West Side Community Fund Welcomes Grant Applicants, Jan. 31-Feb. 27

West Side Community Fund Welcomes Grant Applicants, Jan. 31-Feb. 27

BY SCOTT STIFFLER with ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY EILEEN STUKANE | Last year, when the West Side Community Fund emerged from a pandemic-era period of relative inactivity, it did so with an expanded roster of financers, an expansive area of coverage, and a reconsideration of what they could, and would, fund. The result: Fifteen grant recipients […]

Guest Opinion: The Future of Women’s Rights and Health 

Guest Opinion: The Future of Women’s Rights and Health 

January 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right. It is painful to reflect on this date in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision last year to overturn Roe with the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Perhaps most painful is that Dobbs […]

Troubled Chelsea Corridor to See ‘Whole of Government’ Social Services Surge, Jan. 23-Feb. 5

Troubled Chelsea Corridor to See ‘Whole of Government’ Social Services Surge, Jan. 23-Feb. 5

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | If yesterday’s announcement that a troubled patch of Chelsea will see a two-week surge of social services sounds familiar, it’s because the area of focus saw a similar burst of boots-on-the-ground outreach last August. Responding to longstanding quality of life concerns along West 21 Street’s PS11 elementary school and a block-long […]

Through Feb. 12, NYC Restaurant Week Has Plenty of Local Catches to Put on Your Plate

Through Feb. 12, NYC Restaurant Week Has Plenty of Local Catches to Put on Your Plate

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | NYC Restaurant Week—which began on January 17—isn’t contained to a mere seven days on the calendar. The annual wintertime gastronomic go-to happens through February 12. Its prix-fixe two-course lunches and three-course dinners for $30, $45 and $60 are available at nearly 500 restaurants across all five boroughs—but we’re containing our coverage […]

Lion Dancing, Lucky Foods, Libations: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pearl River Mart

Lion Dancing, Lucky Foods, Libations: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pearl River Mart

Pearl River Mart Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit Saturday, January 28, 5-7pm At Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Ave. btw. W. 15th & 16th Sts.) BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Few among us can resist the promise of “Lion Dancing, Lucky Foods, and Libations”—and why should they try? That incredibly effective teaser (shamelessly “borrowed” as our […]

Electeds Demand MSG Entertainment Discontinue Facial Recognition, Destroy Biometric Data

Electeds Demand MSG Entertainment Discontinue Facial Recognition, Destroy Biometric Data

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Facial recognition deployed at MSG Entertainment venues to eject patrons deemed hostile to corporate interests calls to mind its potential abuse by authoritarian regimes—but for now, MSG CEO James L. Dolan seems content to keep the creepy, deeply flawed technology trapped in the sticky resin of his own pettiness and paranoia. […]

Penn South Dog Run Closing Soon: New Leash on Life Nearby?

Penn South Dog Run Closing Soon: New Leash on Life Nearby?

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Taking its lead from a letter generated late last year by the Waterfront, Parks, & Environment (WPE) committee of Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4), the board’s full membership voted earlier this month to recommend immediate closure of the Penn South Dog Run—a recommendation the letter’s recipient, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation […]

How to Get Affordable Health Insurance Coverage

How to Get Affordable Health Insurance Coverage

BY EL MANSOUR BETTAHAR | Nobody plans to get sick or injured, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Ten years ago, I got into an accident at my construction job. I was in pain and alone, having left my family in Algeria during my recent move to the United States. I wanted to get treatment but didn’t […]

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