The Spur, High Line’s final part, completes the vision

BY GABE HERMAN | The High Line’s newest section, the Spur, opened to the public on Wed., June 5. It runs east from W. 30th St. from the main High Line, and ends with an open plaza above Tenth Ave. The plaza includes the Plinth, an art space that will feature a different work every 18 […]

Knifepoint robbery in FiDi church

BY GABE HERMAN | A woman was recently robbed at knifepoint inside a Financial District church, police said. On Fri., May 31, around 12:30 p.m., the victim, 39, entered Our Lady of Victory Church, at 60 William St., between Pine and Cedar Sts. She was then approached from behind by an unknown man, who displayed a […]

Judge extends order blocking Two Bridges towers

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A New York Supreme Court judge extended a temporary restraining order to block developers from beginning work on three high-rise towers in The Lower East Side’s Two Bridges neighborhood. The ruling is a temporary win for advocacy groups, the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. The New York Post reported […]

EDITORIAL: Figuring out 14th St.

Government credibility and integrity is an enormous issue right now. So it’s puzzling and concerning to see what has been going on with the plans for 14th St. In short, process matters. So does buy-in by the community and respect for the community. It’s not even a question of whether we are in favor of […]

Scoopy’s Notebook, Week of June 6, 2019

Waterfront watchdog whisperings: We hear a rumor that Tobi Bergman, who recently resigned in frustration from Community Board 2, may be trying to start up a new independent watchdog group for Hudson River Park. The Friends of Hudson River Park used to fill that role, and even aggressively filed lawsuits against city agencies to force […]

Queen’s a believer in graffiti wall

BY GABE HERMAN | The latest artwork is now up at the Houston Bowery Wall Mural, and is a colorful piece called “Believe.” Its creator is local artist Queen Andrea, real name Andrea von Bujdoss. The artist could be seen working on the mural since late May at the big Houston St. and Bowery intersection. It […]

Monumental plan for trans activists

BY GABE HERMAN | Transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be getting a monument in the city, with the proposed location in the Village at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced on May 30. The monument is part of the She Built NYC project, which […]

Cuomo onboard with new LIRR ‘gateway’

BY GABE HERMAN | Penn Station redevelopment plans continue to move forward, including a new main entrance for the Long Island Rail Road that may make the cramped and dingy station a bit more agreeable to commuters. Final designs for the new entrance — at 33rd St. and Seventh Ave. — were unveiled by Governor Andrew […]

Pr. 40: Mutiny on the waterfront

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | With community board members and youth sports advocates up in arms over the recently released draft legislative amendments for Pier 40, at least one lawmaker is saying local politicians now must “balance the various needs” of the W. Houston St. pier and Hudson River Park more sensibly. But time may be running […]

V.I.D. fetes Johnson, blue change-makers

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | The Village Independent Democrats recently held their 62nd awards reception, aptly titled, Blue New York, to celebrate a blue state government, voted in during the last election. Returning to Tio Pepe, the W. Fourth St. Spanish restaurant, the annual event recognized outstanding individuals and organizations noted for advancing the progressive agenda. With […]

Police Blotter (Villager, Chelsea Now), Week of June 6, 2019

Sixth Precinct                                     Went to pot A male employee was assaulted over a plant inside Space Market, at 1 University Place, on Sat., June 1, around 2:50 p.m., police said. The worker, 38, said he got into an argument with a man over merchandise — a broken potted plant. He said the dispute escalated and […]

Become a landlord (in a small way)

BY MARTHA WILKIE | In Brownstone Brooklyn, it’s common for row house owners to have income-producing rental units. Resident Laura Hansen needed a renter to pay the mortgage, but ended up with much more. “Our first tenant was an acquaintance who became a good friend, despite the fact that she introduced me to her friends as […]

Play challenges audience on climate change

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Gabriel Rodriguez’s show “Jack of Cups” asks audiences not just to worry about climate change but to do something about it. Performed in the Pete, the ground-floor theater at The Flea Theater in Tribeca, “Jack of Cups,” begins on the Island of Higher Ground. That’s a stretch of land where humans gather […]

Open houses, ULURP on E. Side resiliency

BY GABE HERMAN | As the public-review process for the much-debated East Side Coastal Resiliency Project moves ahead, locals are having a chance to learn more about the current state of the plan and to weigh in on it. The project’s goal is to protect the East Side waterfront from E. 25th St. to Montgomery St. […]

Northwell rocks for vets, active military

BY NORTHWELL HEALTH | On May 25, thousands of veterans, active military members and their families gathered at Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall for Side By Side: A Celebration of Service, created by Northwell Health. The two-part event honoring service members was the “official pinnacle event” of New York City Fleet Week. Bands Imagine […]