West Side Grades De Blasio Gets a “B+”

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

With his first semester under his belt, the mayor gets strong marks from the Upper West Side Residents of the Upper West Side are nothing if not opinionated about their city government. But even potential critics are giving Mayor de Blasio a wide berth and a chance to fulfill his progressive promises before they give [&hellip
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Traffic Safety needs Bike Crackdown

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

OP-ED Dinner hour brings out reckless delivery bikers in droves By Pat Masters, Midtown Little has been done to protect the safety of pedestrians while it seems that more has been done to protect bicycle riders, e.g., giving them designated traffic lanes. The biggest offenders are messenger and food delivery bikers — especially when it’s [&hellip
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Failing Grade for Elementary-School Tests

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

East side parents protest what they say are unfair and overly complex new state tests for elementary students Upper East Side Following the lead of two Brooklyn schools, dozens of schools in District 2 in Manhattan held demonstrations to voice their criticisms of new state tests they say are unfair and overly burdensome to young [&hellip
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Pushing Paper

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

Joyce Mintzer runs S. Posner Sons Inc., the family business she inherited from her father, making and distributing paper products for high-end clients Upper East Side Joyce Mintzer has worked for the past 50 years to keep her family’s paper distribution business alive by applying the same business principles her grandfather used 125 years ago [&hellip
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Upper West Side Easter Services

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

The First Baptist Church 265 West 79th Street Easter Sunrise Service 8:30 a.m. Easter breakfast 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. firstbaptist-nyc.org‎ Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 122 West 69th Street Thursday: The Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar: 7 p.m. Friday: The Solemn Liturgy of the Cross and Passion, [&hellip
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A Lifeline for 106-year-old West Sider

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

Zena Foster, herself almost an octogenarian, has been a home health aide for two decades Upper West Side As a 79-year-old caregiver, Zena Foster knows how to relate to her elderly clients. She has been caring for Shirley Herskowitz, a 106-year-old resident of the Upper West Side, for the past five years. Before meeting Zena, [&hellip
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Saving Mom and Pop

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

Is it time for an affordable housing-like effort to help local retailers? The Upper East Side stationary store Blacker and Kooby has been around since 1963, at the corner of 88th Street and Madison Avenue in the heart of Carnegie Hill. For decades, the neighborhood mainstay sold art and school supplies, pens and pencils, notebooks [&hellip
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Boro Prez and others call for landmarks law reform

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

West Side Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and representatives from the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Historic Districts Council are calling for reforms to the city’s landmarking process. The appeal comes on the heels of the of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) declining to consider landmark status for the Rizzoli bookstore building at 31 [&hellip
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Not Your Grandma’s Easter Celebration

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

Haunted House creators reinvent an Easter carnival Lower East Side Easter is not a holiday typically associated with burlesque shows, dunk tanks and live DJs, but that’s exactly what visitors to Full Bunny Contact can expect. Developed by the creators of the annual Nightmare Haunted House, Full Bunny Contact is a four-day Easter extravaganza fashioned [&hellip
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