New West Village restaurant offers baked pasta dishes

BY GABE HERMAN | A new Italian restaurant called P.F. Pasta Al Forno opened earlier this month in the West Village and bills itself as the only place in New York that offers “Baked Pasta Only.” The 800-square-foot space is at 167 Seventh Ave. South, at Perry Street. It’s a counter-service restaurant, and an homage […]

Dog taken from car and East Village mugging in Village Blotter

East Village man attacked and robbed A 19-year-old male was mugged in the East Village on the evening of Friday, Nov. 8, police said. Around 6:30 p.m., opposite 217 First Ave., two males approached the victim and briefly engaged him in conversation, police said, before allegedly chasing after him, knocking him to the pavement and […]

Subway crimes and convenience store assault in Chelsea blotter

Subway creep sexually assaults woman: Cops A woman was groped inside the Union Square subway station on Friday, Nov. 29, police said. Around 5 p.m., on the platform for the downtown R train, a man approached an 18-year-old woman from behind and allegedly touched her crotch over her pants. The creep then ran from the […]

Garbage time: Washington Square Park gets new receptacles

BY GABE HERMAN | When it comes to Washington Square Park’s garbage, it’s out with the old and in with the new. The NYC Parks Department finished in recent weeks installing 58 new trash receptacles in the park. They replaced 48 garbage cans that were over a decade old and in poor condition, according to […]

Tin Pan Alley buildings landmarked on West 28th Street

BY GABE HERMAN | The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) this week officially designated five historic buildings on West 28th Street that were part of the legendary Tin Pan Alley for sheet music publishers. The five adjacent buildings, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, are buildings number 47, 49, 51, 53 and 55 on the block. They […]

Manhattan Snaps: 1987 march against drugs in East Village

In the April 2, 1987 issue of The Villager, some 200 activists marched through the East Village and Lower East Side as part of a campaign to get drug dealers out of their neighborhoods. Organizers, including Cooper Square Committee and other groups, said that a bad problem had gotten worse lately.

All-electric articulated buses deployed in Manhattan to help ‘save the planet’

BY GABE HERMAN | Talk about an electrifying move for Manhattan! The MTA rolled out on Sunday morning its first all-electric articulated bus, one of a new fleet that is part of the agency’s plan to shift away from diesel-powered buses in the years ahead. The 15 new electric articulated buses will serve the M14 […]

Electrical fire in meter room leaves Brevoort East residents in the dark

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Hellen Osgood was on her way home from running errands around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, when the first fire truck arrived at her apartment building at 20 E. 9 St. Soon there would be 11 more units including EMS standing ready, filling East Ninth Street at the Broadway corner and […]

Community Board Land Use Committee rejects Hamilton-Holly House air rights transfer

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Community Board 3’s Land Use committee rejected an air rights transfer application from developers wanting to build a 10-story office building at 3 St. Marks Place. In June, Real Estate Equities Corporation was given the green light by the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission to buy $4 million worth of air rights […]

Grand larceny, bad burglars and ‘Friendsgiving’ in Uptown Blotter

BY CHRISS WILLIAMS  | 20th Precinct.  3 Men and a Grand Larceny A surveillance video allegedly shows three men entering Sprint at 2148 Broadway on Saturday, Dec. 7 at approximately 3:50 p.m. The men promptly removed three cellphones valued at $2797 before exiting the location and fleeing northbound on Broadway. Police canvassed the area looking for the […]

Bakery Las Delicias has its first brick and mortar at Chelsea Market

BY GABE HERMAN | The upscale bakery Las Delicias, perhaps already well-known to those who like to frequent local farmer’s markets, opened its first brick and mortar location this fall at Chelsea Market, at 75 Ninth Ave., called Las Delicias Chelsea. All of the bakery’s products are kosher, vegetarian and non-GMO. They’re also made with […]

Artist Antony Zito goes big in East Village show

BY BOB KRASNER | There are times when input from a gallery director can be a catalyst for change. For Antony Zito, the “magic words” from Howl Gallery’s Ted Riederer regarding his latest show were the instructions, “all new work, and go big!” “I’ve always mainly done straight portraits,” explains Zito, an Acker Award winning […]

The Death of Wayne Hills Mall in photographs at LES’s Front Room Gallery

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Yearning to see Santa? Want to avoid the crowds? Questions about the North Pole? Santa will answer them when he (re)appears at the Front Room Gallery on Saturday, December 14. He was there last Saturday sitting amidst photos of the ruins of Wayne Hills Mall, his former staging area where he […]

East Village concert will conclude this season of older adult chorus program

BY GABE HERMAN | A singing group for older adults is set to wrap up its first season in the East Village with a free concert on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The 7:30 p.m. performance at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, at 131 E. 10 St., will last about an hour and be split between two groups from […]

Chelsea blotter includes a 71-year-old man attacked and a robbery at gunpoint

Older man attacked at Port Authority A 71-year-old man was assaulted inside the Port Authority subway station on Monday, Dec. 9, police said. Around 3:40 p.m., the victim got into an argument with another man, and it escalated until the other man allegedly struck the older man in the head with a belt buckle, causing […]