Your Caffe Vivaldi Stories

We invite you to share below your experiences here at Caffè Vivaldi over the 35 years of history we have created in the West Village. Where is it a tale of love, friendship, community, music, any kind of discovery -- personal, artistic, professional -- we welcome you to share your memories with all of us here.

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An update from Ishrat

Dear Friends of Caffe Vivaldi, 

It’s been almost two years since my last update to all of you. Most of you do not know that for the last 20 months, I have been undergoing slow recovery from a stroke resulting after a long period of extreme and constant stress. My untimely stroke occurred two weeks before a crucial court hearing about the Caffe’s future—that has continued to drag on to the present. 

In 2011, my tormentor, Steven Croman, became the new owner of the building where Caffe Vivaldi resides. From the beginning, his conduct has been belligerent and illegal, unilaterally breaking the renewed lease, which commenced on January 1, 2012, that I signed with him for the Caffe Vivaldi space, and treating me with dismissive contempt...

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Ishrat Ansari
A request to our community: pledge your support to Caffe Vivaldi

Last Monday, June 13th, Caffe Vivaldi launched our second petition on moveon.org. It comes at a time when we are facing a pending court date with our landlord this summer at the Supreme Court of New York State. When we reach a critical mass of signatures, we will be sending this petition along to Mayor DeBlasio and Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents our district (the sixth district of New York) in the New York City Council. With our gratitude for being part of our community, we invite you to add your name to the chorus of voices who are supporting and standing with us.

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Ishrat Ansari