HE’S FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES, luring a stream of delighted youngsters of all ages in Washington Square Park to try their luck at catching the ‘pretty bubbles in the air.’ Photo and text by Maggie Berkvist.
This could be our new hospital: Dr. David Kaufman recommends that the 15th Street Cancer Center, originally built by St. Vincent’s Hospital, be extended three floors in the Google buildiing rather than constructing a 70-bed hospital on 14th Street and 2nd Avenue. Photo by Ede Rothaus.
“Sorry, George but as I learn more and more about how difficult it will be to teach troubled students, I realize they have to be my first obligation and I will have to give up editing WestView.” It was with pain I heard these words but Christy Ross has been such a fair, clear-minded, and
SUCH A PERFECT PLACE FOR A NAP: So warm, so peaceful! With the beautiful Jefferson Market Garden flowering around him, one could hardly blame this wee lad, in his elegant little cap, for being lulled to sleep by the mellow sounds of the adult guests happily socializing with one another, and with host Andrew Berman
To show their solidarity and strength after the massacre at the gay nightclub in Orlando, the Gay Pride paraders were determined to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever. And it was. And full of the usual festivities, too. But very noticeable also was a more serious, poignant note, reflected in the telling
Arthur Schwartz, WestView Contributor, was asked by Bernie Sanders to join him on stage at a rally held June 23rd at Town Hall. At his speech Sanders called on his supporters to run for offices large and small, across the US, to fight for an end to corrupting influence of money in politics, for climate
“NO! I WANT MY TREAT:” Before this Parking Garage changed hands a month or two ago, there was an employee—originally from Italy and a bit older than the rest—who kept an apparently unending supply of treats for the dogs passing by on their evening walks…especially if the person on the other end of the leash
Two buildings on West 4th owned by the daughter of billionaire George Soros—after 6 years, two architects and a rear building collapse—had the construction wall removed. The current rumor is they are for sale.
WEST VIEW NEWS EXFOLIATES: The loyal and talented contributors to West View relaxed in the lush garden of Publisher George Capsis once visited by Sinclair Lewis who lived at 69 Charles for four years when he published his first novel. George invites all West Villagers to share Village memories and concerns at the next garden
On June 17, Council Member Corey Johnson presided over the co-naming of Washington Street and Sixth Avenue in honor of Sergeant Charles H. Cochrane. Sergeant Cochrane broke a major barrier by coming out as a gay veteran of the NYPD in 1981, and he went on to found the Gay Officer’s Action League (GOAL) the
On June 27th, as a fitting end to this year’s Gay Pride weekend, it was officially declared the Stonewall National Monument—and the country’s very first honoring the LGBT community and their fight for gay rights. After an introduction by John Jarvis, the director of the National Park Service, there followed a poignant little reminiscence by
TO ENGAGE THE WORLD—was how the five artists described what they were attempting to do in their June show at the Westbeth Gallery. Its title was “Unpacking the 21st Century” and on Saturday, the 18th, each of the five women gave visitors a guided tour of their own work, which addressed the current day problems
CONFLUENCE OF EXECUTIVES: Newly opened, the twenty-foot-wide, storefront urgent care center at 8th Street near 5th Avenue is an odd consortium between Northwell Health and GoHealth Urgent Care. The new doc-in-a-box facility will offer a lower-cost alternative to Northwell Health’s emergency room, which DNA Info reports, quoting Community Board 2 Social Services committee chair Sasha
On Sunday, April 17, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers from across the five boroughs rallied in front of the historic Stonewall Inn in support of Hillary Clinton for President. Speakers included Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Council Member Corey Johnson, former City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, American
In the midst of a record turnout in the 66th Assembly District, and all the problems with voter records, Arthur Schwartz local District Leader, wanted to make sure that 93-year-old Ruth Berk got an opportunity to vote. So at noon on April 19 he wheeled her into the Polling Station PS 3. She was proud to announce that
By Keith Michael Spring migration is flying by (i.e. that semi-annual avian marathon when millions of miniature collections of feathers and muscles and bones and lung-capacity race thousands of miles from their winter vacations in South America to their summer family-making time further north—pitting themselves against the gauntlet of weather, carb-loading, glass-clad buildings, cell-phone towers,
By Bernie Sanders Greetings to the readers of WestView and to your wonderful publisher George Capsis. As you know I grew up in Brooklyn, attended NYC Public Schools and started college at Brooklyn College. I was the child of parents who spent their formative years surviving the Great Depression, and who taught me the value
WHAT’S IN A NAME: There is an ongoing discussion about what to name the “Triangle” park on Greenwich Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets. When the future of the old St. Vincent’s Hospital campus, including the triangle, was being negotiated half a dozen years ago, a commitment was given to the Sisters of Charity that
CLIFFHANGER: When Arthur Schwartz announced his candidacy for Assembly Member on February 9th, not only did he throw a Launch Party for his supporters at Lima’s Taste, on Christopher Street, he also provided them with the enjoyable suspense of watching the returns from the Democratic Primary in New Hampshire— Bernie’s big night!
In 1976, California construction workers accidentally cut through a petroleum pipeline; the explosion destroyed half a city block. Since then, before any repair or development project, the painting of colored codes called Dig Alerts have been required. Workers called “locaters” measure and mark the distance of underground utilities that lie precariously close to projects requiring
Built in 1929 at 25 Carmine Street, the architecture of this church is the most opulent in the city, commemorating the prosperity that Greenwich Village Italian American immigrants had achieved by mimicking classic Italian Renaissance Baroque Architecture. The mural above the altar, pictured here, was completed in 1937 and restored in 1985. It depicts scenes
Photographer Rob Moore captures a moment in Castro’s Cuba as the door opens, but strictures remain. The door has opened for Americans to travel legally to Cuba but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Jet Blue has announced direct flights from New York that can only be booked through a single charter company. Approved travel is
In the June issue of WestView we proposed selling ad space on graffiti-violated Post Office collection boxes to allow for an annotated street tour of the West Village and providing a source of ad revenue (advertisers will pay $700 a month per side). The office of City Councilman Corey Johnson reports that our article is
By George Capsis It is hard to believe but for six years there has been a forty-foot-long construction fence covering two buildings under renovation on the North side of West 4th Street between 10th and Charles Street. The building belongs to the daughter of billionaire George Soros whose main dwelling of, we assume, considerable size
The San Remo was a bar and restaurant popular with artists, actors, writers and musicians, both gay and straight. Its best years were from the early 50’s until about 1962 when suddenly for no apparent reason the crowds stopped coming. This sketch by Jack Dowling is the cover page for a sketchbook of about 50
MEET MIA—WESTVIEW NEWS MASCOT: Also WVN Traffic Manager Liza Whiting, who kindly shares her with us. At first, making nary a sound, Mia was smuggled into our meetings in Liza’s holdall. Then one night publisher George Capsis saw the bag move, was introduced to Mia and was immediately captivated by this adorable little dog. So