A Move to End Unequal Perks

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

City council members drafting legislation to prevent unequal access to amenities in apartment buildings Following several recent reports of buildings on the Upper West Side that bar rent-regulated tenants from using amenities such as gyms, playrooms and roof gardens, City Council members Corey Johnson and Mark Levine are drafting legislation that would prevent such discrimination. [&hellip
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Not-So-Affordable Housing

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

Tenants say a city agency is unfairly allowing landlords to overcharge Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen Hell’s Kitchen Residents of affordable housing usually are charged a set portion of their income for rent; it’s what ensures that the units retain their affordability, regardless of inflation. Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen said they’ve been [&hellip
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Editorial: Keeping Small Businesses Alive

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

Every week, we hear, and publish, stories about small local businesses folding and packing up their storefronts, forced out by astronomical rent increases. While the ebb and flow of businesses based on community needs is a normal part of urban life, the closures of late go beyond supply-and-demand market forces. Even highly successful boutiques, restaurants [&hellip
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Letter: The U.W.S.’s Pothole Problem

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

OP ED The sidewalk, curb, and street in front of the construction site at 239 West 107th is a mess and very dangerous. Potholes, broken sidewalk slabs, dried concrete pours from construction, and more. The elderly, young kids, and even healthy middle-aged adults are constantly tripping through it. It’s been bad for months and getting [&hellip
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Unequal Access Rankles Tenants

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

Another Upper West Side building denying rent-regulated tenants access to amenities Upper West Side In another example of high-end buildings giving some low-rate renters short shrift, rent-regulated tenants at 845 West End Avenue recently told the West Side Spirit they do not have access to the building’s fitness center like their market-rate co-op owning counterparts [&hellip
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A Woman Whose Place is in the Kitchen

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

Marea’s Chef du Cuisine dishes on her no-frill approach to a successful culinary career At just eight years old, Lauren DeSteno knew she wanted to become a chef. One of her specialties was spaghetti and meatballs for her older siblings and their friends as they came home from college. Now, at 31, she has brought [&hellip
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