Friday, October 28, 2016

Catching 'Fire'

Girls Against Boys are playing at St. Vitus in Brooklyn on Nov. 3.

I like their bio: "out of the ashes of dc punk rock dischord band soulside, moved up to new york, put out a ton of records since 1990, have 2 bass players, did a bunch of stuff with a bunch of people and we eat, drink, sleep and walk around."

This year marks the 20th anniversary of their Touch & Go release "House of GVSB."

From that record is "Super-fire."

Squish Marshmallows signage arrives at 120 St. Mark's Place

[Photo by Steven]

A worker today unveiled the signage at 120 St. Mark's Place, where Squish Marshmallows is opening in the long-empty storefront between Avenue A and First Avenue.

This is the first retail outlet for Katherine Sprung, the creator behind Squish Marshmallows. (They are available online and at Abigail's Bake Shop in Brooklyn.)

Per the Squish website:

The goal of Squish Marshmallows is to make a quality, delicious product, using natural ingredients in the marshmallow base, that makes people happy and changes the way they view the humble marshmallow. Whether you choose to enjoy the marshmallows by themselves, or use them to make the most decadent and whimsical s’mores, the idea is to simply eat them and be happy.

The previous tenant, Addiction Ink, left in 2014.

And as you may recall, 120 St. Mark's Place was once the artists collective known as The Cave. (Among other people, it was the home of the Mosaic Man.) Developer Ben Shaoul took over the property in 2006, where he earned his "sledgehammer" nickname from Curbed.

EV Grieve Etc.: Getting catty over a Yelp review; crowning Mr. LES

[Photo by Derek Berg]

71-year-old man robbed inside his apartment in the Wald Houses (Daily News)

Highlights of the Mr. LES Pageant — in Ridgewood (Slum Goddess)

A visit to the EV apartment of photographers Karla and James Murray (6sqft)

Yelper complains about the cat at S.K. Deli Market on Second Avenue; Internet responds (PIX11)

History of the Public Theater on Lafayette (Off the Grid)

Zagat names Kingsley on Avenue B as "top newcomer" (Zagat)

Bleecker Street Records closes for good (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

The birds of Lower Manhattan (Laura Goggin Photography)

A great lineup for "The Medium is the Massacre" series, including "Videodrome," "Demon Seed" and "Poltergeist." (Anthology Film Archives)

Momofuku Ssรคm Bar reopens on Second Avenue (Eater)

"Shark Tank" alum sells East 13th Street home (The Post)

Metrograph presents "Trouble Every Day," a Halloween-themed slate of films named "in honor of Claire Denis's bloody film audit" (Official Site)

NYPD looking for suspect who threw a dog into a dumpster (The Lo-Down)

John Cale will perform the Velvet Underground & Nico live in NYC next year (Quietus)

How about a 30th anniversary celebration for Pussy Galore’s Exile on Main St.? (Dangerous Minds)

“The Ramones Way” street naming is Sunday (Gallery98)

...on Sunday, local restaurateur Ravi DeRossi is hosting a fundraiser for his nonprofit animal-rights organization BEAST (Benefits to End Animal Suffering Today) ... the event (it's a Dios de Los Muertos party) is at Mayahuel, 304 E. Sixth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. It's $25 from 4-6 p.m., and includes drinks, veggie tacos, etc. All the proceeds will go to helping put an end to animal cruelty. There's no cover from 6 p.m. to midnight. Details here.

City says no to landmarking row of 7th Street homes, clearing way for demolition of No. 264

[EVG photo of No. 264 from last month]

In early September, a permit was filed with the DOB to demolish the 3-level house at 264 E. Seventh St between Avenue C and Avenue D.

Preservations rallied to try to have the string of pastel-colored residences here considered for landmarking. However, yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) rejected the request. As Patch first reported: "The city's official reasoning was that there was no precedent for them to designate historic districts when the buildings cover just one side of the street."

For his part, Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, cited "at least eight examples of past historic designations by the LPC that covered just one side of the street, including a row of buildings on East 10th Street that's just a few blocks away."

