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Planning Together — Without the Community

Planning Together — Without the Community

The City Council Speaker has proposed PLANNING TOGETHER: A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR NEW YORK CITY (linked).   Formally Intro 2186, this legislation proposes a requirement for the City of New York to undertake periodic, comprehensive planning for all areas of...

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Hitting Refresh on West 72nd Street

Hitting Refresh on West 72nd Street

By Claudie Benjamin We can all do with a periodic refresh of our lives and Natasha Nesic, a Personal Trainer/Nutrition Expert, who owns Work Life Fitness, is undertaking this in a big way. She began the first week of February 2021 by moving into a spacious new...

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Frozen Vodka Lemonade for Rollercoaster Times

Frozen Vodka Lemonade for Rollercoaster Times

By Claudie Benjamin When The Dakota Bar first opened in the early 2000s, it gave off an aura of posh.  Now with service only outside due to Covid restrictions, you can still savor an expensive cab. Parminder Singh and his family opened The Dakota Bar in 2014 recently...

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New Banking Reality

New Banking Reality

By Claudie Benjamin Noon on a Wednesday, Citi Bank’s spacious entry floor is nearly empty: no lines, just one interaction occurring between a customer and bank teller.  Upstairs on the 2nd floor where complex business matters are conducted,  Branch Manager, VP Raysa...

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Celebrity Hair Styling

Celebrity Hair Styling

By Claudie Benjamin More often than not, the second floor businesses on West 72nd Street are marked discreetly. Most have signs or window lettering that nod to the type of business conducted within, but with little razzmatazz. The Harold Melvin Salon at 137 W. 72nd...

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72nd Street is His Middle Name

72nd Street is His Middle Name

By Claudie Benjamin When Jonah [72nd Street] Phillips, owner with his father Alan of Pastrami Queen at 138 W. 72nd, starts talking about traditional Jewish Kosher Deli foods, he turns theatrical, using the inflection of immigrants who spoke Yiddish and settled in the...

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Fred Astaire on the Upper West Side

Fred Astaire on the Upper West Side

By Claudie Benjamin Really too good, it’s like a stage set. Lights up: a 19th Century building, located right in the very heart of West 72nd Street, is entirely draped in dark, protective safety screening. Looking at the building from the curb, there are few signs of...

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