King Kong Comes to Central Park

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

The myth becomes hip hop legend in city parks The City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage is celebrating the 40th anniversary of hip hop with a show (loosely based) on the myth of King Kong. This could only be the brainchild of seasoned collaborators and New Yorkers Randy Weiner and Alfred Preisser. It was the duos’ extensive [&hellip
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Why Spitzer vs. Stringer Matters

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

The winner of the comptroller race could shape city’s future Most New Yorkers don’t know what the city comptroller does, much less how to spell its archaic title. But New York City’s chief financial officer, or the comptroller, is arguably the second most important elected office in city government, and it will likely become even more [&hellip
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Westerly Market Means Health-Oriented Food

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

Customers exchange advice while staff gives personalized service Soup’s on! Soup’s always on at the Westerly Natural Market, a West Side fixture – could it be for over 40 years? It could – at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 54th Street. And it’s not just any soup, mes amis – it’s fresh-from-the-kettle yummy soup [&hellip
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Scaling Back at New York-Presbyterian

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News Our Town

New York-Presbyterian Hospitals will have to scale back last year’s plan to build a new eco-friendly,15-story building with an ambulatory care center and a maternity ward on York Avenue between East 68 and 69th streets. Due to a shortage of funds, it has currently suspended its maternity program, set to include 12 new operating and [&hellip
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Operation Backpack Helps Children in Need

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town

Drop off backpacks and supplies at locations throughout the city until August 9th. There are over 20,000 homeless children in New York City, many of whom would have otherwise started school without even pens and pencils. But by mid-August, Operation Backpack hopes to get school supplies and backpacks to 15,000 of these kids — complete [&hellip
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Isolated East Side Subway Stabbing Prompts Fear in Some But Others Unfazed

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

Columbia sociologist says worry not warranted as urban violence is “quite rare” When a deranged woman stabbed a commuter with a steak knife on the uptown 6 train last week as it was pulling into the 59th Street station, it triggered fear in some commuters. Others seemed unfazed by the seemingly random violence. According to [&hellip
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Students Marvel at Cyrus Cylinder Visiting Met Museum

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

Summer youth program aims to spread intercultural peace and tolerance Pablo Valdes and his fellow campers stood gazing at the clay object for nearly 45 minutes in wonder at “everything it stands for, all that it did in history and for future civilizations.” Had there been any onlookers they would have stared in equal puzzlement [&hellip
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Service Dog Users Find Varying Degrees of Access

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

Some file complaints while others believe increased awareness will improve conditions After three calls to the manager, the restaurant still refused to serve Peter Slatin. Legally blind, Slatin, 58, recently went to dinner with his service dog and a friend on the Upper West Side. He said he’s never had trouble on the bus or [&hellip
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