Piccola Cucina owner appears before CB2 to address noise and crowding complaints

BY GABE HERMAN | Soho restaurant Piccola Cucina has drawn complaints from some neighbors for excessive noise and crowds, and this month the owner appeared before the community board to address the issues. Owner and chef Philip Guardione appeared with his attorney Michael Ferrari at a meeting of CB2’s Liquor Licensing Committee. Chair Robert Ely […]

Shop Bleecker event returns with deals at Village stores

BY GABE HERMAN | Shop Bleecker, the month-long event in Greenwich Village that gives shoppers deals at dozens of stores, is underway throughout November for its third year. The event is run by the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC), and seeks to reinvigorate the area after Bleecker Street has faced retail struggles in […]

Police blotter: An attempted robbery, a Juul thief and a missing parking placard

BY CHRISS WILLIAMS | 19th Precinct: Doting and Dollarless An Upper East Side grandmother was swindled out of $60,000 by someone pretending to be a lawyer helping her grandson, police say. According to the NYPD, the 88-year-old received a phone call from someone pretending to be her grandson on Nov. 2. The impostor urged the woman […]

Scenes from Veterans Day Parade: Local vets, marching band and protesters

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Participants in this year’s Veterans Day Parade included Al DiRaffaele, who has been a Charleston Street resident (Hudson Square/West Soho) for 34 years. This Bensonhurst-raised Brooklynite served in Vietnam in 1966 & 1967. He waited on the corner of 24th Street to join Vietnam Vets as they walked the parade route. […]

New Yorkers join DC rally as Supreme Court weighs DACA

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Hundreds traveled from around the country to rally outside of the Supreme Court in Washington DC, yesterday. Seven hundred people traveled from New York State —13 buses full of people from Buffalo to Long Island— with the New York Immigration Coalition to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamers as the […]

New Union Square BID hire brings experience in urban space and pedestrian projects

BY GABE HERMAN | Union Square Partnership has announced the hiring of Ed Janoff, who has years of experience with projects involving green space, pedestrian and bicycling initiatives, as its new deputy director and chief of staff Union Square Partnership (USP), the local nonprofit business improvement district (BID), said that Janoff would work with executive […]

The Drama Book Shop to reopen in Times Square

The Drama Book Shop, which Lin-Manuel Miranda has called the “heart and soul” of the New York theater community, will reopen in March at 266 West 39th St., right near Times Square. In January, the store had to close the doors of its long-time theater district home on 40th Street, but the nearly 100-year-old business […]

Citi Bike rider attacked and robbed on west side, police say

Bicyclist mugged on 12th Avenue A woman was attacked and robbed while riding a Citi Bike outside 163 12th Ave., along the West Side Highway, according to police. On Friday, Oct. 4, around 10:40 p.m., the 23-year-old victim was riding a bike when she was grabbed from behind, knocked to the ground and punched several […]

Group mugs man on Avenue C, police say

Early morning night club theft There was a recent burglary at the Rumpus Room night club at 249 Eldridge St., according to police. On Sunday, Oct. 13, around 6:30 a.m., a man entered the location through the front door after the establishment was closed. Once inside, he took about $760 from the cash register, then […]

Couple makes beautiful music together

BY BOB KRASNER | When Larry Krone first spotted his future husband Jim Andralis in 2004, the man was playing an accordion in the now-defunct Starlight bar on Avenue A. Fortunately, Krone needed an accordion player for his upcoming debut at the same venue and, as luck would have it, he had a Friendster account (go […]

Man stabbed inside 99 Cents Fresh Pizza: Cops

BY SHAYE WEAVER | Police are looking for two people they say slashed a man inside the 99 Cents Fresh Pizza store in Greenwich Village over the weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 9, at about 8:50 p.m., a 67-year-old man got into an argument with an unknown man and woman, which escalated into a physical fight, […]

Independent jewelry shop Inaya trying to keep Greenwich Village vibe alive

BY GABE HERMAN | Retail business on Bleecker Street has been struggling for many years now, but there are some independent stores that are hanging on and trying to keep Greenwich Village’s neighborhood feel alive. One such shop is Inaya, a jewelry store at 215 West 10th St., just a few doors east of Bleecker […]

Group mugs man, steals his glasses, in Midtown: Cops

Series of purse and wallet thefts in Midtown A man is wanted by police for after stealing several purses and wallets being in Midtown, officials said. There were nine separate incidents from July 29 to Oct. 18, 2019, and each time the man entered a store and took property that had been left unattended. Eight […]

Photos: Rockefeller Christmas tree arrives from Upstate NY

BY MILO HESS | It’s that time of the year: The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree made its way this past Saturday to Midtown, ahead of the tree lighting next month. The 77-foot-tall Norway Spruce arrived at Rockefeller Center in the morning by trailer from upstate Florida, NY in Orange County. The tree was raised off […]

Runners in their underwear took to the streets for a good cause

BY GABE HERMAN | If you happened to see groups of half-naked people running through the streets of Lower Manhattan this past Saturday afternoon, there was no cause for alarm. It was the 2019 Undie Run, presented by the charity Movember and the men’s underwear company Saxx. Hundreds of men and women participated in the […]

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