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Breaking News: Arthur Schwartz Arrested

Intro by George Capsis “Hi George, I am calling you from a cell” were the words spoken to me from the first cell that attorney Arthur Schwartz had ever been in. Later taken in handcuffs from the 6th precinct out onto 10th Street, he experienced the searing humiliation of eyes asking “what crime did that […]

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They Want You Out by any Means Necessary!

    Dear George:   Rent regulated tenants (mostly seniors) suffer anxiety every time the rent laws are set to expire. These tenants should be able to enjoy their apartment instead of having to worry it will be deregulated out from under them. At this time of their life, they’re on fixed incomes that don’t […]

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Do Not Take Diller’s Thirty Bucks

  By George Capsis   I was taking a vacation from my morning Times while at Bridgehampton, when MaggieB. emailed me a June 11th article by veteran Times writer Charles Bagli (he writes a lot about real estate), with a title that gave me a quick shot of joy—“Civic Group Sues to Halt Hudson River […]

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This Lawsuit Will Sink Pier 55

By Arthur Z. Schwartz   Nineteen years ago I stood with a group of youth soccer and little league dads (including current CB2 Chairman Tobi Bergman) in the lobby of the Governor’s office, talking about how we could stop a lease from going forward at Pier 40. It was a big step for the park, […]

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Truly Anti-Establishment

Dear Christy,   Thank you so much for the considered and comprehensive reply! I appreciate that you took the time—truly I am impressed. Most of all, I do understand and applaud the paper for wanting to feature local news, events and issues—it is coming into its own as an important response to the politics and […]

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The $100,000 Knee

  Dear Mr. Capsis:   First of all, I very much enjoy your newspaper, look forward to reading it every month. I have lived in the Village for 57 years and almost every article interests me. Your writers are great and your layout and editing are impeccable. I was especially struck by your piece about […]

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Four Strong Arms

Dear Editor,   I read an article recently by your writer Stanley Fine called “Courageous or Crazy? Two Men Crossing The Atlantic In a Rowboat” (March 2015 Issue).   I am from Farsund, Norway, the home town of Frank Samuelsen and would like to thank you for rightfully bringing your readers’ attention to these two […]

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Corrections

Sorry to say a quick read of the just arrived issue of WestView revealed two back-to-back errors, one worse than the other. Bruce Poli spells the capital of Latvia as Rega…but it is Riga. Turn the page and read the recipe for Ottomanelli’s Italian Meatballs. Where’s the meat? Read it about 10 times to see […]

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Landlord Spying on 92-Year-Old Ruth Berk

  In one of the most bizarre episodes in local, and maybe even Citywide landlord-tenant conflagrations, it was discovered this past month that the landlord at 95 Christopher Street has been spying on his ninety-two-year-old rent-controlled tenant, Ruth Berk.   Ruth, who got back to her apartment in January after an 11-month stay in a […]

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June VID Meeting

  By Alec Pruchnicki   On Thursday June 4th, the Village Independent Democrats ( VID ) held their monthly meeting in St. John’s Church on Christopher Street. It started with reports from club president Nadine Hoffman and Democratic party district leader Keen Berger on a variety of local and state political issues including the selection […]

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A Fond Farewell

    As retired Sixth Precinct Commanding Officer Inspector Elisa Cokkinos walked out of the precinct for the last time, she was greeted by salutes and enthusiastic applause from the men and women in blue, who lined the entire block along West 10th Street.   She spent the last two of her twenty-five years on […]

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Consultants Kicked Off Gravy Train

By Carol F. Yost   On May 5, the Daily News printed the dramatic story that, after years of outsourcing technical services to private vendors, New York City agencies are going to go in-house. Under the heading “City to In-Source Consultant Gigs, Save Millions,” they report that “city officials expect to save 3.6 million this […]

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No Safe Walkway

  St. Luke’s Construction Wall Endangers Pedestrian Safety   Pedestrians cannot walk safely along the north side of Barrow Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets. In April, a construction wall erected on property owned by St. Luke’s Church enclosed about one-hundred feet of the sidewalk, but no pedestrian walkway has been provided along the Barrow […]

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Science from Away: Kathleen Lonsdale—Against all odds.

