Cell phone snatched in Chelsea

BY GABE HERMAN | There was a recent broad-daylight cell phone theft on the street in Chelsea, according to police. On Tues., July 30, around 4:50 p.m., a 36-year-old woman was walking uptown on Eighth Ave. at W. 26th St., when a man approached from behind and grabbed her cell phone. The phone filcher then […]

Rolling robbers target delivery e-bikes

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two men wanted for questioning in connection with a pattern of electric bicycle thefts. On July 17, around 2:10 a.m., two men riding bicycles approached a 48-year-old man riding an electric bike from behind as he passed 153 E. 110th St. According […]

Stunning trove of Ground Zero photos discovered

BY GABE HERMAN | Thousands of photos of Ground Zero, taken in the weeks after the 9/11 attack, were recently discovered by chance at a house clearance sale. Archivists bought a group of CD’s at the sale and stumbled upon a collection of 2,400 photos of Ground Zero, according to a BBC report. The CD’s […]

Police Blotter (Manhattan Express), Week of Aug. 8, 2019

19th precinct  Stolen motorcycle On July 31, at 4 a.m., an Upper East Side man parked his motorcycle on E. 82nd St. and went to work. According to police, when the 23-year-old went back to his bike at 4:45 a.m., the 2009 orange Honda motorbike with a South Carolina license plate was gone, according to […]

Void venting: Extell 66th St. skyscraper slammed at B.S.A. hearing

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH |During a Board of Standards and Appeals public hearing, opponents of the Extell skyscraper at 50 W. 66th St. challenged the building’s merits. Opponents included residents, advocates, Community Board 7 members and local politicians, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, who both spoke out against the project. […]

Condo’s lawsuit doesn’t slow C.P.W. bike lane installation

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | An Upper West Sider condo board hasn’t put the brakes on the Central Park West protected bike lane yet.  On Wed., July 31, Streetsblog reported, Manhattan Supreme Court judge Lynn Kotler denied a motion filed by the board of Century Condominium, at 25 Central Park West and E. 63rd St., on July 30, that […]

EDITORIAL: We must do something

With apologies to Albert Einstein, there’s a new definition of insanity in America: Sending thoughts and prayers over and over again, and expecting the mass shootings to stop. This weekend’s bloodshed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, reminded us once again of how broken things are in America when it comes to gun violence […]

National Bar Association honors leaders in law

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | During the National Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Judicial Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton New York Times Square on July 23, its Judicial Council, with 200-some lawyers and judges attending, honored five judges, as well as a New York civil-rights and social-justice attorney. The National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest […]

Court: 14th St. car ban can start

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | A judge who temporarily blocked the 14th St. busway from going forward a month ago, on Tuesday gave the embattled scheme the green light. State Supreme Court Justice Eileen Rakower ruled that the city can put its novel Transit and Truck Priority lanes plan into effect. In doing so, she found against […]

Police Blotter (The Villager, Chelsea Now, Downtown Express), Week of Aug. 8, 2019

First Precinct Bad guests According to police, on Fri., May 31, around 4 a.m., a 45-year-old man invited three males into his residence in the vicinity of Wall and Front Sts. that he met at a bar earlier that evening. Once inside, the trio began to remove some of the victim’s personal property and fled the location on […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of Aug. 8, 2019

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   POETRY Poets House Showcase: The 27th Annual Poets House Showcase runs until Sat., Aug 17, at Poets House’s Battery Park City home. The Showcase is a free exhibit featuring more than 3,300 books of poetry published by more than 800 presses over the previous 18 months. At Poets House, Elizabeth […]

Gem Spa news flash: They’re struggling

BY BILL WEINBERG | It was slightly traumatic for old-school East Village residents when they last approached Gem Spa to buy a paper at the newsstand that had long stood outside the corner store. The newsstand, a fixture for generations, displaying a multilingual selection reflecting the neighborhood’s diversity, was gone — not a scrap of printed […]

REAL ESTATE: Lighting a brownstone or townhouse exterior

BY LIZ SADLER CRYAN | If you live in a brownstone or townhouse, selecting outdoor light fixtures for a home in some cases as old as the lightbulb itself can be tricky. Should you choose something historically accurate to illuminate the 10-foot-high double doors, or something spare and modern to complement the historic facade? “First, if […]

I-CE-NY is an ice cream shop on a roll

BY GABE HERMAN | A lot of local ice cream shops boast that their flavors are locally made, but I-CE-NY actually makes its ice cream from scratch right in front of you in the shop. It’s hard to get more local than that. The company started in Thailand, where it expanded to 30 locations in […]

By the time I got to Woodstock… Oy vey

BY HARRY PINCUS | The passage of years is relentless in the human scheme, and it’s hard to believe that 50 have passed since that frozen tip of a January morning, when I walked away from Wingate High School, Brooklyn, New York, with my diploma in hand. The Beatles had taken to the roof of […]