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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The Sixth Borough: A Passover story from the farm

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

It was midnight when we bounced up our long, rutted driveway. I wasn’t actually concerned. Yes, we were getting home late, but we occasionally close the chicken coop in the wee hours for one reason or another, and it’s only been a problem twice. Once was exactly a year ago. What was the likelihood of [&hellip
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Dining in the Lighting District

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

The Randolph reinvents itself amidst a string of retail lighting stores Lower East Side What the Randolph lacks in prime real estate, it makes up for in soul. Located off of the Bowery in the heart of the Lighting District, the Randolph at Broome (349) is primarily a craft beer and coffee outpost, and Randolph [&hellip
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They Paved Paradise

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

Park West Village tenants: green space destroyed for parking lot Upper West Side Tenants of Park West Village at 97th Street and Columbus Avenue are in court to prevent their landlord from converting green space they use as a recreational area into a parking lot, even though construction is well underway. Historically, tenants parked in [&hellip
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