‘This is fixable’: Parkland father on U.S. gun violence

BY GABE HERMAN | At a May 23 event in Chelsea at the Center for Jewish History, Parkland father Fred Guttenberg talked about the school shooting last year that took his daughter’s life, and the work he is doing to promote gun safety laws in America. Guttenberg’s daughter, Jaime, was 14 when she was killed on […]

Project has led in preserving L.G.B.T. sites

BY GABE HERMAN | The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is a young organization, headed by veteran preservationists, that is having a big impact in protecting local L.G.B.T. sites, plus increasing awareness of the community’s importance to the city and country. The Project was founded in 2015 by Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader and Jay Shockley, who […]

Port Authority eyes three rebuild options

BY GABE HERMAN | The Port Authority has taken a step toward a replacement plan for its aging bus terminal, outlining three possible options in Midtown. On May 23, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released a scoping document, kicking off a formal environmental review process and a 120-day period for public comments […]

Manhattan Snaps, Week of May 30, 2019

A view of the Abingdon Square Doughboy from July 8, 1935. The monument was dedicated in 1921 and donated by the Jefferson Democratic Club. The inscription reads, “Erected by popular subscription in honor of the brave men who went forth from this neighborhood to join the Armed Forces of the United States during the World […]

EDITORIAL: Pass streets-design bill

With the number of cyclists killed in New York City on the rise in 2019, it’s clear something must be done to prevent further tragedy. Brooklyn’s streets, in particular, are proving to be treacherous for cyclists. There have been 10 cyclist fatalities so far in 2019 — the same number the city saw in all […]

Got Milk: Google it some more in Chelsea

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Adding to its already enormous Chelsea portfolio, Google on Wednesday announced it has acquired another building in the neighborhood, the Milk Building, at 450 W. 14th St., from Jamestown Properties. According to Crain’s New York Business, the sum for the deal was not disclosed. As Crain’s accurately summed it up, “The tech […]

Public forum on Pier 40 and its future

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Local politicians will hold a public forum on Tues., May 28, on potential legislation to amend the Hudson River Park Act — possibly to allow commercial office use on Pier 40. While an area equivalent to 50 percent of the pier’s footprint can be used for some commercial purposes — like parking […]

Scoopy’s Notebook, Week of May 23, 2019

Waterfront warrior: We’re sad to report that former Village leader Ben Green died this past Friday at age 73. The cause of death was cancer. He had also suffered a serious heart attack more than 10 years ago. Green was the head of the Federation to Preserve the Greenwich Village Waterfront and Great Port, a […]

Village’s Diether among Lemlich honorees

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | While fashionistas were recently showing off their wildest creations and tying up traffic around the Metropolitan Museum, a heartfelt gathering was taking place just a bit farther Uptown on Fifth Ave. On the Museum of the City of New York’s piazza overlooking Central Park, community organizers and labor activists mingled for a […]

Trader Joe’s coming to Ave. A; Pols’ letters on deliveries keep coming

BY GABE HERMAN | As local politicians continue to press Trader Joe’s to restore its delivery service in Manhattan, the grocery chain said it is expanding its Downtown presence with a new location in the East Village. Trader Joe’s announced on May 13 that it would be opening a new store at 432 E. 14th St., […]

Dance Parade steps up the excitement

Saturday’s 13th Annual Dance Parade & Festival saw 10,000 dancers, featuring 100 styles of dance, accompanied by DJ’s and live bands, waltz, samba and disco down Broadway from W. 21st. St., along University Place, and across Eighth St. and St. Mark’s Place to finish with a flourish at Tompkins Square Park.

OPINION: Foxes guard City Planning henhouse

BY LYNN ELLSWORTH | Once upon a time, N.Y.U. sociologist Harvey Molotch described a coalition of large property owners and real estate developers whose interests aligned to create a “growth machine.” Years later, economic historian Jason Barr described a “skyscraper industrial complex” composed of real estate developers and their allied advisers, financiers, trade unions, architects and […]

‘Art’ in the park

It looks like the Hudson River bike path now has markings ensuring that it is wheelchair-accessible, as seen in this stencil on the path at Chambers St. in Tribeca. At least that’s how the photographer saw it.

Biennial delivers, despite birth pains

BY NANCY ELSAMANOUDI | The Whitney Biennial, co-curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, opened last Friday and is up until Sept. 22. So, there is plenty of time to see it, see it again, to like it, not like it, or to pointlessly vacillate between indecisive, mixed feelings about it. That being said, there is plenty […]

REAL ESTATE: Renovations: Nothing’s impossible! Really?

BY MARTHA WILKIE | Whenever friends begin renovations, I send them a New Yorker cartoon in which an agent shows an apartment to a couple and says, “It’s a real fixer-upper, how’s your marriage?” Renovations can be fraught. A rule of thumb is that it’ll take twice as much time and cost twice as much as […]

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