In 2008, LPC said that the row of houses, from No 258 to 266, "appear to be an LPC-eligible historic district," as Patch pointed out.

Felicia Bond lived in the Garden Duplex when she illustrated the renowned children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" in the mid-1980s.

According to public records, Norris Chumley and Catherine Stine Chumley sold the property to Globalserv Property One, LLC, for $3.775 million.

In 2011, the home hit the market. Here was the broker pitch:

This incredible East Village three unit townhouse has great bones and endless possibilities! Currently set up as a parlor floor duplex with back yard and two floor through apartments, this classic townhouse is a great investment property or could be made into your own single family home!

[The backyard at No. 264]

Globalserv Property One, LLC has yet to make their intentions known for the-soon-to-be-demolished home.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Live in the house that inspired the art for 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie'

Pit crew preps for 22-unit condo on 1st Avenue

Crews have started digging into the pit at 75 First Ave. between Fourth Street and Fifth Street...

Doing the preliminary work for the foundation of an 8-story condoplex — featuring 22 residences in total.

And please mind the cattle pen and porta-potty set up on the bike lane...

As previously noted, here's what the Colonnade Group has planned for the lot:

Designed by HTO-Architect, the building will rise 8 stories and will stand out with its contemporary and timeless glassy structure. Comprised of 22 residential units, ranging from 1 to 3 bedroom condominiums, 75 I˚ AVE is the ultimate destination for New York sophisticated buyers looking for all the comforts of a high-end residence in a young and dynamic environment.

All of the units will benefit from a number of amenities, including Fitness Center, Lounge and Library, Private and Common Roof Deck, Storage, Bike Storage & Doorman and a no-wait express line next door at Rite Aid.

Still haven't seen the full rendering — just this thumbnail of an image...

And Ryan Serhant's team is responsible for the condo sales... here's a photo of some suits and shovels during the official groundbreaking at No. 75 a few weeks ago...

Previously on EV Grieve:
Developer: A shorter building in the works now for 75 First Avenue

High-rise for 75 First Avenue back in play

Long-stalled First Avenue site now has a brand-new rendering

Report: Long-dormant 1st Avenue development site changes hands

Plywood report and the future of 75 1st Ave. (Spoiler: condos)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks return of a community garden on Avenue C

[Image via @RosieMendez]

As we've been noting in recent months, the empty lot between Eastville Gardens and 115 Avenue C (between Eighth Street and Seventh Street) has been renovated to create a new community garden.

On Wednesday afternoon, local elected officials, led by City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the Carmen Pabon Garden ... named for the longtime LES activist and community gardner. (She is in the above photo to the right of the sign.)

There's some contentious history here... Eastville Gardens, the apartment complex whose official address is 342 E. Eighth St., is on the site once occupied by El Jardin de la Esperanza. The 22-year-old garden was bulldozed in February 2000 to make way for the new development via Donald Capoccia of BFC Partners. (You can read more background here.)

According to the Lo-Down, who attended the ceremony:

Before the ribbon cutting, Capoccia made brief remarks, telling community activists gathered in the newly opened space, “It’s really the beginning of my rehabilitation” in the neighborhood. Capoccia said he’s now an, “embracer of community gardens.”

DNAinfo reports that local architect Paul Castrucci designed the garden, which features Magnolia and Pink Dogwood trees, cherry laurel and holly shrubs. It will reportedly be open year-round.

You can watch a video biography of Pabon here.

[Photo from last month by Dave on 7th]

Previously on EV Grieve:
Part of a community garden reappears 16 years after it was bulldozed

95 E. 3rd St., former home of the Edge, is for rent

The for rent signs are up now here between First Avenue and Second Avenue... can't recall seeing this broker around here before — Green Pond Real Estate (based in Clifton, N.J.) ...

We didn't spot any listing yet for the space, which is 1,300 square feet on the ground floor with another 650 square feet in the basement.

