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Op-Ed: The Cost of an S.R.O.’s Empty Beds

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By Helen Rosenthal The Imperial Court at 307 W. 79th St. has been a rent-stabilized Single Room Occupancy (SRO) building for decades. SRO apartments are modest, composed of a single room that shares a bathroom and kitchen with several neighbors, but they are invaluable to low-income residents, who have few other options. For those of [&hellip
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Out & About

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March 21 Mark Dignam Concert Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street 8 p.m., $18 Mark Dignam is an Irish born, U.S. based songwriter who began as a busker on the streets of Dublin. He has opened for Billy Bragg, David Gray, Richard Thompson, Joan Armatrading, Vic Chestnut, The Frames, Paddy Casey and a host [&hellip
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Dear Margaret

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On a recent cold night in the city, a friend and I called for a cab using an iPhone app. The app confirmed that a taxi was en route and would be arriving in 6 minutes. After about 2 minutes had passed, an available cab drove by and we quickly decided to flag it down [&hellip
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Heedless Pedestrians to Blame, Too

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Drivers who kill people should be held accountable – and so should careless walkers By Anthony Bellov, West End Avenue Upper West Side This letter is motivated by reading several of your articles in the issue of March 13. While the terribly tragic deaths of Ariel Russo and Cooper Stock, both killed by totally irresponsible [&hellip
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Neighborhood News Check

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Felonies Spike Along Park While crime has gone down in most of the city, there has been a notable increase in crime along the borders of the city’s parks. James Fayette and his son were among the five people stabbed by a man with scissors in Riverside Park last year. “We live in a broken [&hellip
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Restaurant Inspection Ratings

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

The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a [&hellip
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Manhattan Residents Vie for Community Board Seats

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Borough President Gale Brewer has received almost 600 applications to fill spots on Manhattan’s 12 community boards By Gabrielle Alfiero Interviews of prospective community board members began last week, after nearly 600 applications were submitted to Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer’s office for the 2014-2016 term. Of the 596 candidates who applied to serve on [&hellip
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Neighborhood News Check

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Rosenthal supports administration’s stance on charter schools Upper West Side: Councilmember Helen Rosenthal commended new school’s Chancellor Carmen Farina and Mayor Bill de Blasio for their stance on charter schools. The mayor announced he was putting the brakes on space sharing agreements that Success Academy President Eva Moskowitz had made with the Bloomberg administration to [&hellip
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A Food History Lesson from Game of Thrones

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Francine Segan pulls recipes and culinary inspiration from the popular HBO series By Gabrielle Alfiero A few chapters into reading “Game of Thrones,” food historian and Upper East Side resident Francine Segan recognized dishes and food customs she encountered when researching medieval recipes and dining traditions. “He’s done his research,” Segan said about series author [&hellip
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