Posts Tagged ‘Our Own Stories’

Go Ahead, Call the Cops 

Written by admin on . Posted in Special Sections, West Side Spirit Anniversary

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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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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The Best Beat in the World

Written by admin on . Posted in Special Sections, West Side Spirit Anniversary

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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