Two Old School Diners in the Nabe – Waverly Diner Reopens, Washington Square Diner Maintains


After reading a bunch of reviews and notices yesterday about the Waverly Diner reopening, I remembered this photo I took one early morning of nearby Washington Square Diner. It is a welcoming neighborly presence on West 4th Street. Its Yelp reviews are mixed while Menu Pages more positive. A homey spot; always available to dart into as it’s open 24 hours.
Address: 150 West 4th Street (off Sixth Avenue), #212/533-9306

The Village Voice checks out the reopened Waverly Diner. It had closed for a few months to expand into the former liquor store space next door and opened its doors Wednesday morning. (The liquor store, Waverly Wines & Spirits, moved across the street on Sixth Avenue.) Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York has been covering the closed storefront over the months, wondering what would happen once it reappeared. The reviews are positive thus far for the remodeled space – upgraded and expanded while retaining its old school decor and charm. (They like the food too!)
Address: 685 Sixth Avenue at Waverly Place #212/675-3181

Top Photo: Cathryn
Bottom Photo: Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York

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Jedi Light Saber Battle Scheduled for Washington Square Saturday, September 24th 9 p.m.

Washington Square Park's own Jedi on the Fountain Plaza

Updated — Just spoke to Kevin Bracken, one of the organizers, and so, as first reported in the Village Voice a few weeks ago and also in today’s New York Times, the “giant light saber battle” scheduled for the Park on Saturday 9/24 from 9-11 p.m. may move to a covered location due to pending rain will happen. (Update 3 p.m. Event will happen at the Park. Location is stated as “Teen Plaza” which I gather is Garibaldi Plaza. Hope that’s enough room…) Kevin and his partner, Lori, organize other events such as those giant pillow fights in Union Square. For this spectacle, light sabers are $5 and they recommend you bring your own goggles. (There’s a rumor there may even be Jedi robes!) I’m not sure what I think about this exactly but still it sounds like fun. (If it remains in the Park, I’m considering handing out light sabers – they are looking for volunteers! — update: Show up at 7:30 p.m. and look for a white van near former Teen Plaza – likely behind Garibaldi stage? – to volunteer. Light sabers are sold out.)

Bracken told the Village Voice: “The event was inspired … by Star Wars … and, actually, Burning Man: ‘There used to be a guy who gave out 10,000 sabers. If we were rich we’d arm all New Yorkers with blinky lights.'”

You can check out the newmindspace web site to get the latest news and I’ll update a location change here.

If you miss the event, it changes locations, and/or you want to view something on a smaller scale, check out Washington Square Park’s own Jedi. They meet at the park every Wednesday at 7 p.m. They have two web sites which both seem to be down but above is, I presume, a picture of one (or else a rogue force).

Photo: Ossip Kaehr

Wayne Barrett in the Village Voice: The Transformation of Mike Bloomberg

Check out Wayne Barrett‘s in-depth piece on Mayor Mike in this week’s Village Voice. An excerpt:

Last month’s 29-to-22 [NY City] council vote to do Bloomberg’s bidding was the most tawdry moment in city politics I’ve ever seen. More camera crews and reporters attended the vote than any other session in City Council history—some said the passage of the bill was as close as we would get to a mayoral election in 2009.

The mayor justified the bill by saying that it gave voters an additional choice—namely, himself. But unnamed sources had already told the Times that Bloomberg would spend $80 million on his re-election (at least $20 million of it on attacks on anyone daring to oppose him). …

The Bloomberg who came into office as the anti-politician, promising to transform city government, has been transformed himself. …  But seven years later, Bloomberg has not only proved himself to be a master politician, as hungry for power as anyone we’ve ever seen, but he’s also ended up putting nearly everyone who deals with the city deep into his political debt.

Read the full story here.

Chance to Address Mayor Bloomberg on Term Limits Mon. November 3rd, 9:30 a.m., City Hall

You might recall that Mayor Bloomberg dismissed the two days of public hearings held by the City Council on term limits as a chance for the people to “emote” and admitted he didn’t listen to any of it. He will however sit through public testimony on Monday, November 3rd before almost assuredly signing the bill — which the Council passed (at his, um, request) to overturn term limits — into law. The public is invited to speak at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall before our billionaire Mayor. If you plan to attend, I suggest you get there early.

The New York Times reports today: “Public to Give Mayor Earful on 3rd Term:”

The bruising debate over term limits is not over — yet.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at City Hall, members of the public will be given two minutes each to tell Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg face to face, why they favor or oppose legislation that would permit him to seek a third term. It is not known how long the hearing will last.

It will be the first time that Mr. Bloomberg will be present for a public hearing on the legislation, which will allow him and dozens of elected officials in the city to serve 12 years, rather than 8. New York voters approved the current term limits in two public referendums in the 1990s.

Mr. Bloomberg will listen to the discussion during a bill-signing ceremony.

So, do you think Mayor Bloomberg will stack the room with supporters as he did during the public hearings?

An excellent Village Voice article this week by Tom Robbins, “Bloomberg’s Term-Limits Coup,” outlines the coup’s “heroes, villains and wimps.” He asks:

… who was that mystery man sitting in the Subway sandwich shop across from City Hall on the first day of the hearings? The guy with the cash-filled envelope doling out dollars to those who showed up early to grab front-row seats and wave pro-Bloomberg signs?

Another good article by Errol Louis in the 10/30 Daily News “A limit to voters’ patience: Bloomberg power grab looks worse by the day.”

Robbins concludes: Bloomberg and Quinn may have carried the day, but you had to believe they bought themselves a world of future political pain in doing so. As any tinpot banana republic generalissimo will tell you, the next coup is always around the corner.

Village Voice Blog Coverage of Union Sq Park “Push Back Picnic”

Check out the Village Voice “Runnin’ Scared” Blog for additional coverage of Wednesday’s (7/2) Union Square Park Push Back Picnic. There are some great photos!

Village Voice on Balloon Protest

See Village Voice article here.

(They link to our blog entry on Bloomberg/NYU/Tisch Privatization of the Park within the story.)