Making Happy Meals into Healthier Meals

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

East Side councilman wants fast food restaurants to serve healthier fare in exchange for the ability to give away toys to kids Happy Meals might soon need to get healthy. Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos introduced legislation last week that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys. The bill, which is [&hellip
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LETTER: The Never-Ending Fight For Parking

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

I tried the impossible last Sunday: finding a free parking space near the World Trade Center. After looking for about 25 minutes, I spotted one on a one-way street but had to go around the block to get to it. By the time I got there, a man was standing in that space, illegally “holding” [&hellip
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Fighting The Landlord

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown

Rent regulated tenants in the East Village sue landlord over alleged harassment East Village The lawsuit reads like a legendary New York housing horror story. In the Supreme Court filing from Aug. 6, there’s the building’s infestation of rodents and vermin, the perpetually unlocked front door, and the drug addicts who routinely roam the halls, [&hellip
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The Myth of New York’s Retiree Exodus

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

By Lenore Skomal Back in April, my husband stood in the middle of his company’s lunchroom and addressed the packed room of his staff and colleagues. He launched his heartfelt final thanks and goodbye over a spread of white cake and coffee. The next day, we drove away from the state we’d called home for [&hellip
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Editor’s Note

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

Public school or private? This elementary school or that one? Arts or science focus, charter or not? When did the process of getting into school become as tough as the subjects taught inside it? While this education guide isn’t big enough to answer all those questions — we’d need an encyclopedia for that — we [&hellip
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OP-ED: Love Means Never Having To Say ‘I’ll Do That For You!’

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

by Beth Pereira In one of my favorite versions of a New Yorker-style cartoon by Aaron Bacall, a doctor scans a chest x-ray while a female patient waits patiently for the results. The caption reads some variation of “Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart – but that is because you are [&hellip
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Helping Women Climb the Ladder

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

West Side resident Lynette Lewis holds speaking engagements around the city to help empower young women in their careers Lynette Lewis has delivered around 200 speeches in her career so far. She’s done it all from corporate keynotes, to global webcasts, to coaching women on being single in the city. After graduating from Oral Roberts [&hellip
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Back in Business at New Amsterdam

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Purveyors from Iliamna Wild Red Salmon talk to a customer at the New Amsterdam Market. Less than a month after shutting down the popular downtown market, its founder plots a comeback Seemingly rejuvenated by an outpouring of community support, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva is actively planning the future of the market just three weeks after he abruptly announced its closure. In an interview with Our Town Downtown, LaValva [&hellip
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