Cagey artist makes a ‘psychic break’

BY BOB KRASNER | Hedy Zhang, a fine-art major at Parsons, started branching out into performance art last year. But it wasn’t until a Saturday a couple of weekends ago that she put herself out into a public space — in a cage. More specifically, a dog crate, in which she sat for 10 hours in […]

OPINION: Put mayor in charge of subways and buses

BY COREY JOHNSON | We’ve all been there: Stuck in a crowded subway car due to “signal problems,” or sitting on a bus moving so slowly that you might as well have walked. Frustration with our mass transit system is a New York state of mind we’re all unfortunately accustomed to. But I truly believe it […]

West Prep students help schools abroad

BY GABE HERMAN | West Prep Academy middle school on the Upper West Side offers a unique service learning program that gives students a special opportunity to work abroad with vulnerable children in Costa Rica. Seventh and eighth graders at West Prep, at 150 W. 105 St., participate in the program, which partners with the nonprofit […]

Ortomare is an Uptown find for authentic Italian

BY GABE HERMAN | For Downtown residents willing to broaden their horizons and foray Uptown once in a while, Ortomare, a restaurant and pizzeria on the Upper West Side that serves authentic Italian dishes, is worth the journey. Ortomare opened in February at 994 Columbus Ave., at W. 109th St. The husband and wife team […]

OPINION: An open letter to NYC predatory landlords

BY JIM MARKOWICH | To the New York City real estate tycoons who are lamenting the new rent laws in New York State: It’s really not so bad. I know, I know. It’s hard to be chipper when you look ahead and you see your return on investment tanking on the whole predatory-equity gamble. Rent regulation […]

Letters to The Editor, Week of June 27, 2019

Vaxx vote outrage To The Editor: I suspect that after all these years of his being only a political employee, state Senator Richard Gottfried thinks he can vote against vaccination and no one will notice or care. Wrong. Only really ignorant people vote against vaccinating children when the facts are that they are way, way safer […]

Suit slams 14th St. bus plan, urges court to block it

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Not so fast! The city is determined to make 14th St. a transportation “experiment” by banning cars to speed up bus service. The changes are set to start July 1 in what’s being dubbed an 18-month “pilot project.” But slamming the transit scheme as “arbitrary and capricious,” a Village activist attorney last […]

Man found floating off Pier 36 on Lower East Side

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Police responding to a 911 call of a man in the East River near Pier 36 and South St. on Thurs., June 20, around 7:15 p.m., found an adult male unconscious and unresponsive in the water. He was removed from the water and E.M.S. medics pronounced him dead at the scene. […]

Online tribute brings Stonewall to life, virtually

BY GABE HERMAN | An online interactive tribute to the Stonewall Riots launched earlier this month, in time for the 50th anniversary of the historic event. Called “Stonewall Forever: A Living Monument to 50 Years of Pride,” it can be found at The online tribute was created by a collaboration between the L.G.B.T. Community […]

Essex Crossing lottery for affordable senior housing

BY GABE HERMAN | The city opened its affordable housing lottery on June 19 for apartments at 140 Essex St., a building that is part of the Essex Crossing development and that will be exclusively for low-income seniors. The Lower East Side building will be on Essex St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts. Scheduled to […]

Steve Earle to headline Village Trip concert

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | After a successful inaugural edition, the Village Trip festival will be returning this fall for a second round. Suzanne Vega was the headliner for last year’s free concert in Washington Square Park, the festival’s signature event. This year’s headliner is no lesser talent, another famed singer/songwriter, none other than Steve Earle. Earle […]

Six L.G.B.T historic sites officially landmarked

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six L.G.B.T. historic sites as individual landmarks on Tues., June 18. The sites include the Caffe Cino, at 31 Cornelia St., which served as a venue for new and unknown playwrights, most of whom were gay men, to share their work during a time when portraying homosexuality […]

Manhattan Snaps: Protesting cruise missiles in ’85

On Nov. 5, 1985, in a protest at New York University’s Loeb Center, on Washington Square South, activists used a big prop to call for a freeze on deploying cruise missiles. There were antinuclear protests worldwide in 1985 demanding that the U.S. and NATO halt missile deployments that were part of the arms race with […]

Midtown mugger steals cell phone, wallet

BY GABE HERMAN | A man was punched and robbed in Hell’s Kitchen, losing his phone and wallet, according to police. In the Sun., June 9, incident, which occurred around 12:30 a.m., a 41-year-old man was walking at the corner of Ninth Ave. and W. 42 St., when an unidentified man punched him several times and […]

Slashing at W. 81st St. subway station

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted for questioning in connection with a slashing. On June 14, a 37-year-old man was slashed on the face inside of the B/C W. 81st St./Museum of Natural History subway station at about 10 p.m. According to police, the assailant […]

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