Lighting Up Lincoln Square

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

President of Lincoln Square BID, Monica Blum, on tree lightings, bike lanes, and Mayor Koch Most that goes on from West 58th to 70th streets is, literally, Monica Blum’s business. As president of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District for 17 years, a typical day for her can consist of picking up litter, calling 311, [&hellip
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Street Shrink

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

Q: I’m really interested in the things that impact decision-making processes in groups. What are some factors that contribute to how people make decisions? – Jeannette, NYC A: Though New York City is a haven for the independent-minded, we are often tasked with making decisions in group settings, whether it’s at home, work, school, or [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town

Friday, November 29th Metropolitan Museum Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche Metropolitan Museum of Art,1000 Fifth Avenue 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with [&hellip
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Bookseller Braves Cold Streets, Lukewarm Market

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

Zachary Aptekar says the book-selling business isn’t as robust as it once was It’s Saturday afternoon in November, sunny and brisk but not too cold — still decent weather for selling books. Zachary Aptekar has set up his tables just east of Washington Square Park, next to a food truck in front of the NYU [&hellip
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Delis and Diners Kvetch Over Knish Shortage

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

But for some, it’s a blessing in disguise when customers have to buy their fresh knishes Diners, delis and pushcarts nationwide let out a collective groan when they found out that Gabila knishes would be no more — at least for awhile. Gabila is one of the largest mass producers of the knish – the [&hellip
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New York’s Dirty-Air Corridor

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

Upper East Side air quality among the worst in the city, mostly because of old boilers In September, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the fact that the city’s air quality was the cleanest it’s been in more 50 years, and that air quality improvements have prevented nearly 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits, compared to [&hellip
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Parents and Camps Foster Children’s Self-Reliance

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A camp director explains how camp can teach kids how to think and act independently Camp is a stepping-stone to self-reliance. It is one community in which children can learn to navigate on their own without well-intentioned parental course-plotting to avert choppy waters. As a parent, I confess to the compelling desire to negotiate smooth [&hellip
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A New Generation of Tailors

Written by Rebecca Ungerino on . Posted in News Our Town

Formerly the territory of mostly European immigrants, more Upper East Side tailor shops are run by other families “All of our tailor friends have either died, their leases expired, or they moved. Most died,” said Nurten Onay, 63, pressing her hands against her Singer sewing machine. A Turkish calendar hangs above her tabletop, this month’s [&hellip
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