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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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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.

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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.
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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:

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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:
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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...

A controversial plan that sacrifices 400 parking spaces in favor of cyclist safety sparked a furious debate
07/12/2019
CPW bike lane approved after raucous meeting

A controversial plan that sacrifices 400 parking spaces in favor of cyclist safety sparked a furious debate

Residents and Community Board 7 members yelled and interrupted each other for more than two hours in a tension-filled meeting last week before the board passed a resolution approving a northbound protected bike lane on Central Park West. The contentious session, on July 2nd, came after three cyclist...

After a rash of cyclist deaths, the mayor calls for a new bike safety plan
07/11/2019
Blood on the streets

After a rash of cyclist deaths, the mayor calls for a new bike safety plan

Hours after a cement truck killed a 29-year-old cyclist — the third bike death in a week and 15th of the year — Mayor Bill de Blasio declared an “emergency,” ordered an NYPD crackdown on reckless motorists and told transportation officials to develop a new bike safety plan.“We absolutely h...

On the twentieth anniversary of his death, a look at 10 books about a New York and American icon
07/10/2019
Remembering JFK Jr.

On the twentieth anniversary of his death, a look at 10 books about a New York and American icon

I did not know John F. Kennedy, Jr., but he was one of those high-profile New Yorkers who I had happily in my orbit purely by happenstance.In the early 90s, I lived on the Upper West Side. Many a morning when I walked from The Ansonia to my midtown ad agency, I would spy him in a suit coming out of....

Goddard Riverside’s newest program helps lift young adults out of poverty
07/09/2019
Learning to work

Goddard Riverside’s newest program helps lift young adults out of poverty

Our country is built on immigrants driven to improve family chances, lives and legacy. My father’s 1930’s high school diploma is three times the size of today’s and is embellished with broad calligraphy. Completing 12th grade in Illinois farm country was rare. My grandfather had a fourth grade...

It really is, but experts and elected officials say a lack of public awareness hinders city recycling programs
07/08/2019
Solid waste is amazing stuff

It really is, but experts and elected officials say a lack of public awareness hinders city recycling programs

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new Green New Deal for New York City doubles down on the city’s goal of ‘zero waste’ by the year 2030. Even so, citywide expansion of curbside collection for residential organic waste, an essential element in reaching that goal, remains on hold.In 2017, New Yorkers pro...

As the end looms for the popular bookstores, their owner says government should offer small businesses the same kind of ...
07/05/2019
Book Culture on the brink

As the end looms for the popular bookstores, their owner says government should offer small businesses the same kind of support it provides to corporate giants like Amazon

Book Culture owner Chris Doeblin thought his business had adapted to a market place dominated by Amazon. In fact, Doeblin has been dealing with the corporate giant since his store’s inception: both companies began at about the same time, Amazon in 1994, Book Culture in 1995, and both initially foc...

We love it, we hate it, we can’t live without it. Here’s the latest about the system we all depend on🚉
07/04/2019
Subways: An undergroud update

We love it, we hate it, we can’t live without it. Here’s the latest about the system we all depend on🚉

It’s raining hard and you race down the slippery sidewalk and into the subway — only to find it’s pouring down there, too, through cracks and gaping holes in the ceiling.It’s the dog days of summer and you head into the subway in search of an air-conditioned car. Just your luck, the temperat...

Thoughts?🤔
07/03/2019
Supreme court gets census question right

Thoughts?🤔

This week, the Supreme Court issued a decision blocking the Trump administration’s controversial move to add an untested and unprecedented citizenship question to the 2020 census. The court rightly rejected the administration’s preposterous assertion that the question will help the federal gover...

Hazards❌🚫
07/02/2019
Manhattan hazards: e-bikes and steel plates

Hazards❌🚫

Dodging bikes — So far, Manhattan is exempt from legalizing electric bicycles in NYC’s bike lanes. The new legislation gives localities the ability to regulate the top speed of e-bikes. Hence our Mayor will be taking time out from his cross-country travel to figure out how to keep the traffic on...

Hot weather and dehydration can pose a real threat to these vital organs
07/01/2019
Healthy kidneys, all summer long

Hot weather and dehydration can pose a real threat to these vital organs

Sunburn and sunstroke are often what people fear when a heat wave is coming. But when the temperatures soar, so does the risk for your kidneys. Recurrent heat exposure and inadequate hydration strains the kidneys, especially if there’s a pre-existing kidney condition. And frequent dehydration, eve...

Author Patricia Bischof on how the Holocaust affected her parents, and her upbringing in New York
06/28/2019
The silence of the survivors

Author Patricia Bischof on how the Holocaust affected her parents, and her upbringing in New York

By Michelle Naim The atrocity which left approximately 6 million Jews dead did not only follow with the pain and trauma of those who were lucky enough to survive it, but also their children who had to live with their parents’ roaring silence day in and day out. In her book, “Memoir of a 2G: Stor...

As the Democratic presidential candidates court wealthy donors, an early look at who’s ahead in NYC’s dollar derby
06/27/2019
Chasing the money in Manhattan

As the Democratic presidential candidates court wealthy donors, an early look at who’s ahead in NYC’s dollar derby

The Democratic Dash for Cash is in high gear as presidential candidates — from frontrunners to likely also-rans — are courting mega-rich Manhattan donors as the race for the nomination heats up after the first round of debates.Former Vice President Joe Biden swung through Manhattan on June 17 an...

