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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Searching for Answers in the Sands of Time

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

Childhood is where the seed of corrupt politicians is planted  By Alan S. Chartock A long, long time ago, I spent the summers on Fire Island with my family. My best friend, now passed, was Jon Lipsky, who went on to develop a tremendous reputation as a teacher and a playwright of the first order. [&hellip
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The Mandate: How to help a boyfriend when he’s down on his luck

Written by The Mandate on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Opinion and Column, Our Town Downtown, Sex & Relationships

I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years, and I love him a lot. I’m worried that he might be struggling financially and I want to be able to help him. I’m in a place right now where I can afford to help him out but I’m worried he’ll be embarrassed and lash out. [&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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Connecting with Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors

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

Life-saving communication skills for those most in need There’s sure a lot to roar about, says this often cowardly lion, when it comes to roaring, as Mike Wallace once did, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Ah, if only he’d roared against age discrimination; maybe 60 Minutes would have kept him on to [&hellip
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Another Battle to Advance the Cause

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion West Side Spirit

Whatever happened to helping old folks cross the street? “Wind gusts today accelerate the brush fire risk.” This was the Good Friday and first day of Passover morning radio weather warning. For several years I’ve wished high wind gust warnings stressed the danger to walkers whose balance is not stable, especially in a city with [&hellip
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The Governor’s Speech

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

By Alan S. Chartock Did you see The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth? I loved that movie, which told the story of how King George VI, the present Queen Elizabeth’s father, overcame a stutter by going to an eccentric speech pathologist. I understand there may be a sequel in the offing called The New York [&hellip
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Extending Whistleblower Protections

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

To employees of companies doing business with New York City By Dan Garodnick New Yorkers periodically hear about private contractors who are caught ripping off the city, with the CityTime scandal only the highest-profile example in recent years. Clearly, we need better tools to stop fraud and corruption to better protect city taxpayers. Safeguarding taxpayer [&hellip
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