Landlord vs. Tenant, This Time On The U.W.S.

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

Did Lynda Engstrom’s apartment really need an electrical upgrade? Lynda Engstrom is 73, a widowed daughter of Holocaust survivors who lives in a prewar building at 89th Street and West End Avenue. Right now, her rent-regulated apartment looks as if a hazmat team gave it the quarantine treatment. The living room furniture — all of [&hellip
[ read more... ]

1 Comment

Caring For An Aging City

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

On the front lines with New York’s visiting nurses Aging in New York City has always been harder than in other cities: Consider walk-up apartments, trouble using public transportation, and pressure from aggressive landlords to free up rent-stabilized apartments. Amealya Blake has been working as a registered nurse for 11 years, covering a 20-block radius [&hellip
[ read more... ]

19 Comments

Letter: Derelict Landscaping at Gracie Mansion

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

A reader says that sections of the historic mayoral residence’s lawn have been severely neglected By David B. Martin Upper East Side Please advise what I could do to to bring attention to the terrible condition of the hill at the foot of 89th East End Avenue, Gracie Mansion’s backyard. It’s turned into a dog [&hellip
[ read more... ]

4 Comments

Letter: The economic engine of East Side growth

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town

Earlier this month, President Obama stood at the Tappan Zee Bridge and made the argument that infrastructure investment leads to more jobs and a stronger economy. He pointed out that America became an economic powerhouse as a result of our investment in infrastructure, but that our investment in transportation has shrunk by 50 pertcent in [&hellip
[ read more... ]

1 Comment

3 Tips for Choosing an Assisted-Living Home

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

Expert advice on how to avoid the biggest mistakes when searching for retirement communities Seventy percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to a 2014 study by CareScout. “But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their quality of life,” says Peder Johnsen, CEO [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

Helping to Ease The Emotional Pain at 9/11 Museum

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

The museum has tried to address the substantial emotional impact its exhibits will have on visitors Downtown There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing and photos of people falling from them. Portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and voice mail messages from people in hijacked planes. But behind the wrenching sights and sounds of [&hellip
[ read more... ]

1 Comment

Three Decades in Business, Then Gone

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

Long-time West Side laundromat forced out of neighborhood Rui Rong He says he can afford to keep the prices low at his wash and fold service on 88th Street and Columbus Avenue because his rent is low, only $880 a month. The space is small; you walk in and that’s it. A folding table sits [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

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
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

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
[ read more... ]

2 Comments

..