Manhattan Snaps, Week of April 25, 2019

Young girls in Tompkins Square Park on July 2, 1990, at the celebration of the renovation of Tompkins Square Park’s north playground. (Photo by Calvin Wilson/NYC Parks Dept.)

Letters to The Editor, Week of April 25, 2019

On Gruen and Westbeth To The Editor: Re “Bob Gruen: How the Westbeth was won” (Spaces, April 18): While I enjoyed the piece on my Westbeth neighbor Bob Gruen, I did not understand how the subject could claim that “everyone there from the early days is within Westbeth’s income guidelines.” I don’t even know what […]

Arrest in New Year’s Eve Bedford shooting

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Police on Mon., April 22, announced an arrest in last December’s killing of a Village resident inside his Bedford St. home. Police said Martin R. Clinton, 45, of Jersey City, N.J., was arrested and charged with murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the slaying. On Sun., Dec. […]

OPINION: Freeze store evictions until S.B.J.S.A. is OK’d

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | A protest, led by Marni Halasa, owner of a family business recently forced to close in Chelsea, was held last week in front of the former Cornelia St. Cafe. Unlike other protests where customers, joining with shop owners, focus their wrath upon landlords, this one centered on what the demonstrators called City Council […]

FLASHBACK: More police on streets in ’71

BY GABE HERMAN | Page One of The Villager on April 29, 1971, featured an article on more police being added to Greenwich Village streets during high-crime hours. Deputy Inspector Salvatore Matteis announced that an extra platoon would be added to the then-current police force for the area. Police studies showed that the hours between 6 […]

Police iPhones decrease response times

BY GABE HERMAN | Tenth Precinct officers say their response times for local complaints have been faster since the city started giving every officer on the force an iPhone starting in early 2018. Speaking at the precinct’s Build The Block meeting in Chelsea on April 16, Neighborhood Coordination Officers Samuel Baez-Veras and Ricardo Roman said the […]

City Winery moving to Pr. 57 in Hudson River Pk.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Along with googling at Pier 57, people will soon be grooving there, too — as in listening to good music. City Winery recently announced that it has signed a 25-year lease with RXR/Young Woo for 32,000 square feet at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. City Winery, which is owned by Michael […]

Capitale building to be sold at auction

BY GABE HERMAN | The historic former Bowery Savings Bank building at 130 Bowery, in recent years an event and party venue, will be auctioned off on April 30. Located between Broome and Grand Sts. in Chinatown, the building was constructed from 1893-1895. Bowery Saving Bank’s first headquarters, it was designed by Stanford White, whose other […]

Stanton ‘Butterfly Garden’ demo’ed by developer

BY ROSE ADAMS | Lower East Side residents recently walked into the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St. to find their trees uprooted and their bushes trampled. The portion of the space that had been destroyed was known as the Butterfly Garden, and had been a tranquil refuge from the city’s bustle since the garden’s founding […]

C.B. 5 O.K.’s 52nd, 55th Sts. protected bike lanes

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Midtown will soon become easier terrain for cyclists. At its April 11 full-board meeting, Community Board 5 passed a resolution in favor of two protected crosstown bike lanes in the 50s — one eastbound on 52nd St. and one westbound on 55th St. The proposed bike lanes would be 4 to 5 […]

Jay-Z to rock Webster Hall’s reopening

BY GABE HERMAN | After being closed 20 months for renovations, Webster Hall is set to reopen in a big way with a Jay-Z show on Fri., April 26. The legendary Village venue is at 125 E. 11th St. between Third and Fourth Aves. It closed in August 2017 after being sold to a group of […]

Mass arrests at climate die-in at City Hall

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A total of 62 protesters calling on the city to declare a state of climate emergency were arrested on Wednesday outside of City Hall. The protest was organized by Extinction Rebellion, which was founded last year and has been taking part in daily demonstrations as part of its “Week of Rebellion.” According […]

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 […]

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