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A fellow named Jack Kester who lives in an Upper West Side single room occupancy (SRO) building went on a tree-chopping rampage last Thursday, cutting down four trees on his West 94th Street block with a saw while yelling “I’m king of the world” and riding around on a Razor scooter, according to the New […]

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A cab driver was suspended by a judge and fined a $1000 for bad behavior after taking a passenger from the Upper West Side to Grand Street on ride fueled by a “fit of rage.” Passenger Joseph Raccuia, 56, says the cabbie, Wael Gamal-Eldin, didn’t want to go downtown because he was at the end of […]

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A real estate developer on the Upper West Side wants to turn an indoor public space into a private retail outlet, arguing that it’s full of homeless people right now. In 1985, Ashkenazy Acquisitions were given permission to build air rights at Bel-Canto condo after they agreed to dedicate a 1600-square-foot atrium for public use. Now […]

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This week’s winner for most batshit rant at a routine community board meeting goes to Mr. Salsano of the Upper West Side. Seems like residents near Riposo 72 are terrified that the wine bar’s yet-to-be-built 16-seat sidewalk cafe and liquor license will “erode” the “quality of life” and “complexion” of their “bedroom community” near Central Park West and the Dakota. Their […]

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It’s not uncommon for taxi drivers to kill their passengers or pedestrians in a crash and get off scot-free, without even a suspension to their licenses. On the Upper West Side, a local community board is fighting that status quo. At a meeting this week, CB7’s Transportation Committee unanimously resolved that “any driver who kills […]

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The Upper West Side boasts the worst air pollution in all the five boroughs, according to new city data. The Upper East Side didn’t fare so well either, coming in right behind the neighborhood across the park. According to the organization NYC Clean Heat, the pollution comes mostly not from cars, trucks, and buses, but […]

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This Saturday, the US Pole Dance Federation will hold its national championship competition at the Upper West Side’s Symphony Space performing arts center. The championship will feature two categories, amateur and professional, each showcasing moves US Pole Dance Federation co-founder Wendy Trakos describes as “mind-blowing.” Though for a certain type of person, pole dancing might […]

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The Upper West side is a pretty nice place, if you can avoid all the rats. Evidently, there’s a pretty serious rat infestation taking place for a few months now, and Community Board Seven organized a training session for supers, building owners, tenants, and other concerned Upper West Siders on how to better fight the […]

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In an effort to support Upper West Side independent businesses, a new Bloomberg-supported plan would limit the size of new storefronts in the area to 40 feet. The idea is that if deep-pocketed chain stores were forced to limit the size of their storefronts, they’d be less likely to snatch up hotly-contested retail space. “These […]

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“It was a community resource that was enjoyed year-round. There were benches where people could read, children used to come here and ride their bikes and skateboard. There were beautiful trees,” said resident Susan Koeppel. All of that changed, according to Koeppel, two years ago, when the city entered into a 10-year license agreement with […]

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