West Side Families

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Politics Meets the Press—and Falls in Love At home with newsman Jimmy Breslin and longtime public servant Ronnie Eldridge Always Reaching for the Sky With an eye toward a greener city, the Durst family builds a legacy Heir to the Sturgeon Kingdom The world famous Barney Greengrass has been feeding generations On the Frontlines of [&hellip
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West Side Stories

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A look back at 25 years of community news—and what busy years they were Pick one story to represent a whole year? Impossible. But we did it anyway, keeping in mind that we wanted to represent the paper’s passion for reporting on city politics, crime, schools, real estate, business and the changing nature of our [&hellip
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Drug Wars Raged

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By Jim Rutenberg No one story stands out from my time at the Manhattan Spirit, as it was called then. Several do. Together they tell the tale of New York City then and now, a city transformed wonderfully and tragically, yet in some ways stuck in time. Certainly one of my favorite stories from back [&hellip
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Go Ahead, Call the Cops 

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By Charlotte Eichna I am pretty sure the only time the police were called specifically on me was while working for West Side Spirit. The story I was reporting focused on so-called illegal hotels, which were often found in Single Room Occupancy residences and other types of buildings that weren’t outright classified as “residential.” When [&hellip
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The Chinese Menu Wars

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By Chris Erikson To some people, a Chinese menu shoved under the door is an appreciated convenience. To others it’s a minor annoyance. But for a time on the Upper West Side, it seemed like something else entirely—it seemed like a very big deal indeed. It also seemed like the story that wouldn’t die. There [&hellip
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