Posts Tagged ‘West Side Spirit’

Amping Up The Fight Over Poor Doors

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

Elected officials and housing advocates say Extell exploiting loophole with separate building entrances Extell Development is facing a new round of criticism after its plan to include a separate entrance for low-income residents at its Upper West Side development project was approved by the city’s Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development. Extell is building a [&hellip
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A Scoop of History on the Lower East Side

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman on Frank McCourt, Italian immigrants, and the Upper West Side Susan Jane Gilman has skillfully combined ice cream, New York, and history all into one novel. In “The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street,” readers follow a young Russian immigrant who moves to the Lower East Side with her family, [&hellip
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Remembering Roy Goodman

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

My phone rang and it was State Sen. Roy Goodman. A few hours before, he’d been in our Our Town endorsement meeting, where I had asked him what exactly he was working on, what was getting accomplished and why he deserved re-election to a job he began in 1969. The year was 2000, and Goodman [&hellip
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Unequal Access Rankles Tenants

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

Another Upper West Side building denying rent-regulated tenants access to amenities Upper West Side In another example of high-end buildings giving some low-rate renters short shrift, rent-regulated tenants at 845 West End Avenue recently told the West Side Spirit they do not have access to the building’s fitness center like their market-rate co-op owning counterparts [&hellip
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Town Hall in a Squall

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

Upper West Siders brave a downpour for a rapid-fire meeting with city agencies and officials Upper West Side How do you address dozens of questions put to you and representatives of city government from Upper West Side residents in just two hours? The short answer is, you don’t. Despite a number of empty seats at [&hellip
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President Emeritus Reflects on His 60 Years at Columbia

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

SOVERN1 Former Columbia President Michael I. Sovern shares his life (and memoir) with family, colleagues and friends Despite his innumerable accomplishments over the years, Michael I. Sovern, President Emeritus of Columbia University, remains remarkably humble. Sovern was president of Columbia from 1980 to 1993, during, arguably, the school’s worst financial crisis. After receiving his bachelor’s degree [&hellip
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In Brief

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

We’re All Gentrifiers Re: Don’t Blame the Park (Mar. 6, 2014) Eric Marcus does not go back far enough to find the real gentrifiers of Chelsea and all of New York City; Peter Minuit, the original gentrifier, in what was then called New Amsterdam, gentrified Native Americans right off Manhattan Island. It hasn’t stopped since, [&hellip
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