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

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

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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A Forum to be Thankful For

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in News Our Town

Let’s take a pause on Thanksgiving, then celebrate 70 as the new 50! How thankful we are for P.C. Richards’ anti-bottom line stand to “Save Thanksgiving” by staying closed until the day after the holiday “so our employees can celebrate with their family and friends.” To think that it’s come to that. And what about [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street, 86th & Lexington Ave 7 p.m. Free Just before bedtime, come to the children’s department for an evening story time as we read The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. Fridays at Noon: Benjamin Kimitch – Compelling Simplicity Lexington [&hellip
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Crunch Time for Local Charities

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town

Non-profits scramble as most generous period of the year begins Once the last of the pumpkins have rotted away, and the scarves and peacoats are taken out of storage, New York charities will begin gearing up for what is their busiest time of the year. The Greater New York chapter of the Salvation Army, for [&hellip
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Yorkville’s Pedestrian Problem

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

DOT studies make several recommendations to improve safety in area A new report from the city’s Department of Transportation calls for several safety upgrades in Yorkville specifically aimed at preventing accidents involving elderly pedestrians. The study looked at the area from East 72nd Street to East 91st Street between Madison Avenue and York Avenue, where [&hellip
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De Blasio Debates Move to Upper East Side

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio draws much of his populist identity from his Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, a bastion of outer-borough liberalism where the tree-lined streets and charming brownstones are a far cry from Manhattan’s steel-and-glass canyons. Now de Blasio faces a crucial early decision in his transition, one fraught with political symbolism: Should he [&hellip
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New Yorkers Hit Composting High

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

New York’s composting effort last week hit a milesone: 2 million pounds of food scraps dropped by off residents at Greenmarkets throughout the city. At the drop-off centers, the public can deposit the week’s food waste, such as apple cores and coffee grounds, into collection tubs. The scraps are then transported by GrowNYC or the [&hellip
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