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Moore Thoughts: Chains are Bad, Except the Ones I Like

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Let’s ban big guys, but…did someone say something about Brooks Brothers? This city has a love-hate relationship with chain stores. Again and again, pols and labor advocates say no to Walmart; after all, sometimes a party is defined by who’s not invited. As in so many matters, though, one’s stand on chains is not always [&hellip
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The Hardest Working Profession Unscrupulous Pols are Scapegoating Teachers

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Education, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

New York State’s teachers are under assault. It isn’t fair and it isn’t right—these are some of the most important people in our lives. There will always be unscrupulous politicians who try to scapegoat our teachers and it is really an abomination that this stuff goes on. It’s incomprehensible to me that people think our [&hellip
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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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The Best of the Fests: Your Manhattan Festival Guide for 2012

Written by admin on . Posted in Breaking News, Lifestyle, Our Town, Special Sections, West Side Spirit

FE&FW-Tribeca Film FestBYJurgen Fauth New York City is teeming with cultural offerings, so much that it can be difficult at times to organize all of the things you want to do, see, taste and experience in Manhattan. Sometimes you might stumble upon a great street fair with a particularly good gyro, while other times, you’ll plan and plot out [&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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The History of Middle Age

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town, West Side Spirit

FE&FW-Patricia Cohen book Cover At 51, New York Times reporter Patricia Cohen has hit the ubiquitous halfway point for age. But instead of getting older quietly, Cohen decided to write a biography of middle age in her first book, In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age (Scribner). She starts at the beginning, roughly a century ago, when middle [&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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The Penniless Epicure: The Spoils of Wine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Last week, I spoke enthusiastically about my support of Stelvin closures, or screw caps, for wine. And I stand by my zeal for this cause. However, I had many friends and colleagues approach me and take major issue with my stance. “I don’t want to hear a ‘crack’ when I open my bottle of sauvignon [&hellip
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Notes From the Neighborhood

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

311 Mess-ups Confuse Local Parents Upper East Side Assembly Member Micah Kellner alerted Our Town to a snafu in the 311 information system that has been giving parents incorrect information about their children’s school enrollment. Kellner said several parents have called his office over the past week to complain that 311 operators have apparently been [&hellip
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