OPINION Rudy Giuliani Was Never a “Great Mayor”

When he got indicted in Atlanta in August, some in the media spoke about how sad it was that “America’s Mayor” lost his way in the Trump era. But the fact is, Rudy Guiliani has always been a corrupt, racist, divisive political figure




Eight hundred forty repetitions comprise Vexations, Erik Satie’s enigmatic unpublished durational piano score. Composed around 130 years ago, and evidently never performed, the piece remained a theoretical curiosity until 1963 when John Cage organized a marathon rendition in the East Village.



The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s Monday night gig is the longest steady gig in jazz history (1966 to 2023). That’s 57 years at the Village Vanguard, the oldest continuously operating jazz club in the world (established 1935).



Parks In the Sky Are All the Rage

The High Line really began in 1929 when the city, the state and New York Central Railroad agreed on the West Side Improvement Project, conceived by New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses.



Pier Pressure

It can begin quite innocently once you have successfully identified your first bird. Perhaps you even “came out” and told someone, “This morning I learned that the bright red bird that has been waking me up by incessantly singing outside my window is called a Northern Cardinal.



Audible Voyeur: True Village Snippets

I love Nora Ephron. The phrase “everything is copy” is both the title to a wonderful biopic of Ms. Ephron and an expression her mother used to use.

The Tribute in Light memorial is lit annually in remembrance of loved ones lost. The Display is made up of 88 vertical searchlights arranged in two columns of light to represent the Twin Towers destroyed in the terror attacks on 9.11.2001. Photo by Bob Cooley.

Characters of the Village

  • Rick Kelly, Carmine Street Guitars
    Ever since Rick Kelly was growing up on Long Island and at Bay Shore High School, he was influenced by his machinist father and his German immigrant grandfather’s woodworking hobby in Brooklyn.

Village Pet Pages

  • Corcoran’s First Annual West Village Charity Dog Walk
    A while back I wrote a column about a fun day coming to the West Village for dogs. (Also, cats but dogs are the main focus as cats cannot really be walked on leashes.) This event, “Uniquely Dogs,” will raise money for underprivileged pets, primarily dogs. So, I want to bring you up to speed and let you know what the event will look like and how it will be run.