Reflecting on Judson Church’s Lenten altar

BY ROSE ADAMS | Those unfamiliar with Greenwich Village’s Judson Memorial Church may recognize its stately, yellow-brick building on the south side of Washington Square Park. With 14 arching stained-glass windows and a 10-story bell tower, Judson looks like a relic from the Italian Renaissance. In a sense, it is: The church’s architect modeled the building […]

Hattie Hathaway’s magnificent memorial

BY BOB KRASNER | On April 1, Hattie Hathaway received a memorial so wonderful that it was possible to be jealous of a dead man. More than 200 friends and colleagues of the recently deceased Brian Butterick a.k.a. Hattie danced and twirled their parasols behind a New Orleans-style marching band. They wended their way from Tompkins Square Park […]

Korilla BBQ: Healthy and satisfying Korean

BY GABE HERMAN | In recent years, Korilla BBQ has been a welcome addition to the growing list of fast-casual restaurants that let you build your own order from quality, freshly made dishes. Korilla’s angle is Korean barbeque, and it offers it in the form of burritos, rice bowls and salads. A protein for your dish […]

Doggone it! A home for you and furry friend

BY MARTHA WILKIE | If you have a dog, Central Park in the early morning is the place to be. Dogs can be off leash, and on a nice day, hundreds of good boys and girls run happily amok — chasing squirrels and generally having the most-fun dog party ever. Martha Redding is a lawyer who […]

The Villager wins 7 NYPA contest awards

With spot-on news coverage and editorials, as well as stunning photography and design, The Villager took home honors in a wide range of categories in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. All told, The Villager won seven awards — including two for first place — in the competition, which covered work done during 2018. […]

Renovated Jackson Square Park reopens

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | One of New York City’s most historic parks has now officially entered the modern era. Greenwich Village’s Jackson Square Park is back open after a $1.9 million renovation job. Officials held a ribbon-cutting for the small park — which is bounded by Horatio St. and Greenwich and Eighth Aves. — on Tues., […]

Where have all the flowers gone? La Plaza fence redo

BY SARAH FERGUSON | Last month, city parks workers finally started dismantling the old chain-link fence outside La Plaza Cultural community garden on the corner of Avenue C and E. Ninth St. The top of La Plaza’s fence used to sprout hundreds of colorful “winter flowers” created from recycled cans and detergent bottles. But the city […]

FLASHBACK: Rents up in ’72; Lee over Diether in ’77

BY GABE HERMAN | Page One of The Villager on Feb. 3, 1972, included an article about local businesses struggling to survive against rising commercial rents. Carol Blaine Fashions at 403 Sixth Ave., and Dini’s Gifts and Cards at 407 Sixth Ave., were closing due to rents nearly doubling, according to the businesses. And Balducci’s Market […]

Left Bank Books reopens in West Village

BY GABE HERMAN | Left Bank Books, which closed in 2016 after a 25-year run in the West Village, has reopened in the neighborhood. A soft opening was held on Sat., March 30, at its new location, 41 Perry St., between W. Fourth St. and Waverly Place. When Left Bank Books closed three years ago, it […]

Arts Center to open on Governors Island

BY GABE HERMAN | The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council announced that it is launching an arts center on Governors Island, which will open in September 2019. The Arts Center at Governors Island will be the first permanent arts space on Governors Island. It will be in a building dating back to the 1870s that was originally an […]

New jail lower, but still 3 times larger

BY GABE HERMAN | Mayor de Blasio’s plan for new borough-based jails to replace Rikers Island recently moved through more steps in the review and approval process. Administration officials presented a draft environmental impact statement, or D.E.I.S., on March 22, which showed that the four new jails would be slightly smaller than previously expected. Specifically, the […]

Fire at Fairway on Upper West Side

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A fire broke out in the basement of Fairway supermarket on the afternoon on Mon., April 1, according to the Fire Department. Firefighters rushed to the famed Upper West Side grocery store at 2131 Broadway, between 74th and 75th Sts., after a fire alarm was pulled at 1:27 p.m. The first to […]

Henry Stern, 83, Parks chief under two mayors

BY GABE HERMAN | Former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, who was passionate about green spaces and grew the city’s parklands by 1,600 acres, died on March 28. He was 83 and reportedly died of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Stern lived on the Upper East Side but had a long connection to Greenwich Village, according to Jonathan […]

Grassroots group calls for ‘shared streets’

BY RICO BURNEY | A Downtown neighborhood group is calling on the city to launch a six-month “shared streets” pilot program in the Financial District. Under the idea, pedestrians and cars would share the area that is now blacktopped street, and cars would be required to travel at slow speeds. The Financial District Neighborhood Association asserts […]

‘Twitter cop’ connects with the community

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Anyone that has visited the 19th Precinct’s Twitter feed knows that it is something special. Run-of-the-mill photos of award ceremonies, community meetings and officer retirement announcements are made more lively with snappy headlines and puns. The feed is peppered with funny snapshots staged by officers or officer selfies with community members. […]