Person of the Year: Keith Wright, a judicious advocate for diversity

Schneps Media’s Manhattan newspaper group is proud to honor Keith Wright — former state assemblymember and current New York County Democratic Party chairperson — as its Person of the Year. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Thurs., Jan. 17, 10:15 p.m.: Anyone who knows New York City politics knows Keith Wright well. He’s a veteran of politics […]

Cuomo kicks in big cash for Hudson River Park

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Governor Andrew Cuomo is kicking in $23 million to help finish Hudson River Park, he announced Tuesday in his annual State of the State address. The “magnificent” park on Manhattan’s West Side was started by former Governor Mario Cuomo and Mayor David Dinkins, the current governor noted, and now he and […]

Lots of new shops to ‘discover’ soon in Hudson Yards

BY GABE HERMAN | As the new “mini city” of Hudson Yards keeps coming into being, details were announced on Jan. 15 for the second-floor offerings in the complex’s Shops and Restaurants building, which is shaping up to be quite the luxury upscale retail and dining destination. The “Floor of Discovery,” as the second floor […]

What is Margaret Chin thinking? Save the garden!

BY DONNA SCHAPER | It pains me to write this op-ed. The stakes are too high not to. We could lose the Elizabeth St. Garden unless Councilwoman Margaret Chin returns to her old self, when she listened to people and fought for human needs. Instead, it seems she ignores the many people who want the […]

Village man headed jewelry-theft ring: Feds

BY RICO BURNEY | A West Village resident has been charged by federal prosecutors for leading an international bank and jewelry heist operation for more than 10 years. Damir “Damian” Pejcinovic and three accomplices from Staten Island and Queens were arraigned on 16 counts of attempted burglary between 2006 and 2017 and stole more than $10 […]

Will ‘SoHY’ fly as name for area below Hudson Yards?

BY GABE HERMAN | The new Manhattan neighborhood names just seem to keep piling up. The latest rebranding attempt is “SoHY,” as in South of Hudson Yards. The new moniker is pronounced “so high” and is being introduced by a new condo both for the surrounding neighborhood and the building itself, at 550 W. 29th St., […]

Panorama offers an array of Middle Eastern food

BY GABE HERMAN | Panorama Middle Eastern Grill has been a welcome addition to the Village’s food options since opening this past June. The fast-casual restaurant, at 820 Broadway, near E. 12 St., has a slightly sleeker environment than nearby mainstays for Middle Eastern fare like Mamoun’s. But Panorama’s delicious and fresh food, and generous […]

Letters to The Editor, Week of Jan. 17, 2019

Marcus doesn’t speak for us To The Editor: Re “An open letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson” (Viewpoint, by David Marcus Dec. 10): David Marcus is not a member of the 14th St. Coalition Steering Committee and has not been involved with the Coalition for some time. We want to be clear, his “Open […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of Jan. 17, 2019

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA |   COMMUNITY   City Council Oversight Hearing on Status of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project held on Wed., Jan. 23, at 1 p.m., in the committee room at City Hall, with the Committees on Parks and Recreation and Environmental Protection to hear from the Mayor’s Office about the plan, which […]

Advocacy group pedals ‘bike mayor’ for New York

BY GABE HERMAN | Now that the city has a ‘nightlife mayor,’ could a ‘bike mayor’ be next? The nonprofit group Transportation Alternatives, which advocates for street safety in the city and nonvehicular forms of travel, is calling on Mayor de Blasio to appoint the city’s first so-called bike mayor. The group says this person would […]

Locals float ideas for even more ferry routes

BY GABE HERMAN | Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City speech on Jan. 10 included an announcement of expanded NYC Ferry service, which received mostly positive feedback — but also some calls for expanded service to other parts of Manhattan that were not mentioned. The 2020-21 expansion plan includes a Staten Island route that will […]

Police Blotter, Week of Jan. 16, 2019

SEVENTH PRECINCT Bad remedy Police are searching for a suspect for questioning regarding the slashing of a 32-year-old man in a Lower East Side eatery on Jan. 11. Around 4 a.m. last Friday, at the Remedy Diner, at 245 E. Houston St., two men got into an argument, and one slashed the other in the […]

M.T.A. emergency L-train meeting had ‘tunnel vision’

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN | Details of a new alternative plan to repair the L train’s East River tubes were presented at a hastily called emergency board meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Tuesday afternoon. However, speaking afterward, Downtown Manhattan residents said they had hoped to hear about more than just the minutiae of the tunnel-repair […]

Village doyenne Doris Diether turns 90! Feted by friends at Judson bash

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | It was the party of the year — and we’re only 10 days in! Decked out in a red velvet frock with a “Happy Birthday” sash, Doris Diether held court like a queen, her glittery birthday hat festooned with paper flowers. Diether turned 90 on Jan. 10. She helped save Shakespeare in the […]

Lower East Side ‘activist estates’: A tale of three buildings

BY BILL WEINBERG | It gives a sense of passing time to see much of your life reflected in a work of recent history. This I experienced while reading “Counter Institution: Activist Estates of the Lower East Side,” by Nandini Bagchee, new from Empire State Editions. In her review of  oppositional spaces in the neighborhood over […]

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