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Teachout Backs Village Hospital

Teachout Backs Village Hospital

Cuomo, like his father talks too much, maybe it’s the Italian in him, but once he opens his mouth he talks too long and it is only a matter of time before he puts his foot in. So it was on a chilly Tuesday July 29th morning when I discovered his first verbal rebuttal to [...]

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I Apologize

“The books have been challenged by some groups for profane and derogatory language. The brothers defend their accurate depiction of the attitudes and social mores of the eras they write about by pointing out, for example. That “during the American Revolution, African Americans were referred to as ‘niggers’”. To avoid using the term would have [...]

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Not Easy Being (Mrs.) Green

Not Easy Being (Mrs.) Green

Ever since the Duane Reade branch at the corner of Bank and Hudson closed last August, the neighborhood has been has waiting – and waiting, and waiting – for its successor. In the November issue, WestView News was able to confirm that MRS. GREEN’S NATURAL MARKET was planning to make it their first New York [...]

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The P Word

The P Word

There is a racist poem entitled, “Niggers in the White House,” in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library at Dickinson State University. The poem, which was written in 1902, was a reaction to the Roosevelt’s White House invitation bestowed upon Booker T. Washington. The intent of the poem is to sneer at blacks in the United [...]

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End of the Line

End of the Line

By late fall, the High Line will have traversed 1.45 miles to reach its final destination on grade at 34th Street west of Eleventh Avenue, south of and parallel to the Jacob Javits Center. Then, in some manner it will be incorporated into a redesigned street which will carry pedestrians north through Hudson Park and [...]

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West Village Original: Keen Berger

West Village Original: Keen Berger

This month’s West Village Original is author and educator Kathleen Stassen Berger, born in Minnesota in 1942 while her father was Governor. For over three decades, Berger has taught human development to a diverse student body at Bronx Community College as well as writing such bestselling textbooks as “Invitation to the Life Span.” A West [...]

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Guide to Asphalt Beaches

Guide to Asphalt Beaches

Leslie Adatto: her first book and her perspective on New Yorkers An interview with the author Four years ago Leslie Adatto moved to NYC from San Diego where she was raised and where she raised a son. She had longed to live here since first visiting in 1997. So she visited friends here as often [...]

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The Book Cover versus the Read or the Website versus the Restaurant

The Book Cover versus the Read or the Website versus the Restaurant

Chapter One is a new restaurant on Greenwich Ave opened by a few Irish guys as their first venture into the hospitality business. They have a very pretty website that speaks about the place as a classic American tavern updated. It includes very nice looking food photography and a good bit of press mention, a [...]

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Cool Whites, On Warm Nights

Cool Whites, On Warm Nights

An August tradition for New Yorkers is to bail Gotham’s heat for the beach until September. So we came up with a handful of wines that will help transition us into a new season without returning to red wines just yet. The medium to fuller style of wines pair beautifully with richer autumnal cuisine while [...]

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Brush-up on the Bard: Jefferson Market Library Offers Shakespeare Class

Brush-up on the Bard: Jefferson Market Library Offers Shakespeare Class

By Cecilia Rubino If Shakespeare had been born “just a few centuries later, he would have been an American,” wrote the novelist Willa Cather in 1894. On the occasion of the Bard’s 330th birthday, Cather lamented that few Americans would take note but rhapsodically continued: “Perhaps some day [they]… will realize what Shakespeare did for [...]

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Into the Mouths of Babes

Into the Mouths of Babes

Chicks and ducklings and goslings better scurry. And Millie and I better get out of this downpour in a hurry. Millie’s fluttery pendulum swings from corgi-love (anything edible) to corgi-hate (getting wet). The door can’t open fast enough. Bounding up the stairs, Millie flip-flops on the hall carpet, shaking the offending dampness from her nose [...]

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Walk About New York: How Bank Street got its Name

Walk About New York: How Bank Street got its Name

Although Greenwich Village’s Bank Street does not border the bank of the Hudson River, its name is connected with water. The origin of the name of this six-block long street is connected with New York City’s diseased-ridden water. With an expanding population during the late-18th and early-19th centuries, the water supply was inadequate, both in [...]

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392 West Street, Then & Now

392 West Street, Then & Now

With the summer breeze finally here, a stop along the Greenwich Village waterfront to reminisce about its past seems in order. The building at 392 West Street (A.K.A. 6 Weehawken Street) is a charming physical reminder of the wooden buildings that once lined this stretch of our neighborhood. For its modest appearance, its history is [...]

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Tree Pits as Pop Up Park

Tree Pits as Pop Up Park

Visual Continuity Ties a Block Together . When I moved Greenwich Village In 1989, I joined the East 11th Street Block Association located between 5th Avenue and University Place. My block association, comprised of true diehard villagers, immediately educated me about our neighborhood and its daily challenges. We all had the same goal: simply to [...]

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LETTER FROM LATVIA

LETTER FROM LATVIA

Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014 This year, Riga is not only the capital of Latvia—one of three Baltic states in northeastern Europe—but also the European Capital of Culture 2014. Ever since 1201, when Riga was founded, it has been known for its high standards in culture, especially for National Opera performances and festivals. [...]

