February 22, 2023

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This week’s edition of the weekly newsletter invites you to explore the vibrant culture of Greenwich Village! From its beautiful historic buildings, a Michelin-star restaurant, unique nightlife hangouts and performances, to political movements and fashion, Greenwich Village has something for everyone. Get inspired by Electric Lady studios, network your way through the art scene, and stop by the new Perpetual Adoration Chapel; You won’t want to miss it! Plus, learn about notable figures including Nina Simone, Michael Kors and Jeffrey Vause who have all been impacted by the city’s major cultural centre.

🍔 Food & Restaurants

Experience Contemporary Israeli Cuisine in Greenwich Village at Shmone, a Michelin-Nominated Restaurant!

Indulge in delicious Contemporary Israeli cuisine at Shmone in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Widely known as a Michelin nominated restaurant, Shmone offers a unique Israeli experience with its ever-changing menu full of crave-worthy dishes.

Experience the Taste of Britain - Exploring the Trendy British Eateries in Greenwich Village

Exploring New York City's newest crop of British restaurants, such as Dame and Lord's located in Greenwich Village, offers a unique take on British culinary classics, allowing New Yorkers to experience traditional British dishes such as meat pies and trifle.

Ina Garten Gets Inspired by France at Buvette New York in Greenwich Village

Ina Garten recently raved about a Waffle Sandwich with a fried egg, bacon and maple syrup she ate at the Greenwich Village restaurant Buvette New York, and is now working with Williams Sonoma for their 'Inspired by France' celebration.

Savoring the Tastes of Greenwich Village: Joe's Pizza Delivers New York-Style Pizza Since 1975

New York City is home to some of the best pizza in the world, including Di Fara Pizza, Patsy's Pizza, Lombardi's Pizza, Roberta's Pizza, and Joe's Pizza in Greenwich Village, which has been serving traditional New York-style pizza since 1975.

🏠 Real Estate

Campaigning to Protect Greenwich Village's Historic Buildings: Village Preservation Seeks Landmark Status for Colored School No. 4


As part of a disturbing pattern of landmarked historic buildings in Greenwich Village being damaged or destroyed on the city's watch, Village Preservation has been campaigning to landmark the former Colored School No. 4 at 128 West 17th Street and advocating for the repair and restoration of 10 and 12 Fifth Avenue since construction at 14-16 Fifth Avenue caused serious damage to the 1848 former townhouse.

🗳️ Politics

Richard Schragger on Jane Jacobs' Vision of Zoning in Greenwich Village

Richard Schragger invokes Jane Jacobs' Death and Life of Great American Cities to defend zoning, with Jacobs advocating "zoning for diversity" such as preserving older structures. However, current zoning doesn't reflect Jacobs' ideas and instead renders rich neighbourhoods like Greenwich Village expensive, monotonous and unfriendly to families.

The Rising Cost of Rent in Greenwich Village: Is New York City Really 'Lost'?

Politicians have warned that New York City may be "lost" unless extreme measures are taken to address the city's housing crisis, which has seen significant increases in rental prices and a severe lack of affordable housing in areas such as Greenwich Village.

🌲 Random

🎭 Performing Arts

From Honolulu to Greenwich Village: Jeffrey Vause in Aloha Oy! The Cabaret at Pangea

Proud Image Theatre Company presents Jeffrey Vause in Aloha Oy! The Cabaret, a delightful show exploring the journey from Honolulu to New York City and the Grove St. Playhouse in Greenwich Village, with Musical Direction by John Bowen, on March 23rd and April 6th, 2023 at Pangea.

📖 Books & Reading

Mysteries Unfurl in Glamorous Greenwich Village Bookshop - Sandra, Tom, Julianne Moore, and Sebastian Stan Star

In this quaint Russian-doll drama, Sandra and Tom meet in his tastefully appointed Greenwich Village bookshop and get swept in a web of cons of which Julianne Moore and Sebastian Stan are a part of.

Exploring 19th Century Irish Life and Mysterious Greenwich Village: 'All That Is Hidden' and Ellen O'Hara's Biography

Vona Groarke's imaginative biography of Ellen O'Hara, her great-grandmother and a domestic servant in the 19th century, offers an eye-opening look into the hardships of Irish life during this time. Rhys Bowen and Clara Broyles' latest book, "All That Is Hidden: A Molly Murphy Mystery", features Molly investigating her husband's sudden involvement in the politics of 19th century Greenwich Village.

