Op-Ed: Supporting Small Businesses

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

By Ben Kallos Along Second Avenue, we have seen firshand how municipal construction can impose grave hardships on small businesses. Shuttered shops and declining profits reduce the number of good jobs and change our neighborhoods for the worse. Though our city must continue to grow and change, we must also assist the businesses on whom [&hellip
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Remembering Roy Goodman

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

My phone rang and it was State Sen. Roy Goodman. A few hours before, he’d been in our Our Town endorsement meeting, where I had asked him what exactly he was working on, what was getting accomplished and why he deserved re-election to a job he began in 1969. The year was 2000, and Goodman [&hellip
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Editorial: Saving Small Business: A Proposal

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

For the past several weeks now, we’ve been bringing you stories of small neighborhood businesses forced to leave the neighborhood. The corner bodega that closed its doors after 40 years. The laundromat that can’t pay the enormous increase in rent. The successful grocery store forced to relocate or close. It is no exaggeration to say [&hellip
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Letter: View From The Bicycle

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

I’m a bicyclist who sympathizes with pedestrians angry about bike lanes. Too many riders enter crowded crosswalks against the light, ride against traffic, and endanger pedestrians and motorists through carelessness. But the bike lanes aren’t the problem. The carelessness is, and it’s not exclusive to bicyclists. Every day I see pedestrians walk not only into [&hellip
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Asphalt Green to Welcome New Director

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town

After 20 years, Carol Tweedy is retiring as the community organization’s executive director Yorkville Asphalt Green, the not-for-profit community organization headquartered on York Avenue and East 90th Street, will be welcoming a new executive director this month. After serving as the executive director of Asphalt Green for the past two decades, Carol Tweedy will be [&hellip
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Homogenized: Tracking The City’s Yogurt Takeover

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

  Tumblr site tallies the FroYo spread He prefers to keep his name a mystery, but the man (it’s a he, that much we can say) behind the Tumblr blog “Now It’s A F**cking FroYo Place,” which documents New York retail spaces that have been turned into frozen yogurt shops, says he actually has nothing against [&hellip
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An Act of Disobedience

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

Upper East Siders opposed to Marine Transfer Station ratchet up pressure Yorkville Eight Upper East Siders opposed to the city’s plan to build a waste transfer station at 91st Street and York Avenue were arrested last Friday protesting the Sanitation Department’s removal of trees at Asphalt Green, a popular athletics complex at the epicenter of [&hellip
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A Cautious Victory for Yorkville Tenants

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown

Residents of the First Avenue Estates warily celebrate a win over the owner trying to tear down their building Yorkville The Landmarks Preservation Commission issued a resounding “no” to a landmarked building’s owner threatening the wrecking ball. Stahl Organization, which owns two buildings on York Avenue between East 64th and East 65th Streets, has been [&hellip
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