Notes from the Neighborhood

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Bike riders power their way up 122nd Street during the 2012 Grant’s Tomb Criterium bicycle race on March 10. CHARITY RACE FOR 4-YEAR-OLD WITH RARE DISEASE Hundreds of Upper West Siders came out last Sunday to support 4-year-old Rafaella “Rafi” Lily Kopelan, running a 5K in her honor through Riverside Park. Kopelan was diagnosed with a rare genetic connective tissue disorder called epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a disease that makes it difficult for skin to [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter: Plea to Hold Chen Case in US

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Chinatown PLEA TO HOLD CHEN TRIAL IN US Last week, Council Member Margaret Chin joined Private Danny Chen’s family, OCA-NY President Liz OuYang, Chinatown community leaders and supporters, in response to the conclusion of Article 32 pre-trial hearings for eight soldiers charged in connection with Chen’s death. Chen is believed to have died from a [&hellip
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Horsedrawn Carriages May Be Forced Into Retirement

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Assemblymember Rosenthal re-doubles effort to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC. “Handsome cabs,” the horse-drawn carriages and tourist draw that occupy much of Central Park and environs, may be about to have their “licenses suspended” indefinitely. The proposed retirement plan was brought to State Legislators by Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF-Manhattan), [&hellip
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Broome Street to Receive Traffic Treats

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In the wake of a January rally, DOT readies relief for Soho pedestrians along Broome St. As part of their effort to improve pedestrian safety, the DOT has responded to the urgings of Soho residents, community advocates, and government officials and will add “Don’t Block the Box” markings and signage for Broome Street to its [&hellip
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West Side Notes From the Neighborhood

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TAVERN ON THE GREEN GOES GLASS? As the fate of the Tavern on the Green site begins to take shape, some residents and preservationists aren’t thrilled with the proposed changes. Last week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the city’s plans to revamp the historic space and spend $10 million to scale it down from its [&hellip
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East Side Notes From the Neighborhood

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, Our Town

UES SERIAL BURGLAR SENTENCED A man who targeted female victims on the Upper East Side for a two-day crime spree in 2010 was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison this week. Tyrone Hunter, 56, pled guilty in January to one count of burglary in the second degree and two counts of attempted burglary [&hellip
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People Dig Deep Into Their Pockets for the Low Line

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lowline Space inNew York Cityhas always been at a premium, making new parks and green spaces a rare site on our bustling streets. And, since Mayor Bloomberg announced his ambitious PlaNYC in 2007 to make parks readily accessible to all residents, New Yorkers have had to get creative when it comes to getting some open space. [&hellip
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East Side Notes From the Neighborhood

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, Our Town

MALONEY ASKS, “WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?” Upper East Side Rep. Carolyn Maloney made national headlines last week for purportedly walking out of a congressional hearing on contraception and religious liberty held to address how President Barack Obama’s directive for health insurance companies to provide coverage for contraception will affect religious institutions. There were so few [&hellip
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West Side Notes from the Neighborhood

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Breaking News, News West Side Spirit, Notes From the Neighborhood west side spirit, West Side Spirit

PLANNED SCHOOL GETS NEEDED EXPANSION The School Construction Authority (SCA) has taken a step toward fixing the long-standing issue of overcrowding in Upper West Side public schools. After much deliberation on the part of the Department of Education, the SCA and Community Board 7, the SCA has agreed to increase the square footage of the [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter

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Lower Manhattan Tourism Up by 800,000 According to the Downtown Alliance’s 2011 Year in Review, 9.8 million tourists flocked to Lower Manhattan’s major museums, events and attractions last year—800,000 people more than in 2010. “Tourism is thriving in Lower Manhattan like never before,” said Elizabeth Berger, president of the Downtown Alliance. “While business travelers remain [&hellip
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