Posts Tagged ‘West Side Spirit’

Driver of cab that struck and killed Cooper Stock arrested

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Picture 2 Koffi Komlani charged with ‘failure to exercise due care’ from January tragedy The driver of the taxi cab that struck and killed nine-year-old Cooper Stock in January has been arrested – 10 months after the accident that galvanized the city around traffic-safety concerns. The West Side Spirit has learned that the cabbie was arrested on [&hellip
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Housing Authority Residents Endure Deplorable Conditions

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

NYCHA residents decry dangerous conditions that they say have been ignored for years Upper West Side Public housing residents on the Upper West Side are claiming an epidemic of dangerous conditions at two buildings in the Douglass Houses complex in the vicinity of West 103rd Street and Manhattan Avenue. At 74 West 103rd Street, significant [&hellip
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In Columbia Apartment Battle, It’s The Long-Term Renters Who Pay

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

How hidden cameras and housing court are used by one West Side landlord to force out rent-stabilized tenants Gloria Mejia’s son took a long look at the smoke detector in the hallway outside his apartment and knew something was amiss. Smoke detectors run on a battery, he told himself, so why does this one look [&hellip
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OP-ED: Battle At The Opera Balance of Terror

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

By Charles Gross Here’s an idea for an opera: How about the story of Ray Rice beating up his girlfriend but with a long sympathetic aria where Rice explains why he had to hit her. No good? How about an opera based on “Birth of A Nation,” a classic film that glorified the Ku Klux [&hellip
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Letting Go of a Piece of Personal History

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

How and why the owner of a neglected town house on the Upper West Side finally decided to sell Upper West Side Thirty-eight years of sitting on a moldering townhouse on the Upper West Side has finally paid off for Diane Haslett-Rudiano, who last week realized a 1,320 percent return on her and her now-deceased [&hellip
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OP-ED: Joan Rivers and The Humor of Everything

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

Joan Rivers was the most interesting person I ever interviewed for these newspapers. But I wound up writing her a letter of apology. When I talked to her for a piece here about five years ago, I challenged her about whether the jokes in her act about sick people and old people were really funny. [&hellip
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Mapping Unequal Access on the U.W.S.

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Five properties bar rent stabilized tenants from using certain amenities Upper West Side The Upper West Side has found itself at the epicenter of a growing debate over how rent stabilized tenants are treated compared to their market rate neighbors. The approval last month of Extell Development’s plan to include a separate entrance — or [&hellip
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Demolition on W. 79th Deferred, For Now

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Architects told by landmarks group to go back to the drawing board upper west side The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission denied a developer’s application to demolish a 22-unit building he recently purchased on W. 79th Street, but the developer will likely succeed in getting approval by the commission at some point to demolish the building. [&hellip
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