  By Mark M. Green (sciencefromaway.com)   Benzene with six carbon and six hydrogen atoms plays a critical industrial role, and is a theoretical model for understanding all of organic chemistry. Although the shape of this key molecule, proposed around 1860 as a hexagon of carbon atoms, has to be certainly known to understand these […]

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There is No Plan

How Air Rights Could Radically Change the Waterfront (Part Two)   By Barry Benepe   Last month we emphasized the worst scenarios which could take place as the Hudson River Park starts to sell air rights.   Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, noted that the legislation—passed at the […]

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Street Smarts

    By Keith Michael   I’m outside of my usual West Village haunts, walking up Sixth Avenue from downtown. (Millie is at home, paging through the latest New Yorker to see if there are any cartoons or humorous bits about corgis.) This is hardly as far from my usual streets as was a recent […]

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Maggie B’s Photo of the Month

  “SMILE! YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA:” How could anyone have resisted photographing such a strikingly handsome Leopard Tortoise as he posed so cheerfully at the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society’s 41st Annual Show in the Village Community School’s yard at Greenwich and West 10th Streets?   I’m already looking forward to seeing him and […]

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When Horses Ruled NYC

  A series on historic stable/carriage houses: 271 W 10th Street By Brian J Pape   In the May 2015 issue, we inaugurated this series with a study of 129 Charles Street, ca. 1897. Readers also saw an ad for recent “House Sales,” one of which is 271 West Tenth Street, another stable building between […]

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

  By Clive I. Morrick   I had intended to write one article on some favorite West Village cinemas which I and many readers had known but are now lost to us even before I discovered the Sheridan, Carmine, and Fugazy cinemas (WVN Vol. 11, Nos 4-6). So here it is, in two parts.   […]

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Then & Now 51 Bank Street

By Stan Fine   THEN Although the building was erected in 1898, this photo was taken in 1920 for NYC tax record purposes, hence the number on the cart. The Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, Woodrow Wilson was our 27th President and John Hylan was New York City’s 96th Mayor, in an era that was […]

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House Sales

58 Barrow Street has hit the market. The address cannot be found on a map but sits on a quiet, private courtyard in the West Village known as Pamela Court. There is a doorway on Pamela Court that was the back entrance to the historic Village bar Chumley’s. The door was said to be a […]

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Croman Takes A Left to the Jaw

  By Arthur Schwartz   Taste of Lima owner, Nelida Godfrey, is waging a two front battle with Monster Landlord Steve Croman, who owns the building she lives in (on Bedford Street) and the building where her restaurant is located (on the corner of Bedford and Christopher). On June 15, Judge Peter Wendt issued a […]

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The Times They Are A-Changin’!

“When President Kennedy shook my hand in 1962, I was considered ‘a criminal, mentally ill, involved in illegal activities.’ He would have had to fire me [from the Peace Corps] since no government agency was allowed to employ homosexuals.” This is how the State Department’s Tom Gallagher opened his introduction to an LGBT tour group […]

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A Life of Apartments (Part Two)

    By George Capsis   Part Two continues to chart a lifetime’s worth of apartments. If you missed Part One, you can find it at http://westviewnews.org/2015/04/a-life-of-apartments-part-one   After leaving the apartment near the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, we moved to 105 Hamilton Place—a very narrow eighteen-foot wide brownstone that my father bought for $13,000 dollars. […]

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I Did Not Get My Paper This Month

  By George Capsis   When I was a kid the Daily News went up from two cents to three cents (the same as the Times) and I said so who is going to read the News now?   The funny thing is I don’t even know the price of the Times at this moment […]

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Dolly Berry: An Addict’s Only Friend

  By Catherine Revland   From Billie Holiday’s drug conviction in 1948 to her death in 1959, she could not perform in the West Village nightclubs where she had always sung to a packed house. The drug conviction had resulted in the loss of her cabaret card, a license administered by the NYPD, denying her […]

