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Our Town Eastsider Neighborhood newspaper covering the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Like our page to stay up to date on the latest community news.
Our Town is a community newspaper serving the Upper East Side of Manhattan from Turtle Bay to Carnegie Hill. We cover the people, local businesses, schools, crime, real estate and human interest stories that make the neighborhood unique. Complimentary copies of Our Town are distributed in more than 1,000 residential buildings and through community street boxes. Published weekly by Straus News, Our Town is chock full of information that helps residents and businesspeople keep up with the goings on in their neighborhood.
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Stunning photos of NYC landmarks in the time of coronavirus, by Thomas Hengge: http://ow.ly/bi7150yWZeT
03/27/2020
Ghost Town

Stunning photos of NYC landmarks in the time of coronavirus, by Thomas Hengge:
http://ow.ly/bi7150yWZeT

Life in New York City has come to an abrupt halt amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Following major cities affected around the world, New York Gov. Andrew...

Today in Coronavirus Watch: The death toll jumps; Elected officials support suspending rent payments; Lincoln Center ret...
03/26/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Today in Coronavirus Watch:
The death toll jumps; Elected officials support suspending rent payments; Lincoln Center retools its website for the at-home audience; Lighthouse Guild offers telehealth services for the visually impaired.

http://ow.ly/bELm50yWZ6U

Updated Thursday, March 26, 5:15 p.m. Quote of the Day: "We now have enough PPE [personal protective equipment] for the foreseeable future" Gov. Andre...

New York’s mental health professionals are on the front lines of coronavirus response:http://ow.ly/f8LZ50yUJps
03/24/2020
Counseling Through Corona

New York’s mental health professionals are on the front lines of coronavirus response:
http://ow.ly/f8LZ50yUJps

Each year, one in five New Yorkers experiences some form of mental illness, according to data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental H...

New York is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and life in our crowded metropolis is unlike anyt...
03/24/2020
Our New Reality

New York is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and life in our crowded metropolis is unlike anything we have known before.
http://ow.ly/yl9P50yUJjJ

Not long ago, New York as it is now would have been unimaginable: Times Square without tourists. Empty streets and subway cars. Previously packed bars...

Today in Coronavirus Watch: Council Member Mark Levine says he assumes he has coronavirus; C train service disrupted by ...
03/23/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Today in Coronavirus Watch:
Council Member Mark Levine says he assumes he has coronavirus; C train service disrupted by conductor's positive test; MTA faces $4 billion loss; and more:
http://ow.ly/vSrI50yTGO3

Updated Monday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. Quote of the Day: “If we don’t get the equipment, we’re literally going to lose lives." Mayor de Blasio, on CNN, t...

The Trump administration issued a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State on Saturday, making the state eligible f...
03/21/2020
Coronavirus Watch

The Trump administration issued a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State on Saturday, making the state eligible for billions of dollars from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.
Check in with our Coronavirus Watch for the latest news and updates:
http://ow.ly/buM950yS5kV

Updated Saturday, March 21, 5:00 p.m. Quote of the Day: “New York City is the most dense environment. This virus spreads in dense environments.” - Gov...

03/20/2020

CUTEST DOG CONTEST:
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🐾We'll publish our favorites in the paper

Cuomo workforce reduction order now 75 percent as cases rise. Check in for the latest news and updates on our Coronaviru...
03/19/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Cuomo workforce reduction order now 75 percent as cases rise. Check in for the latest news and updates on our Coronavirus Watch:
http://ow.ly/XE5S50yQuPC

Updated Thursday, March 19, 5:00 p.m. Quote of the Day: "We are the new epicenter." - Council Member Mark Levine, on Twitter Cuomo Ups Workforce Reduc...

How Manhattan's religious centers are responding to the coronavirus:http://ow.ly/AXdn50yPpS4
03/18/2020
With Faith and Caution

How Manhattan's religious centers are responding to the coronavirus:

http://ow.ly/AXdn50yPpS4

Last Thursday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency across New York, business carried on more or less as usual at the Islamic Cultural C...

New York's elected officials take on a crisis that has shredded the fabric of everyday life.http://ow.ly/quwO50yOlfX
03/17/2020
Managing the Unknown

New York's elected officials take on a crisis that has shredded the fabric of everyday life.
http://ow.ly/quwO50yOlfX

At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo likened our world to a snow globe. Like a child, the coronavirus pandemic has shaken our world and tu...

