Stamford reps vote to lower proposed fees for sidewalk cafes

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Amid a growing cry of protest, city legislators have revised a preliminary plan to increase a permit fee for sidewalk cafes. On Tuesday night, the Board of Reps’ legislative and rules committee voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance that would charge restaurant owners by the square foot for using city sidewalks. The amount would […] [Read More]
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Street artist strikes again in Stamford

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An artist who goes by the pseudonym “5ivefingaz” has been putting up a series of art installations across the city. The latest one, which surfaced Sunday afternoon in front of the shuttered post office building on Atlantic Street, is a satirical commentary on the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to sell its old buildings. The piece, […] [Read More]
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Fight to save Stamford post office suffers another setback

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Correction: An initial version of this blog post misstated the developer’s plan for the post office. Cappelli has pledged to save the exterior of the building, including the back portion.  A legal battle spearheaded by historic preservation activists to prevent the redevelopment of the city’s downtown historic post office was dealt another defeat this week […] [Read More]
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NY woman charged with passing counterfeit bills in Stamford

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STAMFORD — Police charged a New York woman with passing counterfeit bills Friday and are urging merchants to use caution when accepting large bills printed prior to 1996. Faith Sellers, 18, of Redfern Avenue in Far Rockaway, was charged Friday night with six counts of first-degree forgery, two counts of sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy after […] [Read More]

Can Stamford Town Center mall stay competitive?

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With the holiday season underway, there’s a lot of attention being paid to the retail sector, which had a strong November. Two weeks ago, I wrote a story on the challenges facing the Stamford Town Center mall. The 875,000-square-foot, six-level shopping center has still not yet announced a tenant to replace former anchor Saks Fifth […] [Read More]

Forecast looking balmy for this Sunday’s parade

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According to the latest weather.com forecast, Sunday should be partly sunny and 59 degrees. That’s great news for parade organizers at the Downtown Special Services District, who have over the years grown a local event into a regional spectacle. Sandy Goldstein, the president of the DSSD, once told me that she aspired to make Stamford’s […] [Read More]
Categories: Downtown, DSSD

Prominent rabbi to speak at Ferguson on Nov. 13 about inclusivity and tolerance

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Jewish Family Services of Stamford will present a prominent gay Orthodox rabbi to lecturing at the Ferguson Library next Thursday,  challenges of committing to being more inclusive to minorities and other groups. Rabbi Steven Greenberg, will present the 3rd Annual Saul Cohen Jewish Family Services lecture entitled “The Pain and Pleasure of Difference—How an Exclusive […] [Read More]
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Group says downtown park project draws more than 100

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On Friday, a team of urban planning activists decided to take on the world-wide urban planning experiment known as Park(ing) Day. Led by Emily Provonsha, a public space planner for the Downtown Special Services District, which was not involved in the project, the group set up a lounging area and bike parking station along two […] [Read More]
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Robbery of autistic man in Stamford gains national attention

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STAMFORD — The appalling theft of $100 from an autistic man outside the Stamford Town Center mall last week and the subsequent outpouring of community support has gained national attention and will be featured in an upcoming segment of NBC Nightly News. Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of the newscast, is coming to […] [Read More]
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Downtown set to get self-storage facility

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The city’s Zoning Board on Monday approved a plan to create a self-storage facility in the downtown, suggesting an emerging demand by apartment dwellers. The owners of 1351 Washington Blvd., an office building, have asked to allocate a 3,224 square feet basement space for storage lockers. According to the city’s land use bureau, the lockers […] [Read More]
Categories: Development, Downtown, Zoning