Two Sides Meet on Trash Project, But Neither Budges

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Little progress is cited in meeting between administration and East side officials Upper East Side Representatives of elected officials on the Upper East Side met with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration late last week to discuss the city’s plan to build a marine transfer station on East 91st Street — but neither side seemed to [&hellip
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Spending City Money on the East Side

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

District 5 residents will vote on how to use $1 million of discretionary budget funding Upper East Side Residents of District 5 have just been handed a blank check. Councilman Ben Kallos announced his office is taking part in an abbreviated participatory budgeting program with $1 million available to spend. Under normal circumstances, a council [&hellip
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The Pothole and The Socialite

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

The winter has been brutal for the roadways downtown Three weeks ago Louise Grunwald fell into a pothole on the East Side and fractured her ankle. “It was noon on a beautiful day, I guess I wasn’t paying attention,” said Grunwald, an Upper East Side socialite who was married to the diplomat and former Time [&hellip
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Why Cars Are Killing People

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

Approximately 30,000 Americans will die from automobile collisions this year – but it doesn’t have to be this way By Hunter Oatman-Stanford There’s an open secret in America: If you want to kill someone, do it with a car. Today, despite the efforts of major public-health agencies and grassroots safety campaigns, few are aware that [&hellip
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These Streets Were Made for Talking

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

A program helps takes the emotional temperature of the city’s neighborhoods A new research project from Microsoft Research Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs is giving New York City’s neighborhoods a voice. HereHere NYC (herehere.co) displays the daily emotional temperatures of 42 neighborhoods on an interactive map. Led by Microsoft senior researcher Kati London, the project, [&hellip
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Lives Entwined in East Harlem

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Too often it takes a loss or just now, a terrible tragedy, to learn about something we needed to know, such as the community way of life enjoyed in the East Harlem’s two buildings decimated by a gas explosion. Of course, we care most about the at least eight peeople killed, and those who mourn [&hellip
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Fighting for Pre-K, against the M.T.S.

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The city councilmember lists his early priorities By Ben Kallos Since taking office in January, I have been working to ensure you have the services you need, while also working to expand pre-k and afterschool programs to all children, opening up government for public participation, and fighting the marine transfer station slated to be built [&hellip
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Strength Training — The Power of Camp

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

Why the structure of a camp setting helps children with crucial development By Ethan Schafer, Ph.D. When I was fifteen, I was in my sixth summer at a traditional camp for boys in New Hampshire. One night after dinner, my counselor from the year before (a six-foot, five-inch English rugby player) asked me if I [&hellip
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A New School for SoHo

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

The brother-sister team that runs the Montessori school in Flatiron is adding a downtown campus Angela Ciocca is committed to the Montessori philosophy of approaching education. She worked as a Montessori student teacher, earned her International Montessori Degree at an 18-month program in Perugia, Italy, and taught at different Montessori schools until opening her own, [&hellip
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A Reason to Keep Pushing for Pedestrian Plazas

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

In a story we excerpted in this week’s paper, “Why Cars Are Killing People,” (p. 12), writer Hunter Oatman-Stanford delves into the history of vehicle-pedestrian collisions in urban areas, and reveals that they weren’t always seen as the tragic and unavoidable accidents they are often categorized as today. In the early days of automobiles, drivers [&hellip
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