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A Cat in the City: Feline Who Frequents Washington Square Park Featured in Charming Tale

A Cat in the City: Feline Who Frequents Washington Square Park Featured in Charming Tale

December 6, 2014

The cover art got my attention – how could I resist? A cat sitting under Washington Square’s Arch which is adorned with illustrations of cats, dogs and musicians as the park’s resident pigeons perch atop it. Pretty Boy, an all white cat, is the subject of Greenwich Village resident (and best selling author) Julie Salamon’s […]

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Private Money Set to Determine Future Design and Use of Public Space at Hudson River Park's Pier 55, Public Brought in Later -- Community Board Meeting Tonite, Dec. 3rd

Private Money Set to Determine Future Design and Use of Public Space at Hudson River Park’s Pier 55, Public Brought in Later — Community Board Meeting Tonite, Dec. 3rd

December 3, 2014

It was recently revealed that plans for Hudson River Park’s “Pier 55″ were all negotiated in private and then presented to the public without any degree of transparency or inclusiveness. (Sound familiar?) This way of operating was mastered during the Bloomberg era and is being allowed to continue under Mayor De Blasio. There seems to […]

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Sustainable Economy, the Creative Sector and Community will be Focus of Lecture at Judson Church Saturday, November 15th

Sustainable Economy, the Creative Sector and Community will be Focus of Lecture at Judson Church Saturday, November 15th

November 14, 2014

What “economy tools” exist which can be used to protect artists from being booted out of their spaces due to gentrification? How can a more just and “sustainable” business landscape be enacted? Can capitalist practices be “fair” and somehow address inequality? Etsy Vice President of Values and Impact Matt Stinchcomb and Artist and resource sharing […]

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Village Vegetarian Restaurant Gobo on Sixth Avenue Has Closed

Village Vegetarian Restaurant Gobo on Sixth Avenue Has Closed

October 16, 2014

Vegetarian restaurant, Gobo, on Sixth Avenue between Waverly and 8th Street, has closed. I noticed this For Lease signage just yesterday while it appears to have shuttered in September according to a Yelp comment. Their web site is gone and all signs of them seem to have vanished. The restaurant’s last tweet was in mid-August […]

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Spina Florist Puts Down Roots at 176 MacDougal Street - Previous Home of Hong Wah Laundromat and Suspicious Fire

Spina Florist Puts Down Roots at 176 MacDougal Street – Previous Home of Hong Wah Laundromat and Suspicious Fire

May 29, 2014

A new tenant has been found for 176 MacDougal Street aka 1 MacDougal Alley (and below noted as 30 W. 8th Street). It is a florist shop and event planning business, Spina, which originated in Brooklyn. This is the business’s first Manhattan outpost. When encountered pre-opening, the owners noted that they said they’d never have […]

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Three New Members Appointed to Community Board 2

Three New Members Appointed to Community Board 2

April 14, 2014

Updated 8:06 p.m. Community Board 2 has some new members! The 50 member board’s composition hasn’t changed dramatically with the arrival of three new members but it is different. Off the board: Dodge Landesman, who ran for City Council at age 18 five years ago (and seems to have moved over to Community Board 6), […]

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Former Prohibition-era Tearoom space, 176 MacDougal (aka 1 MacDougal Alley), Back on the Market -- Shakespeare's Anyone?

Former Prohibition-era Tearoom space, 176 MacDougal (aka 1 MacDougal Alley), Back on the Market — Shakespeare’s Anyone?

March 27, 2014

After the suspicious fire which then caused the long-time laundromatin this location to close around one year ago, 176 MacDougal Street — aka 1 MacDougal Alley — was taken over by Mirador, a high end women’s retail clothing store. It didn’t feel like a fit. But it was the type store the nearby real estate […]

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Saturday, March 15th: Victory for Parks Party & Rally in the Village | Next Week: "Save Our Parks and Open Spaces" Week

Saturday, March 15th: Victory for Parks Party & Rally in the Village | Next Week: “Save Our Parks and Open Spaces” Week

March 14, 2014

“Victory for Parks” Party and Rally will be held on Saturday, March 15th at 1 p.m. at LaGuardia Park, LaGuardia Place between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets at the Fiorello LaGuardia statue. Everyone is invited to attend! The organizers are asking all park advocates to come and are designating next week as “Save Our Parks […]

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Mr. Beller's Neighborhood on Washington Square Park in Grittier Days

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood on Washington Square Park in Grittier Days

February 4, 2014

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood published a wonderful story by Jacob Margolies about his friend “Monte” and Washington Square Park in grittier days: I have a friend. For the purposes of this story, let’s call him Monte. When I was a kid there were lots of guys in the neighborhood named Monte. Now I don’t know anyone with […]

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As Washington Square "Hot Dog" Vendors are Saved, 40 Year Old Village Mainstay Gray's Papaya Shutters

As Washington Square “Hot Dog” Vendors are Saved, 40 Year Old Village Mainstay Gray’s Papaya Shutters

January 9, 2014

Hot dogs are on everyone’s radar in the Village, Eater broke the news yesterday about Gray’s Papaya on West 8th Street and Sixth Avenue closing. They followed up on the story today: PapayaGate ! via Eater: A look Back at the Legacy of Gray’s Papaya And now just revealed what is coming: The new tenant in the Sixth […]

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