March 17, 2023

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Welcome to this week's Greenwich Village neighborhood newsletter! Embark on a celestial culinary journey with Society Café's Zodiac Dinner Series, indulge in Via Carota's home-delivered craft cocktails, and join the great pizza debate as we compare Joe's and L'Antica. Read on for more stories exploring the vibrant culture, history, and people that make Greenwich Village a unique and beloved community.

🍔 Food & Restaurants

Exploring Astrology & Cuisine: Society Café Launches Zodiac Dinner Series in Greenwich Village

Society Café at the Walker Hotel in Greenwich Village is launching an astrologically themed dinner series, with a monthly four-course prix fixe reflecting that moment’s zodiac sign starting with Aries, featuring an "out-of-this-world" menu co-authored by the restaurant’s executive chef and an astrologer. Prepaid tickets cost $80 and include an astrologically-branded swag bag with beauty products and crystals that represent the energy of Aries.

Via Carota Launches Craft Cocktail Line for Home Delivery in Greenwich Village, NYC

Famed Italian restaurant Via Carota in Greenwich Village, NYC has launched a craft cocktail line for home delivery. Featuring classic cocktails, including the Negroni, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Espresso Martini, these ready-to-pour cocktails are the result of a decade of craft cocktail creation at Via Carota and its sister property, Bar Pisellino.

Battle of the Pizzas: Joe's vs L'Antica in Greenwich Village

Joe's Pizza and L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele were both tasted to determine the best pizza near The New School campus in New York, with Joe's classic slice ultimately being favored for its no-frills, crave-worthy taste that embodies the city's energy. L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele's traditional Naples pie was also enjoyed for its complex and distinctive flavors, but their newer Greenwich Village location provided a classy and modern ambiance for a high-end experience.

Greenwich Village's Mel's Burger Bar Introduces New Prime Burger Featuring 100% NY Strip Steak Patty

Mel's Burger Bar, a craft beer and burger joint with locations in the city including Greenwich Village, recently introduced their new Prime Burger made with 100% New York strip steak patty and available with one, two, or three patties. Owner Steven Kay, who has been in the restaurant industry for 30 years, emphasizes the importance of quality and ensuring customers leave happy.

🏠 Real Estate

Exploring the Real-Life Locations of Friends in Greenwich Village, New York

Greenwich Village in New York is home to the apartment block that was used for exterior shots in the popular television sitcom Friends. While 90 Bedford Street was used as Monica and Rachel's apartment and 5 Morton Street was used for Phoebe's place, all the action on the show was filmed in a studio in California.

Alec Baldwin Sells Amagansett Home While Quietly Shopping Greenwich Village Penthouse Amidst Legal Troubles

Actor Alec Baldwin has reduced the price of his Amagansett home to $22.5 million, down from the initial listing of $29 million in September 2022, amid difficulty closing the deal. Meanwhile, Baldwin is quietly shopping his Greenwich Village penthouse, while settling a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Halyna Hutchins, who died during the shooting of the film “Rust” for which Baldwin faced involuntary manslaughter charges that were downgraded last month.

Greenwich Village Gems: 6 Luxury Properties with Million-Dollar Views in New York

Mansion Global highlights 6 luxury properties in New York, with stunning views, upscale locations, elegant living spaces and extras, including a $7.4M, 3,028 sq ft home in Greenwich Village and a $11.5M, 3,554 sq ft apartment in New York.

👗 Fashion

Discovering hidden treasures: Thrifting in Greenwich Village and beyond

Looking for a bargain in the Big Apple? Check out these five thrift stores in New York City, including L Train Vintage and Hamlet's Vintage in Greenwich Village, for hidden gems at affordable prices.

Jones Road Beauty Set to Open First NYC Store in Greenwich Village With Clean Beauty Offerings

Bobbi Brown's clean beauty brand, Jones Road Beauty, is opening its first New York City store in Greenwich Village on March 15, following the success of its direct-to-consumer strategy which has helped the brand reach $60m in revenue in 2022, and is expected to double in 2023 with the launch of more stores. The brand, which has a minimal black and white aesthetic similar to Glossier, has gained viral success on social media and appeals to both Gen-Zers and those over 50.

📜 History

Saving South of Union Square: Preserving Greenwich Village's Film History

Village Preservation is urging the designation of a historic district in South of Union Square, partly due to its critical film history dating back to the early days of the film industry in New York City, including the oldest continuously operated cinema in Greenwich Village, Cinema Village. This would provide landmark protection to the area's buildings, safeguarding them against demolition or alteration.

