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Watch List Highlights, Friday, February 18, 2011

Garment District: Sewing Machine Repair Important to Haute CoutureThe Bronx: Debates Continue Over Sheridan Expressway
This week, the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance presented two very different plans for the Sheridan Expressway developed by the New York State Department of Transportation. During the meeting, community members discussed the merits of each plan. Read coverage from the New York Post and StreetsBlog.

Disaster Planning: What’s Legal?
A new disaster planning manual published and released this week will now help judges, police officers, health officials and the like to respond to emergency disasters not just within the bounds of necessity but by the law. This includes how to distribute limited supplies, setting curfews, and quarantining areas.

Garment District: Portrait of a Sewing Machine Repairman
Out of his shop located on West 37th Street, Loen Shpelfogel fixed the sewing machines of emerging designers for over forty years. His clients included Cynthia Rowley, Ralph Lauren and Perry Ellis. Now, Loen is one of many shop owners who have moved to the outer boroughs due to higher rents.