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Street Vendor at 44th & Sixth Rated City’s Best

Street Vendor at 44th & Sixth Rated City’s Best

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A popular Midtown halal truck has won the Vendy Cup in the city’s annual street food competition. The grand champion in the annual Vendy Awards, Royal Grill Halal Food, was announced on Governors Island on Sept. 22. Royal Grill’s owners attributed their win to their family recipes and homemade sauces, which […]

Getting Old is for Great Stars: Elaine May Amazes in ‘Waverly Gallery’

Getting Old is for Great Stars: Elaine May Amazes in ‘Waverly Gallery’

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | It’s been 57 years since Elaine May and her comedy partner, Mike Nichols, catapulted to stardom from the stage of Broadway’s John Golden Theatre. Since then, she’s become a showbiz legend: writing, directing, and starring in movies like “A New Leaf,” “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Ishtar,” and “The Birdcage,” while punching up the […]

After Years of Blight, Affordable Housing on Horizon at Seventh Ave. Site

After Years of Blight, Affordable Housing on Horizon at Seventh Ave. Site

NOTE: This article was updated on Oct. 25 to correct the reported number of units. BY WINNIE McCROY | After decades of promises, New York City is about to make good on a move to renovate a strip of dilapidated buildings on W. 22nd St. Hope is now in sight for the properties at 201–207 Seventh […]

Old-School Organizer Helps Lead the Charge for New Blood in Politics

Old-School Organizer Helps Lead the Charge for New Blood in Politics

BY SAM BLEIBERG | The current political cycle in New York has seen well-funded incumbent campaigns crumble against progressive challengers who mobilize supporters online and in the field. Few better represent this zeitgeist than Louis “Lou” Bertot — and he’s not new to the party. Bertot has worked as an organizer in official and volunteer roles […]

Trump Ramps Up War on Transgender Identity; Hundreds Protest in NYC 

Trump Ramps Up War on Transgender Identity; Hundreds Protest in NYC 

BY ANDY HUMM | The Trump administration has opened up its broadest assault on transgender people yet, moving to adopt a legal definition of gender as never-changing and determined at birth by external genitalia. Led by the Department of Health and Human Services, where anti-transgender activist Roger Severino heads the Office of Civil Rights, the goal […]

Bike Lanes Being Rolled Out on 12th and 13th Sts.

Bike Lanes Being Rolled Out on 12th and 13th Sts.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Just call them the “fast lanes.” The Department of Transportation (DOT) has started installing new bike lanes across 12th and 13th Sts. — nearly half a year ahead of the so-called “L-pocalypse” subway shutdown. In April, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to stop service on the L train between Bedford Ave. and […]

Police Blotter: The Sgt. Thomas McManus Tribute Edition

Police Blotter: The Sgt. Thomas McManus Tribute Edition

BY SCOTT STIFFLER ASSAULT: Don’t Cross These Hotheads | A cabbie is recovering from an assault after a dipsy (possibly tipsy?) duo with boundary issues gave him what-for. The male victim told police that around 2:05 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 19 he was driving his taxi, and honked his horn at two men who were crossing […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Take one loaded phrase, task six artists with taking it on, and the results will range from politically charged to ecologically aware to totally trippy. Such is the case with the works on display at the upcoming Westbeth Gallery exhibition, “Conflict of Interest.” Provoking their audience to “question what is going on […]

Halloween has a ‘Big Top’ Queen in its Ring

Halloween has a ‘Big Top’ Queen in its Ring

BY SCOTT STIFFLER Once upon a time, when traveling spectacles blew into town offering trapeze acts, games of chance, and all manner of exotic marvels, children dreamed of running away and joining the circus. Now, the circus of old is a species as endangered as the trained animal acts whose presence inside sawdust-strewn tents has […]

Fall Dance Festivals Galore

Fall Dance Festivals Galore

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | American Dance Guild Performance Festival | Oct 25-28| This venerable organization supports the dance community with an annual festival that honors the lifetime achievement of distinguished choreographers, living and dead. This year’s lineup includes celebrations of Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, and includes archival footage from Celia Ipiotis’s Eye on […]