From Rudy to Obama

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Messinger, West Side’s favorite daughter, isn’t slowing down By Sara Dover Ruth Messinger just turned 70, but it’s impossible to tell. The long-time activist, former politician and loyal West Sider continues to be as hard-working and ambitious as ever, and she made it clear that she has “no intention of going anywhere.” “I have two [&hellip
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The Upper West Side’s Cagney

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When Kathleen O’Reilly graduated from the Police Academy in 1991, she started out in the tough Northern Manhattan precincts. She remembers helping families identify their loved ones with DNA after the Sept. 11 attacks. But during the last three years, she has been in the 24th precinct, which covers the West Side from West 86th [&hellip
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An Ear to the Ground

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When Clark Tiger graduated from the police academy in 1991, his class was the second to take part in a new policy that assigned new officers directly to a precinct instead of a borough. Growing up on the West Side, he was fortunate to be placed in the 20th precinct, which covers West 59th Street [&hellip
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Welcome Home

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Colleen Jackson has dedicated 30 years of her career to human services, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. For almost 20 of those years, she has worked with the West End Intergenerational Residence, where she is now the executive director. The nonprofit, located on West End Avenue near West 83rd Street, provides housing, [&hellip
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A Voice for His Neighbors

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Paul S. Bunten has been a devoted Upper West Side advocate since his Columbia graduate student days, back in the 1980s. “There is no substitute for complete understanding,” he said, “and a neighborhood can only be profoundly understood when the citizens who have created it over many decades of daily life are personally consulted.” Bunten, [&hellip
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Keeping Up the Avenue

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Richard Emery and Erika Petersen, co-founders of the West End Preservation Society, are not just looking to protect the historic townhouses of West End Avenue, but an entire way of life. “There are a lot of families, and it’s great in the afternoon when they’re out,” Petersen said. “The feel of community is consistent up [&hellip
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