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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Private School Open Houses

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

October marks the start of the season when private schools open their doors for next year’s prospective students and families. Here are some local open house dates. The Montessori at Flatiron 5 W. 22nd Street Oct. 17, 6:30pm www.themontessorischools.org La Salle Academy 215 East 6th Street Oct. 26, 10:00am www.lasalleacademy.org Leman Manhattan Preparatory School Lower [&hellip
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After Decades of Debate, Seward Park Development Finally Moves Forward

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

Lower East Side plan will include a school, housing — and Warhol The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) on the Lower East Side may finally be developed. The Bloomberg administration unveiled plans to develop 1.65 million square feet of land on Wednesday, awarding the contracts to L+M Development, BFC Investment Partners, and Taconic Investment [&hellip
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Out & About

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

Friday, September 27 Broadway on the Hudson Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, 220 Vesey St., broadway.org, 12:30-2pm, free United Airlines presents this complimentary concert on the waterfront. See showcases from the casts of Annie, Chicago, Newsies, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella among many more. Performances will run rain or shine. Family Veggie and Yoga Night Charlotte’s Place, [&hellip
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Wall Street Rocks

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

Downtown finance workers play music for charity On Wednesday, September 18, five bands gathered at the Cutting Room to help raise money for Wall Street Rocks, a nonprofit that raises money for various charities that support veterans and first responders. Big Dog Party, The Holiday Electric, Your Mom Mona, Mayday, and Mud, Blood & Beer [&hellip
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Park(ing) Day

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

On Friday, September 20, an international group behind PARK(ing) Day, described as “an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks,” encouraged city residents to take over a parking space in their neighborhood and turn it into a mini-park. At the corner of 5th Avenue and 11th [&hellip
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Will Run for Pizza

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By Madeleine Jane Cummings Pizza’s always been Jason Feirman’s favorite food. But every year he finds a way to combine his love for pizza with another passion – running. “A couple years ago I had the crazy idea of putting on some sort of pizza event,” he said. So he designed a running race, drew up a 2.25-mile [&hellip
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