Your Way to More Energy

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Americans thirsting for more energy can refresh their hydration habits by thinking outside the water glass. Some foods – including flavorful, water-rich produce like watermelon – can help hydrate the body as well. “Sliced, cubed or blended, or even simply juiced, watermelon is a delicious way to increase fluid intake and boost energy,” said Elizabeth [&hellip
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OP-ED: A Pedestrian’s Cry For Help

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

West End Avenue at 107th Street. Photo by Jim Henderson By Joanna Kahn On Thursday evening, July 17, many of us gathered at the corner of West End Avenue and West 95th Street to remember Jean Chambers, who lost her life in the latest pedestrian-vehicle fatality on the Upper West Side, and to call for traffic safety actions. The particular area has been bombarded with [&hellip
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OP-ED: Let’s Turn our Pain into a Plan

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Opinion West Side Spirit

One pedestrian fatality is a tragedy, but four fatalities in a two-block radius over six months? That’s an epidemic. As with any epidemic, we have to attack it on many fronts. Our NYC government tools include: the Department of Transportation, which can redesign our streets, enhance signage, and adjust traffic signals, as well as the [&hellip
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