Tri-State collaboration: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would limit bars and restaurants...
03/16/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Tri-State collaboration: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would limit bars and restaurants to takeout and delivery orders; and close gyms, movie theaters and casinos. Keep up with our Coronavirus Watch:

http://ow.ly/70t450yNhs7

Updated Monday, March 16, 4:05 p.m. Quote of the Day: "To unleash the full power of the federal government, I’m officially declaring a national emerge...

Advice, information and insight from a Manhattan-based epidemiologist:http://ow.ly/ZJKi50yJs8C
03/11/2020
Confronting the Coronavirus

Advice, information and insight from a Manhattan-based epidemiologist:

http://ow.ly/ZJKi50yJs8C

Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, has spent his career confronting outbreaks...

The way we live now, Manhattan edition: school closings, sanitizer shortages, empty shelves, Wall Street shocks and an e...
03/10/2020
Life During Coronavirus Time

The way we live now, Manhattan edition: school closings, sanitizer shortages, empty shelves, Wall Street shocks and an ever-longer list of cases

http://ow.ly/IEdf50yIbFn

In the narrow aisles of Joseph’s Pharmacy on the Upper West Side, customers scoured the shelves for anything they could find to kill the coronavirus. ...

03/09/2020

Parents, alumni and donors at a private Manhattan boys’ school are in an uproar over the planned departure of the beloved longtime headmaster.
http://ow.ly/jN4050yH0KF

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a state of emergency as number of cases statewide rises to 76. Check in with our Coronavirus ...
03/07/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a state of emergency as number of cases statewide rises to 76. Check in with our Coronavirus Watch for updates:

http://ow.ly/OgZi50yFMix

Updated Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m. The COVID-19 toll: Worldwide: More than 100,000 cases, more than 3,400 deaths U.S.: More than 300 cases, mostly on t...

Confused about the upcoming plastic bag ban? What you need to know  - and where to get a reusable tote bag. http://ow.ly...
02/25/2020
Plastic Puzzler

Confused about the upcoming plastic bag ban? What you need to know - and where to get a reusable tote bag.

http://ow.ly/ouhw50yvRGQ

On Sunday, March 1, New York joins California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Vermont and a handful of cities and towns including Albuq...

Recreational hockey players and others raise objections to Central Park Conservancy's renovation of the aging facilityht...
02/20/2020
Petition Pushback on Lasker Pool and Rink Plan

Recreational hockey players and others raise objections to Central Park Conservancy's renovation of the aging facility

http://ow.ly/g4t450yrTrd

The Central Park Conservancy has a plan to replace the pool and ice rinks at the northeast corner of Central Park, but thousands of New Yorkers are no...

This story has it all: family saga, inspirational business tale -- and tasty treats. http://ow.ly/YOU250ypIhU
02/18/2020
Nuts for New York

This story has it all: family saga, inspirational business tale -- and tasty treats.

http://ow.ly/YOU250ypIhU

Nuts Factory opened its first U.S. location at 1030 Third Ave. with a drive to create a sensory experience for its shoppers. Aromas provided by three ...

Our columnist @JonMediaWeb, a former Bloomberg writer, explains how the ex-mayor is using the same tactics in his run fo...
02/13/2020
The Bloomberg Method

Our columnist @JonMediaWeb, a former Bloomberg writer, explains how the ex-mayor is using the same tactics in his run for president that he used throughout his business career.
http://ow.ly/zu8A50ylPrF

I have to smile as I watch America trying to make sense of Michael Bloomberg’s insurgent presidential run. Journalists and pundits are racking their b...

How the 2018 challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney is gearing up for the 2020 ballot: http://ow.ly/AdFt50yjOsk
02/11/2020
Second Time Around for Suraj Patel

How the 2018 challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney is gearing up for the 2020 ballot:

http://ow.ly/AdFt50yjOsk

Suraj Patel – son of immigrants, trilingual NYU professor, Stanford-educated lawyer, Obama campaign alum and family hotel exec, East Village New Yorke...

Check out today's Most Viewed story: Douglas Feiden's moving interview with Eleanor Reissa, host of a new podcast about ...
01/28/2020
Comprehending the Incomprehensible

Check out today's Most Viewed story: Douglas Feiden's moving interview with Eleanor Reissa, host of a new podcast about the Holocaust:
http://ow.ly/rmnS50y7lZl

She’s been dubbed the “Jewish Beyonce” and the “Reigning Queen of the Yiddish Cabaret.” She’s a singer, actress, playwright, choreographer, librettist...

