Two Great Editors

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By Whitney Scott Looking back at an article I wrote for the “Interiors” section of West Side Spirit in 1990 (then only five years old) about decorators in the 1990s moving away from the excesses of the ’80s, I had to laugh—at myself. One of the better lines in the piece read: “Yuppies (who sometimes [&hellip
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10 Crazy Races, One Crazy Night

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By Edward-Isaac Dovere Primary night 2005. The last phone call came in from a freelancer we had sent to bounce between the campaign parties in Spanish Harlem to get some color and election results from a Council race split between a former union organizer, a one-time Fox 5 newscaster-turned-self-styled beat poet, a local activist making [&hellip
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A Plucky Bunch

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By Michael Rothfeld One of the first West Siders I met as a reporter for West Side Spirit was an artist named Burned Neighbor. This was in 1995, just as the Disneyfication of Times Square was taking hold. I had been assigned a story about a group of people fighting eviction from their loft spaces [&hellip
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The Best Beat in the World

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By Stacey Asip My byline first appeared in the Spirit in 1989, under the headline: “The Mayoral Marketeers.” I was fresh out of Columbia Journalism School when Tom Allon assigned a story to me about the candidates all hiring media consultants. (In hindsight, they were probably united in trying to save New Yorkers from the [&hellip
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Our Own Stories

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Contributors look back on the news they broke and the memories they made Some tales stay with us, whether it’s because they seem to matter so much—like when an innocent man is freed—or because they are funny or of the moment. We’ve covered crime and elections and culture and real estate and health and development [&hellip
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A Word from Our Electeds

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Dear Friends, On behalf of all New Yorkers, I am proud to join in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of West Side Spirit. For a quarter of a century, West Side Spirit has captured the pulse of Manhattan’s West Side, informing readers of what’s happening from Clinton to Columbia University, from Riverside Drive to Central Park [&hellip
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