The neighborhood bar the Edge closed here in late September after 29 years in business.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Someone abandoned this dog in Tompkins Square Park this morning

EVG contributor Derek Berg reports that someone "dumped" this dog in the small dog run this morning ... Derek's photos are from around 9:30.

Residents called Social Tees on Fifth Street, and someone was there within 10 minutes. Social Tees is taking the dog to the vet for chip information and a check up. Derek guesses that the dog is between 1 and 2 years old...


Here's more ...

Meet our rescue of the morning!! Bolt was found abandoned in the rain in a nearby dog run, he is very sweet but underweight and so extremely dirty and matted, his knotted coat is pinching his skin with clumps of junk that are inches deep. Who could let this happen to such a lovely, happy soul? He's at the vet now and on his way to a grooming next. This boy is so hilarious, we can't wait to see him looking and feeling more comfortable. Stay tuned for updates, and huge thank you to @emmy_park | @stylepup and Whole Health Veterinary Hospital for helping us scoop this boy up and get him the care he desperately needs!! #rescuelife #animalrescue #rescuedog #neglecteddog #shihtzu #goodboy #gooddog #nycdog #teamwork #compassion #socialtees #socialteesnyc #straypride

A photo posted by SocialTeesNYC (@socialteesnyc) on

Something Tiny for Astor Place the next few days

Crews were setting up for something this morning on the all-new Astor Place...

Here's more about what's happening today through Saturday... a Zagat-sponsored "Tiny Cafe" concept featuring Brooklyn's Pizza Loves Emily... and chocolate-chip cookies from "Master Pastry Chef" Jacques Torres, among other items ...

Per Zagat:

At this one-of-a-kind pop-up cafe, visitors can taste these mini creations, snap Instagram-worthy photos of a tiny food display featuring additional Zagat rated restaurants such as Magnolia Bakery and watch hands meticulously assemble tiny food.

And if you need any seating options. Here's one.

Updated 9:15 a.m.

An updated look via Vinny & O...

Celebrate Halloween with construction and water service interruptions!

[EVG reader photo]

Just a heads up if you haven't seen these flyers... advising "that on or about the week of Monday, October 31, 2016, the New York City Department of Design & Construction will begin replacement of water mains at various locations."

As you can see, the "actual work boundaries" include 10th Street between First Avenue and Avenue B, Avenue A between 11th Street and 12th Street and First Avenue between 10th Street and 12th Street.

And there will be some water service interruptions in some of these areas, the flyers warn. (The city is supposed to allow 72 hours notice of any water shut off)... no word on just how long this will take. Feel free to leave your guesses in the comments.

East Village Meat Market hosting the 2nd Annual Pierogi Tasting Day on Saturday

Via the EVG inbox...

We will be giving out FREE samples of some of the best pierogies that the Ukrainian community has to offer. We will be serving Potato, Cheese, Buckwheat, Sauerkraut, Short ribs, Pumpkin and many other varieties. Pierogies will be available for purchase as well!

We are all very excited about partnering with Veselka, but most important we can't wait to spread the "Pierogi Love" to our customers and East Village neighbors.

The event will take place all day (9 am-6 pm) at our store on 139 Second Ave.

Find more details here. And check out photos from last year's event here.

[2015 photo via Stacie Joy]

Both storefronts at 111 E. 7th St. are now for rent

As we reported on Monday, the wine bar Virgola has cleared out of its home of 10 months at 122 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue.

The for rent signs arrived on Tuesday...

Both storefronts at the address are on the market. (Village Style moved out in late September.)

Per a listing, the asking price for each storefront is $7,500. (Each space is 1,000 square feet, plus 600 square feet in the basement.)

The address is world famous, of course, for its cameo in "The Smurfs," the quadruple-Oscar winner from 2011.

Hitchcocktober move of the week: 'The Trouble With Harry'

Tonight's Hitchcocktober movie of the week at Village East Cinema on Second Avenue and 12th Street is ... "The Trouble With Harry."

