A New Front in the Tenant Battle

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

Rent-regulated tenants say major capital increases are being used as a tool against them Upper West Side Stonehenge Village is an apartment complex spread out over three addresses on West 97th and 96th Street. The complex was in the news earlier this year for being one of a handful of places on the Upper West [&hellip
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Summer in the City: Waiting in Line for Shakespeare

Written by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

This is my 34th season waiting on line to see Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Over the past three-plus decades, my husband, Neil, has hung out with me a handful of times; he really doesn’t mind, he reads his book. My 16-year-old daughter, Meg, loves it. Even though she is not [&hellip
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Op-Ed: Get the Blue Bikes Out of the Red

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

A few ideas to bail out Citi Bike By Charles Gross Citi Bikes, New York City’s public biking program, may well be the city’s best transport innovation since the subway. The program is a hit with residents, so much in fact that Citi Bike is a victim of its own success. Unlike the subway, Citi [&hellip
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Remembering Roy Goodman

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

My phone rang and it was State Sen. Roy Goodman. A few hours before, he’d been in our Our Town endorsement meeting, where I had asked him what exactly he was working on, what was getting accomplished and why he deserved re-election to a job he began in 1969. The year was 2000, and Goodman [&hellip
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Editorial: Saving Small Business: A Proposal

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

For the past several weeks now, we’ve been bringing you stories of small neighborhood businesses forced to leave the neighborhood. The corner bodega that closed its doors after 40 years. The laundromat that can’t pay the enormous increase in rent. The successful grocery store forced to relocate or close. It is no exaggeration to say [&hellip
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Letter: Time To Rethink Opposition To J.H.L.

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

By Janice Auritt Oser, W. 51st St. The concerns of the residents objecting to the building of a 20-story nursing home in their neighborhood are certainly deserving of a sympathetic hearing. We all grow old, however, even those residents objecting on behalf of their school-age children. The day may come when some of the objecting [&hellip
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Letter: Commuting By River On The West Side

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

After turning its back on the waterfront for nearly a century, New York City is beginning to face and embrace the rivers that built our city. Nowhere is this transformation happening faster than on Manhattan’s far West Side, where Hudson Yards will employ and house tens of thousands of new workers and residents. The city [&hellip
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Letter: View From The Bicycle

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I’m a bicyclist who sympathizes with pedestrians angry about bike lanes. Too many riders enter crowded crosswalks against the light, ride against traffic, and endanger pedestrians and motorists through carelessness. But the bike lanes aren’t the problem. The carelessness is, and it’s not exclusive to bicyclists. Every day I see pedestrians walk not only into [&hellip
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