OP-ED: A Pedestrian’s Cry For Help

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

West End Avenue at 107th Street. Photo by Jim Henderson By Joanna Kahn On Thursday evening, July 17, many of us gathered at the corner of West End Avenue and West 95th Street to remember Jean Chambers, who lost her life in the latest pedestrian-vehicle fatality on the Upper West Side, and to call for traffic safety actions. The particular area has been bombarded with [&hellip
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Using History As A Weapon Against The Wrecking Ball

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

Upper West Side residents want the landmarks commission to reconsider a building slated for demolition Upper West Siders opposed to a developer’s plan to demolish a building on West 79th Street are calling on the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to take a closer look at the building’s historical merits. In a letter to the LPC [&hellip
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Can Restaurants Be Saved?

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

A recent panel of restaurant and real estate experts posed the question — can restaurants be preserved like landmarks? Picture your absolute favorite restaurant. If you wanted to ensure it would remain operating for the next 50 years, what would you do? Immortalize the menu? Clone the chef – or, more realistically, have him train [&hellip
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Downtown Tower Residents at a Crossroads

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

Privatization vote for 1,651-unit Mitchell-Lama complex set for the end of September Financial District Residents of Southbridge Towers, a housing complex at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge downtown, have had years to consider whether or not to leave the protection of the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program in exchange for owning their apartments, but never [&hellip
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The Sixth Borough: The Berries Won’t Wait

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Is there anything better than picking vegetables from your own garden? It’s a rhetorical question people sometimes ask, so I don’t need to be a wise-ass and answer: probably. Harvesting the fruit of your labor is fulfilling, no doubt about it, but picking food you didn’t lift a finger to grow? Never planted, weeded, fenced [&hellip
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A Commute of Endless Choices

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

Manhattanites have more options than ever for getting around the city – and we tried them all Just a few years ago, New Yorkers only had a few options for their daily commutes—you could take the subway, hail a yellow cab, order a car service or walk. Nowadays, though, it feels as though our options [&hellip
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A Century of Sex Talk on the East Side

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

Shirley Zussman, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, worked with Masters and Johnson, and still sees patients as a sex therapist Upper East Side Some people’s life stories write themselves, and Shirley Zussman, the 100-year-old sex therapist of the Upper East Side, is one of those people. She was born in 1914 at the start [&hellip
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All Pigs Go to Heaven

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

The last night of an East Side institution Restaurant owner Nancy Lee has collected pigs for nearly 30 years. Piggy banks, plastic toy pigs and porcelain figurines, all gifts to the owner of the Chinese restaurant Pig Heaven from loyal customers over the years. But now it’s time for the pigs to move on. Last [&hellip
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