LETTER: A Counterpoint on the Frick

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To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman — a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry — is, I am certain, as he says, “a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, [&hellip
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LETTER: The Menace of Helicopter Traffic

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A letter in response to our July 24 article, “Tourist Thrill Become a Residential Nuisance,” on tourist helicopters downtown: I live by the East 34th St. Heliport facing the river and United Nations. I’m outside on my terrace daily. The helicopters are going back and forth every few seconds. I have to take anxiety medicine [&hellip
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Amping Up The Fight Over Poor Doors

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

Elected officials and housing advocates say Extell exploiting loophole with separate building entrances Extell Development is facing a new round of criticism after its plan to include a separate entrance for low-income residents at its Upper West Side development project was approved by the city’s Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development. Extell is building a [&hellip
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Closing Time For Now

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

  In a surprise move, New Amsterdam founder announces end of popular monthly market Robert LaValva appears to have given up. The founder and director of the New Amsterdam Market announced via email last week that the market is closing effective immediately, and that the last one was held in its location on South Street [&hellip
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Tourist Thrill Becomes a Residential Nuisance

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

Residents are incensed by near-constant noise from tourist helicopters Battery Park City Lower Manhattan is drowning in sound. Neighbors surrounding popular launching and landing pads for helicopters say that the constant chopper noise is practically unbearable, and they want the city to do something about it. On a recent Monday, five helicopters in a row [&hellip
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Neighborhood News Check

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

Fines set for illegal Chinatown Buses By August 15, the New York City Police Department and the Department of Transportation will begin issuing fines for illegal long-distance Chinatown buses, reported DNAinfo.com. Some rules that could result in fines include: operating without permits, stopping outside of approved zone or deviating from schedule. The NYPD will be [&hellip
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Art of a Past Life, Stolen

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

Former model and photographer of celebrities Bettina Cirone says that someone snatched personally-inscribed Dali prints and Warhol photos from her apartment Upper West Side Even in an apartment plastered with paintings, signed prints and photographs of famous artists, actors, models, singers and politicians, Bettina Cirone noticed immediately when one went missing. Several items, in fact, [&hellip
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Crumbs Will Rise

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

The faltering cupcake company closed its doors last week, but now it seems there will be a mini-revival Crumbs Bake Shop may not crumble after all. Following the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings and the abrupt closure of all Crumbs locations last week, the company announced on July 11 that the cupcake chain will receive [&hellip
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Raking It In and Still Priced Out

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

Young professionals in Manhattan are finding it increasingly difficult to find apartments, even for those with steady incomes Ask a successful New Yorkers about her first apartment in Manhattan, and you’ll usually hear comedic horror stories of 5th floor walk-ups, the lingering smells from the downstairs Thai restaurant, and a lack of storage space. Generations [&hellip
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