National Chess Win For Speyer Legacy Team

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

A West Side school where chess is mandatory brings home the trophy The Speyer Legacy School, an independent K-8 program on the West Side, swept the Kasparov Chess Foundation’s All-Girls Nationals earlier this month, taking the competition by just a half-point. The school’s six competing chess players traveled to Northbrook, Ill., in mid-April, along with [&hellip
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U.P.S.’s Manhattan Problem

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

A former franchisee accuses the shipping giant of routinely gouging customers throughout the city Last month, when nearly a dozen UPS Stores across the city closed down in a single day, the initial focus was on the customers put out by the shutdown: dozens of people found themselves unable to access their rented mailboxes, while [&hellip
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Shelter from the Storm

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

Umbrella share system on the horizon for NYC Financial District Few people look forward to getting caught in the rain, much less without an umbrella, and a new company banking on this aims to keep pedestrians dry and city streets clean and green. ‘brellaBox, a new umbrella share company slated to launch a three-week pilot [&hellip
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Focus on the Feline

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

Serious illness is difficult to detect in cats without regular vet care If you have ever watched your kitty stalk a housefly, pounce on your toes under the covers or chatter at a bird outside your window, then you know how much they resemble their wild feline cousins. Wild cats, and their domesticated counterparts in [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit, Dining West Side Spirit, News West Side Spirit

May 2 The Look of Feeling Theatre Production Susan Batson Studio Theater, 300 W. 43rd St. near 8th Ave. 8 p.m.; $20 A theatrical production of a one-woman show starring acclaimed artist Francesca Harper, premieres in a very special intimate limited engagement. The show is an epic saga of true stories told through dance and [&hellip
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Block Symposium Brings Community Leaders Together

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

Op-Ed The third annual meeting of block associations was a big success By Melissa Elstein, Coalition of Block & Community leaders co-founder Upper West Side On Saturday, April 26, the NYC Coalition of Block & Community Leaders (CBCL) held its’ Third Annual Blocks for Blocks Symposium organized by and for block associations and community leaders. [&hellip
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West Side Welcomes New Precinct Commander

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

Commander Marlon Larin introduces himself to the community, talks crime in the neighborhood Upper West Side Police Commissioner Bill Bratton recently reassigned a half-dozen precinct commanders in jurisdictions that extend north of 86th Street as part of a sweeping reorganization that entailed over 60 management changes citywide. Included in the shakeup was 24th Precinct Inspector [&hellip
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City to Halve Homeless Shelter Residents

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

People living at Freedom House agree that the city should reduce the number of residents there Upper West Side Last week, city officials announced that the homeless shelter at 316-330 West 95th Street, known as Freedom House, will be reducing the number of people it houses by half, by November of this year. The emergency [&hellip
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Sympathy for the East Side

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

OP ED We gave Mayor de Blasio a “C” for the Upper East Side’s neighborhood report card; one West Sider concurs that his neighbors across the park have gotten short shrift By Cyrus Greenspon Upper West Side I’m a life-long Westsider but I’d have to concur with several criticisms of De Blasio’s attitudes toward the [&hellip
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