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University Center’s opening Act II

University Center’s opening Act II

The New School is opening the bottom half — the academic portion — of its new University Center this week. The top half of the building, on Fifth Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts., is a student residence and opened in August. The building’s bottom part includes an auditorium, plus a library on two floors. […]

Muscle-headed gym keeps flouting regs with illegal signage

Muscle-headed gym  keeps flouting regs  with illegal signage

Neighbors and preservationists are waiting for Equinox to “undo it” and remove this huge, illegal sign on Greenwich Ave. Photo by SAM SPOKONY BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Equinox made them do it — but now two city agencies are making them undo it. The trendy gym on Greenwich Ave. at W. 12th St. is being […]

And now for a little BRRRRahms….

And now for a little BRRRRahms….

Photos by Tequila Minsky Passersby in Washington Square Park on Fri., Dec. 13, might have wondered whether Colin Huggins, a.k.a. “The Crazy Piano Guy,” was, in fact, crazy to be out there as the mercury hovered around the freezing point. Although he had on his trusty ear-flaps hat, he was playing without even half-gloves on […]

Chamber honors five whose business is making busts

Chamber honors five whose business is making busts

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Members of the Downtown community gathered on Dec. 12 to honor a group of local police officers for exemplary service this year. The 10th Annual Safe City, Safe Streets Luncheon, organized by the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, recognized New York Police Department service throughout the ranks, but it specifically highlighted […]

Live auction not too lively, but, hey, there’s still online

Live auction not too lively,  but, hey, there’s still online

An unsold work — an autobiography by Richard Hell — being presented for inspection before the bookstore’s auction. Photo by Bob Krasner BY BOB KRASNER  |  Despite the help of mainstream press (Wall Street Journal), radio (“All Things Considered”) and local outlets (such as this paper), the live benefit auction held by St. Mark’s Bookshop […]

Please do talk in the library! Project seeks Village stories

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Denizens of Greenwich Village, the Jefferson Market Library wants to talk to you. Local residents, or anyone who has spent time in the area for work or fun, are welcome to share their stories from 20 years ago or more, to help document and preserve neighborhood lore. It’s all part of […]

Polo store goes to Hell(bent)

Polo store goes to Hell(bent)

Currently sporting a paintjob by Hellbent, the University Place Denim & Supply outlet’s exterior will be a canvas for a rotating cast of artists. Photo by Pasha Farmanara BY PASHA FARMANARA  |  Polo Ralph Lauren is known for its subdued khaki pants and button-down shirts, but its Denim & Supply store on 12th St. and […]

Typewriter repairman’s job was punctuated by changes

Typewriter repairman’s job was punctuated by changes

All tapped-out: Bino Gan, 60, has worked at Typewriters ’N Things for more than two and a half decades and is ready to retire at the end of this year. Photo by Heather Dubin BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  A sad note to typewriter aficionados: The final period is about to be struck on a long-running romance […]

Park air rights bill will pass unless Cuomo vetoes it

Park air rights bill will pass unless Cuomo vetoes it

Pier 40, at West Houston St., by some estimates, has 600,000 square feet of development rights that would be available for sale.  File photo By LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Last Friday, environmental and community groups opposed to allowing the Hudson River Park to sell its unused development rights one block inland from the park raised the alarm: […]

Violent sex attacks have put N.Y.U. students on edge

Violent sex attacks have put N.Y.U. students on edge

Two young women, one of them sporting awareness-dulling ear buds, walking by the N.Y.U. Catholic Center this Tuesday. Photo by Sam Spokony By SAM SPOKONY  |  The New York University community was rocked by two violent sexual assaults last month — the attempted rape and robbery of a 20-year-old female student in Soho on Oct. […]

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