Month: April 2023


I am over 90, in good health, and I love living in Greenwich Village. For over 50 years, I have enjoyed walking the sidewalks of the Village. But I am resigned to the fact that I will not die a natural death. No, I will have been mowed down by an e-bike. They own the sidewalks. They have missed me by inches. It’s only a matter of time.

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notary service CHANGE

Many legal documents including wills, powers of attorney, contracts, leases, court documents, deed transfers and many more require that they be notarized. Notarization involves verifying a signer’s identity, their willingness to sign without intimidation and their awareness of the document’s contents. Getting legal documents notarized is an important process for those reasons.

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On Friday, March 10, I took a bottle of wine to the checkout counter and I was refused service. They asked for a Drivers License for ID. I don’t have a Drivers License. I showed them my Reduced Fare MTA MetroCard Photo ID Pass but that wasn’t good enough. I showed them my Medicare Social Security card and that wasn’t good enough either. Because of a new system they claim they needed to scan a Drivers License which shows my birth age. I told them my birth date but that wasn’t good enough.

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Greenwich Village Stories

Greenwich Village has old-timers, who wax nostalgic about the Greenwich Village that once was. Our iconic neighborhood has changed so much in recent decades that its previous life seems like a world virtually unknown to New Yorkers today

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The Future of Open Dining: Closing Time is Long Past

New York City is littered with the deteriorating detritus of the pandemic emergency outdoor dining program. Once beautiful and distinctive neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Jackson Heights, Astoria, Chelsea, Chinatown, Flushing and Greenwich Village are now a tangle of makeshift and decaying sheds festooned with fake flowers and sad, limp strings of cheap lights—an embarrassment to their residents and a repellent eyesore to visitors.

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Striving for Equity for the Disability Community

The 504 Democratic Club began 40 years ago and continues to push for equity for the disability community in New York City. Led by Mike Schweinsburg, an East Villager, the club works with officials and civil rights groups to increase awareness of the disability community and enact protective laws.

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Spring Forward

As I head north along the promenade, a gray blur swoops in front of me, landing at eye level on a branch just ahead. Excellent. It’s an Eastern Phoebe, always one of the first returning birds of the spring.

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Goodbye and Hello

We were also delighted to learn Imogen is new to the Village, so here we are welcoming her to the neighborhood. A fun fact: she learned how to open the door to her crate.

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An Ask for Dog Walkers of the Village

An Ask for Dog Walkers of the Village By Shannon McNamara It’s not lost on me that the topic of owners and their dogs (especially here in New York City) is an incredibly personal one. As my brother-in-law once told me, “Shannon,...

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The Biodesigned World at the Jefferson Market Library

Within the design field, there is a practice we have modernly called Biodesign. This method of making draws inspiration from and collaborates with natural processes and biological organisms. During this lecture series, we will explore the history of Biodesign to contextualize its modern expansion.

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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.