LES Residents Call Emergency Meeting Over Drug Problem

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

Increase in illegal activity said to affect schools, housing complexes Two block associations on the Lower East Side called an emergency meeting September 25 after residents reported a sharp rise in drug activity in the area. Ayo Harrington, president of the East 4th Street Block Association and a member of Community Board 3, initiated the [&hellip
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Art Versus Real Estate in SoHo

Written by Caroline Anderson on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

The fight at 529 Broadway pits developers against some of the neighborhood’s pioneering artists A fight over a 77-year-old SoHo building is pitting some of the city’s highest-profile real estate investors against some of the founding artists of the neighborhood. The Landmarks Preservation Commission last month unanimously approved developers’ plans to demolish the building at [&hellip
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David McWater Resigns From Community Board 3

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

Longtime Community Board 3 member and former chairperson David McWater announced his resignation, effective immediately, at the board’s Sept. 24 meeting. In a statement given to Our Town Downtown, McWater said the recent death of his father and mother-in-law as well as the friction between him and the LES Dwellers contributed to his decision. The [&hellip
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Out & About

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

Friday Oct. 4 Oktoberfest 2013 at Andaz Wall Street 75 Wall Street 5:00PM – 8:00PM The Biergarten at Andaz Wall Street brings the best of Oktoberfest to Wall Street for New Yorkers to enjoy right in their own backyard. Authentic beer, food, entertainment and stein holding contests! Any guest who arrives in traditional clothing (lederhosen [&hellip
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The Civil War Revisited on the Upper West Side

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

Historian and author Thomas Fleming captures the struggles that led to the Civil War More soldiers died in the Civil War than in all previous and past wars combined. This staggering fact opens Thomas Fleming’s book A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War. The Upper West [&hellip
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It Happened To Me: Harassment at a New York Street Festival

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

While attending a street fair, the worst feeling you expect to come home with is a stomachache from consuming too many zeppoles and fried snickers bars. You don’t expect to leave a crowded, family-friendly street fair with a sense of shame and disgust. But it happened to me. The day before a popular New York [&hellip
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A New Direction for Education

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

How the city’s education landscape would shift in a de Blasio administration With only three months left in the Bloomberg era, the folks at the Tweed Building who work for the Department of Education are probably dusting off their resumes and thinking about their next gigs. The conventional wisdom (which in politics is sometimes not [&hellip
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