Insurgent public artist installs sculpture of wolves attacking New York City tourist

BY MARK HALLUM | Without permission from the city, artist Joseph Reginella recently placed a bronze statue featuring three wolves attacking a helpless New York City tourist in Manhattan’s Battery Park. Since he began putting up his sculptures four years ago, Reginella has been called “the Banksy of monuments” by the New York Times. But […]

John Lennon Bus rolls through Chelsea during NYC stay

BY GABE HERMAN | The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is in the midst of a month-long residency in the city, giving students and community groups throughout the boroughs a chance to record in the nonprofit’s studio and promote activist causes. The nonprofit, in its 22nd year, offers a state-of-the-art mobile facility and free workshops […]

Columbia students storm Low Library as part of Extinction Rebellion protest

  BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Columbia University students stormed the school’s Low Memorial Library and staged a sit-in as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Wednesday. The protest was organized by the university’s chapter of Extinction Rebellion, the environmental group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to call for government action on climate change. Yesterday’s student-led protest […]

Footwear frenzy over newest Nike sneakers prompts cops to shut down Soho store

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Hundreds of people seeking the hottest new Nike sneakers overwhelmed a Soho store on Thursday to the point that cops had to be called to disburse the crowd. The footwear frenzy took place at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10, when officers were called to Totokaelo, located at 61 Crosby St., to […]

Speed limit reduction among safety changes coming to West Side Highway

BY GABE HERMAN | A large stretch of the West Side Highway is getting a lower speed limit as part of an effort to improve traffic safety under the Vision Zero program, officials announced on Oct. 10. Starting Oct. 12, the speed limit will drop from 35 mph to 30 mph from Battery Place up […]

Inching closer to borough-based approach, City Council approves ban on future Rikers Island jails

BY MARK HALLUM | The city has officially barred Rikers Island from housing detainees after 2026 — a move that only took 24 hours for the City Council’s Land Use Committee to approve. The resounding action buttresses Mayor Bill de Blasio’s resolve to reduce the capacity of city jails and open four borough-based jails. “We promised […]

Op-ed: How could they let this happen?

BY LEE BERMAN | I am outraged at the Oct. 5 mass homicide in Chinatown—and am furious that neither the mayor, our local or state elected officials or even our community boards will be called out as being complicit in the murder of four defenseless people. A modern civilized society does not allow its most […]

Subway creep gropes woman’s buttocks while riding the R train in Midtown Manhattan

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI | Police need the public’s help finding a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the R train in Midtown Manhattan last month. The NYPD released on Oct. 10 a cellphone photo of the perpetrator involved in the Sept. 4 incident, which occurred at 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 4 on a Queens-bound […]

Remembering Andrew Blane, a Greenwich Villager who earned Nobel Peace Prize

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | The memorial for Andrew Quarles Blane, who died on Sept. 6 at the age of 90, was held on Oct. 6 at Grace Church. A Greenwich Villager since 1965, Andrew quintessentially represented all the best of the Village then and now. Best known for his contribution to Amnesty International (AI), which […]

Free public WiFi for Battery Park visitors and residents expanded by 1.5 million square feet

BY MARK HALLUM | Public WiFi service will be expanded in the Financial District following an announcement by the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). Up to 1.5 million square feet of free WiFi is now available to the denizens of Battery Park City once routers are installed at Nelson A. […]

Manhattan Snaps: Greenwich Village kids ready for Halloween in ‘87

This photo is from the front page of the Oct. 29, 1987 issue of The Villager. The caption read: “Youngsters from the Village Neighborhood School model some of the Halloween masks they have created for their own Halloween Parade, set for Friday at the Sullivan Street school. The route of march will take the kids […]

Arsonist wanted for setting fire outside the Masonic Hall in Chelsea

BY GABE HERMAN | Cops are still looking for the firebug who tried to torch the Masonic Hall in Chelsea on Tuesday night. Around 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 8, in front of the building at 46 West 24 St., at Sixth Avenue, police said that a man threw an “incendiary device” at the unoccupied building, causing […]

Where to see fall foliage upstate this weekend without renting a car

BY SHAYE WEAVER | The burnt reds, yellows and oranges of fall foliage haven’t quite hit the city, but in upstate New York, it’s leaf-peeping season. That doesn’t mean much to city folk without a car, but several towns are actually reachable by public transit, like Cold Spring, Saratoga Springs, Lake George and Glens Falls, which […]

Plaque dedication in Greenwich Village marks former home of muralist James Wall Finn

BY GABE HERMAN | Greenwich Village activists gathered outside the former West 9th Street home of muralist and decorative artist James Wall Finn on Oct. 7 to dedicate in his honor an historic plaque that Village Preservation furnished. “Finn, though not a household name, had a remarkable career,” said Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman […]

Li-Lac Chocolates returns to the West Village with 1923 prices

BY SHAYE WEAVER | Li-Lac Chocolates is offering a sweet deal for its return to the West Village — handmade treats at 1923 prices. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the 96-year-old chocolate shop celebrates its grand opening at 75 Greenwich Ave., by selling its beloved chocolate mousse rolls, almond bark, fudge, coconut clusters and pecan chews for […]