Former Attorneys Take Croman to Court: The Game of Tactics

Greed Bites the Hand That Steals for It Intro by George Capsis The hand-cuffed arrest and subsequent arraignment in Criminal Court of activist attorney Arthur and the false anonymous call to the health department that raw sewerage was contaminating the kitchen of Nelly’s restaurant, Lima’s Taste are just two of many actions taken by two […]

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Maggie B’s Photo of the Month

   

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A Note

George, Enclosed is a check for a renewal to WestView. Each issue of WestView continues to be a God send… Hope you are healthy and happy! Give our regards to the Village. Eleanor, Tunkannock, PA.  

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A Euphoria of Praise

(The following is the text of a phone call to the publisher.) Hello, my name is Lydia Fogerty. I subscribe to the paper and I want to congratulate Mr. Capsis on his diligent reporting on Diller Island and how pleased I am for him that the story was picked up by the Times. I am […]

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Future Leaders Visit Stonewall

Future Leaders Visit Stonewall

To the Editor: I was happy to see the July issue of WestView News mentioned the LGBT tour that I led on June 21, quoting from the introductory speech outside the Stonewall Inn by the State Department’s Tom Gallagher, who made history in 1975 by coming out publicly of his own accord. Since this tour […]

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A Euphoria of Praise

Hi George— My wife and I thoroughly enjoy reading your paper and believe you have a very good pulse on the neighborhood. We live in Connecticut, but nearly three years ago we purchased our dream apartment in the West Village. We have a few more years until we call the West Village home due to […]

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Lawsuit Will Hurt Long-Time Residents

At our monthly planning meetings for WestView News, the subject of rising rents and affordable housing comes up frequently. In our latest meeting, I mentioned the lawsuit against the city for granting preference to neighborhood applicants, and mentioned that I was writing a letter to Mayor de Blasio and other city officials to urge them […]

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The Press Holds a Mirror up to Cuomo

By George Capsis   The ultimate and fatal flaw in women is their emotions and in men it is their egos. A woman sees “truth” through her emotions and a man through his ego, and the larger his ego the more reality is distorted. Cuomo apparently has a very big ego—I mean BIG—and hence Cuomo’s […]

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Bump in the West Village

By George Capsis I returned from the weekend to see an enormous BUMP sign painted in white just outside my desk window. Soon after, a real, live, Department of Transportation bump appeared on the road. Curious, I asked Jose Bayona of the DOT Press office how it got there. Here is what he said:   […]

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You Don’t Pay Me Enough to Think

By George Capsis   As I reached the kitchen counter to make morning coffee for our French guests, Isabelle and Kumiko, I glanced through the garden door and viewed with alarm that the glass table outside had shattered into the proverbial thousand pieces— glass glittered on the gray slate ground. This is the second time—the […]

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July VID Meeting Brings New Proposals

On Thursday, July 9th, the Village Independent Democrats met in St. John’s Church on Christopher Street. Club Vice President Linda Jacobson substituted for several absent club members and gave the President’s report about a variety of club activities, small business preservation initiatives and legislation, and election preparation for November.   Keen Berger, Democratic party district […]

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No Avatar City

By George Capsis   On NY1 a very intense Mark Peters, the city’s Commissioner of Investigation, was cataloguing the horrors in the city homeless shelters as revealed in a study ordered by Bill de Blasio—vermin, pools of urine, and festering dead rats. Outraged by the situation, I tried to get the commissioner’s office or the […]

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“One if by Land” Defaced

  ARCHWAY REMOVED WHILE OWNERS ARE AWAY: In early July, while the owners were away in Europe, the company leasing the West Village restaurant at 17 Barrow Street, “One If By Land, Two If By Sea,” took down the white stone archway that marked the entry. The archway was in place in 1969, when the […]

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Race and the City

The Crisis Continues By Arthur Z. Schwartz I had an interesting experience a couple months ago, entering the R Train at City Hall, just before a tall guy named Bill de Blasio. It took him five minutes to walk the length of the car because he was mobbed. High fives, lots of selfies (by passengers), […]

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Then & Now Broadway and East 10th

By Stan Fine THEN                                                                  & NOW      

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Lenox Health Passes First Year Anniversary

By Alec Pruchnicki, MD   On July 17th, the Lenox Hill Healthplex, now to be renamed Lenox Health Greenwich Village, celebrated the first anniversary of its opening. How is it doing? To answer this question, Executive Director Alex Hellinger gave a tour of the facility to this writer and WestView photographer Maggie Berkvist. Although there […]

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Bernie Sanders Can Be Elected President. Amazing!

By Arthur Z. Schwartz   Last Sunday, I ran into a neighbor who I hadn’t seen in a while, and she said: “Are you really for Bernie Sanders? Do you think he can win?” I responded: “Yes, I am for Sanders. I actually think that Hillary Clinton has peaked, is headed for big trouble with […]

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Father Walter’s Private Passion

Intro By George Capsis   “Please, I want you to meet Father Walter” was the daily refrain from Nelida Godfrey—the diminutive fount of energy fighting the fusillade of legal tricks launched by landlord Steve Croman to push her out of her apartment and restaurant, Lima’s Taste–she fights back, saying “I am an Inca!” The hope […]

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St. Vincent’s Triangle Gets a New Park

By Brian J. Pape   West Village residents and tourists will soon welcome a new public park on the site where the Loew’s Sheridan Theatre, and later St. Vincent’s Hospital materials handling facility, once stood. Designed by New York City–based M. Paul Friedberg & Partners, the sixteen-thousand-square-foot park, called St. Vincent’s Triangle Park for now, is […]

