Stop School Closures

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

The public advocate calls on the administration to find alternate solutions for struggling schools By Public Advocate Bill de Blasio If something is broken – fix it. Sadly, Mayor Bloomberg adheres to a different philosophy where our city’s education system is concerned. The Administration’s default response to struggling schools has been to close them, without [&hellip
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Street Shrink: Weathering the Storm

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Hurricane-sandy-creek How Sandy still affects our psyches.  By Kristine Keller It started out like any other weekend. The downtown streets were chockablock with hipsters sporting ironic T-shirts and enduring long waits for a dinner table at Rubirosa. The pulse of downtown throbbed so loudly I could hear it from my fifth-floor walk-up. And then, a flat [&hellip
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Take My Mandate, For Example. No Seriously, Take It.

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Editorial, NY Press Exclusive, Opinion and Column

flickr-6685602103-original As soon as Fox commentators began throwing temper tantrums the networks and news outlets starting calling the presidential race for Obama last night, Republicans jumped in to assure us that while he may have won, he certainly shouldn’t take this as a sign that people wanted to him to win, or anything. Don’t get carried [&hellip
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Letters

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MAYORS_OFFICE_7536482698_5 copy Life in a Box To the Editor: The city’s recent plan that was noted in your paper (“Living Large?” Aug. 9) to make tiny 275-square-foot apartments for singles seems outrageous. Why not go even further and make street apartments for the homeless? These could consist of large refrigerator or sofa boxes with a battery-operated hot [&hellip
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Letters

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Community-Minded Rhythm: Julie Rulyak, executive director of the Turtle Bay Music School, leads a music workshop during Kips Bay Day at the Plaza on July 21. The Plaza, located on the service road between 30th and 33rd Street on the east side of 2nd Ave., hosted various activities, including croquet, Citi Bike demonstrations, live music and pet adoption. Permanent Plaza To the Editor: I support turning the Kips Bay Pedestrian Plaza into a permanent fixture. The test run spanning June and July on the service road at Second Avenue between East 33rd and 30th streets was a positive addition to the neigborhood where I have lived since 1985. People in this area are [&hellip
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Don’t Show Me Yours, I Won’t Show You Mine

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Boundaries in the Big City “Hey, you have a really great apartment!” would ordinarily be a very nice thing to hear. But when this particular sentence is uttered by a shirtless stranger leaning out of a window directly across the airshaft from your apartment, that is a whole other thing. This is what happened to [&hellip
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Smoking Mad About the Neighbors

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in Editorial, News Our Town Downtown, Opinion and Column, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Bloomberg takes his anti-cigarette campaign right into your co-op Their selfishness literally seeps through the vents into our apartments. Oh, sure, I believe people have a legal right to smoke in their homes—if they keep their smoke within the confines of their apartments. That rarely happens. So let’s think about a great big new in-the-apartment [&hellip
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Etan Patz and Growing Up in NYC

Written by Josh Rogers on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, West Side Spirit

The city was less safe then, but parents were also less protective  The name Etan Patz conjures up so much for so many in New York City. If you’re under 30, it is likely to draw a blank stare, but for many others it’s different, particularly if you were growing up in the city around [&hellip
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The Last Minute Invite

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Editorial, Lifestyle, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

jo Is it healthy spontaneity or social laziness? It can be a wonderful thing—that phone call that comes like a wish fulfilled when you don’t have plans, you don’t feel like working and you are deep in the doldrums. Suddenly, there is a friend’s voice saying, “I have tickets to a show tonight, are you by any chance free?” And voilà! Your evening [&hellip
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The Ups and Downs of the Elevator Life

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, Lifestyle, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

chris Those confined spaces remain central to our urban lives—and our fears by Christopher Moore I hate to write about it. I even hate to think about it. But the question comes to me, usually after the door shuts. I wait for the movement. I look up, seeking the little illuminated sign to tell me where I am and where I’m going. There’s a tiny, [&hellip
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