Exploring Identity: Reflections on Growing Up Biracial in Greenwich Village

Writer Nabil Ayers' memoir, "My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family," recounts his journey of navigating biracial identity, including experiences of living in New York City, Amherst and Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as Salt Lake City, while searching for his famous father. Ultimately, traveling back to his mother’s Downing Street apartment in Greenwich Village helped him make sense of the fragments of his identity.

Uncovering the Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in Greenwich Village

Don Papson and Tom Calarco co-authored the book "Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives" in 2015, and in 2016, Papson met with Napoleon and Gay's descendants in Greenwich Village.

🎸 Music & Concerts

Electric Lady Studios Rocks Greenwich Village for Record Store Day 2023!


Record Store Day 2023 debuted special releases from Taylor Swift, Metallica, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires at the iconic Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. The celebration even previewed Metallica's upcoming album 72 Seasons on vinyl for the first time.

Moonchild: Exploring Hard Bop and Free-Blowing Jazz Influences in Christian McBride's Chordless Quartet New Jawn - Inspired by Nasheet Waits' Greenwich Village Childhood

Christian McBride's Chordless Quartet New Jawn, featuring a line-up of McBride on bass, Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on saxophone and bass clarinet and Nasheet Waits on drums, includes compositions inspired by Philadelphia slang, Larry Young's "Obsequious", Ornette Coleman's "The Good Life" and Sonny Rollins' "East Broadway Rundown"; strings together hard bop and free blowing styles on tracks like "Moonchild", inspired by Nasheet Waits' childhood growing up in Greenwich Village.

Celebrating 50 Years of Isaacs Family Music Originating in Greenwich Village

The Isaacs, a family act consisting of Lily Isaacs and her children, have been touring and performing for over 50 years, blending their diverse musical backgrounds which originated in Greenwich Village, New York in 1969. They have been stretching their vocal abilities, showcasing their harmonies on their most recent album, The American Face, which was their third consecutive Grammy-nominated album.

🍺 Nightlife

Exploring Fun and Games: A Guide to Unique Hangouts in Greenwich Village

New Yorkers can find fun and frivolity at spots across the city, like SPIN New York 23 in the Flatiron District, Live Axe NYC in Chinatown, Swingers Crazy Golf in the Nomad district, Amsterdam Billiards Club in the East Village, and The Uncommons board game cafe in Greenwich Village.

✅ What Happened

Celebrating 90 Years of Cultural Activism: Nina Simone and Greenwich Village


Today is the 90th birthday of the singer-songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Nina Simone. Known for her jazz, gospel, blues and pop sound, as well as for her activism, she performed in 1960s Greenwich Village, becoming a cultural icon through her music and work for social justice.

Honoring Lucas Santomee in Greenwich Village: A National Memorial in His Memory at the African Burial Ground

Lucas Santomee was a free Black physician in New Amsterdam during the 1660s and owned 6 acres of land in what is now known as Greenwich Village. He is remembered today with a national-level memorial dedicated in his honor at the African Burial Ground.

👗 Fashion

Michael Kors Embraces his Greenwich Village Roots with Autumn 2023 Collection at NYFW


Designer Michael Kors channeled 'Urban Bohemia' in his Autumn 2023 collection at NYFW, celebrating powerful women and his Greenwich Village roots with silhouettes infused with a hard-won Kors DNA of clean lines and jet-set glamour.

Exploring Queer Wellness in Greenwich Village with MaryV Benoit

MaryV Benoit captured the calmness and safety of Colorado's binder-wearing queer community, with the help of her collaboration with queer wellness brand For Them, bringing to life the safe, sacred queer spaces of Greenwich Village, Harlem, and Harvey Milk’s camera store in San Francisco.

From Greenwich Village Boutique Owner to Industry Icon: The Fashion Legacy of Patricia Field

Legendary designer Patricia Field has made a career of pushing the envelope, using her Greenwich Village boutique to dress celebs like Patti Smith and Madonna since 1971. Now 81, Field continues to influence the industry with her new store, Patricia Field ArtFashion, and costumes for shows such as “Emily in Paris.”

🖼️ Art

Radical Solidarity in Greenwich Village: The Iconic Paintings of Alice Neel

Alice Neel was a painter of people, best known for her self-portrait and portraits of her Greenwich Village neighbours, and whose work was a radical act of solidarity in an America divided by racism, poverty and gender inequality. Both witty and boldly honest, her paintings celebrate the joy of the human condition with unflinching realism.

