The Villager Newspaper

The Villager Newspaper The Villager is a weekly community newspaper serving New York City's West and East Villages, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Lower East Side, Union Square, Chelsea and Downtown Manhattan generally. Since 1933. In print and online.
The Villager is a weekly printed edition newspaper that has served New York City's East and West Village, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side, since 1933. It is the leading local newspaper in these neighborthoods of Lower Manhattan. It has earned over one hundred awards for excellence from the New York Press Association, including being named best newspaper in New York State in three of the last nine years. In addition to The Villager, NYC Community Media LLC also publishes three sister newspapers: the Downtown Express, Chelsea Now and Gay City News.

The Villager, founded in 1933, is an award winning weekly newspaper serving residents of New York City's famous Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Mission: We cover the news of the West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

EDITORIAL: Sharing the city's streets - The Villager
07/18/2019
EDITORIAL: Sharing the city's streets - The Villager

EDITORIAL: Sharing the city's streets - The Villager

With the recent tragic spate of cyclists’ deaths, once again the city’s bike culture — and its car and truck culture, as well — are under the spotlight, as we all try to make sense of what’s going on and figure out what must be done to make our city safe and livable for all. …

Lights amid the darkness over immigration
07/17/2019
Lights amid the darkness over immigration - The Villager

Lights amid the darkness over immigration

Hundreds gathered in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square on Fri., July 12, for Lights for Liberty. The protest criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies and the deportation raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On the same day, there were more than 700 Lights for Libert...

C.B. 5 O.K.'s protected bike lane outside Port Authority - The Villager
07/17/2019
C.B. 5 O.K.'s protected bike lane outside Port Authority - The Villager

C.B. 5 O.K.'s protected bike lane outside Port Authority - The Villager

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Department of Transportation’s proposed Eighth Ave. protected bike lane and sidewalk extension from 38th St. to 45th St. has been approved by Community Board 5. According to D.O.T., the plan is to paint 10-foot-wide sidewalk extensions along the avenue and c...

The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch - The Villager
07/17/2019
The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch - The Villager

The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch - The Villager

Republic Bank and its founder, Vernon Hill — and his valued associate Duffy — held a VIP reception at 90 Fifth Ave. on July 10, two days before the grand opening of the bank’s new branch at 14th St. and Fifth Ave. This is Republic’s 28th location in the U.S., and its first in New …

The Republic of 14 St.: Bank opens first NYC branch
07/17/2019
The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch - The Villager

The Republic of 14 St.: Bank opens first NYC branch

Republic Bank and its founder, Vernon Hill — and his valued associate Duffy — held a VIP reception at 90 Fifth Ave. on July 10, two days before the grand opening of the bank’s new branch at 14th St. and Fifth Ave. This is Republic’s 28th location in the U.S., and its first in New …

Museum dedicated to posters opens in Chelsea - The Villager
07/17/2019
Museum dedicated to posters opens in Chelsea - The Villager

Museum dedicated to posters opens in Chelsea - The Villager

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Chelsea is now home to the only known museum dedicated to posters in the United States. The Poster House opened its doors on June 20, with the mission to show the beauty and historical significance of posters from around the world. “Posters are an extremely egal...

OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th
07/17/2019
OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th - The Villager

OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th

BY ELISSA STEIN | On Fri., July 13, a significant chunk of a statuesque tree in front of 79 W. 12th St. was shorn off by a truck that didn’t successful make the turn off Sixth Ave. This was not the first time the tree had been hit, and the next day the city marked it …

OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th - The Villager
07/17/2019
OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th - The Villager

OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th - The Villager

BY ELISSA STEIN | On Fri., July 13, a significant chunk of a statuesque tree in front of 79 W. 12th St. was shorn off by a truck that didn’t successful make the turn off Sixth Ave. This was not the first time the tree had been hit, and the next day the city marked it …

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019
07/17/2019
Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019

Times Sq. subway groping There was a subway groping incident inside the Times Square subway station on Sun., July 7, police said. Around 1:50 p.m., a 31-year-old woman was walking through the station’s mezzanine, when a man grabbed her buttocks. The woman started to yell and the man fled in an unk...

