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Letter: View From The Bicycle

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

I’m a bicyclist who sympathizes with pedestrians angry about bike lanes. Too many riders enter crowded crosswalks against the light, ride against traffic, and endanger pedestrians and motorists through carelessness. But the bike lanes aren’t the problem. The carelessness is, and it’s not exclusive to bicyclists. Every day I see pedestrians walk not only into [&hellip
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Letter: Derelict Landscaping at Gracie Mansion

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

A reader says that sections of the historic mayoral residence’s lawn have been severely neglected By David B. Martin Upper East Side Please advise what I could do to to bring attention to the terrible condition of the hill at the foot of 89th East End Avenue, Gracie Mansion’s backyard. It’s turned into a dog [&hellip
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3 Tips for Choosing an Assisted-Living Home

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

Expert advice on how to avoid the biggest mistakes when searching for retirement communities Seventy percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to a 2014 study by CareScout. “But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their quality of life,” says Peder Johnsen, CEO [&hellip
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Letters: The Carriage Debate Gallops On

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

Readers weigh in on the controversial topic of carriage horses in Central Park Last week, we published an op-ed “The Argument For Banning Horse Carriages,” by Elizabeth Forel, president of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. She wrote in response to our original editorial, “Where are the reasonable people?” (May 1, 2014) which argued that [&hellip
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Editorial: Keeping Small Businesses Alive

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

Every week, we hear, and publish, stories about small local businesses folding and packing up their storefronts, forced out by astronomical rent increases. While the ebb and flow of businesses based on community needs is a normal part of urban life, the closures of late go beyond supply-and-demand market forces. Even highly successful boutiques, restaurants [&hellip
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Letter: The U.W.S.’s Pothole Problem

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

OP ED The sidewalk, curb, and street in front of the construction site at 239 West 107th is a mess and very dangerous. Potholes, broken sidewalk slabs, dried concrete pours from construction, and more. The elderly, young kids, and even healthy middle-aged adults are constantly tripping through it. It’s been bad for months and getting [&hellip
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Sports Camp Trends

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Uncategorized

Many camps offer a focus on sports that can benefit even non-athletic kids For children who have a passion for sports, specialty camp experiences with a sports focus can offer a variety of benefits. Regardless of a camp’s specialty area, it is the nature of camp to help children develop into caring, resilient, compassionate, independent [&hellip
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