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Come Up and See My Collection Sometime…

Come Up and See My Collection Sometime…

The habit of collecting things undoubtedly goes back to the time when our ancestors spoke in grunts and wandered the plains of Africa gathering nuts and berries. In my youth, like most boys, I had several collections. Of course I collected stamps and baseball cards, but I also had more peculiar tastes. For awhile I [...]

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Music! Music! Music! – Village Music Stores

Music! Music! Music! – Village Music Stores

The main kind of music associated with Greenwich Village has come to be the American folk songs most particularly those that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s among Villagers and eventually were heard throughout the land with the help of singers like Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Pete Seeger, Dave [...]

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German Diez, Chairman of the Piano Department at Greenwich House Music School Dies at 90

German Diez, Chairman of the Piano Department at Greenwich House Music School Dies at 90

Photo Credit: Samantha Soule New York, New York (July 9, 2014) – the community of Greenwich House mourns the loss of its beloved teacher, Maestro German Diez, chairman of the piano department at Greenwich House Music School. For more than half a century, German has made music an integral part of life in the West [...]

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Barbara Huff Obit

Barbara Huff Obit

World traveling children’s book editor, author, poet and QEII frequent-voyager, Barbara Huff, died peacefully on April 21. Huff grew up in Westwood, a suburb of Los Angeles and followed her father’s travels as he sold securities in Hawaii and Asia. She attended UCLA as an English Major. However, a Marlborough High School friend changed her [...]

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Reel Deal: Movies that Matter July 2014

In or out of Greenwich Village, August is either the dog days of summer or the time to vacation with a good book or feel good movie. That is how it used to be. But no more now that the Oscar campaigning has seeped into August. We can thank our neighbor uber-Producer Harvey Weinstein for [...]

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Oldest Building in West Village May Disappear, or Vanishing Village Virtues

This month, Suri Bieler, the owner of 121 Charles Street, has put this beloved property on the market for a jaw-dropping $20,000,000.This anachronistic dollhouse looks like a piece of historic suburbia, complete with parking space and a landscaped lawn. No one can rationally expect the humble home to remain at this precious location. However, the [...]

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VID Endorses

On Thursday July 10th the Village Independent Democrats (VID) held their monthly meeting at St. John’s Church on Christopher Street. The meeting started with reports on a variety of political activities by Democratic party District Leader, Keen Berger, Campaign Committee Chair, Ed Yutkowitz and State Senator, Brad Hoylman, who also made a strong statement of [...]

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New Medical Portal Opens

The Lenox Hill Healthplex, the only free standing emergency room in Manhattan, has opened in the former O’Toole building of St. Vincent’s Hospital on 7th Avenue and 12th street. How are they doing so far? For months, representatives of the Healthplex have been making presentations to various community organizations and clubs throughout the Village and [...]

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WestView Letter August 2014: Hi George,

Hi George, I was glad to get my copy of WestView today. I’m very grateful. One note: Zephyr Teachout, candidate for Governor whom I heard tonight at Bunga’s Den and like very much, is quoted in your paper as saying that Cuomo could have saved St. Vincent’s by telling the Health Commissioner (Richard Daines, at [...]

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Human Expiration Date

Medical science is great at keeping us alive. Nursing homes are full of people that do no more than take their meds, eat, excrete and sleep. Occasionally they might get a visitor but mostly they shuffle with their walkers in an angry or confused daze concerning their circumstance. There are exceptions of course in those [...]

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West Village Morning

10 am Wednesday morning, late June. Nice day and no work, a day off in the middle of the week…just fantastic. I exit the Morton Street garage in my car and pull over onto Seventh Ave to check traffic before heading up to Harriman State Park for a nature hike. As I sit in my [...]

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WestView Letter August 2014: Dear Editors,

Dear Editors, One hopes that the new Lenox Hill Healthplex on West 12th Street will bring better treatment to the health of our neighbors than it does for their welfare. Not only have they provided no street trees, but they have shaved four feet off the sidewalk and placed a low fence around the base [...]

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WestView Letter August 2014: Dear Editors,

Dear Editors, Brian Pape’s Needles in the Sky (West View News July 2014) was a refreshing exposure to a new phenomenon in Manhattan which I call the San Gimignano effect after the Medieval hill town in Tuscany, Italy. There the Donald Trumps of their day tried to outclass each other with competing towers. The accompanying [...]

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That Word

Dear George Capsis, James Lincoln Collier’s piece shocked precisely because he used the word in one of the few contexts where using it matters: To illustrate the intent many have when issuing various & sundry complaints real and imagined against the President of the United States, Barack Obama. It is not possible to engage in [...]

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WestView Letter August 2014: Letter to the editor or in brief

Letter to the editor or in brief Dear Editor, All of the hoopla over the July issue headline, “Nigger in the Whitehouse” unfortunately detracted from the rest of the content in what has to be one of the better, more substantive issues in some time. I don’t want to comment on the controversial headline. Other [...]

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