Archive for 'Opinion'

WestView Op-Ed

By Corey Johnson A contributor to WestView in his seventies offered he could not live in the West Village if it were not for his rent-controlled apartment—but even so, he was still having trouble making ends meet on a fixed-income. For decades the City and State have been passing laws and creating regulations to keep […]

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It Runs in the Capsis Family

By George Capsis   At last, yesterday, I got John Capsis on Skype sitting at his desk in Athens. He had chided me, as he always does, that as a “techie” American, I shouldn’t have so much difficulty Skyping with him. I first met my cousin John in the summer of 1949. He was waiting […]

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A Prescription For Fraud

As a Times editorial reports, at a Community Board meeting in Harlem, city retained consultants tried to sell the plan to get profit motivated developers to build higher denser apartment buildings and have those who can pay exploding market rate apartments share with those who less and less can afford even “affordable” rents. But the […]

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Thanks for the Memory

By Erwin H. Lerner   I can recall with clarity a December afternoon when I was a cutesy featherweight first-grader, standing fifth in a class lineup from short to tall; fast on my feet and able to heave a basketball off a rattling metal backboard, through the hoop in Bronx Public School 91’s schoolyard. The […]

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Faitheist

By Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper   I ran into my Muslim friend on the street a week after the Paris bombings. She was not wearing her scarf. All we had to do was meet each other’s eyes to realize that we needed to have a big long cry. “Donna, my mother told me not to […]

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Love is NOT for Wimps

By Christina Winholt Raccuia We all strive for autonomy and self-sufficiency, however it can also rob us of true intimacy. “I can take care of myself” or “I don’t need anyone.” Do these phrases sound familiar? For a relationship to be balanced, partners must be able to depend on one another and feel that they […]

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Social Skills and Behavior

By Ron Elve No parent will be surprised to hear that recent research highlights the increasing importance of competent social skills and behavior. The direction in which a child’s social skills are trending can be apparent as early as kindergarten, and thus the behaviors can be modified before they become problematic set behaviors and emotional […]

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What Do We Do with Our Syrians?

By George Capsis The scene of groups of Germans smilingly greeting Syrians with food and blankets needs to be considered against the gleeful applause Donald Trump gets when he suggests walling off Mexico. Perhaps this is in part because the new generation of Germans may still feel guilt for the death of 6 million Jews, […]

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Mother of Mercy, Is This the End of Little Italy?

  By Alec Pruchnicki While walking through the San Gennaro feast on Little Italy’s Mulberry Street this year, as I have for 45 years, I thought about its future. This Italian neighborhood formerly stretched from Greenwich Village south of Washington Square Park, all the way to below Canal Street. Now it includes only Mulberry Street […]

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Realationship Clues

By Ron Elve There are major connections between language, feelings and behavior. For example, the partner who speaks in terms of “my marriage, my children, and my house” as opposed to “our marriage, children, house” reveals a clue about the reality of the relationship. Saying “my marriage” could mean the person feels alone in the […]

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Coming of Age in Havana

By Robert A. Moore Photography of many aspects of Santeria, the Afro-Cuban religion popular all over Cuba, is strictly prohibited. But my friend Lazaro, who lives in Cuba, encouraged me because it was his decision to choose his own ‘making’ as a Santero, which is a high priest in “The Religion,” as English-speaking followers call […]

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Being Instead of Doing

By Christina Winholt Raccuia It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday rush of life. Life is speeding up, and often with that, inner angst. We want to put as much on our plates as we possibly can and be productive, but at what cost? I have personally noticed when I am rushing, I […]

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Good Show

Dear Editor, The concise, good article by Ron Elve in the July issue resonated. At NYU in the early 1970s, graduating in 1975, I was one of those upwardly mobile “Catholic Irish” he mentioned. I especially liked Ron’s ending: “Bless Gallatin and this country!” Good show, Ron. Sincerely, John Early Charles Street    

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The Wrong Way to Tame Times Square

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s suggestion that Times Square’s pedestrian plazas could be ripped up and replaced by roadway shows an imperfect understanding of the need for public space in New York City. The plazas, one of the Bloomberg administration’s signature public space achievements, were an attempt to humanize a city that has too long prioritized […]

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Should WestView Run a Poetry Column?

Dear Mr. Capsis, First and foremost, I want to thank you for producing such a terrific publication!  I have been a resident of the West Village going on 30 years, and have read WestView since its inception. Talk about fair and balanced reporting! (Fox news would draw and quarter me if they knew I was […]

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The Little Pink Pill

Dear Editor, PHARMA scores a new $$$$$$$$$$$ victory at the FDA. The female Viagra called Addyi manufactured by Sprout….with one huge windfall difference: while the expensive blue pill for men should be taken before engaging in sexual activity, women are to take the pink pill daily and the use is not tied to specific sexual […]

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Response to Pink Pill

Dear Jim, Yours is a terrific piece and unfortunately not farfetched at all in my opinion. Great to jump on that! From what I’ve read, the pill has negligible efficacy and pretty awful side effects. In fact, it was originally rejected by the FDA, dropped by the major big pharma that had been planning to […]

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A Humble Correction

I reported last month that after my arrest, Maya Angelou retweeted a copy of my article in WestView because I had mentioned that while in a cell, I read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”  That was a major typo that I didn’t catch.  The article was retweeted by Maya Angelou’s estate.  Maya Angelou […]

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If Jim Says It’s Good

Dear George: WestView is becoming more substantive and readable with every issue. It was always good but it’s verging on great. The August 15th issue has a lot to like and I have already clipped for future reference A Boomer’s Roughing it on the Gulf Coast. One never knows. But my favorite must-read is Jim […]

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Are You Staaalled?

By Ron Elve If you are stalled (whether it be at work, school, or even life), odds are you know what your next step should be, but you are guilty of fatal neglect/avoidance. If this is you, try the following tips to try to get unstuck: Break your task down to the simplest of achievable […]

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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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