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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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School Is Back. Where Does Yours Rank?

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

Like everything else in New York, education is something of a competitive sport. What are the best high schools and how do you get into them? Where do you need to live if you want to give your kid a decent kindergarten? How do you tell one private school from another? What about schools for [&hellip
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The Myth of New York’s Retiree Exodus

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

By Lenore Skomal Back in April, my husband stood in the middle of his company’s lunchroom and addressed the packed room of his staff and colleagues. He launched his heartfelt final thanks and goodbye over a spread of white cake and coffee. The next day, we drove away from the state we’d called home for [&hellip
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Editor’s Note

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

Public school or private? This elementary school or that one? Arts or science focus, charter or not? When did the process of getting into school become as tough as the subjects taught inside it? While this education guide isn’t big enough to answer all those questions — we’d need an encyclopedia for that — we [&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 Top 20 Public High Schools

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

In many ways, by the time your kid has made it to high school in New York, the hard part is done. Gone are the debates over which neighborhood you should live in or how you’re zoned. By high school, it pretty much comes down to the application. NYC high schools aren’t zoned by neighborhood. [&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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Back to School, Not Just For Kids

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

In New York, the options for learning are endless, even after you’ve aged out of traditional schools. For those who want to change careers or bolster their resumes without undertaking a full-time degree program, the city’s many prestigious universities offer an array of options. Often, these adult education offerings reflect the changing job market and [&hellip
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