From Shelter to Catwalk

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

A recovering addict getting back on his feet will walk as a model at Fashion Week David Butler spends his nights at the NYC Rescue Mission, checking residents in and out of the showers and performing general housekeeping duties. He’s been enrolled in the shelter’s 12-step recovery program for about five and a half months, [&hellip
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A Farmer Speaks

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

In 1987, when I left Manhattan’s Upper West Side and corporate employment to try my hand at organic farming in upstate New York, almost everyone who knew me thought I was suffering a severe lapse of judgment. The un-spoken assumption was that after a year or two I’d be back in town, a chastened and [&hellip
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Your Candidates for Districts 1, 2 and 3

Written by NYPress on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

There are three competetive city council races downtown this year – two feature incumbents running against challengers, and one, District 3, is the two-way bout to win the seat soon to be vacated by current council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn. We asked the candidates for each district why they should get your vote.  [&hellip
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Your Neighborhood, Your Choice

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

Candidates Talk Affordability and Development on Eve of Election  On September 10, voters will go to the polls to make decisions almost as crucial as on the big day in November. The primary election next Tuesday will determine who gets on the ballot for each political party. We polled all four candidates vying to represent [&hellip
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Manhattan Borough President Candidates

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

We asked the four candidates why they should get your vote Gale A. Brewer Democrat City Councilmember, District 6 Your number one priority on your first day in office: Your “first day” as an elected official is the day you’re elected. I will start by listening to the needs of every community, and by building [&hellip
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Local Businesses Form Seaport Alliance

Written by NYPress on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

A group of small locally owned businesses in the historic district around the South Street Seaport announced that they have formed a non-profit merchants’ association called The Old Seaport Alliance, intended to help bolster business in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. The group, which includes businesses and residents north of South Street, south of [&hellip
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Chanting Fast-Food Workers Protest Downtown

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City fast-food workers are participating in a nationwide protest over low wages. About 150 workers and supporters rallied Thursday outside a Wendy’s in downtown Manhattan. They chanted “We can’t survive on $7.25.” Workers are demanding $15 an hour. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25. The restaurant was open but there were [&hellip
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