Author and filmmaker David France reflects on Stonewall, the AIDS epidemic, building walls and tearing them down💪
06/26/2019
Creating a culture of liberation

Author and filmmaker David France reflects on Stonewall, the AIDS epidemic, building walls and tearing them down💪

David France was 10 years old in 1969, when the Stonewall Uprising changed the course of gay life in America. He didn’t hear about the historic event until 1979, when he was a student at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. “I had just come out,” he recalled in an interview, “so I must have been 2...

An Upper East Side organization helps Medicaid-eligible women have healthy pregnancies and become self-sufficient😌
06/25/2019
A boost for new mothers

An Upper East Side organization helps Medicaid-eligible women have healthy pregnancies and become self-sufficient😌

by emily higginbotham When Zaiane Alawade found out she was pregnant following her freshman year at Fisk University, she resolved to continue on with her education and raise her child. After completing one more semester of courses in Nashville, the Harlem native moved back to New York and gave birth...

Activists opposed to the role that corporations play in NYC Pride events are staging a march of their own 🏳‍🌈
06/24/2019
Reclaiming a proud legacy

Activists opposed to the role that corporations play in NYC Pride events are staging a march of their own 🏳‍🌈

Fifty years after the Stonewall rebellion launched the modern LGBTQ rights movement, New York City is playing host to the World Pride celebrations. As Pride has grown, it has also changed in nature. What began as a scrappy, community-based political protest has become a mammoth, rainbow-hued festiva...

The celebrated and beloved concert series is moving indoors this season, but the music will soar as always 🎶
06/21/2019
Naumburg 2019: A classical summer

The celebrated and beloved concert series is moving indoors this season, but the music will soar as always 🎶

Elkan Naumburg (1835–1924) was a contemporary of J. P. Morgan, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Carnegie. Like them, he made a fortune in the early years of the 20th century, and like them, he was a major philanthropist. Unlike them, he was born to a Jewish family that immigrated to the United States ...

Proposals to replace Rikers with smaller borough sites have been rejected before 📰
06/21/2019
Jail plan: So what’s new?

Proposals to replace Rikers with smaller borough sites have been rejected before 📰

If you think the city’s plan to get rid of Rikers Island and replace it with smaller community jails in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens — and the pitched battle against it — feels like déjà vu, you’re not hallucinating.Back in 1978, the Koch administration hatched a plan to lease...

You have a few decisions to make before the weekend commences : 1. Grab the last tickets to #PourTour and start summer r...
06/20/2019

You have a few decisions to make before the weekend commences : 1. Grab the last tickets to #PourTour and start summer right🍻 or 2. Spend a beautiful Saturday at home 😓 the choice is yours! Go grab those tickets - there are only a few left!
It's FINALLY going to be a beautiful day with no rain!🌞🤗
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Thirty years after his death, Alvin Ailey’s genius is still making the world a better place 🌎
06/20/2019
Ailey at 60: alive, engaging and inspiring

Thirty years after his death, Alvin Ailey’s genius is still making the world a better place 🌎

Alvin Ailey didn’t make it to 60. He died in 1989 at age 58 in Lenox Hill Hospital due to complications from AIDS. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, however, continues his legacy and vision and is celebrating its 60th season. In 1958, Ailey led his troupe of young African American performers...

This year’s spring exhibition at The Costume Institute, a multimedia experience, traces the origins of the aesthetic sty...
06/19/2019
The word is “Camp”

This year’s spring exhibition at The Costume Institute, a multimedia experience, traces the origins of the aesthetic style and its impact on fashion and more 👗

Who knew the term had so many meanings and layers? The first section of this ambitious show is devoted solely to contextualizing and defining the elusive word — “camp” as a verb, an adjective, a noun — with a soundtrack featuring Judy Garland singing camp anthem, “Over the Rainbow.” Susa...

A day in the sun with the longest-running softball team in Central Park ⚾
06/18/2019
Morty’s game never ends

A day in the sun with the longest-running softball team in Central Park ⚾

By Meredith KurzNew York was founded in 1624 and about 60 years later Madison Square Park became public and about 160 years after that, baseball was born, in that park, in New York City. Sure, you’ve heard Cooperstown, but I’m sorry. The Knickerbocker Rules? From the Knickerbocker Club right her...

A grassroots campaign to fight the spending reductions reveals New Yorkers love for their “de facto community centers" 📖
06/17/2019
Funding cuts loom for NYC libraries

A grassroots campaign to fight the spending reductions reveals New Yorkers love for their “de facto community centers" 📖

On a muggy June afternoon, the Columbus Library on Tenth Avenue at West 51st Street is a calm, cool refuge from the noisy streets outside. Vanessa Watson, an office associate, has worked at this branch for longer than she wants to say. She has watched the community transform as more families with ch...

Ribbon-cutting for a new senior kitchen and youth center on the UES 🎉
06/14/2019
$2.1 million renovation for Stanley M. Isaacs Center

Ribbon-cutting for a new senior kitchen and youth center on the UES 🎉

A facility that serves more than 6,000 children and low-income families, out-of-school and out-of-work youth and older adults annually on the UES recently received a $2.1 million facelift.On June 3, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center at 415 East 93rd Street unveiled its new senior kitchen, yo...

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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