REAL ESTATE: Manhattan's most affordable 2-BR's
07/17/2019
REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s - The Villager

REAL ESTATE: Manhattan's most affordable 2-BR's

BY MARTHA WILKIE | My kid got a lesson in real estate economics the other day. We bought a hot dog from a cart on Fifth Ave. one day, and one from a cart exactly one block east the next. One was $3, the other $1.50. A classic example of “location, location, location.” When it comes …

Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager
07/17/2019
Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   MARKET Summer Ice Cream Blizzard: While the Grand Bazaar NYC runs every Sunday, this weekend it will be especially chill. That’s because the indoor/outdoor market will feature the “best and most unique artisanal ice cream makers.” In addition, as usual, there will be ...

Lights amid the darkness over immigration - The Villager
07/17/2019
Lights amid the darkness over immigration - The Villager

Lights amid the darkness over immigration - The Villager

Hundreds gathered in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square on Fri., July 12, for Lights for Liberty. The protest criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies and the deportation raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On the same day, there were more than 700 Lights for Libert...

Bike shop, foot traffic coming to Essex Crossing - The Villager
07/17/2019
Bike shop, foot traffic coming to Essex Crossing - The Villager

Bike shop, foot traffic coming to Essex Crossing - The Villager

BY GABE HERMAN | Cycling in the city has been a hot topic of late, from installing more bike lanes to the tragic growing rate of cyclist deaths. What’s clear is that the number of city riders has been growing in recent years. In the wake of the booming local bicycle culture, a cycle shop …

Digesting the loss of The Coffee Shop
07/17/2019
Digesting the loss of The Coffee Shop - The Villager

Digesting the loss of The Coffee Shop

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE | The Coffee Shop, the Brazilian-American diner, was a Union Square staple and a second home for models. After being open 28 years, it closed last October. Forbes reported that Coffee Shop was one of the 100 highest grossing independent restaurants in the U.S. in 2017, raking in...

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager
07/17/2019
Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Times Sq. subway groping There was a subway groping incident inside the Times Square subway station on Sun., July 7, police said. Around 1:50 p.m., a 31-year-old woman was walking through the station’s mezzanine, when a man grabbed her buttocks. The woman started to yell and the man fled in an unk...

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager
07/17/2019
Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Village area’s leading preservation group is calling on local politicians to make good on what it says were promises to protect the East Village from becoming a “Silicon Alley.” On June 28, Village Preservation sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and C...

Manhattan Happenings Week of July 18, 2019
07/17/2019
Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Manhattan Happenings Week of July 18, 2019

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   MARKET Summer Ice Cream Blizzard: While the Grand Bazaar NYC runs every Sunday, this weekend it will be especially chill. That’s because the indoor/outdoor market will feature the “best and most unique artisanal ice cream makers.” In addition, as usual, there will be ...

The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch - The Villager
07/17/2019
The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch - The Villager

The Republic of 14th St.; Bank opens first NYC branch - The Villager

Republic Bank and its founder, Vernon Hill — and his valued associate Duffy — held a VIP reception at 90 Fifth Ave. on July 10, two days before the grand opening of the bank’s new branch at 14th St. and Fifth Ave. This is Republic’s 28th location in the U.S., and its first in New …

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread'
07/17/2019
Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread'

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Village area’s leading preservation group is calling on local politicians to make good on what it says were promises to protect the East Village from becoming a “Silicon Alley.” On June 28, Village Preservation sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and C...

Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics for saving him - The Villager
07/17/2019
Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics for saving him - The Villager

Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics for saving him - The Villager

BY GABE HERMAN | Lenox Health Greenwich Village came in for some mixed reviews at a Community Board 2 public forum in May about the stand-alone emergency department. But one grateful patient recently thanked paramedics from the facility for saving his life. After Sam Swartz’s heart stopped on a sc...

REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s - The Villager
07/17/2019
REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s - The Villager

REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s - The Villager

BY MARTHA WILKIE | My kid got a lesson in real estate economics the other day. We bought a hot dog from a cart on Fifth Ave. one day, and one from a cart exactly one block east the next. One was $3, the other $1.50. A classic example of “location, location, location.” When it comes …

Arrest in FiDi attempted rape
07/17/2019
Arrest in FiDi attempted rape - The Villager

Arrest in FiDi attempted rape

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | On Sun., July 14, police said they had made an arrest in an attempted rape in Lower Manhattan from the previous Sunday. Clarence Bradley, 23, of the Bronx, was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree robbery and public lewdness. Police said that on Sun., July 7,....

OPINION: Gansevoort needs both nature park and field
07/17/2019
OPINION: Gansevoort park needs both nature and field - The Villager

OPINION: Gansevoort needs both nature park and field

BY LYNN PACIFICO | When our mothers told us to go out and play, they might have just wanted us out of the house. But we benefitted from those afternoons in the park — in more ways than we imagined. Science is proving the staggering benefits of spending time in nature for all of us, …

Letters to the Editor
07/17/2019
Letters to the Editor, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Letters to the Editor

Bone-nanza for tours To The Editor: Re “Bones to be reburied in Washington Square Park” (news article, July 11): This is dignified, and it makes me proud. Thank you, Community Board 2, for your resolution that says the community board “looks forward to consideration of additional narrative mar...

OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th - The Villager
07/17/2019
OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th - The Villager

OPINION: A turn for the worse: Truck trashes tree on 12th - The Villager

BY ELISSA STEIN | On Fri., July 13, a significant chunk of a statuesque tree in front of 79 W. 12th St. was shorn off by a truck that didn’t successful make the turn off Sixth Ave. This was not the first time the tree had been hit, and the next day the city marked it …

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager
07/17/2019
Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Police Blotter (Chelsea Now), Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Times Sq. subway groping There was a subway groping incident inside the Times Square subway station on Sun., July 7, police said. Around 1:50 p.m., a 31-year-old woman was walking through the station’s mezzanine, when a man grabbed her buttocks. The woman started to yell and the man fled in an unk...

REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s - The Villager
07/17/2019
REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s - The Villager

REAL ESTATE: Manhattan’s most affordable 2-BR’s - The Villager

BY MARTHA WILKIE | My kid got a lesson in real estate economics the other day. We bought a hot dog from a cart on Fifth Ave. one day, and one from a cart exactly one block east the next. One was $3, the other $1.50. A classic example of “location, location, location.” When it comes …

Digesting the loss of The Coffee Shop - The Villager
07/16/2019
Digesting the loss of The Coffee Shop - The Villager

Digesting the loss of The Coffee Shop - The Villager

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE | The Coffee Shop, the Brazilian-American diner, was a Union Square staple and a second home for models. After being open 28 years, it closed last October. Forbes reported that Coffee Shop was one of the 100 highest grossing independent restaurants in the U.S. in 2017, raking in...

Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager
07/16/2019
Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   MARKET Summer Ice Cream Blizzard: While the Grand Bazaar NYC runs every Sunday, this weekend it will be especially chill. That’s because the indoor/outdoor market will feature the “best and most unique artisanal ice cream makers.” In addition, as usual, there will be ...

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread'
07/16/2019
Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread'

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Village area’s leading preservation group is calling on local politicians to make good on what it says were promises to protect the East Village from becoming a “Silicon Alley.” On June 28, Village Preservation sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and C...

Arrest in FiDi attempted rape
07/16/2019
Arrest in FiDi attempted rape - The Villager

Arrest in FiDi attempted rape

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | On Sun., July 14, police said they had made an arrest in an attempted rape in Lower Manhattan from the previous Sunday. Clarence Bradley, 23, of the Bronx, was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree robbery and public lewdness. Police said that on Sun., July 7,....

Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics who saved him
07/16/2019
Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics who saved him - The Villager

Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics who saved him

BY GABE HERMAN | Lenox Health Greenwich Village came in for some mixed reviews at a Community Board 2 public forum in May about the stand-alone emergency department. But one grateful patient recently thanked paramedics from the facility for saving his life. After Sam Swartz’s heart stopped on a sc...

