After being forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions, Casa Magazines in the West Village, owned by Mohammed Ahmed, was allowed to reopen due to the work of some loyal residents. "The sudden go-ahead from the city was the result of some frantic maneuvering by two West Village residents, James Reginato, a writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, and George Capsis, the CEO of the neighborhood’s monthly paper, WestView News, who lobbied Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, and Freddi Goldstein, the mayor’s press secretary, for help. 'Mohammed was distraught after the cops barged in, and I was outraged for them,' Reginato said."
James Reginato, Writer-at-Large for Vanity Fair, is mentioned in this piece from a special series by the New York Times. The piece discusses two blocks in historic Greenwich Village - West 9th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, and its companion block, East 9th Street, between Broadway and University Place - that have been home to a disproportionate number of New York City’s writers, artists, actors, and designers for decades.