Epic farewell for Steve Cannon, of A Gathering of the Tribes

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Friends and family of Steve Cannon packed the Bowery Poetry Club on Sun., July 14, for a marathon memorial for the late East Village poet and arts icon. Cannon, 84, who was blind, died July 7 while recuperating from a broken hip he had suffered a month earlier in a fall in […]

Washington Sq. Hotel keeping Village spirit alive

BY GABE HERMAN | As the storied Washington Square Hotel has changed with the times over the decades — including a name change from the Hotel Earle— the family-owned business continues to move forward. Right now, that means getting ready for the upcoming second annual Village Trip festival celebrating Greenwich Village, of which the hotel […]

FiDi tenants win fight to keep rent regulation

BY GABE HERMAN | Lower Manhattan tenants scored a decisive win in a late June Appeals Court decision, which ruled they had the right to rent stabilization, rent refunds and lowered rents, and that landlords receiving 421-G tax breaks could not deregulate apartments. The 421-G tax exemption for landlords passed the state Senate in 1995. It […]

Hotel Chelsea work drags on, as long-term tenants hold on

BY CARY ABRAMS | The Hotel Chelsea, constructed over a roughly two-year period between 1883 and 1884, was founded on the principles of Charles Fourier, a 19th-century French philosopher. Fourier espoused the utopian ideas of creating a cooperative community on the ideals of trust, caring and mutual support among its members. A hotel guest who sat […]

Takin’ it to the (car-free) street: Mural enlivens Broadway

BY GABE HERMAN | Talk about street art! A new mural that stretches along Broadway for a block in Midtown is part of the annual Urban Garden program by the Garment District Alliance, which cordons off a street to cars to create more pedestrian-oriented space. The closed-off block, Broadway between W. 37th and 38th Sts., features […]

Marianne and Leonard: Love is complicated

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The new documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” reportedly may not break much new ground for hardcore Leonard Cohen fans. But it nonetheless paints a riveting and thought-provoking portrait of the artist and Marianne Ihlen, his Norwegian “muse,” from their idyllic time together on the Greek island of Hydra in their […]

Solar One proposes moving its programs upriver

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Solar One is planting the seeds of a new eco-pier. The environmental nonprofit is pitching a plan to move its Stuyvesant Cove Park programming 20 blocks north to Waterside Pier, a barren 1-acre space between E. 38th and E. 41st Sts. The shift would give the obscure Murray Hill pier new life, […]

Manhattan Snaps: Village Scouts honor Casey Stengel in ’60

A photo from the Aug. 11, 1960, issue of The Villager showed local Cub Scout Stephen Cossu, of 118 MacDougal St., presenting Yankees Manager Casey Stengel with a neckerchief and slide at Yankee Stadium. To the right of them, Thomas Aimone, of 8 Morton St., made the presentation speech on behalf of Troop 371, St. […]

#RickyRenuncia rally at Union Square draws hundreds

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Hundreds of protesters at Union Square on Mon., July 15, demanded the resignation Ricardo Roselló, Puerto Rico’s governor, in response to corruption, along with homophobic and misogynistic comments he recently made. The rally was organized by Frente Independista Boricua.  “Folks have had enough,” said Jesus Gonzalez, national organizer at The Center for […]

$10K bling buy with Chelsea man’s stolen info

BY GABE HERMAN | A man used a Chelsea resident’s personal information to fraudulently purchase thousands of dollars worth of jewelry earlier this year, police said. The victim, 49, reported that on Jan. 9, around 10:30 a.m., in a residential building near W. 15th St. and Seventh Ave., he discovered that his personal information had […]

EDITORIAL: Sharing the city’s streets

With the recent tragic spate of cyclists’ deaths, once again the city’s bike culture — and its car and truck culture, as well — are under the spotlight, as we all try to make sense of what’s going on and figure out what must be done to make our city safe and livable for all. […]

C.B. 5 O.K.’s protected bike lane outside Port Authority

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Department of Transportation’s proposed Eighth Ave. protected bike lane and sidewalk extension from 38th St. to 45th St. has been approved by Community Board 5. According to D.O.T., the plan is to paint 10-foot-wide sidewalk extensions along the avenue and create a northbound protected bike lane separated by a series of […]

Museum dedicated to posters opens in Chelsea

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Chelsea is now home to the only known museum dedicated to posters in the United States. The Poster House opened its doors on June 20, with the mission to show the beauty and historical significance of  posters from around the world. “Posters are an extremely egalitarian art form — almost everyone has or […]

Bike shop, foot traffic coming to Essex Crossing

BY GABE HERMAN | Cycling in the city has been a hot topic of late, from installing more bike lanes to the tragic growing rate of cyclist deaths. What’s clear is that the number of city riders has been growing in recent years. In the wake of the booming local bicycle culture, a cycle shop […]

Lights amid the darkness over immigration

Hundreds gathered in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square on Fri., July 12, for Lights for Liberty. The protest criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies and the deportation raids by  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On the same day, there were more than 700 Lights for Liberty rallies worldwide protesting anti-immigration policies and immigrant border camps between […]

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