Archive for 'Opinion'

A Note

George, Enclosed is a check for a renewal to WestView. Each issue of WestView continues to be a God send… Hope you are healthy and happy! Give our regards to the Village. Eleanor, Tunkannock, PA.  

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A Euphoria of Praise

(The following is the text of a phone call to the publisher.) Hello, my name is Lydia Fogerty. I subscribe to the paper and I want to congratulate Mr. Capsis on his diligent reporting on Diller Island and how pleased I am for him that the story was picked up by the Times. I am […]

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A Euphoria of Praise

Hi George— My wife and I thoroughly enjoy reading your paper and believe you have a very good pulse on the neighborhood. We live in Connecticut, but nearly three years ago we purchased our dream apartment in the West Village. We have a few more years until we call the West Village home due to […]

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Lawsuit Will Hurt Long-Time Residents

At our monthly planning meetings for WestView News, the subject of rising rents and affordable housing comes up frequently. In our latest meeting, I mentioned the lawsuit against the city for granting preference to neighborhood applicants, and mentioned that I was writing a letter to Mayor de Blasio and other city officials to urge them […]

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You Don’t Pay Me Enough to Think

By George Capsis   As I reached the kitchen counter to make morning coffee for our French guests, Isabelle and Kumiko, I glanced through the garden door and viewed with alarm that the glass table outside had shattered into the proverbial thousand pieces— glass glittered on the gray slate ground. This is the second time—the […]

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No Avatar City

By George Capsis   On NY1 a very intense Mark Peters, the city’s Commissioner of Investigation, was cataloguing the horrors in the city homeless shelters as revealed in a study ordered by Bill de Blasio—vermin, pools of urine, and festering dead rats. Outraged by the situation, I tried to get the commissioner’s office or the […]

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Race and the City

The Crisis Continues By Arthur Z. Schwartz I had an interesting experience a couple months ago, entering the R Train at City Hall, just before a tall guy named Bill de Blasio. It took him five minutes to walk the length of the car because he was mobbed. High fives, lots of selfies (by passengers), […]

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I’m Mad at You, George

By George Capsis   “I’m mad at you, George—you told Carol Yost that just because she was old she didn’t need to live in the Village anymore, that she should live in Florida to make room for young people. I’ve lived in the Village twenty years, George, and I am NOT going to Florida! I’m […]

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Mama Read to Me

By Maria Hadjidemetriou   “No mamma,you read to me like when I was little” my daughter Julia said, and I did. This pattern during bedtime stories continued and it soon became evident that she didn’t want to read because she was struggling. I had discovered my child’s first learning crisis and it broke my heart. […]

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A Life of Apartments (Part Three)

By George Capsis   Part Three concludes this walk down memory lane and looks to the future. If you missed Part One or Part Two, you can find them at http://westviewnews.org/2015/04/a-life-of-apartments-part-one and http://westviewnews.org/2015/07/a-life-of-apartments-part-two/ The Depression stretched a very long time—from 1929 all the way up and into the War. In that 15-year period, prices stayed […]

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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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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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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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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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