…The Bad and the Ugly


Untitled-1Graffiti is creeping back. Recently, workers had to remove tags from a brick wall next to the tiled arch on Perry Street off Bleecker.  Go a block East to West 4th and Charles, and see large graffiti covering the building wall.

 Is it a sign of the times?Are we returning to the bad old days?
If you see more examples cropping up, please take a picture and send it to us at westvillageword@earthlink.net.


Scaffolding1It seems that we have so much construction and renovation going on that every block has at least one scaffolded building.  The results of all this work will probably be wonderful, but it sure is ugly.


Change of Command at 6th Precinct

Commander Elisa Cokkinos,  respected and well-liked by all, exited the Precinct for the last time on June 24, and was saluted and cheered by the men and women in blue lined up along 10th Street .

Her Replacement, Captain Joseph Simonetti,  formerly of the 7th Precinct,  took over the helm at the beginning of  Gay Pride weekend — a great way to be introduced to the neighborhood!

What To Do If You Smell Gas

The March 12 tragedy in East Harlem has raised many concerns about New York City’s aging infrastructure, and the potential dangers we face from crumbling bridges, water mains, sewer pipes and gas lines. Although the exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation, this disaster has brought potential dangers to light.

More than half of New York City’s gas mains were installed over 60 years ago and are made of unprotected cast iron, which is prone to corrosion. We hope that there will never be another explosion like this, but we should be aware of what to do if we smell gas.

News reports are telling people who smell gas to immediately call Con Ed and/or 311, but what  they fail to tell you is   do not to use your home or mobile phone while still in the vicinity of the gas leak.

Here’s what you should do:

  • If the odor is strong, leave the premises immediately, informing others in the building of the potential leak — but not by phone or by e-mail. If you have prepared an emergency go bag, be sure to grab it on your way out. Should there be an explosion or fire, you may be in need of shelter.
  • Do not smoke or light lighters or matches.
  • Do not use your telephone. Do not switch on electrical appliances, lights, or even a flashlight in the area where you smell gas. Electrical currents in switches and telephones may spark an explosion.
  • If the odor is faint, open windows to air out the area before leaving.
  • When safely out of the area, call Con Edison at 1-800-350-9346. And hope they get there quickly.

Do You Know What This Is?

VillageVolcanoThis  mound of tar and concrete  mysteriously appeared at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Barrow Street in 1982 is referred to as The Village Volcano. It was originally black and steamy, and has since been painted white and has cooled off.

It’s the result of a steam leak on the sidewalk which Christie Powers from the now long-gone Buffalo Roadhouse decided to cover with tar and concrete, and there it’s stayed.