Posts Tagged ‘News’

Talking Up DT: President of the New School

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

08-TalkingUp-David Van Zandt New School David Van Zandt has completed his first full year as the president of The New School, and he’s just getting started with his ideas for how to transform the already innovative university. Van Zandt, a graduate of Princeton, the London School of Economics and Yale Law School, practiced international banking law in New York years [&hellip
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Vendors Push for Reduced Fines

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

vendor rally 2.16.12-2 They’re everywhere in the city. No, we’re not talking about cabs on the road or rats in the subway, but the street vendors who sell everything from hats, umbrellas, books and bags, to gyros, churros and ices. Many of these street business owners are veterans and/or immigrants. Shortly after noon on Thursday, Feb. 16, hundreds [&hellip
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Raids, Robberies, High Stakes and Drunken Players

Written by Anam Baig on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Pokerman Mooshu, a smooth-talking native of the Lower East Side, decisively crushed his cigarette before disappearing through a rusty black gate and into an unassuming townhouse on St. Mark’s Place. On a Sunday night, he entered the basement door after descending a crumbling staircase and faced a camera attached to the door of the ground-floor apartment. [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, Our Town Downtown

Lower Manhattan Tourism Up by 800,000 According to the Downtown Alliance’s 2011 Year in Review, 9.8 million tourists flocked to Lower Manhattan’s major museums, events and attractions last year—800,000 people more than in 2010. “Tourism is thriving in Lower Manhattan like never before,” said Elizabeth Berger, president of the Downtown Alliance. “While business travelers remain [&hellip
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DT Social: Snow in the City

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

UnionSquareSnow4_patriciavoulgaris Winter 2012 has been particularly seasonable. While the temperate weather makes the season more palatable, other New Yorkers miss the snow. These snowflake buffs came out in full force recently at Union Square, where tons of the white stuff was dumped. The temporary snow park, dubbed Burton Riglet Park, was part of a special snowboarding [&hellip
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Board Backs Longer Review for Jewish Lifecare Project

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Breaking News, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Over 100 people came out to Community Board 7’s full board meeting last Tuesday to express support for expanding the review process for building Jewish Home Lifecare’s (JHL) proposed new location on West 97th Street. Ultimately, the board was on their side, recommending the application go through additional review procedures. The decision hinged on a [&hellip
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When Central Park Was an African American Village

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

The first African American community in New York wasn’t located in Harlem or Crown Heights, Brooklyn. No, in the early 19th century, a section of what we now know as Central Park hosted a settlement of about 260 people, two-thirds of whom were African American. The rest were European immigrants, mainly Irish. They called this [&hellip
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Harnessing the Power of the East River

Written by admin on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, Our Town

FE-East River Turbines Electricity generated from the ebb and flow of the East River’s tides is about to become part of New York City’s energy mix. Verdant Power, a Roosevelt Island-based renewable energy startup, received permission last month to develop the first commercial tidal power project in U.S. history. The company had already been powering a Roosevelt Island [&hellip
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Land Use Review Ruppert Playground’s Last Hope

Written by Anam Baig on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town

Elected officials, community board members and residents continue the fight to keep Ruppert Playground from becoming a high-rise and are currently pushing the City Planning Commission to require The Related Companies to go through a Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) before starting development on the site. “There is a 32,000-square-foot park that is a [&hellip
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