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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The Sixth Borough: The Berries Won’t Wait

Written by admin on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Is there anything better than picking vegetables from your own garden? It’s a rhetorical question people sometimes ask, so I don’t need to be a wise-ass and answer: probably. Harvesting the fruit of your labor is fulfilling, no doubt about it, but picking food you didn’t lift a finger to grow? Never planted, weeded, fenced [&hellip
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A Commute of Endless Choices

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

Manhattanites have more options than ever for getting around the city – and we tried them all Just a few years ago, New Yorkers only had a few options for their daily commutes—you could take the subway, hail a yellow cab, order a car service or walk. Nowadays, though, it feels as though our options [&hellip
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A Century of Sex Talk on the East Side

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

Shirley Zussman, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, worked with Masters and Johnson, and still sees patients as a sex therapist Upper East Side Some people’s life stories write themselves, and Shirley Zussman, the 100-year-old sex therapist of the Upper East Side, is one of those people. She was born in 1914 at the start [&hellip
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All Pigs Go to Heaven

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

The last night of an East Side institution Restaurant owner Nancy Lee has collected pigs for nearly 30 years. Piggy banks, plastic toy pigs and porcelain figurines, all gifts to the owner of the Chinese restaurant Pig Heaven from loyal customers over the years. But now it’s time for the pigs to move on. Last [&hellip
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Ticket me Elmo? City mulls law for impersonators

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

The City is considering ways to crack down on aggressive character impersonators in Times Square City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists. The city wants to rein in a summertime spike [&hellip
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Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

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

NYC officials say that a Russian-led international crime ring is behind the breach into the popular ticketing website’s operations Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts — went to an international ring of cyber thieves who took over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts to fraudulently [&hellip
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Chinatown Lawyer To Head N.Y. State Bar

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

Glenn Lau-Kee was elected the 117th president of the state bar association last month Glenn Lau-Kee, a partner at the downtown law firm Kee & Lau-Kee, assumed the office of president of the New York State Bar Association, making him the group’s 117th, and first Asian-American, president. Lau-Kee’s father, Norman Lau Kee, who founded the [&hellip
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OP-ED: Working for Affordable Housing, Piece By Piece

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

By Margaret Chin Like many other housing advocates, I applauded and was heartened by the July 10 announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration had by that point financed more than 8,700 units of affordable housing across the city. And, like the mayor, I’m passionate about working to achieve his goal of building or preserving [&hellip
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