Manhattan Snaps: Sweeping up the Village in 1971

The front page of The Villager on May 20, 1971, included a story about Villagers sweeping up in the neighborhood with large brooms as part of a program to clean up Greenwich Village. It was Community Planning Board 2’s Environment and Sanitation Committee’s kick-off event in the effort, and included over 50 Villagers, Boy Scouts […]

Stone Soup and Song at Judson Memorial Church

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Everyone knows the folk story in which hungry strangers convince townspeople that a delicious soup can be made from a stone (and the mere adding of a small amount of their food). And so it was. Riffing on this, Judson Memorial Church offered “stone soup” following its Sunday-before-Christmas service: chicken, beef or […]

Lower Manhattan police honored by local chamber of commerce

BY GABE HERMAN | The Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC) hosted its 16th Annual Safe City Safe Streets luncheon on Dec. 12, which honored local police officers for their work in the communities. The event is held every year to award police officers for their service and work in local precincts, and also to […]

Two men wanted for robbing man outside of Columbia University building

Two men are wanted by the police for allegedly robbing a man outside of a Columbia University-owned apartment building earlier this month. Police are asking for the public’s help finding the two alleged crooks who stole the 21-year-old’s wallet and ear pods as he walked passed 415 Riverside Drive at about 11 p.m. on Dec. […]

New shop Red Gate Bakery opens on East 1st Street

BY GABE HERMAN | A new bakery opened on Dec. 19 in the East Village that offers quality desserts in a modest space. Red Gate Bakery is at 68 E. 1st St., between First and Second Avenues, and comes from Greg Rales, who was formerly at Flour Shop on Lafayette Street. Rales named the shop […]

14th St. Y candle lighting and photo exhibit on the first night of Chanukah

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | In the neighborhood celebrating Chanukah Sunday night—the first night of Chanukah, Yiddish New York had a Chanukah candle lighting on the first floor studio of the 14th St. Y with multiple menorahs brought by Yiddish New York participants. Set on the window ledge facing the street, the flickering candles on the menorah could […]

Greenwich House seniors enjoy a holiday lunch

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | On Thursday, all four of the Greenwich House senior centers served a holiday lunch to their members, a way to celebrate the season. At the Judith C. White Center on Barrow Street, members were treated to a choice of ham or turkey and all the trimmings with apple pie for dessert. Members […]

Village blotter includes group attack in subway and pedestrian killed by truck

Restaurant burglary in East Village There was a late-night restaurant theft in the East Village on Tuesday, Nov. 26, police said. Around 12:50 a.m., a man allegedly entered Ruby’s Café at 198 E. 11 St. through the front door, then took about $160 from the cash register before fleeing in an unknown direction, officials said. […]

Chelsea blotter includes taxi attack and sexual assault on Seventh Avenue

Missing wallet leads to attempted credit card use Police reported that a woman had her wallet taken earlier this year and attempts were then made to use a stolen credit card. On Jan. 23, around 6:30 p.m., near Sixth Avenue and West 43 Street, a 23-year-old woman realized that she no longer had her wallet, […]

East Village rubber stamp shop keeps quality doing things the old fashioned way

BY BOB KRASNER | In the beginning, there was a rabbit. John Casey, who emigrated from Ireland in 1967 at the age of 17, thought he was going to make some cash in the field of numismatics, but he left that endeavor behind when he discovered rubber stamps. He created a design for a simple […]

Third Street Music School Settlement carols its way through the Lower East Side

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | All were bundled many layers thick, against a frigid Thursday evening. “Sing for the Season” with Third Street Music School Settlement brought out dozens of children and parents and adults — students at the school to celebrate the time of year. Holding their 22-page caroling booklet in mittened hands, the seven […]

Downtown Independent Democrats holiday party and celebrating bird safety bill

  BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Downtown Independent Democrats (DID) held its holiday party downstairs at Von on Bleecker Street. It attracted a lively crowd,  many taking a welcome break from watching the House of Representatives impeachment hearings. Jeanne Wilcke ran into her solidarity sister, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick. What’s the hand gesture? Jeanne explains: NYC is a true superhighway […]

On the Lower East Side, Introducing La Salle Academy’s new president

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | When Brother Thomas Casey first arrived last June as the new president at the college preparatory boy’s Catholic high school La Salle Academy on East 6th Street, he looked at the diversity of its student body in astonishment. “This looks like New York!” he said. Brother Thomas has worked with many varied […]

Manhattan Snaps: Building boom in ‘59

In recent years, it seems like there is construction wherever you turn in Greenwich Village and throughout Manhattan. But this may be a case where everything old is new again, as this Con Edison ad in the Sept. 3, 1959 issue of The Villager seemingly addresses peoples’ complaints about frequent construction and digging. It partly […]

BP Brewer opposes Lenox Terrace rezoning proposal

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has said no to a Lenox Terrace rezoning proposal that would allow five new 28-story mixed-used buildings to be erected at a Harlem complex. The complex, located between 132nd and 135th Streets, is owned by the Olnick Organization and is already home to six 16 story towers and five one-story […]