Author Archives: Daniel Fitzsimmons

About Daniel Fitzsimmons

Staff writer for the Manhattan weeklies Our Town, Our Town Downtown and the West Side Spirit.

Ready for School?

By Daniel Fitzsimmons and Logan Hendrix Universal pre-kindergarten sites across Manhattan have outstanding and serious health violations, according to Health Department data. City Hall maintains that every site is safe for the start of school. This story was published Aug. … Continue reading

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The Flaws in Cooper’s Law

Only two people have had their licenses suspended since a high-profile law aimed at slowing pedestrian-traffic deaths went into effect. This article was originally published June 10 in the West Side Spirit. Most of Cooper Stock’s friends were able to … Continue reading

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Dozens At Funeral For Blast Victim

Different communities come together in face of tragedy. This story was published in the West Side Spirit April 28, 2015.  On occasion, an event binds the city’s seemingly disparate communities, a reminder that for all its enormity, New York has … Continue reading

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Questioning A Housing Plan

City officials have started to question a little-known program that gives developers credits for building affordable housing units. This story was published in Our Town on March 31, 2015.  New questions are being raised about an under-the-radar city plan that … Continue reading

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In Columbia Apartments Battle, It’s The Long-Term Renters Who Pay

How hidden cameras and housing court are used by one West Side landlord to force out rent-stabilized tenants. This story was first published Oct. 9, 2014 in the West Side Spirit. Gloria Mejia’s son took a long look at the smoke … Continue reading

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