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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Out & About

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Friday, January 24 Fridays at Noon: The Legacy of Jean Leon Destine 92nd Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St 12 p.m., $5 Considered the father of Haitian professional dance, Jean-Léon Destiné died earlier this year. Starting in the 1940s, he brought the traditional, folk and religious dances from his native Haiti to stages all over [&hellip
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Debating the Central Park Horses

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Last week’s coverage of the proposed ending of horse carriage rides sparked an avalanche of commentary Since their livelihoods depend on their horses, why would the drivers “mistreat” their horses? The horse-carriages are one of the icons that ARE New York. Who would take a carriage ride in Chicago, Peoria or Cleveland? There is a big [&hellip
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UN leader addresses East Side synagogue following trip to Auschwitz

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who recently returned from a trip to Auschwitz, joined Rabbi Arthur Schneier at Park East Synagogue’s annual U.N. Holocaust Commemoration Shabbat service on Jan. 18. The Secretary General spoke to the E. 67th Street congregation about his recent trip. “I stood on the ramp where the transport trains unloaded [&hellip
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School Lab Accident Raises Safety Questions

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

An experiment at the Beacon School left a student severely burned, focusing attention on oversight in the school labs Like something out of a teacher (and parent)’s worst nightmare, a chemistry experiment during the first week back after winter recess went horribly wrong at Beacon High School. The accident left two students badly burned, one [&hellip
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