🌲 Random

🖼️ Art

Greenwich Village's Influence on Jean Toomer's Iconic Novel, Cane and Its Impact on African American Literary Modernism

Jean Toomer’s experimental novel, Cane, which weaves together the stories of multiple characters’ lives in southern and northern communities during the post-slavery “Jim Crow” era, played a crucial role in shaping the artistic ethos of the Harlem Renaissance and remains a defining work of African American literary modernism. Influenced by the modernist avant-garde of Greenwich Village, Toomer's style of impressionism and use of symbolic language and polyphony continues to challenge traditional narratives and structures in storytelling.

🎸 Music & Concerts

Bob Dylan's "Another Side" and the Reinvention of Folk in Greenwich Village

Bob Dylan's 'Another Side of Bob Dylan' album marked a transitional point between his folk revival period and electric period, as he waved goodbye to protest songs and sent the genre off with some of his best songs from the 1960s. The album, recorded in just one night, features Dylan's deconstruction of his image and personal vulnerability, showcasing his willingness to forsake his past and reinvent himself, fuelled by his experiences in Greenwich Village, New York.

March Madness Melody: How Greenwich Village Inspired the Iconic NCAA Basketball Theme Song

Composer Bob Christianson was challenged by CBS executive Doug Towey to write a theme song for the network's coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament with just a week to spare. Walking around Greenwich Village, Christianson derived his inspiration and eight consecutive notes in his head, crafting the iconic melody of March Madness that has become a staple in the minds of many every March.

Greenwich Village's Blue Note Jazz Festival Announces Grace Jones as Headliner to Kick Off the Celebration Across New York City


Grace Jones will headline New York City's 12th annual Blue Note Jazz Festival with a gig at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 31, kicking off the month-long series produced in venues across the city including The Beacon Theatre, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Blue Note Jazz Club. The festival spotlights multi-generational and legendary artists and is produced by the iconic Greenwich Village jazz venue.

📖 Books & Reading

Greenwich Village Novelist Amy Poeppel Dishes on Life, Inspiration, and Brownstones

Greenwich Village novelist Amy Poeppel talks about her life split between Manhattan, Connecticut, and Germany and the inspiration for her latest novel, "The Sweet Spot," set in a brownstone on Waverly Place. Poeppel, who published her first book at 50, also shares her love for the neighborhood and the architecture of the brownstones.

🍺 Nightlife

Sipping on Tradition at The Slaughtered Lamb in Waterville, an Homage to Greenwich Village's Classic Pub

The Slaughtered Lamb in Waterville, a traditional English pub, stands out with its macabre moniker and cozy atmosphere. Named after the pub in Greenwich Village that was featured in the 1980s cult movie classic "An American Werewolf in London," owner Terry Brown offers craft beers on tap and daily specials like meatloaf and shepherd's pie to his mostly middle-aged, local patrons.

😎 Entertainment

Eve Adams: A Trailblazer in Greenwich Village's LGBTQ History Gets Her Own TV Drama

Universal TV is developing a drama based on the life of LGBTQ activist and author Eve Adams, who opened the first openly lesbian spot in New York City's Greenwich Village in the mid-1920s. The potential series will focus on Adams' opening of America's first lesbian bar and her friends, a chosen family of activists and outsiders surviving in times of political upheaval and life-or-death danger.

🎭 Performing Arts

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski Bring Center of the YOUniverse to Greenwich Village

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski are set to star in Center of the YOUniverse, a live show featuring music and storytelling, for three nights only at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village from June 15-17. The show will also be recorded and released on Audible at a later date.

🚔 Public Safety

Thieves Strike in Greenwich Village: Woman Assaulted and Robbed of Headphones


A 25-year-old woman was robbed of her headphones in Greenwich Village on March 7 by a group of three young males who pushed her to the ground and snatched them. The suspects were caught on camera and police are asking anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline.

Greenwich Village Pharmacy Displays "Thief" Posters to Combat Shoplifting

A pharmacy in Greenwich Village, Manhattan called Elm Pharmacy and Wellness, has taken an unusual approach to deal with alleged shoplifters by displaying their photos on a window display with the word "thief" written on it. The owner, Ken, explained that the posters were a way of warning the suspects that their behavior was being recorded by multiple video surveillance cameras, and that they are not welcome inside the store.

📰 In Other News

Vinyl's Comeback Takes Over Greenwich Village Record Shops

Vinyl has made a comeback in the music industry, with the Recording Industry Association of America reporting that more record units were sold in 2022 than compact discs for the first time in three decades, with 41 million new vinyl units sold last year alone. Small shops, such as Village Revival Records in Greenwich Village, have become a key factor in vinyl's growth, with shop owner Jamal Alnasr stocking around 200,000 vinyls, reflective of vinyl's growing popularity among younger generations, many of whom are now buying music recorded decades before they were born.

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