Glick and Cuomo Win, Community Loses.

Glick and Cuomo Win, Community Loses.

There was no dancing in the streets on November 4th when Deborah Glick and Andrew Cuomo were re-elected to their positions and the Christine Quinn-led, Andrew Cuomo-created Women’s Equality Party squeaked its way onto the ballot for every election for the next four years (albeit on Row G or H.) Last year we experienced excitement [...]

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A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

Millie is begging for a duck breast chew, which will, thankfully, keep her quiet while I write (and re-write) this article, but will also keep her chubby (in that corgi laying-in-provisions-for-the-winter sort of way). Hardly a harbinger of holiday comfort and joy, it seems like I had contact with an inordinate number of “accidental birds” [...]

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Voices of Ascension Holds a GalaBy Barbara Chacour

Voices of Ascension Holds a GalaBy Barbara Chacour

On November 12 the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra had a benefit performance at the Church of the Ascension followed by a reception. Incelebration of its 25th anniversary, Voices established a prize for excellence in music which was presented to Gregg Smith, founder of the Gregg Smith singers, by artistic director Dennis Keene. Chorus [...]

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Brand New Restaurants with Personality

Brand New Restaurants with Personality

Brand new to the neighborhood is Primo 135, somewhat like a hide-away, yet on a well beaten path at 135 Seventh Avenue South. In a location that had been a very simple unassuming place, Jerry Stevens, a new restaurateur, has put his stamp on this space and turned it into an intimate, contemporary Italian fine [...]

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Where The Best Nuts Are Cracking This Season

Where The Best Nuts Are Cracking This Season

It’s that “most wonderful” time of year again, time to listen to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and watch lovely dancers all around the city interpret E. T. A. Hoffman’s story as we settle in to the holiday season. Here in New York City, the dance capital of the world, we are lucky to have a myriad [...]

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Former CB2 Chair Jo Hamilton Fined $10,000: Integrity Denied.

Former CB2 Chair Jo Hamilton Fined $10,000: Integrity Denied.

We have seen our neighborhood change markedly over the last 25 years, during most of which I have served as a member of Community Board 2. We have gone from a reasonably priced neighborhood of artists, actors, and progressive-minded professionals to a hub of real estate development, overpriced apartments, designer boutiques, and $35-per-meal restaurants. There [...]

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NBC and The Post Discover a New Restaurant.

NBC and The Post Discover a New Restaurant.

“We would like to take out an ad in WestView News to advertise our new restaurant”. Nothing, oh nothing, cheers me more than this call and when I asked the owner, Fikret Uslu, his country of origin I had another boost with “Turkey,” because my father, although very Greek, was born in Chesme, a Greek [...]

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Edwina Seaver Fontaine, 1927-2014

Edwina Seaver Fontaine, 1927-2014

In the last issue of Westview I wrote about my former tenant, Edwina Fontaine, and the choices I had to make about her life and death after she suffered from pneumonia at the DeWitt Rehabilitation Center. Edwina survived the pneumonia – barely. She left Lenox Hill Hospital on November 7th and I was able to [...]

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West Village Original: Maggie Berkvist

West Village Original: Maggie Berkvist

This month’s West Village Original is “WestView” photographer Maggie Berkvist, born in Leicester, England. For over 50 years she was a photo editor and researcher, including a 20-year stint at the New York Times, after which she worked as a freelancer for publications such as LIFE. Since moving to New York City in November of [...]

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The Jefferson Market Library’s Fascinating History

The Jefferson Market Library’s Fascinating History

The New York Public Library’s history of the Jefferson Market Library states it was originally a courthouse. It goes on, “The courthouse was briefly the center of national attention in 1906, when Harry K. Thaw was tried [there] for the murder of architect Stanford White.” And it claims that around 1929, Mae West was tried [...]

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The City: Entry and Passage

The City: Entry and Passage

Architect and city planner Barry Benepe has the most unique mind I have ever encountered.He is free of any clichéd opinions – it is as if he is newborn each morning.Here he gives his own poetic encounter with our city. -George Capsis Last month we looked at our city as a static composition, enjoyed if [...]

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Walk About New York

Walk About New York

From Tariffs, to Archives, to Bedrooms: a History of the Archive Building . Steaming along Christopher Street, the Archive Building looks like a huge red ship, as well it should. In more than proximity, it has a connection with the nearby waterfront. The Archive Building rises according to the irregularly shaped plot of land that [...]

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“It’s Only a Play” – A Laugh Riot

“It’s Only a Play” – A Laugh Riot

The audience at the Schoenfeld Theatre at the packed-house performance of “It’s Only a Play” greeted line after line with uproarious laughter and waves of applause. The gifted playwright Terrence McNally has certainly outdone himself with this one; and there is no end to the fun in the newly revised and updated version of the [...]

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Hootenanny! GHMS Celebrates the Spirit of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie

Hootenanny! GHMS Celebrates the Spirit of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie

What’s a Hootenanny? Stop by the Greenwich House Music School to find out. The Music School and New York City based Americana band The Amigos have partnered to present a new community series: The Amigos Family Dinner, their version of a Hootenanny. The monthly series has revived the spirit of the legendary hootenannies held in [...]

