2010 Predictions

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As has become an West Side Spirit tradition at the end of December, we ask various illuminating personalities populating our neighborhoods for New Year’s predictions. There was no shortage of responses, especially when it came to the New York Yankees’ World Series prospects. We hope these forecasts are an enjoyable way to ring in 2010, [&hellip
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New Year’s Eve Prep

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Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment; Andrew Varga, CMO of Papa John’s International; and Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins conduct the annual “air-worthiness test” of the confetti used in Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebration. About 3,000 pounds of confetti will be thrown by hand from various buildings at midnight Jan 1. Photo by [&hellip
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WEST SIDE AIR POLLUTED

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A city report detailed street-level pollutants in the five boroughs, and the Upper West Side was found to be one of the dirtiest neighborhoods. Though West Side auto traffic certainly contributes to pollution levels—the neighborhood is packed with traffic from the West Side Highway and Broadway—the survey found that oil-burning furnaces are a big culprit. [&hellip
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WHOLE FOODS DONATES TO PANTRIES

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Organic food mega store Whole Foods will donate proceeds to two food pantries on the Upper West Side. As part of its Jan. 6, 2010 “Community Giving Day,” 20 Whole Foods locations in the Northeast will give five percent of all sales that day to local charities. On the Upper West Side, Goddard Riverside will [&hellip
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LINCOLN CENTER CULTURE SPOT

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NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing and tourism organization, named Lincoln Center for Performing Arts January’s culture spot. Lincoln Center will offer $5 off the adult price for guided tours of the complex throughout the month. Tickets are available at official NYC Information centers and kiosks in Midtown, Harlem, Chinatown and City Hall
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One Apartment, 60 Lbs. of Pork

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The sun has already set, but the overwhelming scent of bacon continues to waft down the hallways of the fifth floor of 220 W. 98th St., just east of Broadway. It can only mean one thing: Pork Fest! is back. This celebration of all things porcine and edible is courtesy of Josie Proulx, 39, whose [&hellip
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The Skinny on Fat Chick

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Peer into any chick-lit lover’s bookshelf and you might spot the obligatory Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Devil Wears Prada and the terrifyingly titled Skinny Bitch. Page after soppy page details the travails of heroines who stumble and bumble through their diets, makeovers and professional lives—only to emerge skinny, chic, successful and finally with that job [&hellip
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Stolen Off the Shelves

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Police were contacted Dec. 12 when employees at a Rite Aid noticed some items missing from the shelves. Employees believe that two thieves stole nearly $2,000 in merchandise from the store, at 210 Amsterdam Ave. and West 70th Street, according to cops. Items reported stolen included $1,193 worth of teeth-whitening strips, and several bags of [&hellip
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Apartment Burglarized

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An apartment under construction was ransacked Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Police said that a woman working at a real estate company reported a burglary in the second floor apartment at 163 W. 80th St., between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. The front door was unlocked, according to cops, and several large items were missing, such [&hellip
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