Maggie Wells' "Human Form" Show Shines in Greenwich Village!

Maggie Wells' first solo show of her stoneware sculptures reminiscent of the human form is being hosted by Roman and Williams' Guild Gallery in New York City, and features pieces made by the Greenwich Village-born artist following her return to Manhattan.

😎 Entertainment

Meredith Marks Takes Wild Night Out in Greenwich Village to Karaoke and Buy Shots!

Meredith Marks from 'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' and Sam Smith plus Christian Cowan had a wild night of dancing at the lesbian bar Henrietta Hudson in Greenwich Village. Marks face planted on the floor during a night of karaoke and buying people shots.

Nate & Jeremiah Home Again: Reunited in Greenwich Village

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have happily returned to their 'forever home' in Greenwich Village, which they bought back in 2021 after originally selling it in 2016, as seen in season 2 of HGTV's The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project.

🚔 Public Safety

Knife Crimes on the Rise in Greenwich Village


Two men were held up at knifepoint in Greenwich Village on Wednesday, just hours after a different man was robbed and stabbed in the Bronx. Both incidents remain under investigation.

NYPD Officers Injured, Truck Driver Dead in Separate Incidents in Greenwich Village

Two NYPD officers were injured while pursuing suspects in Greenwich Village on Monday evening and a truck driver in Chelsea died yesterday after crashing onto the sidewalk near Penn South Co-op in Greenwich Village.

Greenwich Village Man Shoves Elderly Man Onto Tracks

Pierre Augustin, 66, was randomly shoved off a Brooklyn subway platform by Corey Walcott, 44, from Greenwich Village, into the tracks, leaving him fearing for his safety and swearing off the MTA for good.

📰 In Other News

From Greenwich Village to the Ring: The Story of Drew Bundini Brown, Unifier of Cassius Clay and Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali's beloved cornerman and spiritual adviser, Drew Bundini Brown, was Jewish and also served under Sugar Ray Robinson. Brown met Ali in Greenwich Village when Ali was still known as Cassius Clay and gave him the famous line "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

Karen Cooper Stepping Down as Director of Greenwich Village-Based Film Forum, Ya-Ting Liu Appointed NYC's First Chief Public Realm Officer

Ya-Ting Liu was appointed NYC's first chief public realm officer, and Karen Cooper is stepping down from her role as director of the Greenwich Village-based Film Forum.

Honoring the Brilliance of Greenwich Village: Stephen McKinley Henderson and Ntozake Shange to Receive Lifetime Achievement and Playwrights' Sidewalk Awards at the 38th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards

Stephen McKinley Henderson and Ntozake Shange will receive Lifetime Achievement and Playwrights' Sidewalk awards respectively at the 38th annual Lucille Lortel Awards in May, held at the NYU Skirball Center in Greenwich Village.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Revisiting the Classic Films of Greenwich Village

For a nostalgic movie fix, check out classic rock n' roll movie "The Girl Can't Help It", mobster classic "Goodfellas" or the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" for a look into the '60s folk revival scene in Greenwich Village, New York.

Celebrating NYC Literature: Greenwich Village Reading Series with Hafizah Augustus Geter, Eileen Myles, and Brenda Shaughnessy

The New York University Creative Writing Program's Spring 2023 Reading Series will hold events featuring prominent authors, such as Hafizah Augustus Geter, Eileen Myles, and Brenda Shaughnessy, in the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House in Greenwich Village. An RSVP and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster is required to attend the free and open-to-the-public events.

Exploring David Hockney's Hometown: A journey through Greenwich Village's Art Scene and Beyond

At MoMA, I saw a jaw-dropping artwork - made by a machine that analysed MoMA's collections - which gave me a glimpse of what AI creative potential can achieve. Meanwhile in Greenwich Village, art lovers can experience the vibrancy of contemporary art and uncover the next David Hockney.

In Greenwich Village, The Seven West Village Hosts ‘Permanent for Paws’ Event to Benefit WeACT Animal Rescue

On December 17th, 2020, jewelry store The Seven West Village in Greenwich Village hosted the Permanent for Paws event which saw the debut of Aurelie Gi's "For Keeps" collection and raised over $3,500 for the WeACT animal rescue organization.

Cardinal Dolan Initiated Perpetual Adoration Chapel to Open in Greenwich Village

St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village, New York City is set to open its first Perpetual Adoration Chapel in June, after Fr. Boniface Endorf and a team of international contractors completed the project initiated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in 2020.

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