Capitale building to be sold at auction

BY GABE HERMAN | The historic former Bowery Savings Bank building at 130 Bowery, in recent years an event and party venue, will be auctioned off on April 30. Located between Broome and Grand Sts. in Chinatown, the building was constructed from 1893-1895. Bowery Saving Bank’s first headquarters, it was designed by Stanford White, whose other […]

Stanton ‘Butterfly Garden’ demo’ed by developer

BY ROSE ADAMS | Lower East Side residents recently walked into the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St. to find their trees uprooted and their bushes trampled. The portion of the space that had been destroyed was known as the Butterfly Garden, and had been a tranquil refuge from the city’s bustle since the garden’s founding […]

C.B. 5 O.K.’s 52nd, 55th Sts. protected bike lanes

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Midtown will soon become easier terrain for cyclists. At its April 11 full-board meeting, Community Board 5 passed a resolution in favor of two protected crosstown bike lanes in the 50s — one eastbound on 52nd St. and one westbound on 55th St. The proposed bike lanes would be 4 to 5 […]

Jay-Z to rock Webster Hall’s reopening

BY GABE HERMAN | After being closed 20 months for renovations, Webster Hall is set to reopen in a big way with a Jay-Z show on Fri., April 26. The legendary Village venue is at 125 E. 11th St. between Third and Fourth Aves. It closed in August 2017 after being sold to a group of […]

Mass arrests at climate die-in at City Hall

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A total of 62 protesters calling on the city to declare a state of climate emergency were arrested on Wednesday outside of City Hall. The protest was organized by Extinction Rebellion, which was founded last year and has been taking part in daily demonstrations as part of its “Week of Rebellion.” According […]

An art show and a love story at 222 Bowery

BY ROSE ADAMS | Lower East Side artists Julius Klein and Raken Leaves have raised an unconventional family. Since meeting in 1981, the couple has given birth, so to speak, to scores of avant-garde art pieces, from Julius’s tongue-in-cheek sculptures to Raken’s collection of faces made from leather and fur. “They’re my heads, my family,” Raken […]

Joseph Pasquenza, 97, ‘Father Joe’ of McBurney Y

BY GABE HERMAN | Joseph Pasquenza, a World War II veteran who was a longtime devoted member of the McBurney YMCA and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Chelsea, died on Feb. 11. He was 97. Pasquenza belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order. Though he wasn’t ordained, friends called him “Father Joe.” He attended services at […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Service vs. social media

BY ROBIN ROTHSTEIN | A recent survey revealed that the global population on average spends close to two-and-a-half hours a day on social media. How much of that time do you find yourself in partisan scuffles on Twitter? Or getting into policy frays on Facebook? How about applying the time you spend getting steamed on social media […]

Report: Landmarking equals healthier retail

BY GABE HERMAN | A report by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation found that the East Village has lower retail vacancy rates in its landmarked areas. The results, released April 11, came from a survey of East Village retail vacancies that was done over several months last summer and fall. The survey was conducted […]

Lenox Hill hospital rebuild plan aims high

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital could soon undergo a $2.5-billion renovation that would see it become a much taller presence in its Upper East Side neighborhood. Late last month, Lenox Hill Hospital’s Vice President Josh Strugatz and Executive Director Dr. Jill Kalman presented the proposed renovation plan to Community Board 8. The […]

BID offers tips for slashing the trash

BY GABE HERMAN | Lower Manhattan’s residential population has nearly tripled since 9/11, which means a lot of growth but also a problem: more garbage to deal with. The Alliance for Downtown New York released a guide in early March for how residents and building managers can reduce waste, including the garbage left out on streets. […]

Williams: Hudson Yards ‘not for the majority’

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | At a press conference outside of The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, at 31st St. and 10th Ave., Jumaane Williams called out how the $25-billion Hudson Yards project focuses on the wealthy, in more ways than one. While people knew this project was “not meant for the majority, to begin with, […]

Assessing Northwell’s stand-alone E.D.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | It’s been five years since Northwell’s stand-alone emergency department opened in the wake of the closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital in April 2010. Now known as Lenox Health Greenwich Village, the E.D. is on Seventh Ave. between W. 12 and W. 13th Sts. The Social Services Committee of Community Board 2 will […]

Play ball! Little League opens season at Pr. 40

Greenwich Village Little League held its Opening Day ceremonies Sat., April 6, at Pier 40, at W. Houston St. A full lineup of local politicos was on hand, including Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, state Senators Brad Hoylman and Brian Kavanagh, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and District Leader candidate […]

Pols push ban on measles-vaccine exemptions

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | State politicians recently gathered on the steps of City Hall to drum up support for a new bill that bans religious exemptions from vaccinations for any child who attends school in New York State. “Just a few decades ago, we assumed measles was defeated, but now it’s roaring back,” said state Senator […]

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