“THE SHELTER IS HERE TO STAY” VOWS HOMELESS COMMISSIONER; LOCALS POLS GIRD FOR BIG FIGHT

A long-awaited forum on Wednesday about a controversial 400-person homeless shelter on 95th street got very heated, with Borough President Scott Stringer and other politicians saying that the city Department of Homeless Services had lied to them and had used [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

SENIOR CENTER COULD BE FORCED TO CLOSE AFTER CITY CUTS OFF FUNDING

By Shannon Ayala A senior center at 120 West 76th Street called Club 76 could close within months after the city decided not to fund it anymore. “As of June we’re dead,” said Stu Lahn, a volunteer with Friends of [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

AT UWS TOWN HALL, A LITANY OF COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS

One of the complaints that came up repeatedly at an UpperWest Side-Clinton Hill town hall meeting on Tuesday night held by Gale Brewer was that 311 isn’t often very helpful, particularly if your problem is complicated. That might be why [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

BREWER HOLDING TOWN HALL MEETING TUESDAY, WITH ONE GLARING ABSENCE

Councilwoman Gale Brewer will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday night at 6 at John Jay College, bringing along politicians and city officials from throughout the neighborhood. But the one agency that Upper West Siders have been clamoring to [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WHERE YOU CAN STILL DONATE ITEMS TO HELP SANDY VICTIMS; PLUS THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We recently received another note from Gale Brewer's office identifying places on the Upper West Side that are still accepting donations for Hurricane Sandy vic … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: UWS TO GET SUBWAY WI-FI, HISTORIC DISTRICT ADVANCES

September 5, 2012 Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms, High of 82 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

CROWD DEMANDS MORE AGGRESSIVE ACTION AGAINST HOMELESS SHELTERS

Tired of impassioned letters and speeches that fall on deaf ears, a crowd of 100 or so people at a Community Board 7 meeting on Tuesday night called for more aggressive action to remove two homeless shelters from buildings on [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: A HUNGRY FLASH MOB, ALL IN WHITE; FIFTH CHALLENGER FOR LOCAL COUNCIL SEAT

August 21, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 83 De … Read the rest of this entry >>

DESPITE LAW, LOCAL STORES CONTINUE TO BLAST AC ONTO THE SIDEWALKS

A few years ago the city passed a law that makes stores close their doors when they have the air conditioning on. Leaving the doors open wastes energy and puts the city at higher risk for a blackout. But stores [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

BOROUGH PRESIDENT, CITY AND STATE OFFICIALS FIGHT UWS HOMELESS SHELTERS

We reported a few days ago that the Department of Homeless Services has approved a plan to place homeless shelters in two buildings at 316 and 330 West 95th Street. The community had no opportunity to review the plans, and [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY FLOODS INTO UPPER WEST SIDE CITY COUNCIL RACE

The election to succeed Councilwoman Gale Brewer is not for more than a year, but the four candidates who have already announced their intention to run have been raising money in a rush. To qualify for city matching funds for [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES UPPER WEST SIDE ‘MOM AND POP’ REZONING BY WIDE MARGIN

The City Council approved a plan to rezone a large swath of the Upper West Side late Thursday night by a vote of 49-2. The plan, supported by the mayor, will limit the size of storefronts on Broadway, Columbus Avenue [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEST END AVENUE TRUCK PARKING RAISES HACKLES

The city has created three commercial parking zones on West End Avenue to keep trucks from double-parking on the avenue. But what seems like a modest proposal is upsetting some locals, who consider it a first step to turning West [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: WEALTHY UWS REALTOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED APARTMENT SCAM

April 13, 2012 Weather: Sunny, High of 67 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

BREWER MAKES FORCEFUL PLEA FOR UWS REZONING, TOUTS SUPPORT OF 76 LOCAL BUSINESSES

Councilwoman Gale Brewer testified on Wednesday before the city Planning Commission in favor of a rezoning plan that would force landlords to keep Upper West Side storefronts small, limiting the neighborhood’s big-box stores. Brewer said she had letters of support [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

ARTICLE CLAIMS UWS ZONING PROPOSAL WILL HURT MOM-AND-POPS; PROPONENTS DISAGREE, CITE ERRORS

The city has drafted a plan to rezone much of the Upper West Side to keep the neighborhood's storefronts small. The ambitious plan would make sure that most stores take up less than 40 feet of sidewalk space, thus keeping big box stores from gobbling up retail space and keeping the sidewalks vi … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: AN APPARENT SUICIDE FROM 71ST STREET BUILDING, AN HISTORIC BRUNCH

February 21, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 47 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: PSYCHIC PROWLS INDIAN RESTAURANT, FOLK ART MUSEUM SAVED?

January 18, 2012 Weather: Windy, High of 39 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

MORNING BULLETIN: BANK ROBBERY BOOM, CAN ZONING RULES SAVE LITTLE STORES?

January 6, 2012 Weather: Mostly Sunny, High of 47 Deg … Read the rest of this entry >>

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY WEST-PARK CHURCH: BEAUTIFUL, DECREPIT, NEGLECTED AND LOVED

Just a little over a year go, a debate over whether to bestow landmark status upon West-Park Presbyterian Church devolved into name-calling and angry graffiti. The outside of the church on 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue was serving as an [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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