Editor’s Note

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

Public school or private? This elementary school or that one? Arts or science focus, charter or not? When did the process of getting into school become as tough as the subjects taught inside it? While this education guide isn’t big enough to answer all those questions — we’d need an encyclopedia for that — we [&hellip
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OP-ED: Love Means Never Having To Say ‘I’ll Do That For You!’

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

by Beth Pereira In one of my favorite versions of a New Yorker-style cartoon by Aaron Bacall, a doctor scans a chest x-ray while a female patient waits patiently for the results. The caption reads some variation of “Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart – but that is because you are [&hellip
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Helping Women Climb the Ladder

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

West Side resident Lynette Lewis holds speaking engagements around the city to help empower young women in their careers Lynette Lewis has delivered around 200 speeches in her career so far. She’s done it all from corporate keynotes, to global webcasts, to coaching women on being single in the city. After graduating from Oral Roberts [&hellip
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Back in Business at New Amsterdam

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

Purveyors from Iliamna Wild Red Salmon talk to a customer at the New Amsterdam Market. Less than a month after shutting down the popular downtown market, its founder plots a comeback Seemingly rejuvenated by an outpouring of community support, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva is actively planning the future of the market just three weeks after he abruptly announced its closure. In an interview with Our Town Downtown, LaValva [&hellip
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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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