FLASHBACK: Lunch control, bindery woes in spring of ’72

BY GABE HERMAN | Page One of The Villager on March 30, 1972, featured an article on Community School District 2 suing the Board of Education to gain control of the district’s school lunch and breakfast programs. School Board 2 unanimously endorsed the $2.6 million suit and wanted that sum added to the city’s budget. The […]

Jeff Mkt. Library closing; Ottendorfer reopens

BY GABE HERMAN | The New York Public Library sent an e-mail notice on March 9 to Jefferson Market branch users that it would be closed for three months starting April 1 for the start of renovations. In the notice, Dawn Chance, associate director for the Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Library Network, said Jefferson Market would reopen […]

City pitches landfill to protect FiDi, Seaport

BY GABE HERMAN | Mayor de Blasio has announced plans for $10 billion worth of resiliency measures to protect Lower Manhattan against flooding. The plans notably would extend the shoreline in the Financial District and South St. Seaport out by as much as 500 feet. The Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, which outlines the plans, was […]

‘Climate birds’ to roost on B’way Malls

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Broadway Malls will be “winging it” this spring. Starting May 17, a dozen large wooden birds will be nestled in some of the planted medians between 64th and 166th Sts. along Broadway. “Every day, thousands of people pass by the Broadway Malls, and these whimsical additions will make that experience a […]

Taste of Tortilla Flats lives on at Cowgirl

BY MICHELE HERMAN | Those of us still mourning the loss of Tortilla Flats last fall can, for a little while, get a bit of a fix at Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the Hudson St. restaurant created by the same team. Tortilla Flats opened first, in 1983, with Cowgirl coming along six years later. Cowgirl offers […]

D.O.T. sill pushing ‘busway’ for 14th St.

BY RICO BURNEY | The first of four “open houses” on the impending L-train “slowdown” was held in the Village last Thursday. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Department of Transportation jointly sponsored the March 7 event, held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard Church, on 14th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves. […]

V.I.P.’s, Vessel and more at Hudson Yards opening

BY GABE HERMAN | Hudson Yards was the place to be Friday morning. Everyone was there, from Anderson Cooper to Carmelo Anthony, even Big Bird. Much of Hudson Yards officially opened to the public on March 15, and was ushered in with some pomp and circumstance. Opening ceremonies for the new West Side neighborhood, which is […]

OPINION: Architecture of hell on the Lower East Side

BY LYNN ELLSWORTH | Among the many horrors of overdevelopment we face in Lower Manhattan, the most heartbreaking has to be the vision of a dystopic future seen in the renderings of a series of projects slated for Two Bridges. These megaprojects would radically and irrevocably alter this Lower East Side neighborhood along the East River, […]

City to old P.S. 64 owner: Fix it, or face fines

BY SARAH FERGUSON | Embattled developer Gregg Singer could face legal action and fines of up to $5,000 a day if he does not take swift action to fix the crumbling facade of the former P.S. 64 school building on E. Ninth St. in the East Village. In a March 4 letter, the city’s Landmarks Preservation […]

Johnson urges Trader Joe’s to do deliveries

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | City Council Speaker Corey Johnson prides himself on delivering for his district constituents, and the city as a whole. But now Johnson is calling on someone else to step up to the plate and deliver — Trader Joe’s, that is. Last month, news broke that the affordable “fresh format” supermarket would stop […]

West Side Fund gives $227K to local groups

BY GABE HERMAN | The West Side Community Fund announced its inaugural class of grant recipients, with $226,628 going to 28 organizations in Chelsea and Hells Kitchen. Announcements were made at a March 6 reception at Hudson Guild, where the more than two-dozen groups were given checks. Award amounts ranged from $2,500 to $30,000. The fund […]

‘Ridin’ dirty’: Cops catch scooter guy packing heroin

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A pair of Upper East Side police officers wound up notching a low-level drug bust when they pulled over a man riding a scooter without a license plate last week. Around 6:32 p.m. on Sat., March 9, Officers Hamdy and Conley from the 19th Precinct pulled over a man, 45, on a […]

Woman punched in face, groped on W. Village staircase

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | A man passing a woman on a West Village staircase early Sunday morning slugged her before grabbing her genitals, police said. The incident reportedly occurred March 10 around 4:30 a.m. inside a residential building in the vicinity of Grove and Bleecker Sts. The victim, 20, was going upstairs, while the unidentified […]

Police Blotter (The Villager), Week of March 14, 2019

First Precinct Dubious delivery Police arrested Justin Ponder, 34, on Fri., March 8, for allegedly carrying out a string of burglaries in Manhattan, including two separate ones at a Soho apartment building on Mercer St. During the Sat., Feb. 23, incident, the man is alleged to have broken into a 49-year-old woman’s apartment and removed […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of March 14, 2019

BY RICO BURNEY & ROSE ADAMS |   ST. PATRICK’S DAY The 258th Annual Parade will kick off a day early on Sat., March 16, at 11 a.m. and march its way up Fifth Ave. from 44th St. to 79th St. The crowd-averse can also catch the parade on television on Cozi TV, over-the-air channel […]

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