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 million 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. […]

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 […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of April 18, 2019

BY ROSE ADAMS AND RICO BURNEY |   ARTS Funeral for a Tree: Judson Memorial Church, on Washington Square, will be hosting what is believed to be the first funeral service for a tree, and as one might imagine, this will not be your average funeral service. This will be a fundraiser for Trees.org, an […]

REAL ESTATE: Village Historic District is fine at 50

BY MARTHA WILKIE | In 1969, a large segment of the Village was designated a historic district by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, protecting its architectural fabric from developers and city villains like Robert Moses. It’s not set in amber, but alterations and new construction must take context — materials, design, scale — into account. Andrew Berman, […]

Manhattan Snaps, Week of April 18, 2019

Former East Village activist and photographer John Penley gave his photo archives sometime ago to New York University’s Tamiment Library. During years documenting the Downtown scene, Penley shot countless luminaries, the likes of drug guru Timothy Leary at the former Collective Unconscious on the Lower East Side, below, and performance artist Karen Finley at a […]

Police Blotter (The Villager, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now), Week of April 18, 2019

Sixth Precinct   Meatpack perps Police are currently searching for two men suspected in two separate muggings on Thurs., March 21, and Sun., March 24. The first robbery reportedly took place around 3:40 a.m. near W. 13th and Washington Sts. in the Meatpacking District. The pair of perps are alleged to have approached a 34-year-old […]

Police Blotter (Manhattan Express), Week of April 18, 2019

20th Precinct   Glass grab An Upper West Sider found a surprising piece of his car missing one recent Thursday morning. On March 28, at 9 a.m., an elderly owner of a black 2019 Mercedes-Benz checked on his car parked at the southeast corner of Riverside Drive and W. 73rd St. Once the 85-year-old reached […]

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