A Commute of Endless Choices

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

Manhattanites have more options than ever for getting around the city – and we tried them all Just a few years ago, New Yorkers only had a few options for their daily commutes—you could take the subway, hail a yellow cab, order a car service or walk. Nowadays, though, it feels as though our options [&hellip
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A Century of Sex Talk on the East Side

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

Shirley Zussman, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, worked with Masters and Johnson, and still sees patients as a sex therapist Upper East Side Some people’s life stories write themselves, and Shirley Zussman, the 100-year-old sex therapist of the Upper East Side, is one of those people. She was born in 1914 at the start [&hellip
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All Pigs Go to Heaven

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

The last night of an East Side institution Restaurant owner Nancy Lee has collected pigs for nearly 30 years. Piggy banks, plastic toy pigs and porcelain figurines, all gifts to the owner of the Chinese restaurant Pig Heaven from loyal customers over the years. But now it’s time for the pigs to move on. Last [&hellip
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Ticket me Elmo? City mulls law for impersonators

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

The City is considering ways to crack down on aggressive character impersonators in Times Square City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists. The city wants to rein in a summertime spike [&hellip
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Demolition on W. 79th Deferred, For Now

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

Architects told by landmarks group to go back to the drawing board upper west side The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission denied a developer’s application to demolish a 22-unit building he recently purchased on W. 79th Street, but the developer will likely succeed in getting approval by the commission at some point to demolish the building. [&hellip
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OP-ED: Let’s Turn our Pain into a Plan

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

One pedestrian fatality is a tragedy, but four fatalities in a two-block radius over six months? That’s an epidemic. As with any epidemic, we have to attack it on many fronts. Our NYC government tools include: the Department of Transportation, which can redesign our streets, enhance signage, and adjust traffic signals, as well as the [&hellip
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City’s Safety Measures Laughable, Say M.T.S. Opponents

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

Residents and politicians opposed to the East 91st Street marine trash transfer station lampoon city’s response to construction accident Yorkville For people fighting against an Upper East Side trash transfer station, the city’s offer to cover it with steel during construction offers little reassurance of the overall safety of the project. The city’s Dept. of [&hellip
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Alone, and Loving it, in Summertime New York

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

As you read this, Manhattanites are getting ready to head out to the Hamptons for the weekend: the young New Yorkers to their shares occupied by 25 of their closest friends, the older and mortgaged to their second homes. This can be a bone of contention for some, leading to the FAQ: “Why them and [&hellip
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LETTER: A Counterpoint on the Frick

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

To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman — a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry — is, I am certain, as he says, “a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, [&hellip
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