C.B. 2 weighs compromise on Eliz. St. Garden before its final vote

BY SARAH FERGUSON | It was high drama last week at the Sheen Center’s Loreto Theater on Bleecker St., as community members and housing advocates faced off at the final public hearing of the Elizabeth St. Garden Working Group. The working group was tasked by Community Board 2 to formally assess the city’s plan to replace […]

Highline Ballroom to close after landlord derails lease renewal

BY GABE HERMAN | The Highline Ballroom has announced that it will be closing soon. The Chelsea music venue has been at its current location beneath the High Line, at 431 W. 16th St., between Ninth and Tenth Aves., since 2007. “Unfortunately, after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease,” wrote […]

Gov targets 100% clean energy by ’40; Some say it’s not enough

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced his version of a “Green New Deal” to tackle climate change and ramp up clean energy. Under his plan, 100 percent of the state’s electricity would be generated by clean power by 2040. This would be achieved by using a mix of energy sources like solar, wind, […]

Trickle-down theory: ‘Iceberg’’s gentle message about global warming

BY GABE HERMAN | A new art installation in the Garment District called “Iceberg” brings some playful character to the middle of Broadway, while also provoking thought for those interested in the piece’s message about climate change. The installation, which runs from Jan. 9 to Feb. 24 is located between W. 37 and W. 38 Sts. […]

Kondo is the ‘Clutter Whisperer’ in ‘Tidying Up’

BY GABE HERMAN | Most New Yorkers are familiar with the never-ending battle against clutter that is a feature of life in a small apartment. If it were easy to organize, the “de-cluttering” industry wouldn’t exist and be as big as it is. One such industry titan is “tidying expert” Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman with […]

Pols demand answers on L plan; Brewer half-on, half-off ‘busway’

BY RICO BURNEY | More than two weeks following Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the L-train tunnel would no longer need to be shut down as initially planned, local politicians still have more questions than answers. They are calling for an independent review of the new proposal. Around a dozen local pols sent a joint letter to […]

You go, Yoga natural foods; Pioneer couldn’t stomach costs

BY MICHELE HERMAN | The Integral Yoga Natural Foods Store on W. 13th St. closed on Dec. 9, but don’t blame the landlord. The store, around since 1973, was the ground-floor tenant of the Integral Yoga Institute. The two were separate entities with a shared commitment to the teachings of the Institute’s founder, Swami Satchidananda, and […]

Person of the Year: Keith Wright, a judicious advocate for diversity

Schneps Media’s Manhattan newspaper group is proud to honor Keith Wright — former state assemblymember and current New York County Democratic Party chairperson — as its Person of the Year. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Thurs., Jan. 17, 10:15 p.m.: Anyone who knows New York City politics knows Keith Wright well. He’s a veteran of politics […]

Cuomo kicks in big cash for Hudson River Park

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Governor Andrew Cuomo is kicking in $23 million to help finish Hudson River Park, he announced Tuesday in his annual State of the State address. The “magnificent” park on Manhattan’s West Side was started by former Governor Mario Cuomo and Mayor David Dinkins, the current governor noted, and now he and […]

Lots of new shops to ‘discover’ soon in Hudson Yards

BY GABE HERMAN | As the new “mini city” of Hudson Yards keeps coming into being, details were announced on Jan. 15 for the second-floor offerings in the complex’s Shops and Restaurants building, which is shaping up to be quite the luxury upscale retail and dining destination. The “Floor of Discovery,” as the second floor […]

What is Margaret Chin thinking? Save the garden!

BY DONNA SCHAPER | It pains me to write this op-ed. The stakes are too high not to. We could lose the Elizabeth St. Garden unless Councilwoman Margaret Chin returns to her old self, when she listened to people and fought for human needs. Instead, it seems she ignores the many people who want the […]

Village man headed jewelry-theft ring: Feds

BY RICO BURNEY | A West Village resident has been charged by federal prosecutors for leading an international bank and jewelry heist operation for more than 10 years. Damir “Damian” Pejcinovic and three accomplices from Staten Island and Queens were arraigned on 16 counts of attempted burglary between 2006 and 2017 and stole more than $10 […]

Will ‘SoHY’ fly as name for area below Hudson Yards?

BY GABE HERMAN | The new Manhattan neighborhood names just seem to keep piling up. The latest rebranding attempt is “SoHY,” as in South of Hudson Yards. The new moniker is pronounced “so high” and is being introduced by a new condo both for the surrounding neighborhood and the building itself, at 550 W. 29th St., […]

Panorama offers an array of Middle Eastern food

BY GABE HERMAN | Panorama Middle Eastern Grill has been a welcome addition to the Village’s food options since opening this past June. The fast-casual restaurant, at 820 Broadway, near E. 12 St., has a slightly sleeker environment than nearby mainstays for Middle Eastern fare like Mamoun’s. But Panorama’s delicious and fresh food, and generous […]

Letters to The Editor, Week of Jan. 17, 2019

Marcus doesn’t speak for us To The Editor: Re “An open letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson” (Viewpoint, by David Marcus, Jan. 10): David Marcus is not a member of the 14th St. Coalition Steering Committee and has not been involved with the Coalition for some time. We want to be clear, his “Open […]

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