Divya’s Kitchen in East Village offers tasty, vegetarian dishes

BY GABE HERMAN | Divya’s Kitchen is an East Village restaurant that offers healthy vegetarian food, but without sacrificing one bit of flavor. It opened in 2016, at 25 First Ave., as the city’s first authentic Ayurvedic restaurant, meaning it’s based on a traditional medical system of India called Ayurveda. The goal of Ayurveda is […]

Groundbreaking held for new affordable housing development in East Village

BY GABE HERMAN | Local officials and nonprofits broke ground on Nov. 15 on a development that will offer dozens of affordable rental apartments in the East Village. The new building at 302 E. Second St., between Avenues C and D, will be called “East Village Homes,” and offer 100 percent affordable housing. The project is […]

Step into the “Third Dimension” at new Brant Foundation show in East Village

BY BOB KRASNER | After the blockbuster Jean-Michel Basquiat show that announced the presence of the Brant Foundation on East 6th St., the nonprofit organization has taken a step back to present a quieter show, “Third Dimension: Works From the Brant Foundation.” Featuring sculptural works from the Foundation’s collection that they have not been previously […]

Businesses donate computers to Chelsea’s P.S. 33

BY GABE HERMAN | A Chelsea school is getting $25,000 worth of new computers and technology thanks to a donation by B&H Photo and Intel. P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep, an elementary school at 281 Ninth Ave., was chosen by B&H for the donation after the electronics store won Intel’s 10th Annual Score with Intel Core […]

City’s special hotel permits plan for south of Union Square gets chilly reception at CB2 meeting

BY GABE HERMAN | The city’s proposed plan to require special permits for hotels below Union Square “misses the mark,” according to locals. The plan, which was was presented at a Community Board 2 meeting on Nov. 13, was met with criticism and skepticism from the committee and members of the public. The plan would […]

Meet the Author, Keen Berger, at ‘Grandmothering’ book talk

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | On Sunday at Judson Church, grandmothers, grandfathers, and parents will meet Greenwich Village’s Keen Berger to discuss her new book “Grandmothering: Building Strong Ties With Every Generation.” It will be a chance to listen, question, learn, laugh and disagree with Keen Berger, whose author name is Kathleen Stassen Berger, on the pitfalls of […]

New exhibit celebrates long-overlooked Native American paintings

BY GABE HERMAN | A new exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan looks at Native American paintings and how their contributions to American art have been largely overlooked. “Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting,” opens Nov. 16 at the museum, which is at 1 Bowling Green near […]

Manhattan Snaps: Protesting sleaze on Sixth Ave. in 1989

A story on the front page of The Villager on Oct. 12, 1989, described about 80 people protesting outside Crazy Fantasy Video at 331 Sixth Ave., between West 3rd and West 4th Streets. The shop had opened two weeks earlier, and protesters were upset over the pornographic materials being sold, chanting “Get out now!”

Police looking for group of men who stole shirts from Comme Des Garcons

BY SHAYE WEAVER | Police are looking for four men who stole three hooded shirts from Comme Des Garcons in Chelsea. At about 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 29, the four men took the shirts from off of a shelf in the store, which is located at 112 10th Ave., and walked toward the exit, police […]

Piccola Cucina owner appears before CB2 to address noise and crowding complaints

BY GABE HERMAN | Soho restaurant Piccola Cucina has drawn complaints from some neighbors for excessive noise and crowds, and this month the owner appeared before the community board to address the issues. Owner and chef Philip Guardione appeared with his attorney Michael Ferrari at a meeting of CB2’s Liquor Licensing Committee. Chair Robert Ely […]

Shop Bleecker event returns with deals at Village stores

BY GABE HERMAN | Shop Bleecker, the month-long event in Greenwich Village that gives shoppers deals at dozens of stores, is underway throughout November for its third year. The event is run by the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC), and seeks to reinvigorate the area after Bleecker Street has faced retail struggles in […]

Police blotter: An attempted robbery, a Juul thief and a missing parking placard

BY CHRISS WILLIAMS | 19th Precinct: Doting and Dollarless An Upper East Side grandmother was swindled out of $60,000 by someone pretending to be a lawyer helping her grandson, police say. According to the NYPD, the 88-year-old received a phone call from someone pretending to be her grandson on Nov. 2. The impostor urged the woman […]

Scenes from Veterans Day Parade: Local vets, marching band and protesters

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Participants in this year’s Veterans Day Parade included Al DiRaffaele, who has been a Charlton Street resident (Hudson Square/West Soho) for 34 years. This Bensonhurst-raised Brooklynite served in Vietnam in 1966 & 1967. He waited on the corner of 24th Street to join Vietnam Vets as they walked the parade route. […]

New Yorkers join DC rally as Supreme Court weighs DACA

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Hundreds traveled from around the country to rally outside of the Supreme Court in Washington DC, yesterday. Seven hundred people traveled from New York State —13 buses full of people from Buffalo to Long Island— with the New York Immigration Coalition to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamers as the […]

New Union Square BID hire brings experience in urban space and pedestrian projects

BY GABE HERMAN | Union Square Partnership has announced the hiring of Ed Janoff, who has years of experience with projects involving green space, pedestrian and bicycling initiatives, as its new deputy director and chief of staff Union Square Partnership (USP), the local nonprofit business improvement district (BID), said that Janoff would work with executive […]