Why Zephyr Teachout Can and Should Beat Andrew Cuomo

Why Zephyr Teachout Can and Should Beat Andrew Cuomo

Over the last few weeks the public has rapidly discerned what readers of WestView have known for months: Andrew Cuomo is facing a serious, grounded, progressive opponent who might just make a better governor than he is. This insurgency has caught fire in recent weeks, and Zephyr’s candidacy is becoming known to more and more [...]

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Science from Away: Very Short Science Stories

Science from Away: Very Short Science Stories

In 1964, a professor of entomology at Cornell University, Thomas Eisner, published an article in Science, in which he wrote: “Surely, a mint plant derives no benefit from an ability to stimulate cats!” He was addressing the remarkable response of cats to the odor of the catnip plant, Nepata cateria. They can’t seem to get [...]

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Bicycling Dogs: Interview with Joe Reilly, enterprising dog “walker”

Bicycling Dogs: Interview with Joe Reilly, enterprising dog “walker”

Hudson Urban Bicycles at Charles Street and Washington Street is popular with both cyclists and dog lovers. Neighborhood dog lovers stop by to pat and play with owner George Bliss’s sweet pit bull mix Moxie, bringing their own dogs and children. George told WestView News that he now has doggie customers, thanks to Joe Reilly [...]

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Quoth the Raven

Quoth the Raven

Millie lifts her corgi head as I pull my clothes on in the dark. While tying my shoes, I hear the tags on her collar jingling jangling as she’s likely thinking, “Hey, it’s way too early in the morning! I was still dreaming of bacon and cheese. (You’d only just opened the refrigerator door. Though [...]

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The Novel: a Biography

The Novel: a Biography

When I called through the fence to Michael Schmidt, visiting Joan McAlister my neighbor and his cousin at 71 Charles, for an article on Sinclair Lewis I was astonished at how fast it came back and at its incredible historic scholarship. What I did not know until two weeks ago when the New York Times [...]

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Feeling Oceans Away

Feeling Oceans Away

Casa la Femme is an Egyptian restaurant on Charles Street that has been there for 5 years. That does not begin to explain the exotic and surreal journey you can take just footsteps from your own casa. I have walked by the place previously, never being quite sure what happens inside. I now know, what [...]

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43 MacDougal Street

43 MacDougal Street

Many longtime residents of the Village have wondered about the fate of 43 MacDougal Street, which has sat vacant for decades. Located at the corner of King Street on the eastern edge of the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District, 43 MacDougal is a Greek Revival style townhouse that was built as part of a row in 1846. [...]

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Lymphedema—More That Just Cancer’s Nasty Little Secret

Lymphedema—More That Just Cancer’s Nasty Little Secret. Photo: Patrick McPartland Photography

Ask a breast cancer survivor about her lymphedema and you are likely to hear her say, “It’s worse than my cancer. They cured my cancer. Lymphedema is forever.” However, as familiar as we all are with breast cancer, when you ask someone to tell you everything they know about lymphatic disease and lymphedema, they just [...]

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West Village Original: Marjorie Colt

West Village Original: Marjorie Colt.

This month’s West Village Original is painter and long-time West Villager Marjorie Colt, born in Canton, Ohio in 1935. Colt moved to Horatio Street in 1959 and started running a B&B out of her house there in 1992. After selling the building this summer, Colt moved permanently to Oakland, California to be closer to her [...]

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Healthplex: View From the Inside

Healthplex: View From the Inside

In the last issue of WestView News, the opening of the new Lenox Hill Healthplex in the former O’Toole building of St. Vincent’s Hospital was explored. But, this is a view from the outside, the community, looking in. What is the view of the workers there? In order to get their opinions on the newly [...]

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Dear Editor

Dear Editor

What happened? Pier 45 has two beautiful shaded dias areas intended for 5-6 tables they once had – welcoming families to picnic, students to study, seniors to sit resting, chatting, watching the birds… but gradually, every single table has been taken away by the commercial Hudson Park Cafe – so that now those spacious dais’ [...]

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The Cherry Lane Celebrates 90th Season

The Cherry Lane Celebrates 90th Season

In 1996, Ms Fiordellis, founder and Artistic Director of the producing company Cherry Lane Alternatives, revived The Cherry Lane, which was teetering on extinction. She stepped in where angels fear to tread, preserved the building, its storied and detailed history and founded the producing company, Cherry Lane Alternative, creating a number of innovative programs and [...]

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Jim Fouratt’s REEL DEAL: Movies that Matter

Jim Fouratt’s REEL DEAL: Movies that Matter

September 2014 Last October I wrote: “Quel deluge! The awards season scramble is upon us.” Everyday it would seem a new “important” film opens in New York City. The march to Academy Award nominations is in high stop motion. Understand that the setup is to qualify for the IFC Spirit nominations (the independent film movement [...]

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VID Endorses Teachout Running Mate Tim Wu

At a special meeting of the Village Independent Democrats (VID) held at St. John’s Church on Thursday August 14th, endorsement for Lieutenant Governor was discussed. Previously, the VID had endorsed Kathy Hochul for this office, but not her running mate Andrew Cuomo for governor. For that position, they had endorsed Zephyr Teachout, but not her [...]

