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Upscale Buildings Deny Workers a Living Wage

Upscale Buildings Deny Workers a Living Wage

BY SAM SPOKONY | Hundreds of union workers marched across the High Line alongside non-union workers, elected officials and local advocates on April 10 to call for better wages for the non-union employees of numerous luxury residential buildings in West Chelsea. Non-union doormen, porters and concierges at ultra-wealthy residences around the High Line make substantially […]

Neighbors Crusade Against Church Air Rights Sale

Neighbors Crusade Against Church Air Rights Sale

UPDATED: 3:15pm, April 10, 2014 BY SAM SPOKONY | Residents of West 16th Street, now joined by local elected officials, are continuing their fight against the “monstrous” and “out of scale” development currently underway on their block — and they’re also hoping for some divine intervention that could cut the planned building’s size in half. […]

Budget in Tow, Electeds Fill CB4 Meeting

Budget in Tow, Electeds Fill CB4 Meeting

BY EILEEN STUKANE  |  On Wednesday, April 2, the packed room at the Community Board 4 (CB4) Full Board Meeting at Roosevelt Hospital (10th Avenue between West 57th and 58th Streets), heard from more than its usual share of elected officials. Two days earlier, on March 31, the New York State Executive Budget had been […]

Town Hall Panel Touts Strategies, New and Ongoing

Town Hall Panel Touts Strategies, New and Ongoing

  BY ZACH WILLIAMS | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 3, 2014  |  City Councilmember Corey Johnson hosted local and city officials at a March 25 town hall meeting held at the School of Visual Arts Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). Over 100 residents attended, as Johnson moderated a discussion on topics including education, traffic safety and […]

LPC Likely to Protect Ladies’ Mile Buildings From Demolition

LPC Likely to Protect Ladies’ Mile Buildings From Demolition

BY SAM SPOKONY |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 3, 2014  |  A developer’s plan to demolish two landmarked 19th-century buildings on West 19th Street was met with stiff resistance by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), following similar opposition by community leaders and preservationists. Although no official vote was taken at the April 1 hearing, the […]

And The Award Went To…

And The Award Went To…

Awards season didn’t end with the Oscars, at least not in this town. Word of some notable wins recently came to our attention — and although their “The envelope, please” moment has gone the way of a rolled up red carpet, the time is right to extend our heartfelt congratulations. PARKSIDE WRITING CONTEST Chelsea Waterside […]

Memorial Service to Honor Thad McGar, 86

Memorial Service to Honor Thad McGar, 86

Thad McGar, a prominent and beloved Chelsea resident, died December 30, 2013 at the age of 86. Born in Texas, McGar spent some of his growing-up years in Venezuela, where his father worked as a roughneck in the oil industry. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, he later lived for several years in […]

Roundabout’s Gene Feist, and his Theatre, Had Chelsea Roots

Roundabout’s Gene Feist, and his Theatre, Had Chelsea Roots

Gene Feist, Founding Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, died after a short illness on March 17, at the age of 91. A fifth-generation native New Yorker and a second-generation Chelsea resident, he served in World War II, studied theater arts at Carnegie-Mellon University and later became Artistic Director of the New Theater in Nashville, […]

Irish Prime Minister Pledges Partnership with Hell’s Kitchen Arts Center

Irish Prime Minister Pledges Partnership with Hell’s Kitchen Arts Center

BY SAM SPOKONY | As he spoke to a beaming crowd in the cramped lobby of the Irish Arts Center (IAC) on St. Patrick’s Day, Enda Kenny (Ireland’s prime minister) recalled his favorite work by the legendary poet Seamus Heaney. It was “Lovers on Aran” ― a brief meditation on Ireland’s Aran Islands and the […]

At St. Vincent’s Site, June Opening for HealthPlex Emergency Room

At St. Vincent’s Site, June Opening  for HealthPlex Emergency Room

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced on Thursday, March 6, that its new comprehensive-care center under construction in Greenwich Village will be called the Lenox Hill HealthPlex. Located at Seventh Avenue between West 12th and 13th Streets, the facility, according to a press release, “represents a new model of community-based care […]

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