Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Homeless Shelter

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Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Robert Hess will be meeting with community groups and elected officials April 8 to discuss the controversial transitional homeless shelter at the West Side Inn Hostel, at 237 W. 107th St. Questions and concerns have only grown since Hess announced a March 2 compromise that killed plans for a full, [&hellip
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Unusual Allies: LGBT Shelter Comes to Church’s Aid

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A man steps into the basement entrance of Trinity Lutheran Church, on West 100th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. Most people passing by don’t notice him, or the entrance, their attention focused instead on the scaffolding snaking its way to the top of the steeple. Faded plywood sheets cover a large oval window above [&hellip
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GROUP WANTS CAR-FREE AMSTERDAM

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Taking a page from the “Summer Streets” program that closed off Park Avenue to automobile traffic, a business group wants to block off Amsterdam Avenue for a few Sundays in May. The Columbus/Amsterdam Business Improvement District (BID) is close to getting the avenue approved for the city’s “Weekend Walks” program. If the mayor’s Street Activity [&hellip
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RESTAURANTEUR ACCUSED OF OWING WAGES

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Ex-employees of Café con Leche are accusing their former bosses of owing back wages. The former workers held a March 9 protest in front of the café, on Amsterdam Avenue between West 95th and 96th streets, according to Manhattan news website DNAInfo.com. Three employees—Panfilo Peofilo, Felix de Jesus and his cousin, Silvestre de Jesus—allege they [&hellip
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