Google to open ‘pop-up’ digital training center

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Amazon may be hightailing it for the hills, but Google is staying — and still investing — in New York City. Google representatives told a Community Board 4 Arts, Culture, Education and Street Life Committee meeting on Monday night that the Grow with Google NYC Learning Center will open in Chelsea in […]

Carmen Trotta, prisoner of his own conscience

BY MARY REINHOLZ | It’s not every day that I get a chance to interview a devout man of faith and derring-do whose religiously inspired activism has put him under house arrest at an East Village soup kitchen and men’s shelter run by Catholic Worker volunteers. However, I did just that when I recently sat down with Carmen Trotta, indicted last spring after […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of Feb. 14, 2019

BY RICO BURNEY AND ROSE ADAMS |   ART “Black Jelly”: The gallery opening for “Black Jelly: The Photos” will take place at 7 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 18, at the Theater for the New City Gallery, at 155 First Ave. The exhibition will feature photographs by Nikki Johnson from Melanie Maria’s poetry collection “Black […]

Police Blotter, Week of Feb. 14, 2019

First Precinct Leather lover Police are searching for a woman alleged to have robbed the clothing store Diesel’s Soho location at 135 Spring St. on Thurs., Feb. 7, around 3 p.m. The thief is said to have walked into the store and placed three leather jackets, three T-shirts and one pair of leather pants inside […]

Sorry! Brewer, Chin on chaotic Soho/Noho rezoning meeting

BY GABE HERMAN | At the first public meeting of the Soho/Noho rezoning process on Feb. 6, there was general consensus that the event started out chaotic and unorganized. Jonathan Martin of BFJ Planning stood in the middle of a room with no microphone and tried to explain the public feedback process, as he was continually […]

Editorial: Post-‘L-pocalypse’

Updated Thurs., Feb. 14, 4 p.m.: State Senator Brad Hoylman last week stated that he was concerned about ensuring that there is better bus service for 14th St. during what he dubbed the upcoming “L-train slowdown.” Speaking to The Villager this week, Hoylman said he also wants a review on whether to keep the new […]

‘Sweethearts’ tour will tell park love stories

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Romantics and cynics alike can “touch the heart of the Village,” learning about the famed enclave’s history of love, during a special walking tour on Thurs., Feb. 14. The Sweethearts of Washington Square Park tour features 26 stops, each featuring a story of local love — from scenes from mainstream cinema to […]

Diaz pressed to resign for saying Council ‘gay controlled’

BY MATT TRACY | Local elected officials and advocates braved the snowy conditions outside City Hall on Tuesday morning to demand the resignation of Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., who remains defiant in his refusal to step down or even apologize for his recent homophobic remarks. The City Council took direct action against Diaz the […]

Whitney comes under fire on ‘tear gas trustee’

BY GABE HERMAN | Protests have continued against the Whitney Museum since a November report that a board member owns a company that makes tear gas that has been used against asylum seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Warren B. Kanders, listed by the Whitney as a vice chairperson on its board of trustees, is also the […]

Is Instagram changing our home decoration?

BY MARTHA WILKIE | Everyone loves a rainbow, but when it comes to paint, pale walls are decidedly on trend today. And with the popularity of decluttering, the less “stuff” you have in a home, the better. The High Priestess of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo, insists every object in your home ought to “spark joy.” If […]

Brian Butterick, 62, a.k.a. Pyramid’s Hattie

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | In looking back, I am amazed that my first conceptual contact with Brian Butterick was when I was a child. Whose family did not have one of the Butterick sewing-pattern envelopes for the homemaker dressmaker? It makes me wonder what influence those little pattern packages had on Brian, the drag impresario and drag player. Brian a.k.a. […]

Izzy Young, key figure in folk scene, dies at 90

BY GABE HERMAN | Izzy Young, who was at the center of the Village folk scene, running one of its key hubs, the Folklore Center, died on Feb. 4 at age 90 in his home in Stockholm, Sweden. Young ran the Folklore Center from 1959 to 1973. It was first at 110 MacDougal St., between Bleecker […]

X-rays, evil trees, divers dazzle at Clemente

BY NANCY ELSAMANOUDI | If I could recommend one show to art lovers who might be a somewhat put off by New York City’s slightly insular gallery scene, or to anyone just looking for a great under-the-radar show, it would be the group show currently up at the Abrazo Interno Gallery at The Clemente. This surprisingly […]

Letters to The Editor, Week of Feb. 14, 2019

Singer family tradition To The Editor: Re “Will new cracks in facade break old P.S. 64 stalemate?” (news article,, Feb. 8): I offered to buy the Boys Club on 10th St. and Avenue A and lease it to the City of New York but they weren’t interested. “No need for a community center,” they […]

Great 88: Morgenstern’s sports seven-dozen-plus flavors

BY GABE HERMAN | Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream opened its second parlor in the city in October, at the former site of longtime Village favorite Silver Spurs. The latter closed last March after anchoring the corner of W. Houston St. and LaGuardia Place for 22 years, in yet another sad example of diners closing in the […]