Seaport City Falls Flat for LES Residents

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

Concerns over luxury housing development and “disaster capitalism” For the first time since Mayor Bloomberg announced his grandiose idea to build a “Seaport City” on the Lower East Side, community members had a chance to raise their concerns about the plan, and many were not thrilled. The idea presented by the city is to construct [&hellip
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Downtown Mosque Reacts to NYPD Surveillance Tactics

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

‘People don’t understand, this is our country’ Masjid Manhattan, a mosque on the Lower East Side, was packed one recent Friday. The second floor was filled from wall to wall with worshippers who came to hear the Friday afternoon Jummah – or sermon – from Sheikh Mostafa, the mosque’s imam. Worshippers filed in before the [&hellip
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Letters to the Editor

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

Several readers commented online on our story “How Safe is Christopher Street?” by Joanna Fantozzi, September 12, about residents’ concerns of violence in the West Village neighborhood: “Thanks for your excellent story on our situation down here! I’m only sorry that the sixth precinct has chosen to ignore your reporters’ queries, the same way they [&hellip
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Raising Money for Soul Food

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

On September 15th, SoulCycle at 45 Crosby Street hosted a “Sunday Night Soul for God’s Love” event to benefit God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that provides nutritious, individually-tailored meals to New Yorkers who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Miss USA Erin Brady and Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf joined 50 [&hellip
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The First Week of School

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

We visited a downtown elementary school to chat with students Labor day has come and gone, which means school is back in session. Our Town Downtown took a trip to P.S. 130 on Baxter Street to hear what kids are saying about their first week back. We caught up with kindergarteners Maggie, Gian and Tristan, [&hellip
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When Lady Gaga Was Still Just Stefani

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

In his new book, author Brendan Jay Sullivan remembers the history of the Lower East Side The “One day, when I’m famous” daydream is shared throughout New York City; by struggling musicians and bullied children; by underpaid barbacks and underappreciated college students alike. The counterpoint daydream: “One day, when someone I know is famous” probably [&hellip
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Deadline for 9/11 Compensation Draws Near

Written by NYPress on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

On Monday, September 9, local elected officals gathered to draw attention to the impending deadline for victims of 9/11 to register for benefits related to the Victims’ Compensation Fund (VCF).  The financial compensation available through the VCF applies to injured and ill 9/11 first-responders and survivors. Those sites include not only the World Trade Center, [&hellip
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