14th St. no-cars bus plan to start July 1

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The city’s “experiment” on 14th St. is set to kick off Mon., July 1, as through traffic will be banned between Third and Ninth Aves. and buses and trucks will rule the road. On the same day, the M14A and M14D routes will be converted entirely to Select Bus Service, with a […]

Police Blotter (Midtown), Week of June 13, 2019

Necklace theft There was a robbery on the street at the corner of Sixth Ave. and W. 47 St., according to a police report. On Tues., May 28, around 1:40 p.m., a 60-year-old woman was walking down the pavement when a man approached and forcibly removed her necklace. He then fled west on Sixth Ave. […]

Drs.: Instead of opioids — move, eat better, diet, socialize

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Doctors at New York University’s and VillageCare’s Take Charge of Your Health Today! community health forum stressed the importance of diet, exercise and good mental health as ways to manage chronic pain. The theme of the June 5 forum — the eighth annual — was “Your Pain Matters— Understanding and Speaking about Chronic […]

Guv signs bill ending religious vaccine exemptions

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Late Thursday afternoon June 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on state Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz’s bill banning religious exemptions for vaccinations. Now New York joins a short list of states, including California, West Virginia, Mississippi and Arizona, that have made it illegal to exempt children from school […]

Strand Book Store building landmarked over owner’s objection

BY GABE HERMAN | The Strand Book Store building was landmarked by New York City on June 11, despite ongoing objections from the legendary store’s owner, who also owns the building. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated 826 Broadway, at E. 12th St., home of the Strand since 1956. Six other buildings were also landmarked in […]

Panic and protest over East River Park-closure plan

BY GABE HERMAN | At a June 11 public hearing about the city’s East Side Coastal Resiliency plan, Lower East Side residents mostly disapproved of the current flood-protection plan and called for more community input into the process. Held by the Community Board 3 Parks, Recreation, Waterfront & Resiliency Committee, the meeting was part of […]

Man forcibly touches teen at 59th St. station

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Police are turning to the public to help find a man wanted for forcibly touching a teenage girl on the subway last month. On the morning of  May 16,  a 15-year-old Bronx girl took a 4 train Downtown. According to police, as the train approached E. 59th St. at 7:20 a.m., […]

Phone filcher gets hung up on Bleecker

BY GABE HERMAN | There was an attempted theft in broad daylight on Minetta Lane in the Village, according to police. On Fri., May 17, around 2 p.m., near Minetta Lane and Sixth Ave., a young man reportedly snatched a cell phone from a 49-year-old man’s hand, then ran south with it on Minetta Lane. […]

C.B. 7 committee green lights C.P.W. bike lane

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH| The Transportation Committee of the Upper West Side’s Community Board 7 approved a proposed northbound protected bike lane along Central Park West on June 10. The Department of Transportation’s proposed bike lane would run north from W. 59th St. to W. 110th St. The plan would require the removal of 400 parking […]

Through the looking glass(es)

Artist David Datuna’s installation “Cloning Eternity” offered parkgoers in Washington Square a unique perspective during its 12-hours-only run, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on May 31. The work’s two pieces, made from myriad eyeglass lenses, reflected the viewers’ images back toward them in a kaleidoscopic effect. In 2017, Datuna created an ice sculpture, “This […]

Krishnas, funky bus, mariachi in musical melange

Music was in the air — including atop a bus and in the park — on Saturday. More specifically, a mariachi band teamed up with the roving Abracadabra bus in Union Square, and Hare Krishnas danced ecstatically to hypnotic beats in Washington Square Park at their Hare Krishna Festival. The mariachi band members were celebrating […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of June 13, 2019

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   MOVIES “Movies Under the Stars”: As part of the Stonewall 50th Anniversary and Celebrate Pride celebrations, the Washington Square Park Conservancy will be screening “Rebels on Pointe” (2017), directed by Bobbi Jo Hart. There will also be a Q&A with featured dancers from the film prior to the screening. The […]

9/11 Glade honors heroes and victims

BY GABE HERMAN |A new section of the 9/11 Memorial recently opened to the public, following a dedication ceremony the same morning. The 9/11 Memorial Glade honors rescue, recovery and relief workers, along with survivors and members of the Lower Manhattan community who are sick or have died from 9/11-related illnesses. The memorial’s design includes […]

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village: More than just a pretty face

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE | Guests arriving at Walker Hotel Greenwich Village are greeted by a facade featuring copper-clad bay windows, cast-stone trim and restoration antique-glass illuminated by gas lanterns reminiscent of the early days of Greenwich Village. The exterior of the hotel, on W. 13th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., was inspired by the Georgian-revival […]