OPINION: Gansevoort needs both nature park and field
07/16/2019
OPINION: Gansevoort needs both nature park and field - The Villager

OPINION: Gansevoort needs both nature park and field

BY LYNN PACIFICO | When our mothers told us to go out and play, they might have just wanted us out of the house. But we benefitted from those afternoons in the park — in more ways than we imagined. Science is proving the staggering benefits of spending time in nature for all of us, …

Letters to the Editor
07/16/2019
Letters to the Editor, Week of July 18, 2019 - The Villager

Letters to the Editor

Bone-nanza for tours To The Editor: Re “Bones to be reburied in Washington Square Park” (news article, July 11): This is dignified, and it makes me proud. Thank you, Community Board 2, for your resolution that says the community board “looks forward to consideration of additional narrative mar...

Barolo East for northern Italian dishes in Midtown
07/16/2019
Barolo East for northern Italian dishes in Midtown - The Villager

Barolo East for northern Italian dishes in Midtown

BY GABE HERMAN | Barolo East is an Italian restaurant in Midtown that opened seven months ago and serves Northern Italian dishes in a pleasant atmosphere. Everything is made in-house, from pasta dishes to breads and desserts. Located in Midtown East at 214 E. 49th St., between Second and Third Aves....

Amid Blackout, Johnson Steals Spotlight From de Blasio
07/16/2019
Amid blackout, Johnson steals spotlight from de Blasio - The Villager

Amid Blackout, Johnson Steals Spotlight From de Blasio

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The big event Saturday evening was supposed to be Day Two of the summer version of “Manhattanhenge.” The sunset would perfectly align with the borough’s east-west cross streets, creating a golden canyon effect, and everyone and her cousin would snap photos of it and post ...

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager
07/16/2019
Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager

Preservationists to pols: Protect Village from 'tech spread' - The Villager

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Village area’s leading preservation group is calling on local politicians to make good on what it says were promises to protect the East Village from becoming a “Silicon Alley.” On June 28, Village Preservation sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and C...

Cyclists stage mass die-in, demand safe streets - The Villager
07/16/2019
Cyclists stage mass die-in, demand safe streets - The Villager

Cyclists stage mass die-in, demand safe streets - The Villager

BY GABE HERMAN | Too many cyclists are being killed on the streets, and to drive home the point that something needs to done about it, hundreds of cyclists held a mass die-in in Washington Square Park on Tues., July 9. Despite the push for increased street safety under the Vision Zero plan, there ha...

Shed's Open Call Opens a Door for Emerging Artists
07/16/2019
Shed's Open Call opens a door for emerging artists - The Villager

Shed's Open Call Opens a Door for Emerging Artists

BY GABE HERMAN | The Shed is the newly established arts and cultural center in Hudson Yards, and a new program there gives a platform to local artists trying to establish themselves in the art world. Open Call, as the program is known, features a variety of disciplines, including digital media, scul...

Fatal Shooting at East Village's Wald Houses
07/16/2019
Police: Wald Houses shooting victim a Crip - The Villager

Fatal Shooting at East Village's Wald Houses

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Updated Mon., July 15, 4:52 p.m. | A Crips gang member with a long trail of violence was gunned down outside the Lillian Wald Houses in the East Village early Saturday morning, police said. On July 13, around 2:46 a.m., police responded to a 911 call for a male shot in the …

Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics for saving him - The Villager
07/16/2019
Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics for saving him - The Villager

Man thanks Lenox Health paramedics for saving him - The Villager

BY GABE HERMAN | Lenox Health Greenwich Village came in for some mixed reviews at a Community Board 2 public forum in May about the stand-alone emergency department. But one grateful patient recently thanked paramedics from the facility for saving his life. After Sam Swartz’s heart stopped on a sc...

Cyclists stage mass die-in, demand safe streets.
07/16/2019
Cyclists stage mass die-in, demand safe streets - The Villager

Cyclists stage mass die-in, demand safe streets.

BY GABE HERMAN | Too many cyclists are being killed on the streets, and to drive home the point that something needs to done about it, hundreds of cyclists held a mass die-in in Washington Square Park on Tues., July 9. Despite the push for increased street safety under the Vision Zero plan, there ha...

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