Upper East Siders Should Contribute to City Health Data

Written by Dan Garodnick on . Posted in News Our Town

In 2004, researchers found elevated levels of the chemical cotinine in the blood samples they collected during the first ever New York City Health and Examination Survey, or NYC HANES. Cotinine is linked to tobacco smoke, and the data suggested that New Yorkers, on average, were breathing more secondhand smoke than other Americans. That finding [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday Oct. 11 Imran Qureshi on the Roof at the Met Enjoy the view while you catch this season’s garden exhibit at the Met before it closes in November. Qureshi, a contemporary Pakistani artist, brings a modern spin on techniques from India’s Mughal era with paint-splattered patterns covering a rooftop courtyard. Metropolitan Museum of Art [&hellip
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Blessing of the Animals

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Over 40 people attended the annual Blessing of the Animals at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church on East 96th Street on Sunday, October 6. Father Tony began the blessing with a Franciscan prayer, in which he blessed both pet owners and pets, stating that they are both a blessing to each other’s lives [&hellip
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Central Park’s Population Explosion

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

Survey finds a sharp increase in animal diversity; cue the chipmunks and catfish The Central Park Conservancy recently discovered that if you care for the park by throwing out the garbage, the rats will leave, too. That was one of the findings produced by the Conservancy’s BioBlitz, which measured the park’s biodiversity over a 24-hour [&hellip
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The Civil War Revisited on the Upper West Side

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

Historian and author Thomas Fleming captures the struggles that led to the Civil War More soldiers died in the Civil War than in all previous and past wars combined. This staggering fact opens Thomas Fleming’s book A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War. The Upper West [&hellip
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It Happened To Me: Harassment at a New York Street Festival

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

While attending a street fair, the worst feeling you expect to come home with is a stomachache from consuming too many zeppoles and fried snickers bars. You don’t expect to leave a crowded, family-friendly street fair with a sense of shame and disgust. But it happened to me. The day before a popular New York [&hellip
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A New Direction for Education

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

How the city’s education landscape would shift in a de Blasio administration With only three months left in the Bloomberg era, the folks at the Tweed Building who work for the Department of Education are probably dusting off their resumes and thinking about their next gigs. The conventional wisdom (which in politics is sometimes not [&hellip
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