First Precinct Finest catch cab thief

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A cab driver was taken by surprise when a thief tried to take off with his car in the Financial District. On Sun., Feb.10., a Brooklyn man jumped into the cab and took off when the hack took a break from driving and stepped out of the vehicle, according to police. Officers […]

Downstairs shoe-repair hopes for an upside

BY GABE HERMAN | Alex Kariyev has owned the Star Shoe & Watch shop for 19 years, but in the past two, business has slowed considerably. The store, at 74 Bleecker St., between Broadway and Lafayette St., moved downstairs five years ago. But Kariyev, 66, said business was still going strong for the first three. “Probably […]

Wanted: Candidates who’ll fight big real estate

BY LYNN ELLSWORTH | The crowded public advocate race has made me jealous of the congressional voters over in Queens. They got Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upsetting the applecart of New York City — and now the country’s — machine politics, a win that has been a riveting spectacle. Wouldn’t it be great to get more of that […]

Chaos, tension at Soho/Noho rezoning meeting

BY GABE HERMAN | The first public meeting of the Soho/Noho rezoning process on Feb. 6 had moments of chaos and tension as residents wanted more information about officials’ motives, and expressed concerns that their opinions were being heard. The meeting’s format surprised many with its informal town hall style, without presentations or microphones. It was […]

Bad trip for ‘Hendrix Way’; Co-naming experience fizzles

BY RICO BURNEY | Back in November 2017, The Villager reported on a widely circulated online petition to co-name W. Eighth St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves “Jimi Hendrix Way.” A little more than one year and 20,000 signatures later, the effort looks to have stalled like “crosstown traffic.” Despite the large outpouring of support, which […]

Fie on foie gras! Rivera calls for pâté ban

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Councilmember Carlina Rivera has introduced a bill that would make foie gras illegal in New York City. “In the New York City Council, we aim to pass commonsense legislation every day,” Rivera said in a statement. “I can think of nothing more commonsense than ending the egregious practice of selling a luxury […]

Police kill man on L.E.S. after knife attack

BY GABE HERMAN | Police shot and killed a man on the Lower East Side Friday morning who was attacking his partner with a knife, officials said. Chief of Department Terry Monahan said that two officers responded to a domestic dispute just before 7 a.m. at 227 Cherry St., in the Two Bridges area just east […]

Will new cracks in facade break old P.S. 64 stalemate?

BY SARAH FERGUSON | Local leaders are pressuring Mayor de Blasio to follow through with his pledge to buy back the former P.S. 64 school building in the East Village, after a crack spotted on its east wall forced the temporary evacuation of four neighboring tenements on Wednesday. Although city inspectors later ruled the building did not pose […]

Mint Kitchen is a fresh take on Middle Eastern

BY GABE HERMAN | Mint Kitchen, a new Middle Eastern restaurant, has opened just below Union Square. It debuted on Jan. 30 and features a fast-casual style in a bright, open atmosphere. The restaurant was co-founded by Israeli chef Erez Komarovsky, who previously started a popular bakery in Israel called Lehem Erez that expanded to more […]

Say it ain’t so, Trader Joe’s! Ending deliveries

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Trader Joe’s will stop delivering to homes in Manhattan by March 1, the California-based supermarket chain announced earlier this week. The company has been delivering to Manhattan residents for the last 10 years. Some older and mobility-impaired customers will be particularly impacted by the company’s decision. “It’s difficult for me to even […]

Teach the children: Maloney intros Holocaust Ed act

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Congressmember Carolyn Maloney joined Jewish advocacy groups Monday at the Center for Jewish History to address a national rise in anti-Semitism and announce the reintroduction of her Never Again Education Act. The intent of the bipartisan bill is to help teachers across the United States instruct Holocaust history. “We are at a […]

New Essex St. Market to get four more vendors

BY GABE HERMAN | Four new vendors have been announced for the new Essex Street Market, set to open this spring in the new development at Delancey and Essex Sts. The New York City Economic Development Corporation, which manages the market, announced the four new culinary additions on Feb. 6. They are Mille Nonne, which serves […]

Cracks at old P.S. 64 cause four buildings’ evacuation

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The city evacuated four buildings on E. 10th St. near the old P.S. 64 on Wednesday morning after cracks were found on the former school’s facade. The decommissioned school spans from Ninth to 10th Sts. between Avenues B and C. A blight on the neighborhood, it has sat empty for more than […]

Police Blotter (Manhattan Express), Week of Feb. 7, 2019

20th Precinct    She cleaned up A woman hired to clean an Upper West Side apartment cleaned up with $3,225 worth of clothing on Jan 27. According to police, the owner of the apartment at 137 W. 71st St. had a membership with Handy, an online marketplace for residential cleaning and handyman services. The victim […]

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of Feb. 7, 2019

Bad Dream There was an assault at the Dream Hotel in the early hours on Sat., Feb. 2, according to police. Around 3 a.m., inside a room in the hotel at 355 W. 16th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves., one woman pushed another, 20, to the ground. The attacker, who was reportedly a stranger, […]