The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch

Republic Bank and its founder, Vernon Hill — and his valued associate Duffy — held a VIP reception at 90 Fifth Ave. on July 10, two days before the grand opening of the bank’s new branch at 14th St. and Fifth Ave. This is Republic’s 28th location in the U.S., and its first in New […]

OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th

BY ELISSA STEIN | On Fri., July 13, a significant chunk of a statuesque tree in front of 79 W. 12th St. was shorn off by a truck that didn’t successful make the turn off Sixth Ave. This was not the first time the tree had been hit, and the next day the city marked it […]

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019

Times Sq. subway groping There was a subway groping incident inside the Times Square subway station on Sun., July 7, police said. Around 1:50 p.m., a 31-year-old woman was walking through the station’s mezzanine, when a man grabbed her buttocks. The woman started to yell and the man fled in an unknown direction. Police released […]

REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s

BY MARTHA WILKIE | My kid got a lesson in real estate economics the other day. We bought a hot dog from a cart on Fifth Ave. one day, and one from a cart exactly one block east the next. One was $3, the other $1.50. A classic example of “location, location, location.” When it comes […]

Digesting the loss of The Coffee Shop

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE | The Coffee Shop, the Brazilian-American diner, was a Union Square staple and a second home for models. After being open 28 years, it closed last October. Forbes reported that Coffee Shop was one of the 100 highest grossing independent restaurants in the U.S. in 2017, raking in roughly $14.3 million in annual […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   MARKET Summer Ice Cream Blizzard: While the Grand Bazaar NYC runs every Sunday, this weekend it will be especially chill. That’s because the indoor/outdoor market will feature the “best and most unique artisanal ice cream makers.” In addition, as usual, there will be more than 130 artists, designers, craft-makers, vintage […]

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from ‘tech spread’

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Village area’s leading preservation group is calling on local politicians to make good on what it says were promises to protect the East Village from becoming a “Silicon Alley.” On June 28, Village Preservation sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilmember Carlina Rivera, outlining a list of protections […]

Arrest in FiDi attempted rape

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | On Sun., July 14, police said they had made an arrest in an attempted rape in Lower Manhattan from the previous Sunday. Clarence Bradley, 23, of the Bronx, was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree robbery and public lewdness. Police said that on Sun., July 7, around 12:45 a.m., Bradley approached […]

Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics who saved him

BY GABE HERMAN | Lenox Health Greenwich Village came in for some mixed reviews at a Community Board 2 public forum in May about the stand-alone emergency department. But one grateful patient recently thanked paramedics from the facility for saving his life. After Sam Swartz’s heart stopped on a scary day in 2018, two paramedics were […]

OPINION: Gansevoort park needs both nature and field

BY LYNN PACIFICO | When our mothers told us to go out and play, they might have just wanted us out of the house. But we benefitted from those afternoons in the park — in more ways than we imagined. Science is proving the staggering benefits of spending time in nature for all of us, […]

Letters to the Editor, Week of July 18, 2019

Bone-nanza for tours To The Editor: Re “Bones to be reburied in Washington Square Park” (news article, July 11): This is dignified, and it makes me proud. Thank you, Community Board 2, for your resolution that says the community board “looks forward to consideration of additional narrative markers which might elaborate on the rich history […]

Barolo East for northern Italian dishes in Midtown

BY GABE HERMAN | Barolo East is an Italian restaurant in Midtown that opened seven months ago and serves Northern Italian dishes in a pleasant atmosphere. Everything is made in-house, from pasta dishes to breads and desserts. Located in Midtown East at 214 E. 49th St., between Second and Third Aves., the eatery’s exterior is […]

Cyclists stage mass die-in, demand safe streets

BY GABE HERMAN | Too many cyclists are being killed on the streets, and to drive home the point that something needs to done about it, hundreds of cyclists held a mass die-in in Washington Square Park on Tues., July 9. Despite the push for increased street safety under the Vision Zero plan, there have been […]

Amid blackout, Johnson steals spotlight from de Blasio

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The big event Saturday evening was supposed to be Day Two of the summer version of “Manhattanhenge.” The sunset would perfectly align with the borough’s east-west cross streets, creating a golden canyon effect, and everyone and her cousin would snap photos of it and post them on social media. Instead a massive […]

Police: Wald Houses shooting victim a Crip

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Updated Mon., July 15, 4:52 p.m. | A Crips gang member with a long trail of violence was gunned down outside the Lillian Wald Houses in the East Village early Saturday morning, police said. On July 13, around 2:46 a.m., police responded to a 911 call for a male shot in the […]