Gardens emergency rally nixed after hopeful delay

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Local community gardeners breathed a sigh of relief Saturday afternoon after learning a looming deadline for a relicensing agreement for the city’s GreenThumb gardens had been extended. Gardeners had been set to rally on City Hall’s steps Monday at 10 a.m. But in an e-mail on Friday, Bill LoSasso, the director of […]

Police arrest Manhattan bomb-scare suspect

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Police said they had made an arrest Saturday morning of a homeless man in connection with Friday’s incidents where two rice cookers were left in the Fulton St. subway station and another one was left in Chelsea. Larry Griffin, 26, originally from West Virginia, was collared in a Bronx apartment after […]

‘Let them eat pastries’ or ‘Let them protest’? TransAlt vs. attorney

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | As Transportation Alternatives members and supporters angrily converged outside Arthur Schwartz’s home Wednesday evening — seething that his lawsuit had held up the city’s vaunted 14th St. busway — the attorney tried to make nice with them…by offering them food. As the busway backers brandished insulting signs slamming Schwartz, like “Fake Progressive,” […]

OPINION: ‘Fake news!’ Mark Gjonaj’s rally to save small business

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | A rally to “save small businesses” was held June 26 outside City Hall. If any group deserved a rally to focus upon quickly finding a solution to stop the closings, it’s our city’s desperate mom-and-pop shop owners.  Careening out of control at a fast clip, unless legislation is quickly passed to give rights […]

Restore the stops! Lawsuit filed over M14 bus changes

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The attorney responsible for the, at least, temporary stalling of the 14th St. busway plan, Arthur Schwartz, has also filed a lawsuit to restore bus stops removed from the M14 bus route.  The lawsuit, which is being brought by the 504 Democratic Club and Disabled in Action, argues that the removal of […]

Seaport flood barriers will be splashed with art

BY GABE HERMAN | Anti-flood barriers can repel storm surges and look good while doing it, too. Winning designs were announced earlier this month for the Seaport Community Mural Project, which will install designs on structures that are part of the city’s Interim Flood Protection Measure (IFPM). The announcement was made by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer […]

Manhattan Snaps: Shoeshine boy in ’24

A young bootblack, with his shoeshine equipment at City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan, gave a direct look to the camera on July 25, 1924. The photographer, Lewis Hine, was also a sociologist who used photography to advocate for reforming child labor laws. Hine was an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee from […]

Teen arrested in Central Park homicide

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A teenager has been arrested for the killing of a man that took place in Central Park earlier this month. Brayan Suazo, a 19-year-old from Washington Heights, was arrested on Fri., Aug. 9, and is facing murder and robbery charges, according to police. Officers received a complaint of an unconscious man near […]

Chelsea woman dies after being hit by pickup truck

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | A Chelsea woman died of her injuries on Tuesday after being hit by a turning pickup truck three days earlier. Police said Melissa McClure, 67, of 117 W. 15th St., and another woman, age 59, were crossing W. 15th St. at Sixth Ave., in the west crosswalk, from north to south, on […]

Show of solidarity for Hong Kong protesters

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | More than 100 Hong Kong ex-pats and allies gathered across the West Side Highway from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Midtown to protest in solidarity with Hong Kongers on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday marked the tenth weekend of protests in Hong Kong. On June 9, nearly 1 million […]

Public plazas open in Meatpacking District

BY GABE HERMAN | A ribbon cutting was held by the Meatpacking Business Improvement District on Aug. 6 to celebrate the opening of new public plazas after a seven-year construction project. The initiative included 20,000 square feet of plaza space, a new bike lane and large flower beds and planters. The project stretched from Gansevoort […]

Bakery in old Vesuvio spot closes on Prince St.

BY GABE HERMAN | Birdbath Green Bakery in Soho, at the former site of the legendary Vesuvio Bakery, closed on Aug. 9. Birdbath, which is owned by City Bakery, moved into the space at 160 Prince St., between Thompson St. and West Broadway, in 2009. The bakery still sports the original Vesuvio storefront. Maury Rubin, […]

Crook swipes senior’s chains on Ave. D

BY GABE HERMAN | A 78-year-old man was robbed in the East Village on Mon., Aug. 12, police said. Around 3:40 p.m., the victim was sitting outside near the corner of E. Fifth St. and Avenue D, when a man walked up to him from behind and snatched two chains from his neck. The robber […]

Pier 40 muggers steal teen’s backpack

BY GABE HERMAN | A young man was mugged on Tues., Aug. 13, near 353 West St., at Pier 40 on the West Side, according to police. Around 10:20 p.m., an 18-year-old man was walking at the W. Houston St. pier, when a group of men surrounded him and demanded his property. The victim tried […]

TransAlt protests outside 14th St. busway foe’s home

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | After hearing shouts, Arthur Schwartz stepped out of his W. 12th St. brownstone and began offering pastries to a crowd of roughly 50 protesters that had gathered around his stoop. The protesters, most of whom were from Transportation Alternatives, called on the West Village attorney to “drop the suit” that, last […]

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