By MICHELLE TAUBER
02/05/2014 at 08:00 AM EST
Among friends and locals in his longtime West Village neighborhood, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was known as a low-key fixture, a family man who rarely drew attention.
“He’d go over to Oliver’s restaurant with his [10-year-old] son, Cooper,” a neighborhood friend tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “They’d have lunch, and you’d see them talking and laughing for hours at a time.”