Tucked away in the shadow of the Jefferson Market Library, from April to October, this beautiful, well-kept garden oasis is open to the public. Situated on a triangular city block, this 0.4-acre garden has been under the care of community volunteers since its inception in 1974. From 1931 to 1973 the Women’s House of Detention
OUR VILLAGE BEAUTY: For the last ten years I have been photographing the nuances of light during seasons, time of day and weather changes. As a photographer I feel the parts are greater than the whole; the beauty of the individual close-up of images of the Victorian Gothic architectural style of the Jefferson Market Library
The extensive cobblestone repairs on West 12th Street, between 8th Avenue and West 4th Street, took an evening respite on October 20, 2017. Anyone living in or traveling through the West Village has no doubt seen this pipe replacement work in progress on many streets for several months. The cobblestones will return to their proper
Teddy Capsis (Number 91) lunges onto the field for one of his best games of the new season on September 9, 2017. Teddy ended the game against Bucknell with one sack, one forced fumble, and one quarterback hurry, helping Holy Cross to snag a 20-0 win. The photo above is featured on the current Holy
On July 23, 2017, the last mass was held at the Church of St. Veronica (149 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets). The church was built in the 1890s and completed in 1903 by Irish longshoremen and platform workers who labored on the nearby docks. The Gothic Revival church was built with an unusual
The billion-dollar Gottlieb real estate empire, legally wrested by nephew Neil Bender, may see this seven-story condo block on Charles and Hudson Streets. In August, it was turned down by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. In the rendering above, the building is shown with the new Charles Street Block Association planters but not with the
In an effort to prevent police officers from parking their private cars in front of the Bomb Squad on Charles Street, the New York Police Department offered large, ugly concrete blocks. This inspired WestView Publisher George Capsis to ask the paper’s Architecture Editor, Brian J. Pape, to design a planter cover, which was generously sponsored
Longtime Village resident Ruth Berk celebrated a glorious 94th birthday, Greek style, at Nisi Restaurant on Bleecker Street. Her guardian, Arthur Schwartz, threw the bash, which was attended by WestView’s own George Capsis, who brought Berk a silver double-heart necklace. She has been through a lot these past few years, as neighbors will recall, so
Gourmet Garage, located at 117 7th Avenue South (between West 10th and Christopher Streets), has announced a mid-August temporary closing. The building owner needs to install columns to reinforce the building in order to add additional floors for new residential apartments. (The accompanying rendering illustrates the design proposal by Cruzen Samton Architects.) The New York
On PRIDE Sunday, June 25th, amidst the very popular Annual PRIDE Block Party—which extends from Abingdon Park to 14th Street—a fire broke out. The weather was perfection and the festive, rainbow-attired crowd was in a great mood. The streets were jammed with revelers—a few obviously inebriated. Suddenly, a whiff of smoke blew by as sirens
Forty-nine people and the perpetrator, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, were killed with an assault rifle one year ago at the Pulse gay bar and disco in Orlando, Florida in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On June 12th, 50 people in white gathered on Christopher Street to mark the anniversary—an event organized by Gays
On a recent June afternoon, the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, located on 5th Avenue, between West 11th and West 12th Streets, invited passersby onto its shaded lawn for a celebration of World Refugee Day. With live world music and free food from Eat Offbeat, the event commemorated the contributions and
Makers of The Lost Village Query Publisher Director Roger Paradiso questioned, on camera, WestView Publisher George Capsis as to what he has lost in the rapidly changing West Village. Capsis recounted an early morning walk to St. Vincent’s Emergency Room with his wife who was experiencing an uncontrollable nosebleed induced by blood thinners. During that
This month, we revisit and expand upon the fascinating royal background of our WestView contributor, Antonia Maxwell. (See her piece, “Coffee with Antonia,” in the February 2017 issue of WestView.) Born in Argentina, Antonia descends from the Habsburg-Lothringen line on her mother’s side—one of the most influential royal families in Europe. Throughout history, European thrones
These elements, in both Cezanne’s Montagne Sainte Victoire and COOKFOX’s 2633 Broadway (a 31-story building), reflect and intersect the sky in a transcendental array of pale pastel hues. These colors join the solid to the ephemeral, eliminating boundaries and edges.
The River Project’s annual open house events invite the community to meet the fishes, crabs, and other neighborhood creatures at our Wetlab on Pier 40 on Tuesday, May 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet the Fishes welcomes people to experience our unique flow-through aquarium system that contains Hudson River water from under the
WestView Publisher George Capsis (second from left) is pictured at the festivities with New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; VID President Erik Coler; and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (left to right).
On March 30th, Community Affairs Officer Martin Baranski retired from the 6th Precinct after 31 years of service, six of which were served as Community Affairs Officer. He was honored with a walk-out celebration, which was only slightly dampened by the rain. The festivities consisted of an NYPD color guard and a line of officers on
Chief Operating Officer Robert Guimento (left) began his presentation of the “new” New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital by documenting the boom in Lower Manhattan apartment construction and population growth; the latter has more than doubled in the past 15 years. During their meeting, WestView Publisher George Capsis explored the possibility of adding a Cath Lab
This decades-old fence bulging into the path of Charles Street pedestrians is a relic of famed real estate scavenger William Gottlieb’s “never fix anything” dictum and will soon disappear into seven-story condo cash.
Philosopher Susanne Langer explained that art was a language, and she was right. If I listen to the introduction to a classical music piece from Paris on my satellite radio, I can just about get the drift in French and catch the composer’s name. When the music comes on, and I am at home with