By Joe Salas What do a bar on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, a Fashion Week hangout, and a restaurant deemed one of the 10 most romantic in the world have in common? They are all among the participants helping to raise money for the local, nonprofit social service organization Greenwich House at its
By Joy Pape, FNP-C CDE CILC As I get older, I am more aware of a certain saying almost every morning, “Waking up is hard to do.” I’ve always been a morning person, but the time I wake up is earlier, and cheerfully jumping out of bed is harder. There are several misunderstandings about sleep.
By Brian J. Pape, AIA, LEED-AP If it’s not obvious, this circa-1910 view looking north up 5th Avenue was taken from atop the Washington Arch at Washington Square Park. On the near right is Washington Mews behind the townhouses of Washington Square North, which was known as Waverly Place back then. On the near left
By Michael D. Minichiello This month’s West Village Original is jazz guitarist Peter Leitch, born in Ottawa in 1944 and raised in Montreal. Leitch released his first solo album in 1981 and then about 15 more over the years. As a sideman, he has recorded with Jeri Brown, Oscar Peterson, Woody Shaw, and Pete Yellin,
By Keith Michael It’s the weekend. And it’s early. I confess, I cajoled Millie into walking over to Hudson River Park to take her Corgi steps along the semi-circular stone path in front of the AIDS Memorial. I can still choke up when I let myself take more than a cursory glance at the enigmatic
A GREAT DAY FOR COREY, COREY JOHNSON THAT IS – when, on January 29th, he was sworn in as City Council Speaker by New York Senator Chuck Schumer at a festive Inauguration Ceremony in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater. And a very good time was had by all:
By Charles Caruso You’re lonely when you look at a clock and it’s not as late as you’d like. ___ A great event always produces a conspiracy theory. ___ Snowflake by snowflake, the winter departs and days grow stealthily longer. ___ The ornery inertness of the inanimate. ___ Rooftops twinkling with rain. ___ As
WestView contributor Caroline Benveniste recently captured this playful image in front of An’s Tae Kwon Do school at 162 7th Avenue South (near Perry Street): Continue sending us your clicks and captions to email@example.com and include your name if you are seeking community fame. (When emailing your photos, please include ‘Readers’ Clicks’ in the subject
This month, the big real estate news was that Google, in its quest to obtain more office space, was not only buying the Chelsea Market building but also increasing its footprint at Pier 57 at 15th Street. Originally, Anthony Bourdain had been planning a huge international “street food” market at the pier, but those plans
By Tom Lamia It’s been cold here in Maine, with overnight temperatures below zero. The pond behind my house has developed a thick layer of ice. It is ice fishing season, a time for true Mainers to get out of the house and enjoy food, drink, and good stories with friends while sitting in a
By Joe Salas Following a year-long search, Ars Nova has been selected by Greenwich House as its new partner and operator of the historic, 199-seat Greenwich House Theater located on the ground floor of Greenwich House’s 27 Barrow Street building. In addition to operating and filling the beloved venue with new work by its emerging
WestView reader Donna Kitch recently captured the whimsy of this ice-cold season: Continue sending us your clicks and captions to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name if you are seeking community fame. (When emailing your photos, please include ‘Readers’ Clicks’ in the subject line.)
By Keith Michael Red door. Red brick. Red fire escape. Red chimney. Red stop sign. Red ‘No Standing Anytime’ sign. Red traffic light. Red scarf. Red ribbons on a sagging Christmas wreath. Red stroller. Red boots. Red pom-pom on a hat. Red car. Red taillights. Red- and-white corgi (Millie suggested I throw that one in).
