OUR LADY OF POMPEII

Built in 1929 at 25 Carmine Street, the architecture of this church is the most opulent in the city, commemorating the prosperity that Greenwich Village Italian American immigrants had achieved by mimicking classic Italian Renaissance Baroque Architecture. The mural above the altar, pictured here, was completed in 1937 and restored in 1985. It depicts scenes […]

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CUBA—THE DOOR OPENS

Photographer Rob Moore captures a moment in Castro’s Cuba as the door opens, but strictures remain. The door has opened for Americans to travel legally to Cuba but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Jet Blue has announced direct flights from New York that can only be booked through a single charter company. Approved travel is […]

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Inside Bernie Sanders

By Arthur A. Schwartz By the time you read this, the Iowa Caucus results will be counted and either Bernie Sanders will have won or he will have suffered a narrow loss. Whichever way it goes, his campaign has awakened a movement in America which must not be lost. I haven’t been to Iowa, and […]

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Single Payer 101

By Alec Pruchnicki, MD  Medicare Vs. Blue Cross By Alec Pruchnicki, MD “ This is not Denmark,” Hillary projected loudly and got heavy applause when Bernie Sanders once again contrasted our chaotic and expensive medical services with the simple, direct government-provided and controlled system used in Denmark. The Times recently offered that the Sanders health […]

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WestViews Correspondence, Commentary, Corrections

Best Paper in the City Just saw the new issue. It’s great as usual. (I tell people it’s not just the best paper in the Village—it’s the best paper in the city.) See you soon, Caruso the quipster — Charles Caruso

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Much Loved in Greenwich Village

Hi, Mr. Capsis. I have lived in Greenwich Village my whole life, 60 years. My father was also born here as well as my grandparents. I have a lot invested emotionally in the neighborhood and having WestView News to read is very welcome. You print a column called West Village Original by Michael D. Minichiello […]

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Stop Mayor’s Attack on City’s Horses

We the public should not pay off Mayor de Blasio’s political debts. The City Council bill to ban the passage of horse drawn carriages from driving to and from their stables to Central Park is a terrible idea. This is a campaign promise that he made to developer Steve Nislick and NYCLASS in return for […]

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The IRS Never Does That

…is what my accountant told me in October after I received a voice mail telling me the IRS was suing me. Upon discovering there had been a rash of such calls in our neighborhood, WestView News ran a piece in November alerting readers. However, I guess the scammers didn’t read my piece, since I had […]

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Village Independent Democrats

General Membership Meeting January 14, 2016 On Thursday, January 14th, the Village Independent Democrats (VID) held their monthly meeting in St. John’s Church on Christopher Street. The meeting began with an update by club President Nadine Hoffman and District Leader Keen Berger on various local political activities. Berger presented a progress report on the upcoming […]

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WestView Proposal May Net Post Office Millions

In the June issue of WestView we proposed selling ad space on graffiti-violated Post Office collection boxes to allow for an annotated street tour of the West Village and providing a source of ad revenue (advertisers will pay $700 a month per side). The office of City Councilman Corey Johnson reports that our article is […]

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Caruso’s Quips

By Charles Caruso LIVE AND YEARN CHARLES CARUSO ACTION You can do anything they can’t stop you from doing. ACTION Action reveals character in life as well as art. ACTS OF GOD Acts of God are so Devilish—hurricanes, earthquakes, floods. Is God the Devil? Has he been fooling us all these years? AMBIVALENCE What mixed […]

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What is Bernie Sanders Talking About When He Says “Medicare for All?”

By Arthur Z. Schwartz In the raging national debate about health care, Sen. Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate able to give a short answer: “Medicare for all.” In a world of Obamacare, managed care plans, health-savings accounts, insurance exchanges, silver, gold or platinum plans and health care organizations, he dusts off a proposal […]

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WestView Op-Ed

By Corey Johnson A contributor to WestView in his seventies offered he could not live in the West Village if it were not for his rent-controlled apartment—but even so, he was still having trouble making ends meet on a fixed-income. For decades the City and State have been passing laws and creating regulations to keep […]

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Why I Joined a Political Club

By Alec Pruchnicki Since the 1960s, I’ve been active in a variety of political causes. I learned back then not to be co-opted (a popular phrase during the ‘60s) by getting involved in “bourgeois” political action. Those who supported Gene McCarthy or Bobby Kennedy worked hard, only to get Richard Nixon and several more years […]

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How to Buy Votes

By George Capsis Anxiously watching the TV weather forecasts the inevitable conclusion emerged—I had to do a big food shopping before the Saturday blizzard ended the possibility that I could make even twenty feet in the drifts with my new knee and unpredictable staggering gait. But where? The local, within walking distance, expensive markets or […]

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United Nations Conference on Climate Change: Paris Meets New York Ecologically

By Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper Bill McKibben was right when he said that the UNCOP21 conference on climate change in Paris did not save the earth but instead saved the chance to save the earth. UNCOP21 miraculously argued for a less than 2% rise in sea levels and we all applauded. People in Paris and […]

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The St. John’s Terminal/Pier 40 Project: How an Assemblymember Should Lead

By Arthur Z. Schwartz Can a Bernie Sanders-supporting progressive activist lawyer also champion a billion dollar development project? The answer is yes. As WestView readers know, I am running for the Assembly seat that includes the West Village, Soho, and Tribeca. And I have made it clear that I am a supporter of the St. […]

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A Hospital or Condos?

