OP-ED: Joan Rivers and The Humor of Everything

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

Joan Rivers was the most interesting person I ever interviewed for these newspapers. But I wound up writing her a letter of apology. When I talked to her for a piece here about five years ago, I challenged her about whether the jokes in her act about sick people and old people were really funny. [&hellip
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Slow-Roasted Success for Local Coffee Chain

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

The founders of Birch Coffee let their business plan percolate and are ready to expand Jeremy Lyman, co-founder of Birch Coffee, readily compares his company to that of a famous – if fictional – drug kingpin. Birch Coffee is about to celebrate the opening of its fourth location on the Upper East Side on Sept. [&hellip
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Literary Legend Shaken & Stirred Back to Life

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

  In his new book, Justin Martin takes us into the scintillating world of Pfaff’s saloon in the 19th century The corner of Broadway and Bleecker was once home to a subterranean bar where wit and rebellion was just as important as lager. What happened in Pfaff’s saloon in the 1850s is stuff of literary [&hellip
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LETTER: Searching for Public School Space on the U.W.S.

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

It’s not in my nature to say, “I told you so,” but when it comes to needing more space in public schools, I’m proud to shout to the Department of Education (DOE) from the rooftop of any Riverside South high-rise: “I TOLD YOU SO!” In 2006, the DOE lost a valuable opportunity to purchase land [&hellip
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A Bookstore Not to Be

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

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers takes its final bow on Broadway When Margot Liddell started in 1987 as the manager of the new Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers on lower Broadway, near New York University, not even the books were safe in the now-upscale NoHo neighborhood. “It was wild,” Liddell said about the neighborhood in her low, [&hellip
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OP-ED: Is NYC Tourism Out of Control?

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

By John Elari NYC & Co., NYC’s official marketing ombudsman for tourism, can now boast of reaching a staggering 55 million visitors to Gotham, one year ahead of their 2015 target. And with 18 tourist offices now operating in 18 different countries, their hope is to bring that total even higher as the years roll [&hellip
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The Sixth Borough: When Life Gives You Broccoli Stalks

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

An acquaintance sources botanicals for Proctor & Gamble. When you see shampoo infused with mint oil, he’s the guy tracking down the mint. He came over to a party at our farm, and a few beers in said: Hey, you should grow stuff for me. A few beers in ourselves, we said: Definitely! He suggested [&hellip
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Developer Makes Changes In ‘Poor Door’ Design

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

Following an outcry from the public and elected officials, an Upper West Side developer is giving affordable-rate tenants more access A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called “poor door” is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, officials and the developers said Friday. The retooled [&hellip
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