And upcoming:

Oct. 31 (Halloween night!) — "Psycho"

You may buy advance tickets here. The movies start at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Turning over some new leaves for Cooper Square

In our post earlier today about the new zipper bench on the reconstructed Astor Place, a commenter mentioned the arrival of new trees for the plaza around Cooper Square... EVG regular peter radley passed along these photos of the trees (nearly two dozen) on the scene today...

Here's a link to a weekly bulletin (PDF) noting what's happening this week.

Community forum tomorrow night (Thursday!) on the new Mount Sinai Downtown Beth Israel

As you likely know, Mount Sinai Beth Israel is creating a new “Mount Sinai Downtown” network, which includes a 70-bed facility at 14th Street and Second Avenue.

And tomorrow night, officials will be holding a community forum about their plans. Here are the details (the location has been changed — those flyers you've seen around the neighborhood have the wrong location...)
Learn More About the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Transformation.
6:30-8:30 PM
Mason Hall Auditoriun at Baruch College,
17 Lexington Avenue at 23rd Street

And MIGHT that new complex look like on 14th Street and Second Avenue? Here are two renderings...

And here's a rendering via the architectural firm Perkins Eastman showing the view from Second Avenue looking to the south...

[Click for the glorious details]

Advance tickets on sale now for Jim Jarmusch's 'Gimme Danger,' opening Friday at the IFC Center

The well-reviewed (so far!) documentary on the Stooges by Jim Jarmusch opens over at the IFC Center on Sixth Avenue Friday morning at 10:40.

You can buy advance tickets here.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Go on a tour of Iggy Pop's East Village in 1993

Something new to sit on at Astor Place

An EVG reader shares this photo... showing one of WXY’s Zipper Benches that arrived outside Cooper Union this week. (Not sure if there will be others, or just this one.)

In general (per Architizer):

The Zipper conceptually strives to positively encourage social interaction with any different number of people gathering, relaxing and engaging. The bespoke elements of the bench design facilitate a multiplicity of options in their arrangement.

Out and About in the East Village

In this ongoing feature, East Village-based photographer James Maher provides us with a quick snapshot of someone who lives and/or works in the East Village.

By James Maher
Name: Grant Stitt
Occupation: Psychotherapist
Location: Tompkins Square Park
Time: 11:45am on Tuesday, Oct 11th

I’ve been here since the early 1980s. I was born in New Zealand, and I went to Canada on a graduate degree scholarship when I was a young man and dropped out of a Ph.D. program and came to New York City. I originally lived on 1st Avenue and 9th Street.

It was completely like a foreign culture. Canada was very restrained, like where I grew up, and New York City was very exuberant and brash. It took me a year, at least, to find a voice loud enough to be part of it. It was a bit of a culture clash almost, even though we both spoke English.

Everyone had aspirations; they were aspiring dancers, or models, or singers, or actors — or something like that. They were very self-centered in a way. It was hard to break through to them, so I didn’t really pick up friends from there, but eventually I picked up friends from other places.

I had sort of clubby friends, and one of them was Ann Magnuson. She moved to Avenue A around this time in the early 80s, and that was considered radical. I moved across the park to Avenue B, and it wasn’t safe, but nothing happened to me. My partner got stabbed once. Someone stole his backpack and then stabbed him in the back. I was always a little bit cautious, but I was never that worried.

One of my first friends in New York City who is a friend today, he and his brother opened a nightclub in the 1980s called Area. These were the days where sort of anything went. After work I would go there. It was very exciting. I was not a drug taker like everybody else but that didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy myself.

At the time, I worked in restaurants like everybody else. Like a lot of people who dropped out of Ph.D. programs in the 1970s, I ended up cooking for a living. I had my own restaurant called the New Nile. A Spanish friend of ours did a huge magical mural on the inside. The restaurant that I owned was one of the originals in Tribeca, down on Warren Street in the City Hall area. It was open at night, and there was only one restaurant down there — the Odeon.

