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Goodwill Tents Meet UES Resistance

Goodwill Tents Meet UES Resistance

BY JACKSON CHEN | Goodwill NYNJ is talking about once again deploying its mobile collection tents, pickup service, and building-sponsored bins on the Upper East Side. The pilot program was launched in November specifically on the Upper East Side due to the area’s large number of donors. According to Vanessa Mack, Goodwill’s donations coordinator, the Upper […]

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released results of a rat population survey on the Upper East Side, detailing just how widespread the rodent infestation is throughout the area. According to a “Rat Indexing” map the department presented during a Community Board 8 meeting on January 31, there were […]

Residents Speak Out on Construction As Harassment

Residents Speak Out on Construction As Harassment

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is unafraid of becoming a lightning rod in her commitment to confront property owners who drive rent-regulated tenants from their homes by conducting renovations without the required Tenant Protection Plan in place. On January 10, Brewer teamed up with Stand for Tenant Safety (STS), a Lower East […]

Seniors Demand Second Ave Select Bus Service at East 72nd

Seniors Demand Second Ave Select Bus Service at East 72nd

BY JACKSON CHEN | Upper East Side residents are pressing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to upgrade the M15’s East 72nd Street local stops into Select Bus Service for the area’s senior citizen population. With the Second Avenue Subway finally online, the MTA will restore the avenue’s bus stops out of commission due to the new line’s […]

Levine Leads Push to Expand, Regulate Street Vendor Industry

Levine Leads Push to Expand, Regulate Street Vendor Industry

BY JACKSON CHEN | New Yorkers may be able to enjoy more mobile munchies over the next several years as the City Council considers a package of bills aimed at improving conditions for the city’s many street vendors. The bill was introduced by Upper West Side Councilmember Mark Levine, joined by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito […]

Select Bus Service Coming to 79th Street

Select Bus Service Coming to 79th Street

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Metropolitan Transit Authority is looking to bring select bus service (SBS) to the M79, a route that serves 18,000 passengers every day with what riders describe as lackluster service, by spring of next year. The M79 route that traverses 79th Street from East End Avenue to Riverside Drive is often plagued with […]

Parks Department Now Open to Returning Queensboro Oval to Public Control

Parks Department Now Open to Returning Queensboro Oval to Public Control

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of Parks and Recreation paused its plans to issue a request for proposals for a private vendor to manage the city’s Queensboro Oval Park on York Avenue, between East 59th and 60th Streets. At a Community Board 8 Parks Committee meeting on September 8, the parks department informed the community […]

UES Push to Honor Henry Stern Sooner Rather than Later

UES Push to Honor Henry Stern Sooner Rather than Later

BY JACKSON CHEN | In a move that would preempt traditional practice for dedicating park facilities in New York City, residents and elected officials on the Upper East Side are pressing to rename the pool in John Jay Park after Henry Stern, the former longtime commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. During a September […]

Parks Department, Community at Loggerheads on Queensboro Oval’s Future

Parks Department, Community at Loggerheads on Queensboro Oval’s Future

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 and elected officials are gearing up for a battle to take back Queensboro Oval for full-time public use even as the Department of Parks and Recreation made clear its intention to issue a request for proposals for continued private management of the park land. Representatives of the Department of […]

Push to Move Citi Bike Dock Out of Pedestrian-Free UES Block

Push to Move Citi Bike Dock Out of Pedestrian-Free UES Block

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 has requested the relocation of a Citi Bike docking station on a portion of East 91st Street that is vehicle-free and frequented by many elderly and disabled residents. Community Board 8’s Transportation Committee had earlier approved the docking station’s location as part of a bundle of new sites for […]

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