Despite bitter weather, rallygoers pack a punch at fourth annual Women’s March in New York Cityhttp://www.ourtownny.com/...
01/22/2020
Rise and Roar

Despite bitter weather, rallygoers pack a punch at fourth annual Women’s March in New York City

http://www.ourtownny.com/news/rise-and-roar-HL805548

After three years, they’re still marching. Hundreds of protesters gathered for the fourth annual Women’s March in New York City Saturday morning, brav...

Merchants denounce a city plan to install bus shelters on the super-luxe shopping strip, saying they’ll obstruct storefr...
01/21/2020
The Barricading of Madison Avenue

Merchants denounce a city plan to install bus shelters on the super-luxe shopping strip, saying they’ll obstruct storefronts, drive away patrons and ruin businesses.

http://ow.ly/u4wu50y1if8

A new threat is facing the crown jewel of American retailing. But it’s not from Amazon. Nor the explosion of cyber-spending. And it can’t readily be b...

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordin...
01/16/2020
Celebrate the Year of the Rat

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordinary and unexpected offerings.

http://ow.ly/ntGm50xWyU2

Lunar New Year celebrations fill the city with vibrant colors, flavors, and lots of sounds. January 25 rings in the Year of the Rat. According to the ...

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red ...
01/15/2020
Welcome Home, Sky Blue FC

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red Bull Arena. We talked to the team's general manager about their upcoming 2020 season.

http://www.ourtownny.com/news/welcome-home-sky-blue-fc-CE789073

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own. After years of playing at Rutgers University, Sky Blue FC, ...

“The future of the borough is on the line in 2021,” Council Member Mark Levine said in an interview with Our Town after ...
01/14/2020
Levine Launches Run for Borough President

“The future of the borough is on the line in 2021,” Council Member Mark Levine said in an interview with Our Town after launching his campaign for Manhattan borough president.

http://ow.ly/WW1w50xVtMv

Council Member Mark Levine announced his candidacy to become the next Manhattan borough president last week, touting a record of fighting for affordab...

It's Topic A in NYC: Will Fairway shut down? As the market seeks bankruptcy protection, shoppers spoke to about their co...
01/08/2020
Farewell to Fairway?

It's Topic A in NYC: Will Fairway shut down? As the market seeks bankruptcy protection, shoppers spoke to about their concerns over the neighborhood grocer.
http://ow.ly/dZm550xQtLR

As shoppers picked through produce outside the Upper West Side’s iconic Fairway Market Monday afternoon, they did so with the knowledge that their nei...

Law enforcement and elected officials worry the new law will mean an increase in crime. And even Gov. Cuomo says bail re...
01/07/2020
Blowback to Bail Reform

Law enforcement and elected officials worry the new law will mean an increase in crime. And even Gov. Cuomo says bail reform be reformed -- there are "changes that have to be made."

http://ow.ly/oxdq50xPphG

The new year has ushered in the end of cash bail for many nonviolent defendants in New York, which advocates say will also end the practice of jailing...

2019 was a bleak year for NYC street safety: For the first time since Vision Zero was implemented in 2014, traffic fatal...
12/31/2019
Vision Zero's Bleak Year

2019 was a bleak year for NYC street safety: For the first time since Vision Zero was implemented in 2014, traffic fatalities have increased citywide.

http://ow.ly/p66B50xKLHZ

It was a challenging year under Vision Zero. For the first time since the street safety initiative was implemented in 2014, traffic fatalities have in...

It's not just mom-and-pop shops that are shutting down in Manattan. @DougFeiden reports on the changing chain-store land...
12/30/2019
Chain Reaction Sparks Retail Meltdown

It's not just mom-and-pop shops that are shutting down in Manattan. @DougFeiden reports on the changing chain-store landscape in the city.

http://ow.ly/mePw50xKerW

Remember Radio Shack? In 2014, the popular electronics chain boasted 30 shops in all the retail corridors of Manhattan. Today, there are zero. Also va...