There was only one condominium that was residential in that neighborhood and it was across the street, and so we had neighbors and friends at first, but because we were close to City Hall our business was stronger at lunch than it was in the evenings. I wouldn’t say it was a financially a hugely successful place, but socially it was pretty great. It was very fun. Then I went back to school, and now I have a psychotherapy practice.

I’m still very fond of the East Village, and I like the fact that I can go to a concert or a play, and I can come back at 11 pm and still have dinner. I think something similar about the neighborhood then and now is the diversity. We have a very diverse community. People have been living there for as long as I have, and there are new ones. I don’t mind the students.

The strange thing is that my building is sort of a micro-perspective of the neighborhood — it changed extraordinarily. I live over on Avenue B and 9th Street with my partner of 30 years, and there are a few oldsters in the building, but the majority of the apartments have been renovated and they’re [full of] NYU students. You get a contact high as you walk up to your apartment, and they’re paying five times the amount that I am.

James Maher is a fine art and studio photographer based in the East Village. Find his website here.

Divya's Kitchen now open in the Bhakti Center on 1st Avenue

Back in early September we noted that Divya’s Kitchen was opening in the Bhakti Center's dining space at 25 First Ave. between First Street and Second Street.

After a few days in soft-open mode, Divya's Kitchen is now up and running... the restaurant's reps sent along the following opening announcement:

Food trends come and go, but preserving your health is ongoing. For this reason (and much more) we proudly introduce the newest addition to the East Village, an Ayurvedic, vegetarian dining establishment — Divya’s Kitchen.

Brought to you by Chef Divya Alter, author of the forthcoming cookbook "What to Eat for How You Feel," (Rizzoli, April 2017), and co-founder of Bhagavat Life, a non-profit culinary school promoting health, wellness and holistic living.

Divya’s Kitchen will be the first ever New York City restaurant presenting authentic organic Ayurvedic cooking in a wide variety of culinary styles. Rooted in the ancient Shaka Vansiya (SV) Ayurvedic principles, this unique and esteemed practice takes pride in great tasting and beautifully presented food that makes you feel great both during the meal and beyond.

Not only will Divya’s Kitchen be a place to grab a meal and enjoy the company of others, it will be a place to learn more about the art of Ayurveda through your meals, the knowledgeable staff and their Boutique Gift Shop. The shop will be featuring a select inventory of Ayurvedic teas, spice blends, house-made cultured ghee, and books.

Divya's Kitchen is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5-10 p.m.


The organizer's of SantaCon have announced the date for this year's SantaCon — Dec. 10.

There's a Facebook event page to follow for more details. Not much is known now, such as what bars are participating this year and what other neighbors will be part of this.

Gothamist reports that it will start in Williamsburg. After that, who knows.

In 2015, SantaCon kicked off in McCarren Park before departing for the East Village.

The Daily News reported that the NYPD made five arrests and handed out an even 100 summonses — ranging from open container violations to disorderly conduct to public urination — during SantaCon in 2015.

Previously on EV Grieve:
SantaCon announces its path through the East Village for 2015

A SantaCon 2015 postmortem (first of several perhaps) and a look ahead to next year!

[Photo from SantaCon 2015 by Derek Berg]

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blink Fitness is now open on Avenue A

The Blink Fitness opened today at noon at 98 Avenue A between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at 11:45. Here's more on the gym via the EVG inbox...

As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 one-year memberships, worth over $10,000, to Lower Eastside Girls Club, an organization dedicated to connecting girls and young women to healthy and successful futures.

The newest Blink Fitness facility will boast a broad offering of top-of-the-line strength equipment that includes free weights, plates, and machines for upper body, lower body, and core, as well as a wide variety of premium cardio machines and a multi-use space for additional exercises, stretching, and functional training.

Certified personal trainers will be available for those members who wish to create a custom workout experience tailored to their personal goals. As a gym that promises to provide a premium experience to all who join, memberships are available for as low as $25 per month with a free start up personal training session.

