Open houses, ULURP on E. Side resiliency

BY GABE HERMAN | As the public-review process for the much-debated East Side Coastal Resiliency Project moves ahead, locals are having a chance to learn more about the current state of the plan and to weigh in on it. The project’s goal is to protect the East Side waterfront from E. 25th St. to Montgomery St. […]

Northwell rocks for vets, active military

BY NORTHWELL HEALTH | On May 25, thousands of veterans, active military members and their families gathered at Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall for Side By Side: A Celebration of Service, created by Northwell Health. The two-part event honoring service members was the “official pinnacle event” of New York City Fleet Week. Bands Imagine […]

Manhattan Happenings, Week of June 6, 2019

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH |   ART ‘Flashy’ student art show: The first-ever art exhibition featuring work from 75 Morton/M.S. 297 students will take place for one night only on Tues., June 11, at La Nacional, the Spanish Benevolent Society, at 239 W. 14th St. “Made x Morton” will feature the work of 75 sixth and […]

Ess-a-Bagel is on a roll with another store

BY GABE HERMAN | Manhattan mainstay Ess-a-Bagel has expanded to a third location, with a new store near bustling Herald Square. The new store, at 108 W. 32nd St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves., celebrated its grand opening on May 20. It offers the same classic bagels, large and fluffy, from natural ingredients, hand-rolled and baked […]

Dist. 2 votes bucks for bus clocks, schools

BY GABE HERMAN | The votes are in, and the winning projects have been announced for the City Council District 2 Participatory Budgeting process. Nearly 4,800 votes were cast in the district during the voting process, from March 30 until April 7, according to Councilmember Carlina Rivera’s office. Council District 2 includes the East Village, part […]

M.T.A. launches ‘tap and pay’ system

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | New Yorkers can now use major credit cards and devices like iPhones, Android phones and Apple Watches to pay for subway rides at select stations. On Fri., May 31, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched OMNY, a new system that allows riders to “tap and pay” fares for single rides by using […]

Letters to The Editor, Week of June 6, 2019

Smartest guy in room To The Editor: Re “Draft punked: C.B. 2 outraged at Pier 40 legislation” (news article, May 30): Tobi Bergman has been a gift to our community. He got so many things done for us and stopped so many things from being done to us. At meetings, he was often the smartest […]

OPINION: Not going to the dogs on Gansevoort, Pr. 40

BY LYNN PACIFICO | When I took the Gansevoort Peninsula survey, I was perplexed since nine out of 10 of the schematics we did at the Gansevoort design charrette included a dog run. But a dog run was not included as an option in the online survey — not mentioned anywhere. The survey asks what we […]

Wally Elvers, 95, longtime Villager, polymath

Walter Barton Elvers DDS, 95, passed away peacefully on April 17. “Wally,” as he was known, lived just a block from his beloved Washington Square Park with his wife of more than 57 years, “Bibi” (née Lita Melba Abril-Lamarque). Methodical, analytical, detail-oriented, a problem solver and a very independent thinker, he was also very sociable. […]

Village bank robber displayed knife

BY GABE HERMAN | There was a bank robbery on Thurs., May 30, at the Chase branch at Sixth Ave. and W. Fourth St., police said. Around 5:40 p.m., a man entered the bank, at 340 Sixth Ave. He approached a teller and displayed the butt of a knife sticking out of his front pants waistband. […]

Landmarks to consider six L.G.B.T. sites

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Six L.G.B.T. historically significant sites are up for possible landmarking, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson recently announced. “As a preservationist, I have always believed that the cultural significance of a building is as important as its architectural significance,” Johnson said, in a statement on May 19. The locations include the L.G.B.T. Community […]

FLASHBACK: Early High Line visionary had high hopes

BY GABE HERMAN | The front page of The Villager on Jan. 7, 1982, featured a profile of Peter Obletz, who for years advocated to save the High Line from demolition and reuse it for transportation and recreation. At the time, the elevated freight rail line was abandoned and overgrown. Train use for transporting goods had […]

OPINION: Let camps hire mental health professionals

BY ALICIA SKOVERA | With camp beginning at the end of June, children attending New York summer camps who have mental health issues won’t be getting the care they need and deserve. Under current law, New York camp directors are unable to hire mental health practitioners to address the myriad of mental health problems campers arrive […]

Former I.L.G.W.U. worker hits 100 — and she’ll drink to that!

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A Chelsea woman turned 100 years old on May 17 and celebrated the milestone at the Hudson Guild two days earlier. At the celebration, Rita Corchado was surrounded by friends from Hudson Guild Adult Services, in whose meals-service program she is an active member. She comes to the Guild daily for breakfast […]

Deli takeout included workers’ backpacks

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | A woman took the phrase “deli takeout” to another level when she allegedly stole $1,000 worth of property from an East Village store. Police said the unidentified suspect swiped unspecified merchandise inside the NY Grill & Deli, at 191 Avenue A, at E. 12th St., on Sat., May 25, around 4 p.m., […]