Brewer, Rivera tap Dutch firm to review coastal resiliency plan

BY GABE HERMAN | As much of the East Side community remains strongly opposed to the city’s coastal-resiliency plan, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Carlina Rivera this week announced the hiring of an independent consultant to review the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. Community complaints about the E.S.C.R. — a flood-protection project — include that […]

Stringer: End court surcharges and fees

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | With Lower Manhattan’s courthouses as his backdrop, Comptroller Scott Stringer called for an end to mandatory court surcharges and fees as the next step on the city’s path toward criminal justice reform. “We are setting our sights on the new frontier of the decarceration movement,” Stringer said at a press conference at […]

Robber hits L.E.S. bodega for $300

BY GABE HERMAN | A Lower East Side bodega was robbed on Wed., Sept. 4, police said. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. inside Star Convenience Store, at 86 Stanton St., between Allen and Orchard Sts. A 26-year-old man was working behind the store’s counter, when a man approached him, demanded money and slapped him […]

Tompkins ‘turf war’ over; Skateboarders to keep rolling

BY GABE HERMAN | It turns out the skateboarding will continue in Tompkins Square Park after all. The Parks Department announced on Fri., Sept. 6, that it would not — as previously planned — be laying synthetic turf over a portion of the East Village park that has been used for decades as a spot […]

RuPaul’s DragCon; You’ve come a long way, baby queen

BY BOB KRASNER | In the beginning, drag was simple. Men dressed as women for theatrical purposes. Eventually, drag became established in underground gay culture and then — and we’re skipping way ahead here — in mainstream culture as a result of the popularity of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a television hit across America. Then it got somewhat […]

Gay activist turns harassment into trans-rights PSA

BY MATT TRACY | A bigot was caught on video lashing out at a gay Jewish man in a Manhattan subway station on Mon., Sept. 9, but that scary moment suddenly turned into a positive opportunity when the victim used the incident to raise awareness about the plight of transgender and gender nonconforming people of color. In […]

OPINION: City’s jail plan threatens Chinatown food equity

BY VALERIE IMBRUCE | Food is a fundamental human right. And lawmakers in New York City agree — but will they consider food equity when proposing new development? Earlier this month, Council Speaker Corey Johnson unveiled a plan to combat food inequity in New York City, outlining the city’s current hunger problems, and proposing ways to improve access, […]

On 9/11 anniversary, memories, tears and defiant words

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | On another mild, blue-sky day, just as that fateful morning 18 years ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack was marked in a solemn ceremony at the World Trade Center. There were moments of silence and the tolling of bells to commemorate the times that the first jet and then the […]

Robert Frank, ‘Americans’ photographer, dies at 94

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Robert Frank, the legendary photographer whose gritty, snapshot images showed the United States to itself through a new lens, died Monday at age 94. The New York Times reported that he was in Inverness, Nova Scotia, at the time of his death. A Jewish immigrant from Switzerland, Frank achieved fame with his […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of Sept. 12, 2019

BY GABE HERMAN AND ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH |   COMMUNITY Building the Block: The Fifth Police Precinct will hold a “Build The Block” meeting on Thurs., Sept. 12, at the St. Patrick’s Youth Center, at 268 Mulberry St. Ask local police about crime and quality-of-life issues and hear about what police are doing about it. Doors open […]

Pointers before installing a green roof

BY LIZ SADLER CRYAN | It’s hard to miss the soaring 3-acre meadow that graces the top of Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn. But green roofs — or living roofs, as they are also known — are also branching into residential neighborhoods, where homeowners with sturdy-enough roofs can enjoy their environmental and financial benefits. “Not only […]

New Washington Place group targeting drugs, crime, garbage

BY GABE HERMAN | A new Village group, the West Washington Place Block Association, plans to address local crime and other issues like excessive garbage and beautifying the area. The new block association was co-organized by two Washington Place residents, Nancy Bass Wyden, owner of the Strand Book Store, and Rosalind Resnick, who owns and […]

Police Blotter (The Villager, Chelsea Now), Week of Sept. 12, 2019

5th Precinct Subway group attack A man was victimized in a group attack on the subway on Sept. 7, according to police. At 3:40 a.m., a 38-year-old man was on an Uptown D train, when five people approached and demanded his money. The victim refused, and two of the men then started to punch him. […]

Mixing Indian food, tapas concept in Chelsea

BY GABE HERMAN | For owner Monica Saxena, her Indian restaurant aRoqa is more than just another local place to eat in Chelsea. “I dreamt of this for 20 years,” Saxena said recently while sitting at a table at aRoqa. “I look at it as a dream, and a dreamer.” Saxena lived in New York in […]

Mayor mulls helmets for Citi Bikers, licenses for all cyclists

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | During a monthly crime-stats press conference last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he was considering making Citi Bike riders wear helmets and require all cyclists to get licenses. The comments were made after CBS2 reporter Marcia Kramer asked if the mayor had considered forcing Citi Bike users to wear helmets […]