Cookies, hot chocolate, Santa and songs celebrate the season at Father Fagan Park

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Last Friday, Santa’s sleigh traveled down MacDougal Street at 42-feet long and with red lights flashing, on his way to Father Fagan Park. That’s how he rolls, New York City style! Descending from Greenwich Village Hook & Ladder 5 (the firehouse is at 6th Avenue and Houston Street) with a gold bag […]

Chelsea cops look to make impact with compassionate neighborhood approach

BY GABE HERMAN | Police officers in Chelsea’s 10th Precinct are looking to address homelessness through a recently-added neighborhood policing approach and by adding more compassion into its philosophy. The Neighborhood Coordination Officer (NCO) initiative was introduced in 2017 at the 10th Precinct and involves its officers getting out more into the community to make personal […]

Politicians gather for VID Christmas party

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Where many of the politicos must go, including judges, those running for judge, and those people who want to be judges, the Village Independent Democrats seasonal party is an annual event everyone looks forward to. Frieda Bradlow opens her home, everyone brings food, and there is plenty of great eats. The […]

Village blotter includes stolen watches and a DOA

Stolen watches on Christopher Street Cops are looking for the thief who found the time to steal luxury watches from a Village store. The theft occurred at around 12:55 p.m. on Nov. 27 theft at the Leffot shop at 10 Christopher St. Authorities said a man asked for assistance from an employee to see lighters […]

Midtown blotter includes a jewelry store theft and public lewdness on the subway

Locker room robbery at fitness center There was a theft at the Athletic and Swim Club, at 787 Seventh Ave., on Nov. 22, police said. Around 3:30 p.m., a man entered the location, went into the men’s locker room and allegedly pried open a locker. He then took a 60-year-old man’s money clip, which contained […]

Cabaret performer’s new show at La MaMa blends Bowie tribute with the personal

BY BOB KRASNER | There are a couple of things that the Dutch/German cabaret performer Sven Ratzke would like you to know at the start. In town for a two-week run at La Mama for his show “Where Are We Now,” featuring the songs of David Bowie, Ratzke is quick to mention that his performance […]

Manhattan Snaps: Protest outside supermarket in 1982

The front page of The Villager on Jan. 21, 1982, featured a photo of a demonstration by the United Farm Workers, which was held in the snow outside the Grand Union supermarket at LaGuardia Place and Bleecker Street. “The protest against non-union Andy Boy broccoli,” the caption read, “was attended by approximately 20 people who […]

FIT student’s new magazine aims to bring more diversity and realness to fashion

BY GABE HERMAN | A student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Chelsea has started a new fashion magazine that presents untouched photos and aims to portray more diverse issues in the fashion world. The bi-annual, digital magazine is called NOEMI (pronounced “no Amy”) and can be found at It was founded by […]

Sidney Lumet biography explores roots and films of the great New York director

BY GABE HERMAN | A new biography of filmmaker Sidney Lumet traces his life from childhood years on the Lower East Side to becoming a legendary director who often filmed in New York. “Sidney Lumet: A Life” (St. Martin’s Press) comes out on December 10, and was written by Maura Spiegel, a native New Yorker […]

Chelsea church hosting Carol Service on Dec. 15

BY GABE HERMAN | St. Peter’s Church Chelsea will host the 45th Annual Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday, Dec. 15, featuring music and a reading of the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The event, at 6 p.m., is sponsored by Chelsea Community Church, and will be at 346 W. 20 St., between Eighth and […]

“Eye-opening” performance group uses unconventional space for their art

BY BOB KRASNER | In a world of divisiveness, the Monday evening performance by the members of the ECHOensemble presented a world where contradictions not only existed peacefully side by side, they meshed in a way that presented unlimited possibilities. Dressed completely in black, the seven performers dealt with their unusual stage with improvised creativity. […]

Manhattan Snaps – The Old Jefferson Tower

The Jefferson Market Library building has a long and storied history, including being built in 1876 as a courthouse and a preservation effort starting in 1960 to save the Venetian Gothic building. Before the current building and tower were built, there was a previous Jefferson Tower, pictured above, that was made of wood, according to […]

Additional photo released of missing model in Lower Manhattan

BY GABE HERMAN | Police released another photo of a Bahamian model who went missing from Tribeca in October. Jenelle Hollingsworth, 35, was last seen at her hotel, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, at 100 Greenwich St. near the World Trade Center, on Thursday, Oct. 24. Police said she is 5 feet 8 […]

‘Street Cathedral’ art gives chance to reflect on Varick Street

BY GABE HERMAN | A new art installation went up last month in Hudson Square that features geometric, translucent 3-D sculptures mounted on light poles on Varick Street. Five pieces make up the installation, which is called “Street Cathedral” and interacts with changing light to reflect colors and shapes onto the nearby streets. The art […]

Chelsea blotter includes subway flasher and Hudson Yards theft

Creep exposed himself on train: Cops Police are looking for a man after an alleged public lewdness incident on the subway, police said. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, around 7 a.m., a 45-year-old woman was riding on a downtown M train at the 42nd Street/Sixth Avenue station, when she allegedly saw a man exposing his private […]