Blink Fitness will bring its Mood Above Muscle™ philosophy to its newest location, celebrating the idea that exercise is not only about looking good, but also about feeling good. Blink Fitness strives to make working out fun and uplifting by creating a Feel Good Experience™, which is made up of five pillars that make Blink unlike any other fitness club. This includes their respectful and friendly staff, bright and open gym design using colors that are scientifically proven to enhance mood, a spotlessly clean facility, and music specifically selected to motivate members.

Here are the hours for the gym based in the retail space of Ben Shaoul's luxury residences at 100 Avenue A:

Monday-Thursday: 5 am to 11 pm
Friday: 5 am to 10 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 7 am to 7 pm

More humongous fungus

After our previous post on the topic, EV Fungi reader Jackson Gilkey, a gardener at La Plaza Cultural on Ninth Street and Avenue C, shared the above photo... of that yellow fungus growing on the smaller willow. Jackson notes that you can see it from Ninth Street near the western end of the garden by the gazebo.

Consensus seems to be that this is chicken of the woods.

New ownership makes it official at the former Red Square on East Houston

Back in August, news broke that Red Square, the residential complex at 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B, was in contract for some $100 million, according to published reports.

Ahead of the final sale, the statue of Lenin was removed last month from atop the 13-floor building. (It will reign again nearby on Norfolk Street.)

Now a building resident passes along a letter that he or she received from the Dermot Co. announcing the new ownership...

The new owner is 250 Houston Investors, LP, and is managed by Dermot. (A news release on the deal, which didn't disclose the terms, states that "The Dermot Company, in partnership with Rockwood Capital, LLC, announced the joint-venture acquisition of 250 East Houston St.")

The letter to current residents also notes that 250 East Houston (the name Red Square has apparently been retired) "will be undergoing a renovation project that will encompass updating common area spaces, adding amenities, renovating apartments and upgrading building systems."

According to the reader, one of the first actions by the new management was to "cut the staff salaries by 30 percent. The doormen were making around $16/hour, now cut to $11. They were given ONE DAY to accept or leave. Not being union employees, they had little choice."

The reader continued: "Should be interesting to see these new owners try to sell this place as 'luxury' with unhappy employees."

Meanwhile, another Red Square 250 E. Houston St. resident wrote in to say how treacherous the building's elevators are.

Both elevators at 250 Houston have been malfunctioning for more than a year. Shoddy and ineffective repairs are being made as often as 4-6 times a week and have not alleviated severe problems in either elevator.

And what about new ownership?

The elevators need immediate and substantial repairs. The new management will replace them — there's even a rumor that they are going to take both offline to do that.

I don't feel safe using them — and they shouldn't be allowed to operate that way for the next 6-12 months.

The building, which features 130 rental units, also has 23,000 square feet of retail space. According to the Post last August, the retail space was not going to be part of the deal. There are four vacancies in this strip of shops, which include a Dunkin' Donuts, Subway (sandwich shop), Sleepy's (for the rest of your life), China Town Chinese restaurant and a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center.

Per Streeteasy, there are currently two rentals available. A 2-bedroom apartment with balcony for $4,875 and a 1-bedroom unit for $3,000.

The building, the creation of Michael Rosen, opened in June 1989.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Rumors: Red Square has been sold

[Updated] Lamia's Fish Market headed to SLA for a beer-wine license for 45 Avenue B

[45-47 Avenue B file photo]

A restaurant called Lamia's Fish Market is in the works for the long-vacant storefront at 45 Avenue B between Second Street and Third Street.

Lamia Funti, the applicant, appeared before CB3's SLA committee meeting back in April. The application was reportedly denied based in part on the history of the space. (The Lo-Down reported on this here.)

Media outlets have identified Funti as the co-owner of Le Souk on La Guardia Place along with her husband Marcus Jacobs. He was reportedly an owner of Le Souk at 47 Avenue B... Le Souk was a years-long thorn in the side of neighbors, as widely reported here ... and here ... and here ... and here.

In October 2009, the State Liquor Authority cancelled Le Souk's liquor license. (Read the SLA release here.)

