Retired state Senator Franz Leichter, who co-wrote (along with retired Chelsea Assemblyman Dick Gottfried) the state act that created Hudson River Park, died recently at age 92.Read More
Category: In Memoriam
Ralph Lee, the innovative puppeteer who created New York’s Village Halloween Parade and the elaborate land shark puppet that “ate” Gilda Radner and many other Saturday Night Live cast members, died at his Manhattan home on May 12.Read More
Harry Belafonte, the singer, actor and civil rights activist who broke down racial barriers, died on April 25th at the age of 96. As well as performing global hits such as Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), winning a Tony Award for acting and appearing in numerous feature films.Read More
She often spoke of the importance of having a local, i.e., a local pub like folks in England have. One of her first locals was Louie’s, a bar in Sheridan Square. She recollected, “It was my nightly hangout in those days, with good old time Villagers Mike and Red behind the bar, and Louie himself (Mafia, we always thought) lurking. I drank tumblers of ‘cheap white wine’, 25 cents, I think?”Read More
Characters of the Village
- Rick Kelly, Carmine Street GuitarsEver 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 WalkA 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.