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Jim Fouratt’s REEL DEAL: Movies that Matter, December 2014.

Jim Fouratt's REEL DEAL: Movies that Matter, December 2014.

Let’s Go To The Movies: Nightcrawler – Director Dan Gilroy Dan Gilroy’s debut film should grab the gold come award time. His Michael Mann- inspired look at Los Angeles, and how tabloid journalism, first invented by the supermarket rag The National Enquirer, has drenched television news reporting, rechanneling it in an ugly aesthetic, is a [...]

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Dear Editor:

71 years of age, I have been going to The Lady of Pompeii for several years. The space is shared with other groups that hold classes and events. So the Church’s comments / stand make no sense. Many people use that center, not just seniors — people who are homeless, people who are either physically [...]

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When Greed Becomes Normal

Whether it is the Rudin real estate firm taking over the remains of St. Vincent’s Hospital, or the Koch brothers taking over Congress, it is clear that big money has big influence in political arenas from local to national in scope. The US Supreme court has expanded this influence by decisions such as the Citizens [...]

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Malware Attacks Are On the Rise.

Yesterday an NYPA member news organization was attacked by Malware. The virus that hit them locked all files on their servers and asked for a ransom to unlock them. They discovered the virus when they were unable to place banners on their InDesign pages for this week’s pages! They were able to avoid a major [...]

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Ruth Berk –Moved But Not Yet Home

I wrote last month about my goal to get Ruth Berk, long time resident of 95 Christopher Street, out of DeWitt Nursing Home. She had been sent there involuntarily last February, in what seems to be a collusive effort by her landlord and a judge to decontrol a two bedroom penthouse. I wrote to the [...]

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Pier 54-55 Park – Happy and Perplexed.

Since I am a member of the CB2 Parks and Waterfront Committee, I will be asked to pass some kind of judgment on the new park proposed for Pier 54, (at West 14th Street,) based on a donation of around $150 million from Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg. It looks spectacular, and even if [...]

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PLAYING CATCH UP

Why is Europe so far ahead of us in dealing with its flooding problems? They have fifty year plans for the future that they are dealing with now; they are not playing catch up as we are. Here in New York City what is being planned will help, but it won’t solve the long term [...]

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Bike Baloney

To the editor, WestView News Dear Editor: All those letters written by outraged put-upon bikers were very touching. I wonder, though, if any have been to the Hudson River Park, which has a dedicated, protected bike path, on which signs and crossing stripes for “Yield to Pedestrians” are ignored, oh, about 100% of the time. [...]

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DEC: International Sensation “SWAMP JUICE” at Barrow Street SPECIAL PRESS INVITATION INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED “SWAMP JUICE” OPENS DECEMBER 2 AT BARROW STREET THEATRE 6-WEEK ENGAGEMENT FROM NOV 28 TO JAN 4 IS CREATOR JEFF ACHTEM’S OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT Dear George: Jeff Achtem’s wildly inventive “Swamp Juice,” the Edinburgh Total Theatre Award-winning shadow puppet show, plays the Barrow [...]

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Capping Tammany Hall

Union Square contains several landmark buildings. One of these is Tammany Hall, built in 1929 on the site of the seven story Westmoreland Hotel, across 17th Street from the twenty story Mansard-roofed Germania Life Insurance Company. Tammany Hall, the former abode of the Boss Tweed Ring, was originally located on East 14th Street, before being [...]

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In Response To WestView News’ Questions About The Fate Of The Senior Center At Our Lady Of Pompeii:

Mr. Capsis: To recap what I said on the phone: The Archdiocese of New York is aware of the situation at Our Lady of Pompeii concerning the Greenwich House senior center. We have heard several conflicting reports of the current status of the situation, and so will look into the matter to try to determine [...]

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Remembering the Automat

When the not-so-young man behind the counter of the Bridgehampton nursery informed me that a tiny bottle of liquid plant food would cost $11.50 and I said “I could have eaten at the Automat for a month on $11.50,” and he then said “What’s the Automat?” I knew I was old! Yes, if you are [...]

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Steal My Idea, Why Don’t You!

I learned this morning on WNYC that one of, if not the hottest conduits of start up money is in Israel, and the minimum investment chip is $10,000 – and the money is pouring in… The CEO, intoxicated with success, gave as an example an idea I invented two months ago and sent to my [...]

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Our Future Is Becoming A Billionaire’s Caprice.

You may not care for a concrete island draped over 300 concrete mushroom columns some 70 feet above the Hudson but because you are poor and the city is poor and the state is poor and Barry Diller is rich, and getting richer every day, it will happen. “Somebody’s got to pay for it. We [...]

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Stimulating The Appetite To Learn

If we were, hypothetically of course, to take an MRI of our potential learner’s brain there probably would be increased activity on the screen showing involvement when responding to questions posed by the instructor. Wouldn’t this indicate more learner interest and focus as opposed to the opposite, more of being taught and told leading to [...]

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