When A Grocery Store Goes

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

Residents accuse a supermarket chain on the Lower East Side of increasing prices on customers who lack options Before it closed, the Pathmark on Cherry Street was the most popular supermarket on the Lower East Side. The quality and prices were so good, residents say, that even people from outside the community would travel to [&hellip
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A Conservancy For The East River

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

Community stakeholders organize a pilot meeting for waterfront on the Lower East Side Two-dozen people gathered in the community room of a NYCHA housing development on the Lower East Side to discuss forming a conservancy for the East River waterfront, the first of its kind, in an apparent attempt to gain some measure of community [&hellip
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LETTER: The Photo West Side Arts Didn’t Want You To See

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

To the Editor: As a member of the West Side Arts Coalition, one of my photographs was withdrawn by the management the day before the opening reception on Sept. 13, with the unsupported claim that the image was not appropriate! Can this flagrant deprival of an artist’s rights be tolerated? I am a professional photographer, [&hellip
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OP-ED: A Memo To The 99 Percent

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

By Ben Krull “New York City has approved a developer’s Dickensian plan to include a ‘poor door’ in a luxury apartment complex in the Upper West Side.” — Newsweek From: Jameson Crow, Field Manager, Soweto Properties To: Prospective residents of Two Cities Towers While we anticipate that 99 percent of our residents will be trillionaires [&hellip
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Like Father, Like Daughter

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

Tony and Marisa May keep authentic Italian cuisine in the family The father-daughter team Tony and Marisa May, owners of Italian restaurant SD26, are rarely far from their dining room. “The family is always in the house,” said Marisa May. “The papa’s in the house. The children are in the house.” Since SD26 opened on [&hellip
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Activists, officials rally against Air BnB

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Elected officials and community groups converged at City Hall to demand better regulation of illegal hotels Affordable housing advocates, community groups and elected officials rallied last week against the apartment sharing startup Airbnb, which they claim is violating state law and contributing to New York’s illegal hotel problem. The rally was a kickoff to the [&hellip
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Literary Legend Shaken & Stirred Back to Life

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

  In his new book, Justin Martin takes us into the scintillating world of Pfaff’s saloon in the 19th century The corner of Broadway and Bleecker was once home to a subterranean bar where wit and rebellion was just as important as lager. What happened in Pfaff’s saloon in the 1850s is stuff of literary [&hellip
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Lower East Side Residents Join Forces

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

Frustrated residents band together to form Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side Lower East Side Residents on the Lower East Side are banding together to form a new tenants’ organization focused on the specter of overdevelopment and lack of affordable housing. The six-member board of Tenants United Fighting For the Lower East Side, [&hellip
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A Bookstore Not to Be

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

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers takes its final bow on Broadway When Margot Liddell started in 1987 as the manager of the new Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers on lower Broadway, near New York University, not even the books were safe in the now-upscale NoHo neighborhood. “It was wild,” Liddell said about the neighborhood in her low, [&hellip
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