Janie Villiers Blessings

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Bette Dewing NEVER LET ANYTHING SEPARATE YOU FROM THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE Or, as Abraham understood God to have told him, “Heyay beracha,” which means “be a blessing”—that is why we are here. Timeless counsel for all people from Rabbi Harvey Tattelbaum’s “A Thought for the New Year” homily published in this newspaper. And no doubt, his [&hellip
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Slogans Are not Solutions

Written by Heather Logue on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

helenrosenthal ‘STUDENTS FIRST’ NOTHING MORE THAN A RED HERRING By Helen Rosenthal I’m trying to wrap my head around Students First, the latest phenom in education reform. Reading through their website, I can’t help but see code words. Their mission statement says, “Real change … puts students’ needs before those of special interests or wasteful bureaucracies.” [&hellip
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Letters

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MAYORS_OFFICE_7536482698_5 copy Life in a Box To the Editor: The city’s recent plan that was noted in your paper (“Living Large?” Aug. 9) to make tiny 275-square-foot apartments for singles seems outrageous. Why not go even further and make street apartments for the homeless? These could consist of large refrigerator or sofa boxes with a battery-operated hot [&hellip
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This Restaurant Serves Grouse

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

jeanne When proximity breeds contempt Readers may remember how often I have expounded on the social benefits of living in this crowded, vibrant, melting (and mingling) pot of a city—where the possibility of conversations with strangers is always right at the tip of your ears, and even if you are too shy to talk to strangers, [&hellip
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Commonplace Street Dangers

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Bette Dewing Incidentally, the “Smile!” and “Don’t rush!” inscribed on my billfold aim to reduce stress and remind me to stow my wallet deep within my pocketbook after a transaction, even if the cashier and those waiting behind me are impatient. Evidently, I wasn’t careful after making a CVS purchase, and shortly after, at the Morton Williams [&hellip
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The (Social) Road Not Taken

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

jeanne And Why We Want to Know What It Looks Like “Are you free tonight?” asked my friend Laura. Unfortunately, I was not. “Shoot,” I said. “I’m sorry. Why?” “Oh, too bad … I wanted to ask you to come to this really fun outdoor movie night in Brooklyn. Bob and the kids are out of [&hellip
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A Teacher Who Lives in My Brain

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

chrismoor Remembering Judith Crist The assignment, maybe the first one, was to describe a place. I chose the Gethsemane Chapel at Riverside Church, a tiny and dramatic space where my parents were married. Wait. I hear a voice that’s interrupting me right now. The voice says, “What exactly do you mean by a ‘dramatic’ space? Couldn’t [&hellip
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Letters to the Editor

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Life in a Box To the Editor: I was extremely disappointed to see Our Town (“Could You Live Here?” Aug. 9) not just reporting, but essentially hyping, the downgrade or waiver of current zoning regulation minimums for rental apartments from 400 to 300 square feet for “micro units,” even if such a policy is endorsed [&hellip
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The Tragedy of Elizabeth Brody

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Bette Dewing Renewing an All-Out Fight Against Traffic Crimes “Stay safe” says the green whistle Assemblyman Micah Kellner gave out at the 19th Precinct’s Night Out Against Crime held at the entrance to beautiful Carl Schurz Park. (Ah, if nature like this were truly appreciated, there’d be less crime to protest—an Olympian goal.) I took a lot [&hellip
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