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
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? It turned out to be a month when those observing the world around them became as interesting as the objects of their scrutiny-whether it was Jefferson excited by the falling snow (#1), attendees at the Whitney (#2) and Westbeth (#3) art exhibitions, or the little girl fascinated by the
On Sunday, March 19th, at Harborfields High School, a regional dance competition was hosted by Energy, a dance talent competition organization. Sophia Capsis competed in the Solo Senior Power Jazz category. She earned the Platinum Award and finished in first place amongst a field of over 10 dancers. The Power category is for the most
Dear George, The February WestView article on “Johannes Brahms: The Working Musician” compelled me to forward my enclosed graphical commentary on the current, sad state of classical music, especially for the young audience. Incidentally, Styra Avin’s daughter, Allison Eisenger, was taught piano by my wife, Judy. As an aside: Paul Hindemith, a prolific 20th century
The New York City Council, with a proclamation, honored Lenox Health Greenwich Village staff for treating roughly one third of the victims of the September 17, 2016 Chelsea bombing, for a range of injuries. The proclamation commends the efforts of key stakeholders, on behalf of the victims. This occasion also reinforces the value of having
NOT EXACTLY YOUR RUN-OF-THE-MILL FEBRUARY: To refresh your memory, after a warm start and a record breaking 60-plus degrees on the 8th, on the 9th the temperature dropped to more typical teens, and nine inches of snow fell in Central Park, which meant—whoopee!—City schools were closed! But by the 19th—whoopee! again—it felt like spring at the
Three of this month’s openings are part of what the New York Times referred to as “The Funfetti Explosion” back in October—a phenomenon of instagrammable sweets that incorporate rainbow sprinkles. Bubble Bar features rainbow sprinkles as one of the possible toppings on the bubble waffles. Shown here is the delicious waffle I ordered with Cookies
“This is Vija Vetra and I invite you to my 94th birthday party at the Greek restaurant Nisi.” Twenty or more fellow Latvians also honored what is certainly the oldest still performing dancer of Latvia, if not the world. Vija has choreographed her life and travels each year from Westbeth to Latvia for a performance.
By Michael D. Minichiello This month’s West Village Original is photographer David Plakke, born in Michigan in 1951. A resident of Westbeth for 22 years, Plakke has photographed architecture, fine art, cultural events, musicians, artists, and the corporate world. He has had two books of photographs published, was the photographer and videographer for Diana Gregor’s
By Clive Morrick President Abraham Lincoln’s First Inauguration: March 4, 1861. Lincoln took office as the 16th U.S. President at a critical time. Following his election, the seven most southerly states had seceded from the Union. Four others soon followed. The central issue was whether the Union could prohibit slavery in the territories. From humble
THE SPIRIT OF ‘17: Combining stamina, and a sly sense of humor, demonstrators gathered in Union Square en route to the United Nations to join the New York branch of the Women’s March on January 21st. All photos by Maggie Berkvist.
This is the invitation WestView Publisher George Capsis (pictured right) sends each month to a growing number of accomplished West Village neighbors whose thoughts and opinions make the paper unique and wise. (If you want to join the next meeting, email George at: email@example.com.)
LOVE IS IN THE AIR: At 790 Greenwich Street at least, where, to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, D’Agostino’s own “artist in residence,” Sam Mercado, is welcoming shoppers with another lively seasonal mural.
On December 1st, with Council Member Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio among the many speakers in attendance, the long awaited AIDS Memorial, across from the former site of St. Vincent’s Hospital, was finally unveiled though only temporarily, as it turned out. For afterwards, to everyone’s surprise, the fence around it was in place
Money can’t, or shouldn’t, be the only consideration when it comes to health care. In fact, we should not be placing a monetary value on human lives. Human decency requires that we put lives ahead of profit. The loss of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and the future downsizing of Beth Israel, exposes the population of the
Neva has been dancing professionally since the age of 14. This West Village teenager recently performed an hour of dynamic belly dance at Casa La Femme on Charles and Washington Streets, amazing her audience as she spun around the dining room. Last September, Neva was named the Best Emerging Dancer at the Raqs Without Borders