October 2013

Is It? Was It?

BanksyBy Stephanie Phelan

Late last spring, as my dog and I were taking our usual meandering route through the streets of the West Village, I noticed a lot of ugly graffiti defacing buildings along Washington Street. Most of it has since been cleaned up, but on a nearby block I noticed what I considered a true gem, and thought “Wow, there’s actually a gifted artist’s work here.” Since then, I’ve become convinced that it was a Banksy.

If I remember correctly, it was done in stages — first, with more of the image of police officers, then later covered by an image of a boy holding a hand grenade. It seemed to have been erased or painted over along with the tags in other parts of the area, but recently I rediscovered it had been (sensibly) covered up with a large piece of Masonite. One can still see the art peeking out at the edges.

Was it, is it a Banksy? What do you think?

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Halloween Parade Saved at the Last Minute

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a Ananse 300Halloween_edwardThursday afternoon the Village Halloween Parade met its fundraising goal, saving the 40-year tradition from being cancelled.

The problem was a shortage of funds due to last year’s cancellation during the Hurricane Sandy fiasco.

The parade will start at 7 pm on Thursday October 31, and go up Sixth Avenue from Spring to 16th Street.

So get ready for a night of blocked sidewalks and costumed revelers. In other words, the usual.

The Mayoral Candidate You’ve Never heard of…

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VoteButtonSmallIf You’re a West Villager, you’re probably a registered Democrat, and you’ve probably made up your mind about who gets your vote for Mayor. And judging from recent polls, that candidate is probably Bill de Blasio.

But hold on!

If you’re one of the 53% of registered Democrats who consider themselves moderate orarticle-carrion-1112conservative, you may be a little nervous about proclamations of “End Stop and Frisk!” (rather than reforming it) and “Tax the Rich!”, as well as the revelation that he not only supported the Sandinistas (okay, so we all have opposed our government’s policies at one time or another) but honeymooned with his wife in Cuba and kept it a secret from his children.

What you know about Republican Joe Lhota is that he headed up the hated MTA and was a close aide to Mayor Giuliani, who has lost a lot of his sheen over the past few years. He deserves a closer look, however, as he reaches out to community groups and shows a desire to serve the city in a compassionate and effective way.

The person you’ve heard little about is the candidate running on the Independent ticket, Adolfo Carrion. He’s a former pastor, teacher, Bronx Borough President, and Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy under President Obama. He holds strong views on education reform, public safety, housing and economic development.

There will be a debate between Joe Lhota and Adolfo Carrion (de Blasio still hasn’t committed)  at 7 pm Wednesday October 9 on Channel 1.The next debate will be between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota on October 15, 7 pm on ABC Channel 7,  but Carrion is currently not included in that debate.

Okay, so go ahead and vote for the person you’ve already decided on, but make your vote an informed one and learn more about the other two candidates.

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