Centenarian artist’s sculptures on view in City Hall Park

BY GABE HERMAN | A new outdoor exhibition at City Hall Park features sculptures by a 104-year-old local artist who has only recently started to get recognition in the art world. Carmen Herrera was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1915, and has lived in New York since the 1950s. She has created abstract paintings for […]

Lower Manhattan shops get online-boosting grants

BY GABE HERMAN | With much of retail business continuing to shift to the Internet, two Lower Manhattan businesses were recently awarded grants to improve their online presence and help them compete. The Downtown Alliance Business Improvement District gave the $10,000 Digital Innovation Grants to B & Co, a sandwich shop at 22 Park Place, […]

Manhattan Snaps: Hare Krishna draws a crowd in the Village in ’72

A photo in the May 18, 1972 issue of The Villager captured a Hare Krishna proselytizing to a crowd in Washington Square Park. The caption read: “An interesting study in faces was captured recently by photographer Fermin Benedetti who watched a Hare Krishna devotee explain his philosophy to group of Villagers in the park.”

Letters to The Editor, Aug. 15, 2019

Walking tax next? To The Editor: Re “Court: 14th St. car ban can start” (news article, Aug. 1): The local citizens should be able to vote on our fate through a referendum at the ballot box. The next dictate will be a sidewalk walk tax. Perry Rothenberg   ‘Call it Zero Vision’ To The Editor: […]

Man spray-paints ‘Kill The Gay Away’ on East Village building

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a criminal mischief incident that has been classified a hate crime in the East Village’s Ninth Precinct. Police said that on Thurs., Aug. 8, around 2:40 a.m., the suspect reportedly walked up to an abandoned building at […]

10 things to do in Manhattan this weekend, Aug. 10-11

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH |   Saturday, Aug. 10 The Mountain Goats in East River Park  The North Carolina-based indie rock band will be performing on the Lower East Side at the amphitheater in East River Park. The band was formed in Claremont, California, in 1991 is made up of John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster […]

Court slams brakes on 14th St. busway — again!

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Hold your horses! … Again! An Appellate Division court on Friday afternoon issued a stay that blocks the 14th St. busway plan from going into effect on Monday. The city had been ready to roll out the never-before-seen scheme bright and early on Aug. 12 at 6 a.m.  Under the plan, between […]

Vegan fave by CHLOE slated for part of Coffee Shop space

BY GABE HERMAN | After Union Square staple The Coffee Shop closed last October after 28 years in business, a picture has started to form of some of the shops slated to fill the former Brazilian-American restaurant’s space. The ground-floor property, at E. 16th St. and Union Square West, will be split into four retail spaces. […]

Wash. Sq. skateboarders, noise, lax curfew cause concern

BY GABE HERMAN | Cracking down on high-flying skateboarders, enforcing the curfew, and maybe even adding permanent gates for the first time, were among the quality-of-life issues in Washington Square Park recently discussed at Community Board 2 meeting. Detective Robert Jackson of the Sixth Precinct addressed the June 24 meeting, held jointly by the board’s […]

Police eye homicide in death by Central Park pool

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Police suspect that a man found at Central Park’s Lasker Pool was murdered. ABC 7 reported that on Tues., Aug. 6, a camp counselor found the body of a man with head trauma on the park pool’s upper terrace, located at E. 106th St. and the park’s East Drive at about […]

Chelsea carnage continues as cab kills elderly woman

BY GABE HERMAN | An older woman walking in Chelsea was killed on Thurs., Aug. 8, after being hit by a taxi around 1 p.m., according to police. The 77-year-old victim was identified as Iris Crespo, of 60 Amsterdam Ave., at W. 62nd St. She was trying to cross W. 22nd St. at Eighth Ave., […]

Hillary Clinton warns of G.O.P. ‘voter suppression’ in ’20 race

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Hillary Clinton told a gathering of young Democrats in Lower Manhattan Thursday night that “voter suppression” by the Republicans will be more extreme than ever before in the 2020 presidential election. An enthusiastic crowd of members of Arena — an organization promoting young progressive candidates to “jump into the arena” and run […]

Chelsea broker dies after being hit by cyclist: Police

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Twenty-third St. and Sixth Ave., tragically, continues to live up to its reputation as one of the city’s most dangerous intersections. A man who was struck by a cyclist there at the end of July died of his injuries earlier this week, police reported. Police said Michael Collopy, 60, of 170 W. […]

82-year-old man attacked and robbed in East Village

BY GABE HERMAN | An elderly man was robbed in the East Village on Tuesday afternoon, according to police. Around 4:40 p.m. on Aug. 6, inside a residential building near E. 11th St. and Second Ave., a man approached the 82-year-old victim from behind and pushed him to the ground. The attacker then took the […]

America under assault: Protesters call for sanity on guns

Members of Gays Against Guns a.k.a. GAG, some of them holding photos of shooting victims, marched from Fifth Ave. to Times Square for a rally on Sun., Aug. 4, after two mass shootings — in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio — within 24 hours, left more than 30 people dead.