Author Archive

Up and Away

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

Urban sprawl goes vertical, sparking new fights over air rights The development-friendly Bloomberg era may have officially ended, but the ramifications will continue to ripple throughout Manhattan – and especially above it. Most of the land in the borough’s popular and dense neighborhoods, like the West Village and the Upper West Side, has already been [&hellip
[ read more... ]

15 Comments

Filling Brewer’s Big Shoes

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

The new council member on the West side This year, the Upper West Side’s beloved 12-year city council member Gale Brewer will step into the role of Manhattan Borough President, and Helen Rosenthal takes her seat on the council. Brewer earned her reputation for being available and involved at every level of her constituents’ lives [&hellip
[ read more... ]

27 Comments

The Less-Than-Super Bowl

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

The host city isn’t feeling so grand about the big game in February Could New Yorkers be any more ambivalent about the Super Bowl? For most American cities, hosting the nation’s biggest sporting event is as good as it gets, in terms of tourist business and overall bragging rights. Here, we’re shrugging. A number of [&hellip
[ read more... ]

75 Comments

Rethinking the Schools

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

De Blasio’s tax hike for pre-Kers is only the beginning Just because there’s a new tenant in Gracie Mansion doesn’t mean public school issues won’t continue to dominate in 2014. Bill de Blasio, for instance, has promised to tax the rich to fund universal pre-kindergarten. But while that high-profile plan is executed, other school issues [&hellip
[ read more... ]

55 Comments

The De-Manhattanization of Politics

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

De Blasio has vowed to turn his attention to the outer boroughs For the past dozen years, Manhattan has received a disproportionate amount of love from City Hall. Michael Bloomberg not only lived in the borough, but his entire life and social circle were encompassed by it. And that was reflected in his biggest initiatives. [&hellip
[ read more... ]

16 Comments

In the Shadow of the Billionaires

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

New luxury apartments along Central Park stir old debates Living near Central Park has never been for the weak of wallet. But a gaggle of new, ultra-expensive apartment buildings opening on the south end of the park has rekindled long-simmering debates about the affordability of Manhattan and the role the park plays in the life [&hellip
[ read more... ]

16 Comments

Hudson Rising

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

The massive new complex on the West side is coming into view This will be the year the Hudson Yards project takes shape. The massive real estate-transit-apartment project on the far West side has been buzzing away behind scaffolds for more than a year. Now, though, elements of the development are starting to become recognizable, [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

Out & About

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

Friday, December 27 REgeneration Art Project at Columbus Circle Columbus Circle All day/night, Free The eight foot snails are part of the REgeneration Art Project and are made of recyclable plastic obtained from landfills. The snails are a creation of the Cracking Art Group consisting of six international artists. The Group’s intention is to change [&hellip
[ read more... ]

9 Comments

..