LETTER: The Never-Ending Fight For Parking

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I tried the impossible last Sunday: finding a free parking space near the World Trade Center. After looking for about 25 minutes, I spotted one on a one-way street but had to go around the block to get to it. By the time I got there, a man was standing in that space, illegally “holding” [&hellip
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OP-ED: Love Means Never Having To Say ‘I’ll Do That For You!’

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by Beth Pereira In one of my favorite versions of a New Yorker-style cartoon by Aaron Bacall, a doctor scans a chest x-ray while a female patient waits patiently for the results. The caption reads some variation of “Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart – but that is because you are [&hellip
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OP-ED: Let’s Turn our Pain into a Plan

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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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LETTER: A Counterpoint on the Frick

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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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LETTER: In Favor of the Frick Expansion

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A reader writes in support of the East Side museum’s proposed plans By Ian Alterman, Upper West Side As a member of the West End Preservation Society, a former co-chair of the Community Board 7 Landmarks Committee, and a huge fan of the Frick, I have been watching with keen interest since news first broke [&hellip
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LETTER: GoodBye to Westway Foods

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

Upper West Side After 30 years, a deli closes, and Westway Foods loses a store, but we lose good neighbors, friends and family. The corner grocery store sat on the corner of 78th Street and Amsterdam (375 Amsterdam) for over 30 years. It was like a lighthouse. It guided neighbors day and night. It was [&hellip
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Rethink Your Drinks

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Summer tips on how to hydrate the right way, from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics With the official start of summer and temperatures on the rise, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to rethink your drink and keep hydrated during summer months and throughout the year. “With warmer temperatures and increased outdoor [&hellip
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OP-ED: The Dirty Truth

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The city’s own rules should prevent the building of the trash transfer station at East 91st Street By Suzanne Grosso Yorkville It is offensive that politicians and special interest groups falsely denounce me as an “environmental racist” because I oppose the construction of a waste transfer station at East 91st Street in Yorkville. But it [&hellip
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Editorial: Saving Small Business: A Proposal

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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.

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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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