By Joy Pape, FNP-C CDE CILC If you are afraid of falling, know that you are not alone. In some ways, that fear can be helpful, but in other ways, it may not. During this time of year, I read, along with the daily weather forecast, the warnings of ice on the ground, even ‘black
February 2018 2018 is a critical year for electoral politics in our country and in our state. I want to talk to you about what can be done to change how politics are being played out in Washington, DC, the state, and the city. I will ask you, the reader, the same questions I have
As usually happens in January, there were few openings and numerous closings, some of them due to lease issues. Corey Johnson, the new City Council Speaker, said that he was in favor of a hearing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA), which, as described on the City Council website is, “A Local Law
By Brian J. Pape, AIA, LEED-AP In the depths of the Great Depression, 1936, Berenice Abbott was hired by the Federal Art Project (1935-1943) to photograph NYC, including this fascinating view in the West Village, standing near Hudson Street and looking west down Christopher Street. Front and center is the 9th Avenue Line—an elevated commuter
By Stanley Wlodyka “I don’t want to be in the picture,” said the man in the blue hard hat. The Brooklyn accent spoke volumes: He has a wife and two and a half kids (one named Junior), he’s a Mets fan, his father taught him how to thatch a roof, and he goes to church
By Joe Salas Beginning on January 9, 2018, Greenwich House, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, will add Photography 101 to its roster of senior citizen health, wellness, arts, and education classes. The inaugural class will be a nine-week course held at Greenwich House’s Judith C. White Senior Center at 27 Barrow Street (near 7th Avenue
By Joy Pape, FNP-C CDE CILC Brian and I were recently planning a trip to Greece, a country full of ancient history, and I was so excited! While studying for the trip, I became a bit concerned about what I saw. I observed people walking and exploring that amazing country, always on cobblestone streets it
By Michael D. Minichiello This month’s West Village Original is playwright and author Robert Heide, who was born and raised in Irvington, New Jersey. The author of numerous plays, Heide has also co-authored, with his lifetime partner John Gilman, many books about collecting memorabilia, including three titles for Disney. A West Village resident since 1958,
By Keith Michael Remarkably, it is time for the 12th Annual Millies: the coveted Bird of the Year Awards! After 12 months of doom and gloom, Twitter fume, and fear of a big boom, the birds of the West Village and New York City have continued to be resilient—offering color, cheer, and laudable savoir faire
By Tom Lamia “Greed is good!” is a memorable line from the movie Wall Street. Not long after the movie finished its run, the financial condition of most Americans, and of the country at large, was significantly worsened by what appeared to be a greed-induced recession. There is an analogy here to the current state
I am happy to say that there is some good news to report in the new year. Our district’s City Councilperson, Corey Johnson, according to all reports, will be elected the Speaker of the New York City Council by the time you read this column. The role that Melissa Mark-Viverito has played as Speaker of
Today, nobody leaves the apartment without his/her cell phone. So, when you see something attention-grabbing, snap a shot and send it to WestView with a brief caption. Your photo can be: A very cute dog An even cuter baby Another closed store A funny sign Outrageous graffiti An arresting protest sign An accident A homeless
By Charles Caruso A woman who calls a man ‘darling’ is invariably a phony. ___ We start as Hamlet and end as Polonius. ___ From Sunday saunter to weekday workwalk. ___ Snow, silent and secret, softens the scene. ___ Too much to do is better than too little. ___ Christmas lights are man’s answer to
On November 30th, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the threshold on the Commercial Rent Tax (CRT) would be raised from $250,000 to $500,000 starting in July 2018. The CRT is a 3.9% tax on rents in Manhattan below 96th Street that exceed the threshold. This is the first change to the CRT since 2001.
By Joy Pape, FNP-C CDE CILC The holiday season is here and, with a little planning, you can enjoy it without compromising your health. I have put together a few tips to keep in mind during the season. Make a Plan. As with anything, be it your health or wealth, pre-planning is the key. Start
By Brian J. Pape, AIA West Houston Street is considered the southern boundary for the West Village, but let’s step over the line a bit into the Hudson Square neighborhood. As we’ve reported in earlier issues of WestView, major new construction at the St. John’s Terminal building is anticipated. (That is where the High Line
By Michael D. Minichiello This month’s West Village Original is documentary filmmaker Karen Kramer, whose works include The Jolo Serpent Handlers, Rice and Peas, Coney Island Mermaid, Children of Shadows, and The Ballad of Greenwich Village. Westchester-raised Kramer received her B.F.A. in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to her film
By Keith Michael Millie is drowsing at my feet, her smiling corgi face propped upon the helter-skelter sprawl of birding field guides, dog-eared and cracked open to my latest sleuthing of the finer points of avian identification for the West Village. How idyllic. Too idyllic. I made that up. Millie is, indeed, sleeping, but with
CHEER UP, FOLKS! Despite these “worst of times,” art seems to be flourishing. See these colorful works from the talented artists who are creating lively, if ephemeral, bright spots all around our neighborhood. From Sam Mercado’s regular contributions, marking high days and holidays at D’Agostino, at 790 Greenwich Street (between West 12th and Bethune Streets).