Penn South creativity wows at annual show

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH| More than 50 residents of  the Penn South Co-operative had their artwork displayed at the Penn South Social Services’ third annual multimedia art exhibition last weekend. Dozens of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs lined the walls of the residential co-op complex’s community room on June 8 and 9. The exhibition was open and […]

REAL ESTATE: Is Manhattan the seniors’ paradise?

BY MARTHA WILKIE | Some say Manhattan is only for the young or rich, but it’s also good for older people — as long as they have the means to live here. An Upper East Sider who just turned 80 said she values the convenience. “As an ‘elderly’ person there is no better place to live,” she […]

Police Blotter (Villager, Chelsea Now, Downtown Express), Week of June 13, 2019

First Precinct   Shooting arrest Police have made an arrest in the shooting outside S.O.B.’s on Thurs., May 9. In the early-morning incident, two men were shot during a fight outside the music club, at Varick and Houston Sts. The suspect approached the crowd and fired four to five shots. A 26-year-old was wounded in […]

Police Blotter (Manhattan Express), Week of June 13, 2019

19th Precinct   What a gas A Bronx man’s cell phone was stolen while he put air in his car’s tires at a Shell gas station, police said. On May 24, around 10:20 a.m. the 53-year-old pulled into the station at the southwest corner of First Ave. and E. 96th St. After filling his tires […]

Maloney: Ban ‘nonessential’ ’copter flights

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Following Monday’s fatal helicopter crash onto the roof of the AXA Equitable building in Midtown, Carolyn Maloney, who represents the area in Congress, renewed her call to ban nonessential helicopter flights from Manhattan. Flying in heavy fog and rain, the pilot, identified as Tim McCormack, 58, reportedly tried to make an emergency crash-landing […]

79th St. Rotunda plan slammed as unsafe for bikes

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Upper West’s Community Board 7 voted to reject the Department of Transportation’s $200-million redesign for the 79th St. Rotunda on the grounds that the plan is unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. The Robert Moses-built multilevel structure, features an underground parking garage, a restaurant with outdoor seating and the roundabout. For years, […]

Manhattan Snaps: ‘Military maneuvers’ in the park

This April 1970 photo shows when the Garibaldi statue in Washington Square Park was being moved as part of the park’s renovation. The monument, featuring a bronze statue on a granite pedestal, was moved about 15 feet east to allow construction of a promenade in the park, according to the Parks Department. During the relocation, […]

Vongerichten dives into seafood at Seaport’s The Fulton

BY GABE HERMAN | A new seafood restaurant from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, called The Fulton, opened recently at the South Street Seaport. This is the first seafood restaurant from Vongerichten, who now has 36 restaurants worldwide, including ABC Kitchen, abcV and Public Kitchen in Manhattan. The Fulton opened on May 14 and is named in […]

OPINION: Take the pressure off Pr. 40 and park

BY TOM FOX | Twenty years after the passage of the Hudson River Park Act, a major source of revenue originally intended to support the park’s operation and maintenance has yet to be secured. Failure to implement a major recommendation regarding long-term operating and maintenance is putting unnecessary development pressure on park assets, such as Pier […]

Two found dead in Downtown parks

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Two men have been found dead in Downtown parks over the past week, police said. On Thurs., June 6, about four minutes after noon, police responded to a call of an unconscious male inside Union Square Park, in the vicinity of Union Square West and 15th St. The officers found the man […]

Dist. 3 to be brighter, less thirsty, greener

BY GABE HERMAN | Lighting, water fountains and tree care were the winners in the most recent round of participatory budgeting for the Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced the participatory-budgeting winners for District 3 at his fifth annual West Side Summit on May 19. The top vote-getter was a project […]

Letters, Week of June 13, 2019

The red balloon To The Editor: Re “Wally Elvers, 95, longtime Villager, polymath” (obituary, June 6): What a wonderful testimony to the intelligence, love and fruitful originality of this lovely gentleman, who was my neighbor for many years, the husband of my friend Bibi, and the father of my two daughters’ friends Laurie and Susie. I […]

Alec Baldwin to moderate Judson event on gentrification

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Actor Alec Baldwin will be at Judson Memorial Church in the Village on Thurs., June 20. But he won’t be doing his uproarious portrayal of Donald Trump in comedy skits with the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Instead, he’ll likely be significantly more serious. Because the topic will be serious. Baldwin […]

‘Ada’ by Katz, Rickey’s kinetics coming to Park Ave. Malls

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Park Ave. Malls in the 50s blocks will be filled with interesting art — some of it gently shifting in the breeze — for three months starting later this summer, when the Parks Department honors two prolific, legendary American sculptors with installations. The work of Alex Katz and George Rickey […]

Ben Green, Passannante aide, waterfront warrior, C.B. 2 chairperson, dies at 73

BY LINDA CRONIN-GROSS |    “Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.” — D. H. Lawrence   So wrote longtime Village resident and activist Ben Green’s favorite author. But Lawrence could have been talking about Ben Green himself, who died Fri., May 17, in New York City at age 73, after […]