Outing Heartless Offspring and Heartless City Hall

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-Dewingas1 Failure to protect small businesses from Second Avenue Subway construction chaos Even though it means a lifelong worry like no other, most parents say being a parent is the best thing that ever happened to them. No regrets, even if one day they become bit players in the lives of their beloved offspring, “But that [&hellip
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Foxes in Charge of the Hen House

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

alan ACC presents potential for political corruption   By Alan S. Chartock With Chief Justice John Roberts supporting the congressional right to pass the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the politics of health care rises to the top of the list in New York state. Let there be no mistake about it: Politics in New York can get [&hellip
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Eastern Thought and a Better Waterfront Along the East River

Written by Josh Rogers on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

josh Still far from a continuous bikeway and walkway along the East River “You’re better off on the West Side.” The man in the bike shop wasn’t telling me anything I didn’t already know, but since it had been a few years since I had ventured over to Manhattan’s East Side to ride what purports to [&hellip
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The Third Rail

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

jeanne The hazard of conversational triangulation By Jeanne Martinet Like most single people, I socialize a lot with couples. Most of my friends are in couples. Sometimes we go to the theater or a movie, but often it’s just good conversation over dinner. What I have learned is that the potential problem inherent in single-to-couple socializing [&hellip
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Go the Way of the Horse and Buggy

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

FW-Horse Carriage2(as) A citywide ban on horse-drawn carriages is long overdue By Elizabeth Forel New York is one of the most congested cities in the world. It is no place for slow-moving horses pulling flimsy carriages mixed in with taxis, fire trucks, police cars and buses. In January 2006, a horrific accident occurred on 9th Avenue and [&hellip
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Small Business is Best, Except When it’s Not

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

chrismoor Save mom-and-pop stores, but they should save us from bad service When I went there, though, my prescriptions were not ready—even after I’d been assured by phone beforehand that they would be filled. I will never get back the hours I spent standing around waiting for the men in white coats to get their work [&hellip
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Marijuana Shouldn’t Be a Crime

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

alan I used to turn down pot so I could someday run for Congress By Alan S. Chartock When I was a young man, I refused to smoke marijuana when offered the opportunity. I thought that it might interfere with my future career—at the time, I thought I might like to run for Congress and that [&hellip
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Don’t Stall Vote on Riverside–West End Historic District

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

By Linda Rosenthal It was with amazement last week that I read a letter by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the New York Building Congress and other organizations to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), calling for the LPC to delay its long-awaited first vote [&hellip
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Sugary Soda: You Have to Start Someplace

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in On Topic OTDT, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

If the mayor’s move makes us think about serving sizes, it’s a winner Let’s start with this: We know our mayor is great with limits—for other people. He famously took stands against smoking in restaurants, bars and public parks. His administration has tried to limit everything from the size of newsstands to the number of cars [&hellip
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