WestView Triumph

Dear George and WestView,

The May 1st issue is a wonderful gift from you George, and your writers, to our West Village community.

I have always loved reading WestView, but this was something more—a healing balm knowing our community will go on, and a testimony to all you and WestView provide for our neighborhood. 

That WestView was not silent while our entire neighborhood was locked down facing a hundred year threat is an achievement not to be forgotten.

Many thanks George to you and the entire WestView team. I will both subscribe and make my small donation to your great effort. 

—Steve Wilson


An Appreciative Contributor

Dear George,

I am so pleased with everything about how my article came out this May. The pics framing it are so worthy. Like they say, pictures tell a thousand words. Thank you so much for publishing my heartfelt piece. Because it was rather graphic, I think it was relatable. In fact one of my brothers, after reading it, said now everyone was going to think I had coronavirus (if I god forbid had, I would never have been able to do all that cleaning up!). You and your finessing staff uncannily knew how to place the piece of writing just so on a page. I also love the blue ink in the ‘7 p.m.’ title.

It really draws a subtle attention to the article. I hope I get some offers from housecleaners after the paper circulates. My place is still a ‘virtual’ mess—though I’m unclear as to what ‘virtual’ means anymore… Anyway, I know for sure many will identify with me and my plights. I totally agree with the letter to the editor re: both the April and May issues.

They show a concern, a warmth of feeling, an invitation for a slow healing to West Villagers, and an empathy that disseminates to whomever opens the paper. Particularly great job, especially considering the enormous gravity of some of the material you are working with.

Kudos, kudos, kudos on a publishing victory in a time of unusual stress and woe.

Your words echo even clearer now—we NEED a local paper, in print if possible, to sew up the “holes” Governor Cuomo spoke of. That includes WestView’s guidance as to what and what not to open, and the paper’s ad regarding an upcoming All Bach live-streamed concert at St. John’s in the Village on May 25th, 2020. You and Emily Dickinson share something wonderfully inspiring, George.You both possess hope—whether or not it has feathers is beside the point. You and your paper CREATE hope and share it. Hope is a darn great commodity at all times. As a bonus, you allow us to air our suggestions and concerns by inviting us all to be a part of the WestView community.

Thank you and an incredible staff for always enriching our lives.

—Roberta Curley


Kudos to Kelton

To the Editor,

I was thrilled to see the May issue contained another personal story “Mom’s Lessons on Love” by Nancy Davidoff Kelton. Her Washington Square and Wegmans pieces in previous issues showed her warm authentic funny voice. She did that again in this issue.

Keep them coming.

—David Rose


A Very Short Letter

This will be the shortest article you will read in this WestView News issue. I planned to write about the problem of crowding, no masks, and little social distancing in the Hudson River Park. Mask-less joggers and bikers expel streams of microbes as they pass by. Large groups congregate on the piers. The NYPD declared a new policy to remedy these problems beginning in May. After repeated calls to the 6th Precinct’s community relations department, I have not yet been able to speak with anyone there to answer questions on how their new strategy is working. I still see no masks in the park. Stay tuned. 

—J. Taylor Basker

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