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Eye in the sky watching homeless in Tompkins Sq.?

Eye in the sky watching homeless in Tompkins Sq.?

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON AND GERARD FLYNN | On Tuesday, the police rolled one of their portable observation towers into Tompkins Square Park. The immediate suspicion was that it was a response to the reported spike in homeless people lolling about in the park on cardboard boxes on the lawns and sleeping on benches during the daytime. […]

Tompkins Square Bagels to roll onto Second Ave.

Tompkins Square Bagels to roll onto Second Ave.

BY TINA BENITEZ-EVES  |  For the past year and a half, Christopher Pugliese has been looking to open another Tompkins Square Bagels. His first shop, at 165 Avenue A, has been feeding droves of hungry East Villagers daily since opening in 2011. As customers wait in the winding line, they can get a view of […]

Extra! Library digitizing Villager’s entire archives

Extra! Library digitizing Villager’s entire archives

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The Villager’s archives have entered the digital age, thanks to the Jefferson Market Library. Corinne Neary, the senior librarian at the Sixth Ave. book and research haven, successfully applied for a $2,000 Innovation Project grant from the New York Public Library, which is being used to fund the project’s first phase. […]

Bea Arthur Residence is a ‘Golden’ moment for homeless gay youth

Bea Arthur Residence is a ‘Golden’ moment for homeless gay youth

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Using a $3.3 million grant from the City Council, the Ali Forney Center will renovate an East Village brownstone and open a residence for homeless queer youth there in late summer of 2016. “The last 13 years have been extraordinary,” Carl Siciliano, AFC’s founder and executive director, said at a July […]

Residents sound off on rising noise

Residents sound off on rising noise

BY AMY RUSSO  |  For the residents of Downtown Manhattan, the steadily climbing level of noise has been a torturous and ongoing issue that has plagued some communities for years. At a Community Board 2 Quality of Life Committee meeting on Mon., July 13, locals gathered to attest to the ear-pounding conditions with which they have […]

Amid signs of progress, #BlackLivesMatter still pushing for more reform

Amid signs of progress, #BlackLivesMatter still pushing for more reform

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  A meandering march from Columbus Circle in memorial of Eric Garner brought hundreds of #BlackLivesMatter protesters to the West Side on July 17. One year after the Staten Island man’s death helped inspire a national movement against police brutality and institutionalized racism, activists acknowledged progress while pressing for more. Speakers at the […]

New park opening soon at old St. Vincent’s site

New park opening soon at old St. Vincent’s site

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The new park at the former “St. Vincent’s Triangle” — at Seventh Ave. South, Greenwich Ave. and W. 12th St. — is rapidly nearing completion. It will include a lawn, wooden benches, movable tables and chairs and “interactive water jets” for kids to play in. The site will also eventually include a […]

NYCHA tenants demand transparency on planning

NYCHA tenants demand transparency on planning

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  New York City Housing Authority residents demanded better communication and openness in the months ahead from authority officials as the agency continues to develop strategies to address its deep financial problems. On July 14, about 100 people attended a town hall meeting at Baruch College, at Lexington Ave. and E. 25th […]

After 25 years, Time’s Up for Styrofoam in NYC

After 25 years, Time’s Up for Styrofoam in NYC

BY YANNIC RACK  |  Say goodbye to Styrofoam cups, takeout boxes and packing “peanuts,” because they’ll soon be a thing of the past — at least within city limits. A decades-long campaign came to a close this month, as a ban on polystyrene foam went into effect on July 1 across the five boroughs. The […]

New fries shop tries to fill Pommes Frites void

New fries shop tries to  fill Pommes Frites void

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Could it be the start of a Belgian fries turf war? Newcomer Friterie recently opened in the East Village at 36 St. Mark’s Place, just around the corner from where the popular Pommes Frites had been at 123 Second Ave. The longtime local starch staple had been open 18 years. […]