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Now Get Out

By Keith Michael   Summer is golden. Millie hruffs inside from a sweltering walk, shedding a trail of fur-wisps behind her. Corgis were bred for herding in northern climes. New York summers are not that. Once in the door, she dashes to the bathroom for her water bowl, tags rhythmically jingling on the rim as […]

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Bringing Poetry to the People

Greenwich House Joins with Poets House By Joseph Salas   The New Country By Edith Merle cold and unwelcoming as unrelenting as the falling snow blaring fire engine sirens unfamiliar sounds—the foreign language unheated apartments devoid of hot water year round summers—a distant memory sounds or ripened mangoes beckoning the children falling to the ground […]

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Food is love

By John Barrera   Have you ever cooked for someone and noticed the other person’s face? I can almost guarantee that person was smiling. How about a conversation with your mother telling her you’ll be coming to visit soon? Most times that conversation would include something about making your favorite meal or maybe visiting your […]

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Summer in the City: Not a Bad Place to Dine

By David Porat August in the city, with weather being cooperative, is a great time to enjoy restaurants that are not as easily available at other times of year. Between reservations that are generally easier to get and the very successful NYC and Co. promotion, Restaurant Week, you can enjoy good food, good value, and […]

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An Orgy of Killing Discovers the Brotherhood of Life

  By Erwin H. Lerner   Not very many of us truly can Remember Pearl Harbor, or even recall the Korean War for that matter. We might be aware of Gregory Peck’s Academy Award winning performance in the film Pork Chop Hill, a clump of land located above the Chorwon Valley in west-central Korea. Not […]

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I’m Mad at You, George

By George Capsis   “I’m mad at you, George—you told Carol Yost that just because she was old she didn’t need to live in the Village anymore, that she should live in Florida to make room for young people. I’ve lived in the Village twenty years, George, and I am NOT going to Florida! I’m […]

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Science from Away: Short Stories about Serotonin and More

By Mark M Green (sciencefromaway.com)   Simon N. Young began teaching at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the early 1970s and went on to become Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. He also sat on committees, which decided who gets money to do what research—a professor of considerable influence. Just about when […]

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Raffetto’s—A Century Link to the Village’s Past

By Caroline Benveniste When you enter Raffetto’s, you might be greeted by the sound of the guillotine. Not just one swift thwack, but repeated chopping. In the back of the store the ninety-nine year old pasta cutting machine chops away, cutting to order four different widths of pasta, from linguine to wide fettuccine. The one […]

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The Lost Cinemas of the West Village:  It’s A Wrap (Part Two).

By Clive I. Morrick   Remembering some favorite West Village cinemas which I and many readers have known but are now lost to us. The Eighth Street Playhouse, 52 West 8th Street, now a Beth Israel Medical Center Walk-In (and former TLA Video store), 1929-1992. One commentator has written that the loss of this cinema […]

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When Horses Ruled NYC: 53 Christopher Street “The Stonewall Inn”

  By Brian J. Pape, AIA   Many in the West Village neighborhood celebrated this June when the Stonewall Inn was listed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which voted unanimously to approve landmark designation of the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, the first such site the Commission has landmarked based solely upon LGBT history. […]

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Mama Read to Me

By Maria Hadjidemetriou   “No mamma,you read to me like when I was little” my daughter Julia said, and I did. This pattern during bedtime stories continued and it soon became evident that she didn’t want to read because she was struggling. I had discovered my child’s first learning crisis and it broke my heart. […]

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A Life of Apartments (Part Three)

By George Capsis   Part Three concludes this walk down memory lane and looks to the future. If you missed Part One or Part Two, you can find them at http://westviewnews.org/2015/04/a-life-of-apartments-part-one and http://westviewnews.org/2015/07/a-life-of-apartments-part-two/ The Depression stretched a very long time—from 1929 all the way up and into the War. In that 15-year period, prices stayed […]

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Shaping New York the BIG Way

By Barry Benepe   In 2006, developer Douglas Durst went with his Danish wife Susanne to Copenhagen where he met architect Bjarke Ingels. Mr. Ingels confronted Mr. Durst with the challenge, “Why do your buildings look like buildings?” The Durst Organization had a ground lease for a site on the Hudson River at 625 West 57th Street from […]

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West Village Original: Peter Carlaftes

By Michael D. Minichiello   This month’s West Village Original is writer and performer Peter Carlaftes, born and raised in the Bronx. He has published works in all genres: playwriting (including the spoof “Spin-Dry”), comic writing (the recent “A Year on Facebook”), and collections of poetry (including “Drunkyard Dog”). In addition, he and his partner, […]

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A Boomer Roughing it on the Gulf Coast

By Barbara Riddle   Where to live out the last third of a full life? Still craving museums, foreign flicks, yoga classes and organic, local blueberries and kale? Check. Prefer to walk everywhere? Check Prefer not to navigate black ice and gray slush? Check. Liberal, left-of-center Democrat? Check. Financially challenged? Check. Creaky bones? Check. So, […]

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Tips to Enhance Enjoyment

By Ron Elve   Savoring life’s enjoyments before, during and after life experiences can enhance and add significantly to overall feelings of wellbeing. One way to do this is to focus mentally on the positive—including details of small joys, such as good weather. We tend to go overboard with the negative (road rage and other […]

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August 2015 Events

Download the pdf with the link below view pdf and see the full list of  events in the most recent West Village—including Film, Music, Learning, Dance and Literature. Download August events: Events page 1 Events page 2   For weekly updates go to EVENTS at http://www.westvillageword.com/.

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Jim Fouratt’s REEL DEAL: Movies that Matter August 2015

August used to be the month that studios dumped all the films that had failure written all over them or the month when indie films and docs with niche audience potential were slotted. But our good neighbor on Bank street Harvey Weinstein upended that cinema game plan when he made a new template called March […]

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