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A Failed Theory: Still Failing

Westview News examined the theory that the United States has too many hospital beds (Westview News, “Closing Hospitals Saves Money: A Failed Theory, March 2014), and has concluded that it is wrong. The medical literature is also joining this argument. In the March issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, examination of the increasing and [...]

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WestView Letter September 2014: Three Lives & Company Bookshop

Three Lives & Company Bookshop Dear Michael, What a joy it was to receive the latest WestView News with your wonderful profile of the Three Lives & Company. The bookshop has been fortunate to have had a number of articles written article about it over my time there, but your article, by far!, is the [...]

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WestView Letter September 2014: Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins Dear Mr Capsis, In your interview with gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout she refers to another candidate whose name you “did not catch” or find on Google, so you “guess he does not count.” I guess she referred to the Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. In fact there is plenty of information about him, [...]

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Ferguson—Just the Beginning

As a contributor to the WestView News, I sometimes write about Chris Hedges and encourage everyone to check out his Truthdig.com column, which comes out on Monday mornings. There is more than one path to the truth, but not many, and Chris Hedges’ voice is one of them. In the Monday editorial dated August 18, [...]

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Scoff Law

Anonymous Letter and George Capsis Excerpt of letter received by publisher: “Hub Plumbing illegally parks in our neighborhood week-after-week… They rely on walking or driving traffic police to be busier with more important police business than to monitor their illegal parking… They are winning the contest in the 6th Precinct. Hub Plumbing has convinced a [...]

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Harvard Professor Offers Rudin Solution to Affordable Housing

. “Edward Glaeser is an economics professor at Harvard University, author of “Triumph of the City, How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer” . Yes, well, it is much easier to understand professor Edward Glaser’s criticism and solution as to just how to create affordable housing in New York if we know the title of [...]

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YOU MADE THE POST AGAIN

“You made the Post again,” offered Bobb Goldstein and indeed I was in the Sunday August 9th edition with the headline “Newspaper apologizes for calling Obama the N-word in headline” and then began the article with “The blowhard publisher of a West Village who headlined a July opinion piece about President Obama finally apologized last [...]

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Correction

The recently published Roof Explorers’ Guide, by Village resident Leslie Adatto, describes 101 rooftops in New York City with public access. WestView published an interview with the author last month (Guide to Asphalt Beaches) but did not mention where you could buy the book. The guide is available at Three Lives & Company, from Amazon [...]

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WestView Letter September 2014: Dear Editor,

Dear Editor, While I’m now reading the August issue of WestView, I did not read the July issue. That being said, I take issue with something the poet L’Oreal Snell wrote in her article, i.e. and e.g., “conservative whites dislike or even hate Obama because he is black, but: 1. Who doesn’t know this?” I [...]

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WestView Letter September 2014: Dear Editor,

Dear Editor, I was shocked to find two horrifying errors on page 13 in the article by Cecilia Rubino entitled, “Brush-up on the Bard.” The American actor’s name was Edwin FORREST, not Forest, and the event noted transpired in 1849 and not 1894. Sincerely, John F. Early

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Tips of Making Good Grades

What is on your list of reasons for making good grades? Hey, you never know. What about possible graduate master’s or doctoral degrees? Or medical or law school? Future scholarships? Prospective employers may be exceptionally interested in your grades for key courses directly related to certain jobs. An “A” can earn you a letter of [...]

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WestView Letter September 2014: Dear Mr. Capsis,

Dear Mr. Capsis, I was quite appalled at your unattractive ethnic stereotyping of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his father for talking too much because “maybe it’s the Italian in him.” Such a cheap slur is out of place anywhere but especially in Greenwich Village, home to so many Italians for so long and the beneficiary [...]

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Psychopathology Demystified at Jefferson Market Library

Many years ago, a young man formed an attachment to his mother that ended in her demise. Since he did not want to be replaced by her lover, he poisoned them both, and preserved her corpse. She then lived on within her son, Norman Bates. Likely one of the most famous movies of all time, [...]

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WestView Letter September 2014: Editor’s Note: We asked reader Karen Sunde for more information regarding the seating on Pier 45 and received this from her husband:

Editor’s Note: We asked reader Karen Sunde for more information regarding the seating on Pier 45 and received this from her husband: Originally, the shaded dais at the entry of pier 45 had at least six 4-seater metal tables for public use. They were heavily used for free by visitors, and even more would have [...]

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WestView Letter September 2014: The residents of the 66th district need to cast their vote for me on November 4th because the system in Albany is rigged, and Deborah Glick is part of the broken system. New York can have a government that works for all of us, not one that works only for the wealthy and well connected. It is clear to me that this culture of intimidation, back room deals, and working for your largest donors is the biggest problem facing our democracy.

The residents of the 66th district need to cast their vote for me on November 4th because the system in Albany is rigged, and Deborah Glick is part of the broken system. New York can have a government that works for all of us, not one that works only for the wealthy and well connected. [...]

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