Stop the Press! Just hours after I wrote the plea below to build a hospital first then condos on the St. John’s Terminal site, I got a call from Barbara Chacour that the Times had run a piece by Joyce Wadler—a West Village resident and a veteran Times writer—who discovered the hard way that the […]

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Introduction to Political Economy and Economics

A 6 Session Course Taking Place Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 March 3 and 10, 6 pm to 7:30 pm By Katherine Moos In the wake of the global financial crisis, questions about the functioning of our economic system are as relevant as ever. Especially in New York City, home to Wall Street and […]

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The Contempt of the One Percent

By George Capsis It is hard to believe but for six years there has been a forty-foot-long construction fence covering two buildings under renovation on the North side of West 4th Street between 10th and Charles Street. The building belongs to the daughter of billionaire George Soros whose main dwelling of, we assume, considerable size […]

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Science from Away: Believe it or Not

By Mark M Green  (sciencefromaway.com) I’ve been collecting articles in the scientific literature about climate change. There follows here some highlights. Some climate scientists believe that melting sea ice in the Arctic is exposing more water to the sun, which absorbs the sun’s warmth instead of ice which reflects the sun’s rays cause warming of […]

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Greenwich House After-School Offers a New Kind of Prep: New Program Helps Students Apply to Arts-Based High Schools

By Joe Salas Applying to high school isn’t as easy as walking down the street and registering at your local school anymore. As many overwhelmed parents and pre-teens can attest, the application process for New York City’s selective enrollment arts high schools rivals that of most elite colleges. Prospective students are asked to submit transcripts, […]

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Math Patterns in Nature and Applications in the Real World

A Five-Session Course Taking Place on Saturdays February 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 3:00 – 4:30pm By Trush Majmudar For over two millennia we have been using mathematics to describe the world around us. Over time we have relied more and more on mathematics to describe not just laws of physics and nature […]

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Bright Kids: Born or Developed

By Ron Elve Yes, prodigies are just born and we should support their strengths and even stay out of their way. Though it is also important to ensure that their social skills and basic happiness receive at least equal time—i.e. they are not too geeky! Developing the more average or slowish child is an equal […]

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Tales from Twisp

By Diana Hottell Nibbling at Life “We keep prying apart the folds of this place. Let’s see, in the past week we’ve been splattered with holy water at a Ukrainian church, eaten lunch at the exclusive Yale club, sat by the welcome coal stove at McSorley’s, had a hot dog in the basement of Our […]

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Sophia at Sixteen

By Doric Capsis On January 8, 2016, a sweet sixteen party was held for Sophia Capsis at the Du Pont Mansion in Old Westbury, Long Island. This mansion was originally built by the Du Pont family in 1916 and serves as a gorgeous example of Neoclassical/ Georgian architecture. Sophia’s 150 plus mix of friends and family […]

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The Gods of Chance

By Jacqueline Blandi I recently left my job on Wall Street to take care of a 99 year old relative, Henry, who was told he had seven months to live. While staying at his home, I stumbled across a treasure trove of WWII letters he wrote to his future wife, my cousin Evelyn, from 1943-1945. The […]

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Gourmet Garage: Our Hometown Grocer

By Barbara Chacour Interview with owners Andy Arons and Adam Hartman at their SoHo office, a 3rd floor walkup reminiscent of the old industrial SoHo—i.e., a small but neat warren of activity. The owners explained that while store rents are high, they keep overhead very lean. The business evolved out of a wholesale supplier to […]

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Restaurant Row

By Caroline Benveniste In his January 8th article in the Daily News, Michael Kaminer made the case that Greenwich Avenue between 6th and 7th avenues is the new restaurant row. Five restaurants are mentioned in the column, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. In all, there are 25 restaurants including three that […]

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Restaurants Focused on the Kitchen

By David Porat Eating out is not always about what the kitchen is up to — many larger restaurants are corporately developed to streamline the kitchen, focusing on the atmosphere or often the bar, where they more easily make money. Three new places are very much about the prowess and creativity of the kitchen, and […]

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Winter Wonderland

By Keith Michael Damp. Damp. Damp. “Millie, I don’t think ‘damp’ is what the crow across the street is crowing about.” Wet sidewalk aside (from a late night drizzle), it’s an oxymoronically bucolic Sunday morning in January: tepid, low mist above the cobblestones, sun ricocheting off the south Meier tower, cloud-powdered blue sky, birds literally […]

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Winter Storm Jonas Has A Whale of A Snowman

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In and Out

By Caroline Benveniste This month we are starting a new column in WestView to report openings and closings in the Village. To help us, please send along any information you have to wvnewsinout@gmail.com and let us know if you would like us to use your name. Thanks! Openings: In Chelsea Market, in the space that […]

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Bayard Rustin Tour Series “Uptown and Downtown”

By Laurence Frommer Most people have heard of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all that he did to end institutionalized racism in our nation. However, few seem to know about the man behind the scenes, the chief architect of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, Bayard Rustin. Our nation owes Rustin, a […]

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The Judge Steps Out (Part Two)

By Clive I. Morrick This three-part series revisits the infamous Judge Joseph Force Crater’s disappearance. Part Two describes events in his life that may or may not have contributed to it. Part Three will summarize the (few) books about the case. Judge Crater took his seat on the New York Supreme Court bench on April […]

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Setting Boundaries and Learning to Love Ourselves

By Christina Raccuia Boundaries. We all know the word but few understand how we are affected when boundaries are either fluid or non-existent. Setting boundaries is a way to take care of and protect yourself. We need to be able to tell people when they are acting in ways that are not acceptable to us. […]

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