Mayor Takes On Affordable Housing

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

De Blasio’s housing initiative includes an investment of $41 billion Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year plan to expand and protect affordable housing in New York City. According to the mayor’s office, a $41 billion investment will yield 80,000 new and 120,000 preserved units of affordable housing in the next decade. The city will [&hellip
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The Keeper of the Snow Angels

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

Ever wonder who keeps all those kids pointed in the same direction at the ballet? The answer is Dena Abergel Dena Abergel is a kid whisperer. If a production at New York City Ballet includes child dancers — and some, like “The Nutcracker” have a lot of them — it is Abergel who casts, teaches [&hellip
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Editorial: Where Are The Reasonable People?

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

It happens at some point in many hot political debates: when things get particularly nasty, one side or the other will calm down, take a breath, and say that, of course, “reasonable people can disagree.” Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be a lot of reasonable people on the side of banning carriage horses in Central [&hellip
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U.P.S.’s Manhattan Problem

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

A former franchisee accuses the shipping giant of routinely gouging customers throughout the city Last month, when nearly a dozen UPS Stores across the city closed down in a single day, the initial focus was on the customers put out by the shutdown: dozens of people found themselves unable to access their rented mailboxes, while [&hellip
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Last Stop on the Kid Party Circuit

Written by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown

Confessions of an obsessive party planner The party’s over. So Birthday Express, Shindigz, and Oriental Trading, please direct your catalogues elsewhere, as in the Merkl home, there will be no more goodie bags or piñatas to fill. My daughter Meg’s recent Sweet Sixteen has ended my almost two decade run as my children’s birthday party [&hellip
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Shelter from the Storm

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

Umbrella share system on the horizon for NYC Financial District Few people look forward to getting caught in the rain, much less without an umbrella, and a new company banking on this aims to keep pedestrians dry and city streets clean and green. ‘brellaBox, a new umbrella share company slated to launch a three-week pilot [&hellip
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Focus on the Feline

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

Serious illness is difficult to detect in cats without regular vet care If you have ever watched your kitty stalk a housefly, pounce on your toes under the covers or chatter at a bird outside your window, then you know how much they resemble their wild feline cousins. Wild cats, and their domesticated counterparts in [&hellip
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Don’t Let Box-Blockers Slide

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

OP ED The city needs to enforce the rules against “blocking the box” in downtown traffic By Charles Eshelman Soho Mayor Bloomberg did not get voters’ approval for his “Congestion Pricing” scheme so he did everything he could to make life miserable for downtown residents. Here’s one example – the city stopped enforcing rules against [&hellip
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Green Thumb, Concrete Jungle

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

Downtown community gardens spring to life while some fight for their lives Lower East Side Tenants who built and maintained a community garden behind two East Village apartment buildings said that it will be needlessly destroyed by a management company that recently bought the buildings. Around the corner, another community garden that’s catered to children [&hellip
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