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A Coney Island of the East Village at City Lore

A Coney Island of the East Village at City Lore

BY TRACI KAMPEL  |  When most of us think of 1980s New York, things like nightclubs, Gordon Gekko types and graffiti-ridden subways come to mind. But a new exhibit at the East Village’s City Lore — co-sponsored by the Coney Island History Project and Coney Island Hysterical Society — captures a different, quirkier side of […]

NYCHA will build on ‘hot’ East Side, chief assures

NYCHA will build on ‘hot’ East Side, chief assures

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON |  When Mayor de Blasio appointed Shola Olatoye chairperson and C.E.O. of the New York Public Housing Authority in February 2014, he gave her two assignments: first, to “reset relationships with residents,” and, second, “to come up with a plan” to save North America’s largest public housing authority. With 607,000 residents, NYCHA’s […]

After 50 years, famed fashionista Patricia Field closing Downtown store

After 50 years, famed fashionista Patricia Field closing Downtown store

BY TINA BENITZ-EVES  |  Patricia Field is in a good place. Decked out in purple-sparkled arm warmers, shiny pink lace-up loafers and half-fatigued pants and crowned by flaming red hair, the 73-year-old designer — known for dressing Carrie Bradshaw and crew in “Sex and the City” and the cast of “The Devil Wears Prada” as […]

God’s Love We Deliver is back and cooking again in its gleaming new Spring St. building

God’s Love We Deliver is back and cooking again in its gleaming new Spring St. building

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON    |  God’s Love We Deliver recently took The Villager on a tour of its new building at Sixth Ave. and Spring St., offering a look not only at  the place’s interior, but also at the nonprofit’s high-volume, health-conscious cooking operation that sustains thousands of seriously ill people each week. The $28 […]

‘N.Y. Corporate U.’ is crushing us, critics cry

‘N.Y. Corporate U.’ is crushing us, critics cry

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In June, the state’s highest court ruled against a community lawsuit seeking to block N.Y.U.’s massive South Village development plan, clearing the way for the nearly 2-million-square-foot, 20-year project to finally move forward. But as disheartening as that loss was for the opponents, it hasn’t lessened their will to rail against […]

Foodies steamed after wonton rent hike, taxes force out Charlie Mom

Foodies steamed after wonton rent hike, taxes force out Charlie Mom

BY LINDAANN LOSCHAIVO   |  It was a clean, well-lit place, affordable, reliable, popular, an unpretentious spot where you could dally over the dumplings, canoodle in between mouthfuls of spicy Chinese cabbage and, most importantly, hear yourself talk in between the courses of Cantonese specialties. Unfortunately, Wed., Aug. 26, was the last business day for […]

Crusty punk whose pit bull terrorized East Village is dead

Crusty punk whose  pit bull terrorized  East Village is dead

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Natas, the crusty traveler whose aggressive pit bull, Jax, went on a bloody rampage in the East Village early last month — viciously attacking both a pug, which later died, and a man — has himself died, according to sources. Jordy Trachtenberg lives in the same St. Mark’s Place building as Roberta […]

Suit settled, Cooper committee to focus on restoring free tuition

Suit settled, Cooper committee to focus on restoring free tuition

BY PETER KOO  |  On Wednesday, the board of trustees of The Cooper Union entered into a consent agreement with the Committee to Save Cooper Union and the Office of the New York State Attorney General, according to court papers in New York State Supreme Court. The agreement ends the litigation over the new financial […]

Essex Market open, but needs marketing: Vendors

Essex Market open, but needs marketing: Vendors

BY YANNIC RACK  |  Strolling through the Essex Street Market, casual visitors will be mostly oblivious to the troubles its historic halls have seen over the last few years. On closer inspection, they might notice the few shuttered stalls whose spaces have sat empty for almost a year. And sometimes, the corridors displaying fresh produce […]

Feigning a blackout to shed light on readiness

Feigning a blackout to shed light on readiness

BY CODY BROOKS  |   Alphabet City’s Village East Towers hosted its first-ever Disaster Festival on Saturday, showcasing how to respond to a power outage due to natural disaster. The Avenue C apartment complex’s board organized a simulated power outage drill followed by an awareness festival out on the development’s promenade. The drill saw residents volunteer […]

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