Posts Tagged ‘WESTYS’

Restaurateur’s Compass Points Due West

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Founder of Taste of the UWS helps the nabe’s restaurants By Megan Finnegan The Upper West Side has not always been the culinary destination it is today. The Manhattan neighborhood once derided for its lack of food diversity and quality has become the home of some nationally recognized restaurants and a vibrant culinary scene, thanks [&hellip
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Lutheran Pastor Helps LGBT Youth

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Reverend/author tackled poverty in the Bronx and Argentina By Gavin Aronsen Rev. Heidi Neumark has been the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church since 2003, the latest chapter in a life driven by a passion for social justice. Before her move to the West 100th Street Manhattan church, she lived among the disenfranchised in the South [&hellip
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Where Hasidim Mingle with Punk-Hair Types

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Orthodox synagogue also attracts Jews unaffiliated with a sect By Ellen Keohane When describing Kol HaNeshamah, a Jewish Orthodox congregation on the West Side, Adena Berkowitz uses words like “inclusive,” “welcoming” and “comfortable.” “In one room, we can have Jews who are Hasidic and Jews with green hair. From families to singles to older people, [&hellip
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Ex-Chef Finds the Right Recipe for Seniors

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Senior center director finds the value of non-profits By Rochana Rapkins At 141 W. 73rd St., Upper West Side locals congregate to try their hand at belly dancing, yoga, strength training, tai chi, swimming, poetry and art. Visitors can also learn how to prevent falls in their homes, receive Medicare support and receive protection from [&hellip
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A Dog’s—and Cat’s—Best Friend

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Vet’s non-profit helps protect the city’s most vulnerable By Regina Molaro Through his work with The Toby Project, Dr. Andrew Kaplan is doing his share to eradicate pet overpopulation in New York City. Kaplan, 46, is also the founder of City Veterinary Care, the Upper West Side’s source for medical care and treatment for dogs [&hellip
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Serving Up Food and Pride to the Hungry

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Food center’s volunteers are also clients By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke Doreen Wohl was surprised to discover another side to the United States when she came here from England in 1953 with the American Friends Service Committee to work with migrant farm workers in Pennsylvania. “I grew up during the war and the idea of America was [&hellip
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A Precinct Nice Enough to Show His Wife

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After chasing killers, commander settles on UWS By Max Sarinsky Christopher McCormack has spent most of the past two decades pursuing notorious criminals in some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. So he may have felt a little out of place when in July, less than three months after being promoted to captain of the [&hellip
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Making His Mark on the Neighborhood

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Police officer is a one-man unit battling graffiti By Gavin Aronsen For the past 14 years, Officer David Echevarria has been with the New York Police Department, where he investigates gang-related graffiti activity. He’s based in the 24th Precinct in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, but using a computer database of citizen complaints and police write-ups, [&hellip
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From Rudy to Obama

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Messinger, West Side’s favorite daughter, isn’t slowing down By Sara Dover Ruth Messinger just turned 70, but it’s impossible to tell. The long-time activist, former politician and loyal West Sider continues to be as hard-working and ambitious as ever, and she made it clear that she has “no intention of going anywhere.” “I have two [&hellip
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