A Primer For C.S.A. Season

Written by Liz Neumark on . Posted in News Our Town

It’s sign-up time for farmer co-ops across the city Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of being a member of a CSA is that you never know exactly what vegetables you’re going to get every week – until the moment you collect them. And for an estimated 44,000 New Yorkers who participate in Community Supported Agiculture [&hellip
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Devising a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News Our Town

The East Midtown Partnership is creating a team challenge event to connect residents with local businesses and raise money for charity East Midtown Anyone up for this challenge? Raise money for the homeless, unite lawyers with locals, and support small businesses all in one afternoon. The East Midtown Partnership definitely is — in fact, they [&hellip
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A Woman Whose Place is in the Kitchen

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

Marea’s Chef du Cuisine dishes on her no-frill approach to a successful culinary career At just eight years old, Lauren DeSteno knew she wanted to become a chef. One of her specialties was spaghetti and meatballs for her older siblings and their friends as they came home from college. Now, at 31, she has brought [&hellip
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Citizen-backed Projects Get City Council Funds

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Councilman Ben Kallos completes first round of participatory budgeting Upper East Side The results of Councilman Ben Kallos’ $1 million participatory budgeting program were recently announced by his office, with money going toward upgrading senior centers, bus stops and schools on the Upper East Side. This is Kallos’ first foray into participatory budgeting, where constituents [&hellip
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The Argument For Banning Horse Carriages

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

OP ED A leading proponent of the ban hits back It’s revealing that your editorial has seen fit to scold animal activists and hold them up to unrealistic and silly white glove standards, while ignoring the vicious lies of the carriage trade. By focusing on style over substance, you are not fulfilling your journalistic duties [&hellip
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Fresh Air or Smoke and Mirrors?

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

Public embraces ubiquitous new product before long-term health effects are known SOHO On the edge of the downtown neighborhood, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready to be plucked [&hellip
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These Walls Can Talk

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

  Current exhibits explore NYC streets’ past and present Last November, one of New York’s most iconic art exhibits was unceremoniously whitewashed. Outdoor art space 5Pointz, a destination in Long Island City where graffiti writers from all over the world came to leave their mark, was covered over with white paint last November at the [&hellip
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Mayor Takes On Affordable Housing

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

De Blasio’s housing initiative includes an investment of $41 billion Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year plan to expand and protect affordable housing in New York City. According to the mayor’s office, a $41 billion investment will yield 80,000 new and 120,000 preserved units of affordable housing in the next decade. The city will [&hellip
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