Don’t Feed the Tiger

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

jeanne LESSONS IN NEGATIVITY By Jeanne Martinet Let’s face it. When someone is serving up exceptionally juicy gossip—whether it’s hitherto-uncovered dirt on a person who has been mean to you, an unsavory secret about an unscrupulous business competitor or a scandal about a celebrity—joining in can be a delicious temptation. But the urge to disparage can [&hellip
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Best Comments from Nypress.com and Letters to the Editor

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Show Compassion To the Editor: I know another woman who feeds the pigeons in front of her apartment building and across the street from a church (“Pigeon Lady Flap on 92nd Street”). That woman is lonely and has told me that without “her” birds, she would have nothing. Maybe neighbors should show a little compassion [&hellip
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Shine a light

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

Bette Dewing Violence prevention groups should address the link between alcohol and domestic violence This column is in part prompted by Yom Kippur and readers who thoughtfully responded to the unexpected death of my dear unofficial goddaughter, Janie Villiers. It’s also about the often-ignored link between alcohol and violent and other aberrant behaviors. In much the same [&hellip
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Biotechnology Boom?

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

New York City trying to get biotech start-ups to stick around By Wilder Fleming Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pushed to diversify New York City’s major industries to include the life sciences, part of a greater drive to make the city a high-tech hub. But will projects like the Alexandria Center for Life Science and the [&hellip
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Just Say No to NYC’s Paid Sick Day Mandate

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

By Eva Matischak The NYC Council is proposing yet another mandate to add onto the backs of our city’s small businesses, which are struggling to stay afloat. With NYC already having some of the highest costs of doing business in the country, they want to force small businesses to provide five paid sick days and [&hellip
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Janie Villiers Blessings

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

Bette Dewing NEVER LET ANYTHING SEPARATE YOU FROM THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE Or, as Abraham understood God to have told him, “Heyay beracha,” which means “be a blessing”—that is why we are here. Timeless counsel for all people from Rabbi Harvey Tattelbaum’s “A Thought for the New Year” homily published in this newspaper. And no doubt, his [&hellip
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Slogans Are not Solutions

Written by Heather Logue on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

helenrosenthal ‘STUDENTS FIRST’ NOTHING MORE THAN A RED HERRING By Helen Rosenthal I’m trying to wrap my head around Students First, the latest phenom in education reform. Reading through their website, I can’t help but see code words. Their mission statement says, “Real change … puts students’ needs before those of special interests or wasteful bureaucracies.” [&hellip
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Letters

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

MAYORS_OFFICE_7536482698_5 copy Life in a Box To the Editor: The city’s recent plan that was noted in your paper (“Living Large?” Aug. 9) to make tiny 275-square-foot apartments for singles seems outrageous. Why not go even further and make street apartments for the homeless? These could consist of large refrigerator or sofa boxes with a battery-operated hot [&hellip
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This Restaurant Serves Grouse

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

jeanne When proximity breeds contempt Readers may remember how often I have expounded on the social benefits of living in this crowded, vibrant, melting (and mingling) pot of a city—where the possibility of conversations with strangers is always right at the tip of your ears, and even if you are too shy to talk to strangers, [&hellip
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