High Line’s Spur and Plinth coming down the track

BY GABE HERMAN | With the High Line’s newest section, the Spur, set to open in April, final work is being done on this offshoot before it officially becomes real. Construction continues at the site, which runs east at 30th St. from the main High Line, and ends with an open plaza above 10th Ave. […]

In spirit of MLK, marchers decry displacement

BY RAINER TURIM | On a bitter-cold Martin Luther King Day, hundreds of people marched on the Lower East Side, their indignation fired up by the December approval of three luxury towers in the Two Bridges area, plus the city’s deal with Amazon for it to open a new headquarters in Long Island City, Fliers handed […]

See great art at The Met while avoiding the crowds

BY GABE HERMAN | The city recently announced a record 65 million visitors last year, the ninth straight year of increased visits. This was hardly surprising for locals, who see the streets and city’s great institutions get more clogged by the day. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one such crowded gem of the city. Its […]

Women’s Marchers take it to Trump ‘bigly’ again

On Saturday, the Women’s March once again took it to Trump. Again he was demonized by the protesters, as seen by one marcher’s button. But then again, who hasn’t he demonized? Immigrants certainly top his list, followed by what he called “s—hole” countries, kneeling pro football players, NATO, our allies…the list is “yuuge.” The Notorious […]

Competing Women’s Marches decry Trump’s policies

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two years after women and their allies in untold numbers turned out the day following Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest the new president, Women’s Marches were once again staged in numerous cities on Jan. 19. As is not unheard of in protest movements, this year’s events were marred by internal divisions. In New York, […]

Movement class builds muscles and confidence

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | “I smile from the minute I come in until the minute I leave,” said Joyce Steinglass, 80. Steinglass is one among more than 25 weekly  participants in Naomi Goldberg Hass’s  movement class at the Dapolito Recreation Center, at Varick and Clarkson Sts. The majority of students come from the Village area, […]

Heating up the scene on the Lower East Side

Sunday afternoon, firefighters from Engine 28 at the E. Second St. stationhouse responded to a gas leak at the building at 188 Orchard St., which contains a smoke shop on the ground floor. Meanwhile, Gerry Visco, a fabulous figure from the New York nightlife scene (and also Columbia’s classics department), stopped by the photographer’s famed […]

Overthrow hits it off with new youth training; Yoga, meditation, health — and kicking butt!

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | On Sun., Jan. 20, Overthrow New York, at Nine Bleecker St., put on a free event for 50 youth from ages 10 to 23. The idea was that boxing can improve health, like eating the proper foods, and helps young people learn to channel and release aggression and anger. There were two […]

Blackboard Awards honor tops in education

On Mon., Jan. 14, the 2019 Blackboard Awards for Schools and Principals, presented by New York Family, honored 14 of the city’s finest schools and principals in a special ceremony at the New York Institute of Technology. The event was hosted by Vicki Schneps, the president and publisher of Schneps Media, and Mia Weber, the executive editor of New York […]

‘Smells like cheese fries spirit’: Ray rocks 86!

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Friends — some sporting sequined G-strings and twirling chest tassels — helped Avenue A egg-cream icon Ray Alvarez celebrate his 86th birthday on Mon., Jan 14. Dancing — combined with disrobing — on the counter at Ray’s Candy Store has become his birthday tradition for more than 10 years running now. Each year […]

For Puss n Boots, the alt’s all in the mix

BY BOB KRASNER | The band Puss n Boots packed the house with a surprise show last week at Coney Island Baby, a new East Village bar that already feels like it’s always been there. The “alt country” trio includes Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper and Norah Jones. All three traded lead vocals, inside jokes and musical styles, […]

Locavores dig it: Dig Inn opens in the Village

BY GABE HERMAN | Dig this! Dig Inn has opened its first location in the Village. The fast-casual restaurant is known for using locally sourced farm foods and a menu that changes with the seasons based on what foods are available. The new spot, at 691 Broadway,between W. Third and W. Fourth Sts., offers more […]

C.B. 2 weighs compromise on Eliz. St. Garden before its final vote

BY SARAH FERGUSON | Updated Tues., Jan. 22, 2 p.m.: It was high drama last week at the Sheen Center’s Loreto Theater on Bleecker St., as community members and housing advocates faced off at the final public hearing of the Elizabeth St. Garden Working Group. The working group was tasked by Community Board 2 to formally […]

Highline Ballroom to close after landlord derails lease renewal

BY GABE HERMAN | The Highline Ballroom has announced that it will be closing soon. The Chelsea music venue has been at its current location beneath the High Line, at 431 W. 16th St., between Ninth and Tenth Aves., since 2007. “Unfortunately, after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease,” wrote […]

Gov targets 100% clean energy by ’40; Some say it’s not enough

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced his version of a “Green New Deal” to tackle climate change and ramp up clean energy. Under his plan, 100 percent of the state’s electricity would be generated by clean power by 2040. This would be achieved by using a mix of energy sources like solar, wind, […]

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