Tag Archives: West Village

NEW YORK CITY: West Village Locals Block Attempts To Relocate Gay Bar

In the face of soaring rent, Boots & Saddle is soon leaving its Christopher Street location after almost 40 years. The owners have found another location in the neighborhood, but the local community board has blocked their move. Community Board 2’s State Liquor Authority committee unanimously rejected Boots & Saddle’s bid to transfer its liquor license to the new location. …

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NEW YORK CITY: West Village Gay Bar Boots & Saddle To Close After 40 Years

The tiny but popular Christopher Street bar Boots & Saddle is closing after 40 years in business due to a large rent increase. The gay bar — known for its drag shows, packed parties and welcoming vibe — cannot afford to pay a rent increase on its space at 76 Christopher St. and will shut down soon after 40 years …

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NEW YORK CITY: Prosecutors Say “No Plea Deal” For Murderer Of Gay Man

In May 2013, Elliot Morales (left) chased Mark Carson, 32, out of a West Village restaurant and shot him point-blank in the head after calling him a “faggot.” Last week New York City prosecutors declared that they will never agree to a lesser sentence in return for a guilty plea. “I can assure you there is not now or will …

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His Name Was Mark Carson

This weekend as the world marks the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, let us all remember that it was one year ago tonight that LGBT New Yorkers poured into the streets of the West Village to protest the senseless murder of Mark Carson, who was shot point-blank in the head after saying “yes” when asked if he was gay. …

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Beloved West Village Diner Closes Today

Vanishing New York reports that the much-loved West Village diner Manatus will close tonight in the face of a rent increase to $50K per month. This is a sad day for the Village. Manatus has been in business since the mid-1980s, catering to the local LGBT clientele, and it is the last affordable, down-to-earth place to eat in that hyper-gentrified …

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BREAKING: Fire Threatens Stonewall Inn

JMG reader Chris and the above Twitter user report that the NYFD is currently on the scene of a fire at the building that abuts the historic Stonewall Inn in the West Village. The building on the corner houses the Duplex, the famed gay piano bar and cabaret space. The fire appears to be limited to the building between the …

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NEW YORK CITY: Lawyer For Killer Of Mark Carson To Present Insanity Defense

The lawyer for Elliot Morales, the man who murdered Mark Carson on a West Village street corner in May, said yesterday that he intends to present an insanity defense. Court-appointed defense lawyer Kevin Canfield served notice that he intends to present psychiatric evidence at trial. “It could be temporary insanity,” Canfield told reporters, declining to describe Morales’ reported mental state …

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Seen Outside The Former St. Vincent’s

As if the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital wasn’t enough of a stab to the heart of the West Village, the developers of the “individually crafted, high-end, state-of-the-art, luxury living” condos on that site have decided to jump up and down on the corpse. (Via my pal Mark)

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NYPD Doubles NYC Pride Protection

In response the ongoing spree of anti-gay hate crimes, the NYPD has doubled the usual number of officers for tomorrow’s gay pride parade. The surge of officers will include twice the usual amount of plainclothes cops assigned to the area, where several gay people have been attacked since the beginning of the year, police said. “There’s been concern, rightfully so, …

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NEW YORK CITY: PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford Honored With Memorial Plaque

PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford passed away in January at the age of 92. On Sunday this happened in the West Village: The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and The Church of the Village unveiled a bronze historic marker now permanently affixed to the facade of this landmark church memorializing the …

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NEW YORKERS: Join The Celebration Outside Stonewall At 5:30PM Today

Today’s celebration outside the historic Stonewall Inn begins at 5:30PM.  Expect a huge crowd and prepare to be fabulous.  DOMA champion Edith Windsor will be there! I hope to see a great JMG turnout!

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Mark Carson’s Killer Pleads Not Guilty

Even though he repeatedly boasted about the crime at the time of his arrest, today Elliot Morales (left) pleaded not guilty to the hate crime murder of Mark Carson, who was shot in the face on a West Village street last month. “He thought he was tough, and I shot him. It’s the last thing he’ll remember,” Elliot Morales, 33, …

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NYC Drag March: June 28th

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NEW YORK CITY: Grand Jury Indicts Elliot Morales For Murder Of Mark Carson, Lawyer Claims Morales Was Sexually Abused As A Child

This afternoon a New York City grand jury formally indicted Elliot Morales (left) for the murder of Mark Carson. Multiple charges include second-degree murder as a hate crime. Morales’ lawyer pleaded “not guilty” even though Morales bragged about the murder during his arrest. The lawyer, Kevin Michael Canfield, later said Morales is not guilty of the slaying and is “devastated …

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FRC Denounces Murder Of Mark Carson

From their website: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding the charges filed in the Mark Carson murder case in New York City: “We denounce any and all acts of unprovoked violence. No American should be the target of violence – period. We hope and trust that justice will be served in that the perpetrator of …

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NOM Denounces Murder Of Mark Carson

“We condemn in the strongest possible way the murder of a gay man in New York by a killer who apparently hurled anti-gay insults at him moments before the killing. This senseless act cannot be condoned in America or anywhere, and we urge that the perpetrator be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our heart goes out to …

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NYPD Steps Up Patrols In Gayborhoods

In reaction to the continuing spree of anti-gay hate crimes, the NYPD announced today that they have increases patrols in the West Village, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen. The patrols — which will feature mobile command units — were announced in response to the shooting death of Mark Carson, 32, Saturday, allegedly by a man spewing homophobic slurs. The increased police …

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NY1 On Yesterday’s Hate Crime March

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NEW YORK CITY: West Village Streets Closed For Massive Anti-Hate Crimes Rally
“Say His Name: MARK CARSON!”

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TODAY: West Village Protest Rally And March In Honor Of Mark Carson

From the New York City LGBT Community Center: On Monday evening we will gather on the steps of the Center, along with the Anti-Violence Project, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, community members, other elected officials, and LGBT community leaders and allies, and march to the site of Friday’s shooting to demand an end to hate crimes against our …

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