A Move to End Unequal Perks

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

City council members drafting legislation to prevent unequal access to amenities in apartment buildings Following several recent reports of buildings on the Upper West Side that bar rent-regulated tenants from using amenities such as gyms, playrooms and roof gardens, City Council members Corey Johnson and Mark Levine are drafting legislation that would prevent such discrimination. [&hellip
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Calling All Teachers

Written by Mary Newman on . Posted in News Our Town

CUNY develops its own crash course in finding and training 1,000 new pre-K teachers While students across the city celebrate the final months of school, the Department of Education is coming to grips with the fact that the deadline to hire 1,000 new Pre-K teachers by fall 2014 is fast approaching. Since implementing his Universal [&hellip
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Celebrating An Unlikely Career

Written by Caitlin Ochs on . Posted in News Our Town

The State Senate honored East Sider Fortuna Calvo-Roth with a 2014 Woman of Distinction award for her lifetime of work in media and communications East Side It took five plane changes and 30 hours for 17-year-old Fortuna Calvo-Roth to reach Columbia, Missouri from Lima, Peru. It was 1952, and Calvo-Roth was determined to study at [&hellip
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New Sweets Shop Gears Up for Summer Rush

Written by Lauren Rothman on . Posted in Dining Our Town, News Our Town

Sweet Shop NYC brings vintage confections to the neighborhood Upper East Side On a quiet stretch of East 73rd Street, there’s a portal back to a simpler, sweeter time. The Sweet Shop NYC’s small storefront is crammed from top to bottom with the treats you might remember from your childhood, or at least the childhood [&hellip
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Not-So-Affordable Housing

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

Tenants say a city agency is unfairly allowing landlords to overcharge Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen Hell’s Kitchen Residents of affordable housing usually are charged a set portion of their income for rent; it’s what ensures that the units retain their affordability, regardless of inflation. Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen said they’ve been [&hellip
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Scrapbook: Literary Landmark in Yorkville

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town, Notes from the Neighborhood

Yorkville Community School celebrated Children’s Book Week by helping declare the school and the street where it stands a Literary Landmark. The street was made famous by children’s author/illustrator Bernard Waber (Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, Ira Sleeps Over) in his book, The House on East 88th Street. Pictured, from left to right, are Virginia Stanley (United [&hellip
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Editorial: Keeping Small Businesses Alive

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

Every week, we hear, and publish, stories about small local businesses folding and packing up their storefronts, forced out by astronomical rent increases. While the ebb and flow of businesses based on community needs is a normal part of urban life, the closures of late go beyond supply-and-demand market forces. Even highly successful boutiques, restaurants [&hellip
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