They're young and they're eager to serve. How two political neophytes from Manhattan became candidates for elected offic...
12/24/2019
Gen Z on the Ballot

They're young and they're eager to serve. How two political neophytes from Manhattan became candidates for elected office.
http://ow.ly/Qe8Z50xHxiy

From Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to Julia Salazar, New Yorkers have followed the national trend of voting young people into office. But as New York Count...

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Dear America, What do you think of the Vietnam War ,Mao Zedong―毛沢東― revolution and Xi Jinping China―習近平中国―? Let`s me tell you the truth. Why don’t you send this Vietnam War story with your view to USA WHO and the world? Revise(Chapter 4 Scenario47 last、) Please insert Mao Zedong's testimony along with the narration to this is the only way for the Party Leader to survive and live as the Party Leader. Narrator  Mao Zedong who is the Chairman of Chinese Communist Party is making testimony concerning the world of fear to the foreign reporter. Mao Zedong「・・・I can hear those crowds again・・・communists are so fearful people.」 • Chapter1 Recollection by the Vietnam veteran • Chapter2 Vietnam War history • Chapter3 The question to the Vietnam War view • Chapter4 The analytical viewpoint of the Vietnam War • Chapter5 Japan,Vietnam and Combodia • Chapter6 The ruling war by the revolutionary power • Chapter7 The revival of US • Chapter8 New understanding • Chapter9 The revival of the veteran Shigeaki Uchiyama
Cuomo failed to protect us months ago by not screening people coming into the NY Airports ,we would have not been in this position if he did his research and his job.
Why do you often put west side stories (Book culture on the brink) on the cover of an UES paper? You are missing a LOT going on here.
As a cyclist who has witnessed NYPD's regular bicycle “crackdown” actions, I was shocked to read Reclaim Magazine’s unqualified assertion that pedestrian, including jaywalkers, always have the right of way. This is also explicitly stated in the BikeNYC biking rules handbook. Convinced that jaywalking is an infraction, I consulted the NYC Right of Way Law (Local Law 29 of 2014) and learned that, while the Law only penalizes drivers for harming cyclists and pedestrians, it is silent on cyclists as potential agents of harm; and the Law does not describe what specific circumstances give cyclists or pedestrians the right of way. The irresponsible blanket statement that pedestrians have the right of way even when they jaywalk seems to be an invitation for them to do so with impunity, anytime and anywhere. This, we know too well, mostly means pedestrians, including joggers, entering bike lanes or crossing streets outside of crosswalks whenever and wherever motorized vehicular traffic stops, which often forces cyclists out of their safer legitimate spaces and into harm's way. The statement is reinforced by inaptly named initiatives such as “Reclaim the streets” or “Streets are for people”. In point of fact, sidewalks and zebra crossings are “for people”. Streets are for wheels. Given the opaqueness of the right of way regulations, I would appreciate tips for further research, including of applicable New York State and New York City legislation, in order to confirm or disprove the dubious notion that jaywalkers have a universal, unfettered right of way on our streets. I would also be interested in joining appropriate discussion forums to organize/mobilize/engage others to help raise awareness about this critical safety issue. If a simple, catchy slogan is required, my suggestion (which could also help with the scooter debate) is “No wheels on the sidewalk, no feet on the street”!
Join us on Wednesday November 28 at 7pm Bohemian National Hall. 321 E 73rd Street.
OPEN POST TO COUNCILMAN KALLOS AND COMMUNITY BOARD 8 I just witnessed the installation of a Citibike rack on 93 St/2nd Ave adjacent to the Councilman's office. This block ALREADY has LIMITED parking due to the large Windsor school on the same side of the street near 3rd Ave. The selection of this street, between 2 other Citibike racks on 96 st/2nd Ave and on 91 st off 2nd ave, to install this parking space eating rack is unbelievable for the obvious reasons I stated. This is NOT against Citibike but rather the cavalier attitude by all parties on the installation of Citibike racks and it's impact on the residential community. Why not 93 St between 3rd and Lexington Ave? Or 93 St between 1st and 2nd Ave on the north side where MTA has a facility? I had written to the Councilman's office months ago why this specific block for a Citibike rack is NOT in the best interests of the 93 St community. Apparently COMMUNITY BOARD 8, CITIBIKE OR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS did not think the issues highlighted were not enough of a reason to consider another block OR PLACING THE RACK ON THE SIDEWALK. The installation of this rack at this specific location is NOT in the best interests of the immediate community. This is very disconcerting. #KallosIgnores93StCommunity