OP-ED: Is NYC Tourism Out of Control?

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

By John Elari NYC & Co., NYC’s official marketing ombudsman for tourism, can now boast of reaching a staggering 55 million visitors to Gotham, one year ahead of their 2015 target. And with 18 tourist offices now operating in 18 different countries, their hope is to bring that total even higher as the years roll [&hellip
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The Sixth Borough: When Life Gives You Broccoli Stalks

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

An acquaintance sources botanicals for Proctor & Gamble. When you see shampoo infused with mint oil, he’s the guy tracking down the mint. He came over to a party at our farm, and a few beers in said: Hey, you should grow stuff for me. A few beers in ourselves, we said: Definitely! He suggested [&hellip
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Developer Makes Changes In ‘Poor Door’ Design

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

Following an outcry from the public and elected officials, an Upper West Side developer is giving affordable-rate tenants more access A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called “poor door” is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, officials and the developers said Friday. The retooled [&hellip
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Landlord Probed For Forcing Tenants Out

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

The state announced last week that its Tenant Protection Unit is targeting a landlord for forcing Asian-Americans out of their rent-regulated apartments Chinatown The state’s Tenant Protection Unit said Wednesday that a major New York City landlord was under investigation over allegations it forced Asian-American tenants to leave their rent-regulated apartments. State Protection for Tenants [&hellip
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LETTER: Car Owners Are Part of the Problem

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

A fellow Manhattanite and car owner says that personal vehicles are a luxury and not entitled to parking spots By G.R., West 95th Street As I was reading J.B.’s letter in the August 21st edition (“The Never-Ending Fight for Parking”), I couldn’t help notice he lives on E. 89th Street. This is close to the [&hellip
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Moey the Lost Dog Returns Home

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

In June, the Falk family’s beloved pooch was stolen off the street — now he’s returned to his family A lot of people told Yelena Falk that she should give up on finding her family’s lost dog, Moey. But the Falks’ sad story has an improbably happy ending, thanks to persistence, hope, some vigilant New [&hellip
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Making Happy Meals into Healthier Meals

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

East Side councilman wants fast food restaurants to serve healthier fare in exchange for the ability to give away toys to kids Happy Meals might soon need to get healthy. Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos introduced legislation last week that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys. The bill, which is [&hellip
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LETTER: The Never-Ending Fight For Parking

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

I tried the impossible last Sunday: finding a free parking space near the World Trade Center. After looking for about 25 minutes, I spotted one on a one-way street but had to go around the block to get to it. By the time I got there, a man was standing in that space, illegally “holding” [&hellip
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