Bohemian couple still making art and going strong in the East Village

BY BOB KRASNER | You can count Ruth and Valery Oisteanu among the lucky ones. Still married after 46 years, still making art and still living in the East Village apartment they moved into in 1975. When they met by chance on the street in Israel, they had already beat the odds. Ruth had been […]

Luv Michael creates organic granola and opportunities for people with autism

BY GABE HERMAN | Luv Michael, a nonprofit that produces granola and trains and employs people with autism, opened its first Manhattan commercial kitchen and learning center in Tribeca on Oct. 24. The 3,000-square-foot space is at 42 Walker St., just below Canal Street, and also includes a small retail kiosk. Luv Michael was founded […]

Greenwich Village blotter includes purse thefts in restaurants and an attempted assault

6th Precinct Restaurant thefts lead to Apple Store charges Officials are looking for three men after a pair of thefts inside Greenwich Village restaurants, according to a police report. The first incident was on Friday, Sept. 27, around 6:15 p.m. inside Baby Brasa, at 173 Seventh Ave. A 23-year-old woman was inside when she hung […]

The mantra at Hudson River Park’s pumpkin composting event: Don’t trash it, smash it

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Bright sun warmed the November chill.  It couldn’t have been a more beautiful Sunday at Chelsea Waterside Park, 11th Ave and 23rd Street, when throngs of families flocked to the second annual fall festival of pumpkin smashing hosted by Hudson River Park. A Chelsea mom stacked six big but shrinking pumpkins […]

Bill to ban overnight garbage truck parking addresses saga on East Village street

BY GABE HERMAN | For a year and two months, East Village residents have been complaining to the city about Sanitation Department trucks parked overnight along one neighborhood street. Now the city appears poised to finally do something about it. Two local lawmakers have now introduced legislation to ban garbage trucks from parking overnight on […]

Homeless man stabbed in the hip while sleeping at East River Park

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH |A homeless man was stabbed while sleeping in East River Park on Sunday night, authorities said. According to police, the 28-year-old victim was resting on the stage of the park’s amphitheater when an unknown man came up to him and stabbed him twice in the left hip at roughly 8:15 p.m. on […]

Books of Wonder raising funds in hopes of staying in Lower Manhattan

BY GABE HERMAN | Books of Wonder, a Chelsea children’s bookshop which has been a Downtown fixture for decades, faces an expiring lease and has started an online campaign to raise funds for a move to a nearby location. The store first opened on Hudson Street in Greenwich Village in 1980. It has moved several […]

Tenants and Right to Counsel NYC hold mock court for bad landlords

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | New Yorkers indicted city landlords for criminal and civil crimes against tenants’ rights during a mock trial hosted by the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition in Tribeca earlier this week. “We want to also indict the federal state and city as co-conspirators for their rezoning laws … the tax breaks they give […]

Highlights of trick-or-treating in East Midtown

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH |  Yesterday, over 100 local businesses in partnership with East Midtown opened their doors and passed out candy to children dressed up as werewolves, witches,  superheroes and yes, even the 4 train. For the last five years, the East Midtown Partnership has hosted the Halloween fun and boasts having welcomed 13,000 families with […]

City Winery pop-up location gets new holiday menu

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | City Winery will be updating its Rockefeller Center wine garden with a holiday menu and decor starting Nov. 8. The garden, which first opened in July, serves as a pop-up location for the urban wine and performance venue and will continue to serve customers with a new holiday-themed menu until the end […]

That ain’t right: Theft inside East Village church

BY GABE HERMAN | A man burglarized an East Village church this week, police said. The incident occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 11:20 a.m. Inside the St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church, at 288 E. 10 St. Officials said that a man entered a restricted area through an unlocked door. Once inside, he went […]

Manhattan Snaps: Fundraising for a LaGuardia statue in 1989

The front page of The Villager on Jan. 12, 1989, included a photo from a fundraiser for a LaGuardia memorial project, which Friends of LaGuardia Place hoped would lead to a statue for Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia on the Greenwich Village block. Pictured in the photo is Anna Clark, one-time secretary to LaGuardia (1882-1947), who was […]

A Village Halloween display keeps it political

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | The West Village’s Grove Street Court, a grouping of six brick-faced townhouses, has become a pumpkin patch. Easily spotted through the wrought iron fence are seven — with one letter carved on each to spell a word with a clear message: “I-M-P-E-A-C-H.”

Pharmacists rally for protections against prescription drug middlemen

BY GABE HERMAN | Independent pharmacy owners rallied in late October at City Hall — and nine other cities throughout New York State — to support legislation that would increase regulations on prescription drug middlemen, who are known as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The Oct. 23 rally at City Hall included hundreds of supporters and […]