Cuomo nixes bill to regulate health care middlemen

BY GABE HERMAN | Governor Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 26 vetoed a bill that independent pharmacists said would protect them and patients against health care middlemen causing higher fees. The bill would have required Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to be regulated and licensed. Advocates for the bill have said PBMs effect the health care system […]

Photos: Sunday’s march against anti-Semitism

Here are images from Sunday’s march against anti-Semitism, as a wave of hate crimes have struck recently in the city and beyond. Nearly 20,000 people marched from Foley Square across the Brooklyn Bridge in an act of solidarity. The march was dubbed “No Hate. No Fear.” It was organized by Jewish organizations including the United […]

Family’s East Village home is full of ‘good vibes’

BY BOB KRASNER | Today, the East Village home of Bara and Roger de Cabrol houses their children Annabelle and Sebastien, the fluffy canines Ludwig and Wilfried, artwork, books, music and some fabulous furniture. But back in 1905, their second-floor dwelling held nothing but horse drawn carriages. The first floor was a stable with an elevator, […]

Mulchfest kicks off with ceremony at Washington Square Park

BY GABE HERMAN | Now that the holidays are over, let the mulching begin. The city’s Mulchfest program, which collects people’s Christmas trees to recycle them and create mulch to help trees and other greenery, runs through Jan. 11. City officials gathered at Washington Square Park on Jan. 2 for a formal celebration of the […]

Photos: Anti-war rally in Times Sq. against Iran conflict

Here are images from the Times Square anti-war demonstration on Saturday, when hundreds protested the escalation of hostilities between the U.S. and Iran.

BP Brewer to host task force meetings on Lenox Hill hospital revitalization

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH  | The new year might bring some new developments on Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital revitalization plan. Manhattan Borough President Brewer will host four Lenox Hill Hospital task force meetings beginning in January of 2020 to help bring community members and developers to a consensus on the project. Currently, the meetings are scheduled […]

UP CLOSE Festival: Theater of the Absurd meets history for children and is a tribute to Jane Jacobs

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Pizza Rat greets those entering the theater, which is in the lower level of the Archive Building on Christopher Street. Charming New York-accented narrator Pizza Rat (Marisol Rosa-Shapiro) is the host/tour guide through Greenwich Village, the environs of Jane Jacobs. Now in its second year, the UP CLOSE Festival, running through […]

An apartment robbery, a stabbing and a stolen cell phone make the list on this week’s blotter

19th Precinct  A Stabbing on 92nd Street At the corner of Park Ave. and East 92nd St.,  a 25-year-old man sustained minor injuries after he was stabbed with a knife on Monday, Dec. 16, at about 8:21 p.m. The victim heard the perp say, “watch where you’re going,” just before he felt a sharp pain on […]

Bank robbery and caught thief at Hudson Yards in Chelsea blotter

Bank robber gets a grand There was a bank robbery near Times Square on Thursday, Dec. 26, police said. At 3:55 p.m., a man entered a Capital One bank at 1407 Broadway, approached a teller and allegedly handed her a note demanding money. The teller complied, and the man fled with $1,000.   Jacket thief […]

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eats in the Village at Taboonette

BY GABE HERMAN | Taboonette, a fast-casual Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant, opened a Village location this past summer, offering a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. The origins of Taboonette are in the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Taboon, founded in 2004 with Chef Efi Naon. The name comes from the taboon oven, a traditional […]

Village blotter includes an East Village restaurant theft and an LES robbery attempt

Employee robbed in East Village An employee at an East Village restaurant had her purse stolen on Saturday, Dec. 7, police said. Around 6 p.m., inside Ruby’s Café at 198 E. 11 St., a 24-year-old employee went to retrieve her purse and discovered it missing. She then contacted the police. An investigation found that two […]

Chelsea exhibit explores life and poetry of Emma Lazarus

BY GABE HERMAN | A new exhibit in Chelsea explores the life of poet Emma Lazarus and the history behind her famous poem “The New Colossus,” which appears on the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal. The exhibit was produced by the American Jewish Historical Society, and is at the Center for Jewish History, at 15 West […]

Hudson River Park sees new highs in attendance and green initiatives

BY GABE HERMAN | Hudson River Park had a record-breaking 2019 for attendance and some of its environmental programs, according to a recent announcement from the Hudson River Park Trust. The park had almost 200,000 people attend the park’s nearly 800 events and programs during the year. Such programs include dance and music events, movie […]

Subway punk at Union Square brings own version of holiday cheer

BY BOB KRASNER | New Yorkers are used to seeing just about every kind of performance in the subway – break dancers, karaoke singers, accordions, folk music, jazz trios, violin virtuosos and some that are, let’s say, somewhat less talented. This time of year it’s not unusual to catch lots of Christmas tunes in the […]

West Village Chorale carolers take to the streets and Washington Square Park

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Members of the West Village Chorale enjoyed the mild December weather as they left Judson Memorial Church and meandered through the neighborhood singing Christmas favorites. The Chorale is a 70-voice avocational ensemble from varied backgrounds who love to make beautiful music and perform several concerts a year. With many wearing Christmas […]