Posts Tagged ‘West Side Spirit Anniversary’

Paterson Ethos: ‘Remember Where You Came From’

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The governor and his father leave their mark on political history By Rochana Rapkins Former State Senator and New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson began life on the streets of Harlem as the son of Caribbean immigrants. He earned his pocket money working as a laborer at the Port Authority. “Being black and growing [&hellip
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Brothers Who Build

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With visionary projects, three generations of Zeckendorfs shape the city By Rochana Rapkins Real estate mogul William Zeckendorf, Sr., knew why he moved from buying and selling real estate into construction. “It was a matter of my personality,” he wrote in his 1970 autobiography, six years before his death at age 76. “I like to [&hellip
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Where Culture Meets Community

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A couple’s decades-long effort to make a better neighborhood By Christopher Moore Sitting in his office at Symphony Space, Isaiah Sheffer looked back on 32 very active seasons. “It could only have happened on the West Side,” he said. In July, he officially moves from being artistic director to founding artistic director. The switch was [&hellip
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Crafting the People’s Guidebook

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From mimeographed reviews, Tim and Nina Zagat built a publishing empire By Christopher Moore Tim and Nina Zagat were providing user-generated content decades before people used the term. The Zagats, who met in law school, got the idea that the people who eat in restaurants might be a good source of information. In a culture [&hellip
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On the Frontlines of the Gourmet Revolution

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An iconic family business built on dedication and discriminating palates By Christopher Moore Saul Zabar stood at a Lazy Susan laden with cups, spitting out coffee after tasting it. He actually swallowed some of the particularly good stuff. Mostly, though, he kept tasting and spitting, tasting and spitting, making his way through the samples with [&hellip
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Politics Meets the Press—and Falls in Love

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At home with newsman Jimmy Breslin and longtime public servant Ronnie Eldridge By Christopher Moore Tell Jimmy Breslin that he’s an intimidating person to interview and he has a one-word response: “Bullshit.” He turns out to be much more bark than bite, at least for an iconic, tough newspaperman. Still, the word “bullshit” comes up [&hellip
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