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By DNAinfo Staff on September 24, 2009 3:51pm  | Updated on September 24, 2009 3:50pm

A bilingual school will open an Upper West Side branch at Riverside Boulevard and West 68th Street. Scheduled to open in November, Bilingual Buds, will educate kids ages one to 10 in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.

Construction workers are protesting a Columbus Square developer by placing a giant inflatable rat on the sidewalk. The protestors say the developer unfairly switched to non-union employees. The developer of the site, which runs from 97th to 100th streets, says he couldn’t afford not to switch.

Construction is set to begin on the 59th Street Recreational Center.  Last week, officials broke ground on the $12 million renovation, which has been in the works for more than 15 years.

The famous water fountain in front of the Metropolitan Opera House will reopen on Oct. 1. It was turned off in 2008 during Lincoln Center’s ongoing renovations.

From the Westside Spirit crime blotter: a man was stabbed with a letter opener while inside the Staples office supply store on Broadway near 81st Street.

A thief stole $3,000 worth of equipment from a construction site on Riverside Boulevard.