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: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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
Li-Lac Chocolates, the oldest chocolatier in Manhattan, opened at 120 Christopher Street (near Bedford Street) in 1923. It was the brainchild of George Demetrious, a Greek immigrant who learned his chocolate-making skills in France. Li-Lac remained there until 2005 when the rent skyrocketed, forcing a move to its current location at 40 8th Avenue (at
The Jane Street Garden was established in 1973 on the vacant and privately-owned, burned-out lot at Jane Street and 8th Avenue. The initiative was spearheaded by the Jane Street Block Association, under the leadership of Phyllis Katz and Jean Verral, and was designed by landscape architect Dan Stewart. In response to community activism, the City
By George Capsis The raw three-story concrete MTA ventilation tower, located at 7th Avenue South and Greenwich Avenue, is such an inviting visual insult that a graffiti artist could not resist and relieved himself with red paint in fat letters. Now that its virginity has been despoiled, we can expect an orgy of graffiti. WestView
The blocks of Houston Street east and west of Broadway are jam-packed with construction activity. The NYU Coles Gymnasium is being displaced for an NYU classroom and multipurpose high-rise at 181 Mercer Street designed by Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake. Perkins Eastman’s design for the 606 Broadway office building will front Houston and will have
By Joy Pape and Brian J. Pape For the past 15 years, Paul has made regular sojourns to Washington Square Park (WSP) to commune with the pigeons and other little creatures in the park. When Paul first began these regular visits, he resided on Carmine Street, where he found that the squirrels and birds were
In the November 2016 issue of WestView, we only had room for one shot of the popular annual Charles Street Halloween Event. Since this was such a fun occasion, featuring families of many lively characters, we thought people would like to see some more photos from the event. All photos by Maggie Berkvist.
Reported by: Caroline Benveniste and Maggie Berkvist The chart below provides a price comparison across six supermarkets in the West Village—Brooklyn Fare, D’Agostino, Trader Joe’s, Western Beef, Mrs. Green’s, and Gristedes. We focused on basic food products (whole milk, eggs, butter, white bread, ground chuck meat, and orange juice) and documented the lowest-priced brands in