Push to Halt Columbia Demo Plan

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The push to create a Morningside Heights historic district suffered a setback late last year, when the Department of Buildings granted Columbia University permits to demolish three century-old brownstones. By summer 2010, these buildings—Nos. 408, 410 and 412 W. 115th St., between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue—are expected to be gone. But a local group [&hellip
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Help for Haiti

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West Siders looking to lend a hand with rescue and rebuilding efforts in Haiti can take part in a volunteer-organized “Comedy Emergency” variety show Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Triad. Coordinators are promising quite the mixed bag of entertainment: improv, stand up comedy, circus acts, magic tricks and Haitian music, with proceeds going directly to [&hellip
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Church Gets Landmark Status

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In a hard-fought victory for community preservationists, the city designated West Park Presbyterian Church a landmark Jan. 12. Rev. Robert Brashear, however, now faces complicated restrictions as he seeks ways to finance restoration of the aging building, at 165 W. 86th St. and Amsterdam Avenue. Preservations had long urged the city to protect the historic [&hellip
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Century-Old Church Gets Landmark Status

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In a hard-fought victory for community preservationists, the city designated West Park Presbyterian Church a landmark Jan. 12. Rev. Robert Brashear, however, now faces complicating restrictions as he seeks ways to finance restoration of the aging building, at 165 W. 86th St. and Amsterdam Avenue. Preservations had long urged the city to protect the historic [&hellip
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Turf War

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New York City’s smaller islands offer a bit of a headache. For every Rikers Island or Hart Island, which fulfill their functions ably—the city’s prison and potter’s fields, respectively—there is an Ellis Island, which provoked a legal dispute between New York and New Jersey that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Or a Governors Island, which [&hellip
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Taxi Share Plan

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For Upper West Side commuters who do not mind sharing a taxicab, the city is about to launch a pilot program that aims to make the hailing process faster—and lower the price of a ride. The Taxi and Limousine Commission is proposing six Manhattan locations for a group yellow taxi stand where riders can hop [&hellip
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School Gets Approval

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Despite reservations from some residents, Community Board 7 voted in favor of Columbia Grammar & Prep’s expansion at the Jan. 5 full board meeting. Following several revisions and meetings with community members, Board 7’s Park’s & Preservation Committee issued a resolution describing the one-story extension as “relatively minimally intrusive to the character of the donut”—the [&hellip
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