A Vote for Howie Hawkinsand Alexander Meadows

The Teachout Democratic Party fallout continues. Progressive Democrats bail out of the Quinn/Duane political machine and endorse principles over politics. Hawkins and Meadows pick up support in their battles against Cuomo and Glick. I am just back from a rally for Alexander Meadows where Green Party candidate for Governor, Howie Hawkins, endorsed Meadows in his [...]

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Gansevoort Market Food Hall is on the Way

Gansevoort Market Food Hall is on the Way

“To market, to market” — to the Gansevoort Market to be precise, where a group of intrepid restaurateurs have teamed up to create a spacious new food hall. Though still a work in progress, there is already a satisfying array of gourmet specialties available and, as well as the many grab-and-go concession stands, a cheerful [...]

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Ruth Berk Must Be Freed!

Ruth Berk Must Be Freed!

One day when visiting my former tenant, Edwina Fontaine, at the DeWitt Nursing Home (see Goodnight, Edwina page 21), the woman in the next bed began talking to me. This woman was lucid, lively, and had lived on Christopher Street for her whole life. I asked her her name, and it turned out that she [...]

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Judicial Panel Overturns NYU Decision: Court of Appeals Will Be Last Word

Judicial Panel Overturns NYU Decision: Court of Appeals Will Be Last Word

On October 14, the First Department Panel of the Appellate Division overturned the January 7th ruling of Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills. That ruling, in a lawsuit filed by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, and a broad coalition of community groups, preservationists, and local elected officials, had [...]

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Once I Was Nearly Homeless

Once I Was Nearly Homeless

As I remember, it was the beginning of December 1975. Without warning, 220 women were told that they would have to leave the Evangeline Residence Hall, run by the Salvation Army. Many of us had lived there for years. But if you had not stayed there continuously for the past eight years, you would have [...]

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Please Let Maggie Sit

Please Let Maggie Sit

George Pleads to Build Maggie’s Bench “ I have got to sit down – I have got to sit down – now! “ pleaded Maggie Capsis on Bleecker Street after two lung cancer operations that left her unable to walk more than 50 yards. “You can’t sit here – this is not a sitting shop, [...]

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Walk About New York.: The Washington Arch, Part II

Walk About New York.: The Washington Arch, Part II

Late 19th-cetury New Yorkers fell in love with the Washington Arch that had been built to celebrate the centenary of George Washington’s inauguration. Both the citizenry and city officials wished for a permanent version to replace the wood and plaster structure, which had straddled Lower Fifth Avenue at Washington Square North. On the second of [...]

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Let’s Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

Months ago, this jaunty title scratched its way onto my short list for a November article, but how to justify “talking turkey” about the bird-life of the West Village (and Millie)? Then, on October 8th, the New York Times published the news that Zelda, Battery Park’s eleven-year-resident (her species championed by Benjamin Franklin as the [...]

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The Most Beautiful Day in Their Lives

The Most Beautiful Day in Their Lives

Les Couleurs’ CREATE Program Brings Art Classes to Haitian Orphans My friend Aura Copeland and I made our first trip to Haiti in May of this year, and visited several schools and orphanages. Aura is an artist, and I am a publicist, and we had recently established the Les Couleurs charity organization in New York [...]

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Tips for Eating Alone-Part 2

Tips for Eating Alone-Part 2

Last month I wrote about the joys and perils of eating alone. Eating alone is no excuse to not eat, to not eat healthy, or to not enjoy eating! Eating is an activity to enjoy, but as with just about everything else in life, it takes some planning and may even take a change in [...]

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West Village Original: Bill Curreri

West Village Original: Bill Curreri

This month’s West Village Original is Bill Curreri, born in St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1949. After successful careers in pharmaceutical marketing and academia, Curreri began a new one as a musician with the release of his first album in 2012. His second album, “Son of An American Dream,” has just been released and is generating [...]

