Etan Patz and Growing Up in NYC

Written by Josh Rogers on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, West Side Spirit

The city was less safe then, but parents were also less protective  The name Etan Patz conjures up so much for so many in New York City. If you’re under 30, it is likely to draw a blank stare, but for many others it’s different, particularly if you were growing up in the city around [&hellip
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Connecting with Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Life-saving communication skills for those most in need There’s sure a lot to roar about, says this often cowardly lion, when it comes to roaring, as Mike Wallace once did, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Ah, if only he’d roared against age discrimination; maybe 60 Minutes would have kept him on to [&hellip
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New Bill Would Protect Health of Sex Workers and Clients

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

Bill would bar the police from confiscating condoms from prostitutes  By Alan S. Chartock There is a new bill floating around the Legislature that would bar prosecutors and the police from confiscating condoms from “sex workers,” also known as prostitutes. Prosecutors use the seized condoms as evidence against the prostitutes. Obviously, if sex workers use [&hellip
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Letters: Too Rough For Horseplay

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

We received such an overwhelming number of comments on our story “Too Rough For Horseplay,” about the push to ban the Central Park horses, that we have decided to dedicate a page to showcase some of the emails, letters and web comments we received. You can join the debate by emailing editorial@manhattanmedia.com. —The Editors Support [&hellip
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I’m Terribly Sorry

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion Our Town

…But I am terrible at being sorry I was having a drink at one of my favorite Midtown eateries, one of those upscale places where the bar is secondary to the restaurant and is therefore extremely low-key. My friend and I were happily tête-à-tête when I suddenly felt someone pushing me, and I almost fell [&hellip
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The Governor’s Speech

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

By Alan S. Chartock Did you see The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth? I loved that movie, which told the story of how King George VI, the present Queen Elizabeth’s father, overcame a stutter by going to an eccentric speech pathologist. I understand there may be a sequel in the offing called The New York [&hellip
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Extending Whistleblower Protections

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

To employees of companies doing business with New York City By Dan Garodnick New Yorkers periodically hear about private contractors who are caught ripping off the city, with the CityTime scandal only the highest-profile example in recent years. Clearly, we need better tools to stop fraud and corruption to better protect city taxpayers. Safeguarding taxpayer [&hellip
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Bike Damage

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

To the Editor: Construction of protected bike lanes is scheduled to start April 2, and Upper East Side and Harlem small business owners are pretty worried about the negative impact they will have on their bottom line. Our West Side neighbors said, “Goodbye, Columbus Avenue” to their mom-and-pop stores and hello to the chain drugstores [&hellip
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