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).
By Tom Lamia What concerns me today is the failure of Democrats to organize effectively to win elections. Will Rogers had it right. When asked if he was a member of an organized political party, he replied, “No, I am a Democrat.” Democrats are tired of the dysfunction within their party. Tired of corruption and
Well kudos to WestView Publisher George Capsis for believing that St. Veronica’s on Christopher Street, which had been closed by the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, could be converted into a community concert hall. WestView sponsored a classical music concert at St. Veronica’s on Saturday, November 25th and
By Frank Collerius The Jefferson Market Library is pleased to announce its next free course in December: a discussion of radical immigrants in 19th century America. The professor, Pam Nogales, is an American History Ph.D. Candidate at New York University. Her research focuses on radical political thought in the United States over the course of
By Charles Caruso Thinking leads to drinking. ___ How to lose 120 pounds in one day: Get divorced. ___ Joy is a lightning flash. Then night wins again. ___ Dogs think they’re people. They shouldn’t underrate themselves like that. ___ Half awake: Footsteps downstairs. Mother making breakfast. All is well. Then fully awake: Mother is
This month, it seemed like everyone was talking about the crisis in retail. The New York Times wrote an editorial on November 19th entitled “Why Is New York Full of Empty Stores?” New York State Senator Brad Hoylman hosted a Town Hall on November 9th on the ‘Small Business Crisis.’ Tim Wu, a professor at
By Charles Caruso To become disillusioned you must first have illusions. A man’s whole appearance goes to pieces when he loosens his tie. Things that appeal to our worst instincts are usually the most fun. The weather watches the calendar. Look for changes on major holidays. The saddest words: ‘Moving away.’ When people move away,
By Joe Salas Since its inception in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become one in a slew of catchy named days in the week following Thanksgiving that includes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Along with Thanksgiving itself, Giving Tuesday is a day of charity and reflection that bookends an extended weekend dedicated to
By Matt Whitman The New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market branch celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Two years in the making, British artist Mark John Smith presents a series of new, immersive public works of art, exploring the Library’s—until now—largely unseen archive of historic and intimate engagement with the public from the past century.
By Brian J. Pape, AIA, LEED-AP On our last stroll, in the October 2017 issue of WestView, we ventured up to West 12th Street and 6th Avenue and over to the Hudson River. It’s pretty quiet between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue, but once you cross into the Meatpacking District, things really heat up.
This month, we heard more stories of high rents driving out long-term tenants. But there were also a large number of openings, including the return of sorts of a beloved Village institution, and hints that some recently shuttered spots will have new tenants soon. Open Osteria 57 (57 West 10th Street, near 6th Avenue): Another
By Joy Pape, FNP-C CDE CILC There’s a saying that goes: You can’t be too rich or too thin. Well, this article won’t tell you how to make more money, nor will it teach you how to become thin. However, it can help you make some healthier choices, just by switching something around in the
By Keith Michael Kek-kek-kek-kek-kek! Hurrying to work, crossing Bleecker Street at Perry Street, I stop on the far curb to look up as this consonant-laden alarm hails from somewhere above. Ah, there’s the boom box: A Kestral (an American Kestral, to be proper), probably a youngster, quizzically looking down from atop a building and continuing
By Tom Lamia We all know how divisive a simple, red baseball cap can be these days. But there has long been another hat that can raise just as much controversy. As I write this, the Yankees and Red Sox are still alive in the race to the World Series. The rivalry between these teams
By Michael D. Minichiello This month’s West Village Original is Richard Eric Weigle, organizer and host of the third annual Greenwich Village Film Festival, which is screening from October 25th–28th at the Greenwich House Music School. Born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey in 1945, Weigle has had a variety of careers including—for the past 17
Council Member Corey Johnson is term-limited and out-of- office in 2021. It will be an open race. Already, there appears to be one candidate circulating: Village dad and active Community Board 2 (CB2) member, Richard Caccappolo, whom Deborah Glick had encouraged to run when Johnson and Yetta Kurland were battling it out. Caccappolo declined then
By Charles Caruso There’s no fury like the fury of an honest man who realizes he’s been cheated. ___ Blood is thicker than semen. Family ties outlast the sexual. ___ A man’s love for a woman was the beginning of civilization. ___ Fiction is realer than history. In fiction, the characters love and hate, laugh
By Brian J. Pape, AIA In the August 2017 issue of Westview, we looked at developments from Hudson Street to West Street, between Clarkson Street and Perry Street. Even the change to the Gourmet Garage and New York Sports Club at 125 7th Avenue South was featured in that issue—an addition of two floors that
By Caroline Benveniste As always, the fall brings with it a spate of openings, and an even longer list of anticipated openings. Some long-awaited restaurants need a bit more waiting, such as Pasta Flyer. Italian restaurants continue to flock to the Village, and increasing numbers of old-fashioned barbershops are popping up in the area. Open