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Lima’s Taste—Christopher East of Hudson

The Food is Fantastic! Since I called on my neighbors to assist Lima’s Taste and its owner Nelida Godfrey in her fight against the Monster Landlord, Steve Croman, by eating there, I had to go myself. What a joy! Understand, I went with my 11-year-old daughter, Jordyn, who is a demanding gourmet with a discerning […]

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Lima’s Taste Peruvian Ceviche Recipe

Recipe by Nelida Godfrey This is a nice recipe for those hot summer days. Ceviche comes in many forms. As long as there’s seafood, citrus and heat from a pepper of your choice, you can make Ceviche. The denser the seafood, the longer the acid in the citrus takes to cook it. Nelly the chef/owner […]

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Yup Bacon Still Sells and Then Some!

  By David A. Porat   Chelsea Market Baskets over the last eighteen years has constantly evolved, and we pride ourselves on exciting new products to experience and taste. An interesting chapter in this is the story of our Bacon Peanuts or what we cheekily call CMB Goin’ Nuts.   It started in September 2009, […]

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Years to Be a Chef—Minutes to Look Like One

  By John Barrera   We have an obsession with all things food. Whether cooked, written about, or photographed, as a society we can’t get enough. In this frenzied state of mind, who better than the media to exploit our obsession. The problem, though, is their pervasive marketing of everything food has diluted standards put […]

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Why Is Trader Joe’s So Crowded?

  By George Capsis   Consumer Reports, once again, voted family-owned Wegmans as the number one supermarket in America but West Villagers need not despair, Trader Joe’s came in third. Oddly CR gave Trader Joe’s a low rating for the quality of its produce, meats and baked goods—so how come number three?   CR likes […]

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Shopping Trader Joe’s—a Game Plan

  By Caroline Benveniste   I shop at Trader Joe’s all the time. It’s the best place to get staples, but the real fun is discovering some of the more unusual offerings. Here are some guidelines that should help improve your shopping experience: Shop only at the Chelsea store. The UWS store is located on […]

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Greenwich House Fights Summer Learning Loss

  By Joseph Salas   It’s called learning loss. According to Harris Cooper, a Duke University Psychology Professor, children learn at the same pace during the school year. It’s unequal access to quality after-school and summer programming that causes children to fall behind. Children who do not participate in structured activities that expose them to […]

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Gallatin’s Legacy at NYU

  By Ron Elve   “NYU Jew” and “Catholic U”—these were some of the names that NYU was called based on its long-standing tradition of an inclusive admissions process. Other schools, including the Ivy League and religious institutions, imposed admissions quotas which led to Irish Catholics and Jews being excluded. NYU’s mission was explicitly not […]

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Take Home Broadway!—Even Tony Winners

By Ellis Nassour   Award season has come and gone. There’ve been winners and not-winners in the Musical categories. It was a Broadway season for the books with 10 musicals opening. If you’ve seen the shows, you can take these cast albums home to rekindle memories. If you haven’t, you’ll discover some gems. All are […]

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The Village’s own Abbey Road

  By John Barry   Bob Dylan lived on West 4th Street in the early ‘60s just before he catapulted to fame. His apartment was located at 161 West 4th St, just west of Sixth Avenue. Whether his seminal song, “Positively 4th Street” referred to this location or from his Minnesota origins is still a […]

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The Village Inspires New Dreamers

  By Karen Kramer   As a documentary filmmaker (and long-time Village resident) I’m always eager to keep alive the legacy of Greenwich Village.   After I made a documentary about Greenwich Village in 2005, I received emails from viewers around the world sharing stories about how influenced they had been by this small place. […]

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Jim Fouratt’s Reel Deal: Movies That Matter

  The BAMcinemaFest is the success story of the year, with imaginative programing by curators who hand pick the best indie films and documentaries. They cull these treasures from important film festivals like Sundance and SXSW, as well as from recent restorations. The curators also have a keen awareness of the emerging Brooklyn Film community […]

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