Coffee, The Musical

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

Easy Villager Robert Galinsky pours his heart out (literally) when it comes to coffee Four hundred million cups of coffee are sipped every day in the United States alone. One dedicated java drinker, East Village resident Robert Galinsky, recognized just how many different kinds of people in New York come together in their quest for [&hellip
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Recycled Christmas Trees Become Mulch, Dunes & Lumber

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

Thousands of used trees end up helping the environment It’s one of America’s great recycling success stories: Every year, hundreds of thousands of discarded Christmas trees are collected and reused. New York City’s Department of Sanitation collects about 150,000 trees each year and mulches them in a joint program with the Parks Department. The mulch [&hellip
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Out & About

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Instructive, Entertaining and Moral: Toys & Childhood in the 19th-Century Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street 11-4 p.m., $8; $7 students; Free seniors & children under 12 View popular toys of the 19th century and explore what they can tell us about child development and play in America in the 1800s. [&hellip
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A Call for a National Women’s History Museum

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Currently, in the nation’s Capital, there’s an Air and Space Museum, a Spy Museum, a Textile Museum, a National Postal Museum, even a Crime and Punishment Museum. But there is no national museum that tells the full story of the amazing, brilliant, courageous, innovative and sometimes defiant women who have helped to shape our history [&hellip
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Fighting a Forced Downsizing

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

Section 8 residents must move to cover funding gap Argentina Perez lives with her 20-year-old daughter, who suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy, in a two-bedroom apartment at the Knickerbocker Plaza on 2nd Avenue and 91st Street. As a Section 8 enhanced housing voucher recipient, she’s lived in fear that federal budget problems mean she [&hellip
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What to Do With Your Tree

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

The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees. Collections will take place beginning on Monday, December 30 through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period. DSNY asks residents to remove [&hellip
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Re: Ask Margaret: how do I get an illegal business evicted from a rent-stabilized apartment?

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Margaret, your answer is so Bill De Blasio I can’t believe it. Assuming the rent stabilized tenant’s non-conforming use is actually unknown to the landlord, wouldn’t it be fair for the landlord to be able to earn a proper return on the apartment, rather than subsidizing another undeserving rent stabilized tenant? If he could earn [&hellip
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Charities See Drop In Giving A Year After Sandy

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

New York Cares needs more coats; other NYC non-profits are feeling cutbacks too Throughout the city, a number of local charities are reporting an alarming drop in donations this year, and many attribute the discrepancy to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Last year, New Yorkers were overwhelmingly generous in the wake of the large-scale disaster [&hellip
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