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Deciding When It Is Time to Die

Deciding When It Is Time to Die

Goodnight, Edwina In 1991 my then wife and I bought a building on West 11th Street because we wanted to stay in the West Village and there were no three-bedroom apartments available in those days. We lived on Bank Street in a two-bedroom, but our two kids had outstripped the space. The tenement building we [...]

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“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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Caffe Cino Rides Again

Magie Dominic in her talk entitled ‘The Story of the Caffe Cino’ sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation at the Jefferson Market Library on Thursday evening of September 18th, did not dwell on the darker side of Caffe Cino but instead rightly focused on the dynamics and body of the creative work. [...]

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Alex Meadows Conquered My Cynicism

The system is broke, and no, we can’t fix it. That’s my opinion—however, on the evening of Thursday, October 16th, just a chink of light penetrated the darkness. I ran into the progressive candidate for State Assembly, Alex Meadows, and his Field Director, Moumita Ahmed (formerly Zephyr Teachout’s Deputy Field Director). Alex handed me a [...]

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An Editorial: I Will Vote for Vision

In the last election the West Village and the surrounding 66th electoral district voted 4156 for Teachout and 1885 for Cuomo – wow more than two to one. The term “entrenched” clings to Cuomo who refused to even debate the un- known Teachout and released a barrage of unnecessarily expensive TV commercials Some 30 years [...]

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Job Placement and Education

Before enrolling in a certificate training program, graduate program, medical or law school, you should contact the school and ask about recent job placements and employment. Naturally, whoever you end talking to may put a positive spin on it so beware. You are investigating their reputation. Have a brief list of questions prepared. For contacts, [...]

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RememberingThe Good and The True

Haunting, revealing social theater Svandovo Theater and New End Theater Beyond’sThe Good and the True, a Czech import ended its run on September 14th. The play was created by Tomas Hrbek, Lucie Kolochova, and Daniel Hrbek and translated by Brian Daniels, with Daniel Hrbek directing, Isobel Pravada as Hana Pravada, Saul Reichlin as Milos Dobry. [...]

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Correspondence, Commentary, Corrections

Transfer of Air Rights Leaves Unanswered Questions To the WestView News Editor: Thanks for continuing to call attention to the recently-passed State legislation allowing the transfer of air rights from the Hudson River Park to allow larger development in our neighborhood. While I am sympathetic to the need to find funding for the park, I [...]

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Science from Away:

How Little We Understand About Pregnancy and Birth I can’t complain about my mother marrying too young (at nineteen) and then getting pregnant just about immediately, giving birth to me on April 6, 1937. But my mother was forced, as was often the situation for young women in those days, by marriage and motherhood, to [...]

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BRIEFLY NOTED

Our Lady of Pompeii Kicks Out the Elderly Greenwich House, has been put on notice that its lease for the occupation of the basement at Our Lady of Pompeii, where lunches have been served to the elderly since 1973, will not be renewed. Greenwich House, which took over the Caring Community’s three Senior Centers at [...]

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Make the City the Campus

NYU Opportunity to Walk from Classroom to Job With the recent court decision, NYU appears well on its way to getting most of what it wanted as part of the NYU 2031 plan. Are there any alternatives to this and future NYU expansions? There is a possible solution. If NYU wants to continue growing it [...]

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Church of the Village Feeds the City’s Hungry

How severe is food insecurity in New York City? Very. According to Food Bank NYC, approximately 1.4 million people across the five boroughs rely on feeding programs for meals. Church of the Village (COTV ), a progressive United Methodist Community in the heart of the West Village, has recognized that need and is facing hunger [...]

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Times Endorses Voting for Teachout

Times Endorses Voting for Teachout

“Will the New York Times endorse you?” I asked Zephyr Teachout on the very morning of her interview by the Times editorial committee. “No. But I think they won’t endorse Cuomo,” came her quick furrowed brow response and as we read in the Times this morning, she was dead on. The Times demurred Zephyr’s endorsement [...]

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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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