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WestView News staffers quit and launch…New WestView News

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Drama, intrigue, conspiracy theories galore, alleged backstabbing… .

No, it’s not the latest Netflix or HBO series about badly behaving royals fighting for power, either contemporary or á la “Game of Thrones.” It’s the struggle, in fact, for the heart and soul of WestView News, one of Greenwich Village’s monthly community newspapers.

George Capsis, who is now 95, founded WestView about two decades ago and has run it out of his Charles Street townhouse ever since. However, most of the core staff and a number of contributors, after reportedly recently becoming disaffected with management, have departed the paper en masse.

Now, this breakaway group, under the leadership of Democratic District Leader Arthur Schwartz, who was a regular WestView contributor, have launched a new version of WestView News called, wait for it…New WestView News.

In terms of design, the new print newspaper looks remarkably like the old one. Its first issue, which published on Dec. 2, is 24 pages compared to the last issue of WestView, which published in early November and was 40 pages.

West View News (whose slogan is “The Voice of the West Village”), left, and the New WestView News (slogan, “New Voice of the West Village”), right. (Photo by The Village Sun)

Schwartz is listed on the New WestView News masthead as senior editor. Kim Plosia, who was a key cog at WestView as its editor the last four years, is listed as New WestView’s managing editor and art director. Brian Pape, who was the workhorse “architecture editor” for WestView, is listed as a contributor at the new paper, but no articles by him appear in the first issue.

Meanwhile, Dusty Berke — who is Capsis’s caretaker — was listed on WestView’s masthead last month as the paper’s managing editor and art director, assuming the roles previously occupied by Plosia.

Raising some eyebrows, last month’s issue of WestView featured a full-page op-ed “advertorial” by Diane Sare — a longtime top associate of prominent conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche — who was running for U.S. Senate versus Chuck Schumer in the general election.

The breakaway paper has published a first issue. (Photo by The Village Sun)

Meanwhile, a note on the upstart newspaper’s front page, entitled “Why the ‘New’ WestView News?” signed by the “The New WestView News Team,” explains the reasons behind the move.

“The last issue of WestView News was disconnected, for the most part, from Greenwich Village (except for some excellent pieces by Brian Pape, who will be joining us),” the note states, in part. “We continue to respect George, who, we hope, will join his old staff once again, absent the distractions.”

Schwartz wrote several articles for the first issue, as did filmmaker Roger Paradiso. The paper also picked up a few articles from the Washington Square News, the student newspaper of New York University. There are also pieces by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Andrew Berman, the director of Village Preservation.

Schwartz told The Village Sun that he owns 1 percent of WestView and that, under an agreement, he is empowered to take over the newspaper’s corporate entity under certain conditions pertaining to Capsis’s health.

“[He’s] not the powerhouse he was,” Schwartz reflected, “the guy who at 88 slapped a cop in the face when the cop was abusing him, at the cost of getting slugged in the face by the cop.”

Its core staff and regular contributors are said to have quit WestView over the past month, unhappy with the paper’s recent direction. (Photo by The Village Sun)

According to Schwartz, the name “WestView” is not copyrighted by Capsis, and a number of other business entitites are or have been named either WestView or Westview. The Village Sun was not able to immediately confirm that.

“I told George that everyone would come back [to WestView] if Dusty had no role in the paper,” he said.

It’s long been known that both Schwartz and Berke have separately been angling to get full ownership of the newspaper.

The Village Sun has reached out to Capsis and Berke for comment.

Berke lives in Capsis’s building, which is reportedly currently valued at $7.1 million. She also owns the Tiles for America RV that is always seen parked at Mulry Square, at Seventh Avenue South and Greenwich Avenue.

Meanwhile, W. Russell Neuman, a professor of media technology at New York University who has written a half-dozen pieces for Capsis at WestView, said he spoke to Capsis on Tuesday via e-mail.

“A battle for the control of a newspaper sounds like the good old days, Hearst, Pulitzer, Chandler — who had people beat up the paperboys in L.A. over distribution,” Neuman said. “Both Capsis and Schwartz are bigger than life. George told me he’s ‘going to the police station tomorrow.’ Great stuff.”

Told about that, Schwartz asked, “He’s going to the police?”

As of this article’s posting, WestView News had not published a December issue.

6 Comments

  1. J J December 8, 2022

    What a saga! NYC newspaper battle…

    • Thomas Edison Thomas Edison December 9, 2022

      George Capsis is an iconic legend!
      Committed to delivering the TRUTH for 21 years to his beloved West Village community.
      It would appear that this is a hostile takeover attempt of the WESTVIEW NEWS, founded, owned and operated by George CAPSIS for 21 years.
      Arthur Schwartz and his CO-CONSPIRATORS have intentionally colluded and conspired and committed moral, ethical, state and federal crimes and ABUSE of a Senior Citizen !!

      MANY CRIMES Committed by Arthur Schwart and his CO – Conspirators in their attempt to steal George’s 21-year legacy and contribution to the great state of NY.
      Arthur Schwartz and the his criminal collaborators appear to have committed INTENTIONAL intellectual property theft, identity theft, mail fraud, collusion, fraud , slander, defamation, false advertising, perjury, plagiarism, identity theft, fraud in the inducement, fraud in the omission, fraud in execution and a Crime upon a 95-year-old senior citizen. Arthur Schwartz, SHAME ON YOU. This is Not only a DIRTY LAWYER who breaks the law, this is tantamount to Donald Trump who famously remarked, “I could shoot or murder someone on 5th Avenue and not get caught.”
      SHAME ON YOU, ARTHUR Schwartz!. You are a BLACK STAIN upon the sidewalks and brownstones of NYC.
      New York City WEEPS today.
      How low can humanity go!
      Arthur, and your despicable team, You have BROKEN MANY LAWS and BREACHED all moral, ethical and professional conduct standards that lawyers should NEVER BREAK.
      Lawyers and reporters should be guided by truth in reporting.
      Arthur, and your conspirators, your mother(s) are ashamed of you today.

  2. Roberta Roberta December 9, 2022

    …when power and influence are at stake—watch out for the sharp elbows!

  3. jane jane December 10, 2022

    So what did the Old WestView say that was so disagreeable????

  4. ML ML December 18, 2022

    WVN once ran an editorial that was the exact opposite position on something I hold sacred. And I STILL support and value that paper, and their right to publish controversial opinions. Who are these staffers who stole Capsis’s paper? If you don’t like the content, quit and try to get hired by The Village Sun. Stealing his paper? Seems immoral. What am I missing?

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