Small Business is Best, Except When it’s Not

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

chrismoor Save mom-and-pop stores, but they should save us from bad service When I went there, though, my prescriptions were not ready—even after I’d been assured by phone beforehand that they would be filled. I will never get back the hours I spent standing around waiting for the men in white coats to get their work [&hellip
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Marijuana Shouldn’t Be a Crime

Written by NY Press on . Posted in On Topic OTDT, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

alan I used to turn down pot so I could someday run for Congress By Alan S. Chartock When I was a young man, I refused to smoke marijuana when offered the opportunity. I thought that it might interfere with my future career—at the time, I thought I might like to run for Congress and that [&hellip
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Will the Elimination of Bottle Service Actually Make New York Clubs Safer?

Written by NYPress on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, NY Press Exclusive, Opinion and Column, Our Town Downtown, Uncategorized

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for an emergency meeting with the NYPD and the New York Nightlife Association following rappers Drake and Chris Brown’s infamous bar brawl at the W.I.P club in SoHo last Thursday. Quinn said she was “deeply concerned” by the incident, and added that existing guidelines and legislation surrounding bottle service [&hellip
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Don’t Stall Vote on Riverside–West End Historic District

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Opinion and Column, Opinion West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

By Linda Rosenthal It was with amazement last week that I read a letter by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the New York Building Congress and other organizations to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), calling for the LPC to delay its long-awaited first vote [&hellip
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Soda Ban Sweet Music to Some East Siders

Written by Rebecca Harris on . Posted in News Our Town, Opinion and Column, Our Town

Since Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his plan to institute a citywide ban on the sale of large sugary beverages, health experts, politicians, vendors and consumers have weighed in passionately on both sides. While many prominent people from former president Bill Clinton to the chair of nutrition at the Harvard School Public Health have voiced their [&hellip
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Occupy, Then What? A French Perspective on the OWS Movement

Written by NYPress on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, NY Press Exclusive, Opinion and Column, Our Town Downtown

By Laurent Berstecher   Having grown up in France, I have always been skeptical of social movements. It must be said that, in my home country, demonstrating is as much a means to express political grievances as it is a folkloric tradition. Almost every year, outraged citizens pour into the streets of Paris to protest [&hellip
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The Joel Morales Story

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Stopping hate-filled violence and creating a better society by Bette Dewing What if your two sons were bullied and, when transferred to a different school, the harassment continued and your request for housing in another district was denied? Of course you know this happened to a 12-year-old East Harlem boy, Joel Morales. Finally, this beloved [&hellip
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Boys Will Be Boys After All

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

What is it with boys and trucks? by Josh Rogers The fire truck backed up, and West Side parents scrambled with their little boys to where they hoped the line would start to get on board. Almost immediately, there were over 100 people waiting Were there any girls at the West Side YMCA’s Touch-a-Truck event [&hellip
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8 Million Stories: Kelly Mullins Learns What Good Neighbors Are Made Of

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By Kelly Mullins As a 20-year-old college student from a Boston suburb, I knew I had hit the jackpot, living alone for the summer in a recently renovated Upper West Side apartment that had just been purchased by a friend’s parents. For them, it was an opportune investment in the bad housing market. For me, [&hellip
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Pounding Suicide Prevention into the Public Consciousness: Life-affirming books and music aren’t just for Mother’s Day

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

betteDewing By Bette Dewing If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the AP photo of Junior Seau’s anguished mother, Luisa, could save a thousand lives by drumming into the national consciousness the endless sorrow of a son or daughter’s suicide. Such graphic examples of grief could be a deterrent to what Jimmy Breslin once said [&hellip
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