West Side School Picked for PCB Removal

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P.S. 199 will be part of a study to target and remove PCBs, a cancer-causing substance, throughout public schools in the five boroughs. Two years ago, the man-made chemical was found in the Upper West Side school, at 270 W. 70th St. between West End and Amsterdam avenues. An investigation revealed that the school was [&hellip
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WHERE THE BUILDINGS HAVE NO NUMBERS

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Most New Yorkers have been frustrated trying to find buildings with missing addresses, but Upper West Siders now know that they are home to one of the highest rates of unmarked buildings in the borough. A survey conducted by the office of Borough President Scott Stringer found that Columbus Avenue between West 67th and 83rd [&hellip
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Audit: Sloppy Contracting at Dept. of Homeless Services

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Comptroller John Liu dubbed the Department of Homeless Services the “Department of Hand-Shake deals” in an audit released March 25. The agency that has been using properties throughout the city—including a hostel at 237 W. 107th St.—for emergency homeless clients rarely signs contracts with service providers or the buildings’ landlords, the audit found. Payments to [&hellip
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Stringer Gives Thumbs Down to P.S. 452 Enrollment Plan

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The Department of Education may be opening a new primary school to alleviate District 3 crowding, but Borough President Scott Stringer is not happy with the enrollment timeline. Families who have been waitlisted at their zoned schools will receive offers for alternative schools if they cannot be moved off of the waitlist. But the second-round [&hellip
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Charter Crusader: Eva Moskowitz

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If Eva Moskowitz were an action figure, her signature accessory might be a coffee cup. She’s often seen clutching one, with a cell phone or BlackBerry in the other hand. But it must take an inordinate amount of caffeine—along with determination, vision and smarts—to power this former East Side Council member through her day managing [&hellip
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Funding Boost for Amsterdam Addition

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The Amsterdam Addition, a 175-unit, 27-story building constructed in 1974, is virtually indistinguishable from any other public housing under the New York City Housing Authority’s domain. But unlike most federal public housing in the city, Amsterdam Addition, along with 20 other properties, was developed by the city and state. And when the State Legislature cut [&hellip
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Nursing Home Help For Crowded School

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P.S. 163 officials and parents are planning for an influx of new students, and help may come from Jewish Home Lifecare. The nursing home is in discussions with the public school to provide space in its new development on West 100th Street. Jewish Home Lifecare, based on West 106th Street, generated some controversy last year [&hellip
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'F' For Failing Falafel?

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New Yorkers who enjoy falafel, halal, huaraches or the classic dirty water dog may soon know if their street meat got a passing grade from the city. After the Department of Health required restaurants to post a letter grade following an inspection, East Side Council Member Dan Garodnick wants street vendors to follow suit. “We [&hellip
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Audit: Sloppy Contracting at Dept. of Homeless Services

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Comptroller John Liu dubbed the Department of Homeless Services the “Department of Hand-Shake deals” in an audit released March 25. The agency that has been using properties throughout the city—including a hostel at 237 W. 107th St.—for emergency homeless clients rarely signs contracts with service providers or the buildings’ landlords, the audit found. Payments to [&hellip
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