Letter to the Editor

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Rockefeller University Plan (January 16 edition) Regarding Rockefeller University’s plan to build a 4-block long platform over the FDR drive directly adjacent to the East River Esplanade between 64th and 68th Streets: there is more at stake than the loss of 244 square feet of public open space referred to in the article. The proposed [&hellip
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Kallos Kicks Off Council Term

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On Sunday, January 26, Benjamin Kallos was joined by over 700 Upper East Side leaders and residents as he took the oath of office for the city council, representing the Upper East Side’s 5th district. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman swore in Kallos on his bar-mitzvah chumash as it was held by his [&hellip
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Solving a Deadly Traffic Puzzle

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

Following a number of recent pedestrian fatalities — including four more over the weekend — experts, residents, and elected leaders look for answers The corner of 97th and West End Avenue was crowded with neighbors, activists and local politicians last week for the vigil for two pedestrians killed in separate accidents. The victims included Cooper [&hellip
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Garodnick Sharpens Focus for Final Council Term

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

After conceding the speaker’s race, the third-term Upper East Side council member turns his attention to development and neighborhood concerns Dan Garodnick is nothing if not unflappable. Coming down from a roller coaster year of campaigning for three different elected positions as well as supporting colleagues running for citywide offices, Garodnick has just started his [&hellip
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The First President in New York

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

Historian Harlow Giles Unger pays homage to the presidency of George Washington in his newest book At the intersection of Wall and Broad Streets, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States almost 225 years ago. The building where the event took place, Federal Hall, housed Congress at that time in [&hellip
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Transforming Manhattan, from the East Side

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We’ve all seen the sooty pictures of 19th century Manhattan. Much of that smog came from the elevated trains that dotted the city — steam-powered monoliths that churned out smoke, cinders and soot. That era ended in 1902, with the opening of the 74th Street Powerhouse, a critical step in helping the city transition from [&hellip
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