Letter: View From The Bicycle

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

I’m a bicyclist who sympathizes with pedestrians angry about bike lanes. Too many riders enter crowded crosswalks against the light, ride against traffic, and endanger pedestrians and motorists through carelessness. But the bike lanes aren’t the problem. The carelessness is, and it’s not exclusive to bicyclists. Every day I see pedestrians walk not only into [&hellip
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Asphalt Green to Welcome New Director

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town

After 20 years, Carol Tweedy is retiring as the community organization’s executive director Yorkville Asphalt Green, the not-for-profit community organization headquartered on York Avenue and East 90th Street, will be welcoming a new executive director this month. After serving as the executive director of Asphalt Green for the past two decades, Carol Tweedy will be [&hellip
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Homogenized: Tracking The City’s Yogurt Takeover

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

  Tumblr site tallies the FroYo spread He prefers to keep his name a mystery, but the man (it’s a he, that much we can say) behind the Tumblr blog “Now It’s A F**cking FroYo Place,” which documents New York retail spaces that have been turned into frozen yogurt shops, says he actually has nothing against [&hellip
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An Act of Disobedience

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

Upper East Siders opposed to Marine Transfer Station ratchet up pressure Yorkville Eight Upper East Siders opposed to the city’s plan to build a waste transfer station at 91st Street and York Avenue were arrested last Friday protesting the Sanitation Department’s removal of trees at Asphalt Green, a popular athletics complex at the epicenter of [&hellip
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A Cautious Victory for Yorkville Tenants

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

Residents of the First Avenue Estates warily celebrate a win over the owner trying to tear down their building Yorkville The Landmarks Preservation Commission issued a resounding “no” to a landmarked building’s owner threatening the wrecking ball. Stahl Organization, which owns two buildings on York Avenue between East 64th and East 65th Streets, has been [&hellip
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Landlord vs. Tenant, This Time On The U.W.S.

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

Did Lynda Engstrom’s apartment really need an electrical upgrade? Lynda Engstrom is 73, a widowed daughter of Holocaust survivors who lives in a prewar building at 89th Street and West End Avenue. Right now, her rent-regulated apartment looks as if a hazmat team gave it the quarantine treatment. The living room furniture — all of [&hellip
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Caring For An Aging City

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

On the front lines with New York’s visiting nurses Aging in New York City has always been harder than in other cities: Consider walk-up apartments, trouble using public transportation, and pressure from aggressive landlords to free up rent-stabilized apartments. Amealya Blake has been working as a registered nurse for 11 years, covering a 20-block radius [&hellip
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Letter: Derelict Landscaping at Gracie Mansion

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

A reader says that sections of the historic mayoral residence’s lawn have been severely neglected By David B. Martin Upper East Side Please advise what I could do to to bring attention to the terrible condition of the hill at the foot of 89th East End Avenue, Gracie Mansion’s backyard. It’s turned into a dog [&hellip
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Letter: The economic engine of East Side growth

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town

Earlier this month, President Obama stood at the Tappan Zee Bridge and made the argument that infrastructure investment leads to more jobs and a stronger economy. He pointed out that America became an economic powerhouse as a result of our investment in infrastructure, but that our investment in transportation has shrunk by 50 pertcent in [&hellip
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