52 Weeks in the City

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

Two friends wrote a blog, then a book, vowing to do something new each week for a year One night at Hi-Life Restaurant, Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin were, ironically, talking about the high and lows of their lives. Both happily married 40-somethings with children, they sometimes felt the need to stray from their routines [&hellip
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Letters To The Editor

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To The Editor: The argument by certain “pro-horse-carriage” individuals that carriage horses “would die” if the carriage industry were banned, is admittedly an entrapping one. Yet, it seems to me that it can be a matter of the lesser of two evils. If horses can be properly cared for and not overworked and if the [&hellip
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Plotting Downtown Traffic Deaths

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

A new study of pedestrian fatilities in New York pinpoints the danger zones downtown. The report by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign analyzes traffic fatality data for the entire region, showing details of each death in the three years from 2010 to 2012. According to the group, 26 pedestrians died from traffic accidents below 23rd Street [&hellip
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

In response to “Hoping for Pay Dirt on Super Bowl Weekend,” Jan. 30 I was very surprised to see your cover article about the renting out of apartments for the Super Bowl weekend mainly emphasizing the use of AirBnB and Craigslist with absolutely no regard or mention that such activities are mostly against the law [&hellip
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Construction on West 93rd Street?

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

Scaffolding shields walkers from falling debris It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s a falling brick. A West Side Spirit reader alerted us to possible new construction due to the erection of scaffolding outside of a New York City Housing Authority building at 201 W. 93rd Street at Amsterdam Avenue. Investigation of the site revealed [&hellip
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Out & About

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

Friday, February 14 Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra JATA: Colombia & Peru Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street 8 p.m., $20 Explores jazz as expressed by some of today’s leading artists and composers from those countries now living in the United States. For over centuries, dissimilar cultures from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and other [&hellip
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Walking Tour App is Opening Eyes on the Upper West Side

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

Landmark West aims to preserve and raise awareness of buildings in the neighborhood Most New Yorkers hurry down the city’s streets with their eyes glued to the next stoplight, never stopping to admire the architecture that surrounds them. Landmark West, a nonprofit on the Upper West Side, is hoping to change that. Three years ago, [&hellip
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Missett and Straus To Wed

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Varinda Singh Missett and Eric Peter Straus are to be married Sunday evening February 16 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan. Their children Mitchell Kuhnert, Samantha Missett, Madison Missett, Jacob Straus and Emily Straus, each became Universal Life Ministers to officiate. The bride, 51, is originally from San Diego, Calif. She is Chief Executive [&hellip
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Minding Manhattan’s Business

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

The President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce talks about the Second Avenue Subway, the Super Bowl, and Mayor Bloomberg After college, Nancy Ploeger set off on a cross-country adventure to find the city that would become her home one day. Local businesses are very fortunate that she decided on New York. This year, she [&hellip
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