According to a neighborhood block association member, Lamia's Fish Market has now applied directly to the New York State Liquor Authority for a beer-wine license. This application is one of many to be heard during an SLA board meeting today at their New York City office, 317 Lenox Ave. at 126th Street. (The block association rep didn't have an exact time for this applicant during the public meeting, only that it will be heard between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

The block association member provided a recap about the applicant(s).

The location is the former Le Souk space, and the principal/proprietor of this new establishment (Lamia Funti) is the wife of Marcus Andrews (formerly, Marcus Jacobs, one of the principals of the old Le Souk along with his brother Sam Jacobs). She is the manager of the current Le Souk, now located on LaGuardia Place in the Village, which Marcus owns. She is proposing a restaurant, not a club/lounge like the old Le Souk or the current business on Laguardia, with only a Beer/Wine license and a 12 am closing every night. This type of license would typically be approved by the SLA without question. However, this situation is unusual and merits special consideration by them.

Even though Ms. Funti was not officially involved with the old Le Souk on Avenue B, she is associated with the Jacob family and their other businesses. At the current Le Souk, which she manages, there have been online reports of fights (involving the owner), a stabbing, plus 311 calls and complaints. Given this background, many involved in the Block Association believe that, even on her own (much less because of her familial affiliations), she does not run the kind of business we want on Avenue B.

You can read CB3's lengthy Recommendation To Deny from the April meeting at the CB3 website here (PDF)

Updated 10/26

The SLA approved this applicant for a beer-wine license according to someone in attendance. More info as it becomes available.

3 new name possibilities for Church of Most Holy Redeemer and Nativity on 3rd Street

[EVG photo from the summer]

Last week we noted that there's a movement afoot to change the name of the Roman Catholic Church of Most Holy Redeemer and Nativity on East Third Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. (The Church of the Nativity on Second Avenue merged with Most Holy Redeemer in July 2015.)

Father Sean McGillicuddy solicited suggestions for the new name via the church bulletin.

The three top proposals are:

• Most Holy Redeemer and Nativity Church

• The Nativity of Most Holy Redeemer

• Saint John XXIII Church

According to an EVG reader and parishioner, ballots will be given out at every mass next weekend and the results will be given to Cardinal Dolan.

Possible new name aside, the neighbor told us previously that several of Father McGillicuddy's initiatives have been perceived as "ruinous" by some of the parishioners, who don't feel comfortable speaking out about the changes.

Fall greetings from Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street

Via the EVG inbox...

This unseasonably warm weather (last week anyway!) made us realize that it’s been quite a while since Miss Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street has checked in at EVG.

Miss Kita had a very busy summer doing her best to insinuate herself into as many swimming holes (concrete or otherwise) as possible.

She also spent some weekends sailing on Long Island Sound — one of her favorite ways to piss away a summer day.

Now that the days are growing shorter she’s back to spending more time in the neighborhood and most frequently in Tompkins Square Park.

Meanwhile, Miss Kita wishes everyone a marvelous Halloween, though she herself does not celebrate the holiday.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Meet Kita

The further adventures of Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street

The further (often truly) amazing adventures of Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street

Happy holidays from Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street

Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street has her first ever annual checkup

Holiday greetings from Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street

Summer greetings from Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street

Kita the Wonder Dog of East 10th Street is on the mend!

Sigmund Pretzel Shop makes closing official on Avenue B

Yesterday we noted that the pretzel-centric bar-restaurant had not been open lately at 29 Avenue B between Second Street and Third Street. The folks at Sigmund's shared a message on their social media accounts last night noting the closure.

The Urbanspace Vanderbilt location lives on in Midtown. And as noted, the popular pretzels are on the menu of several restaurants in the city and sold via carts at various locations and events.

As for Avenue B, perhaps this concept was too adult for the block... they'd need 186 giant TVs and kegs of free brunch mimosas to help put a dent in the nearby crowds.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The humongus fungus among us (aka, What the hell is that?)

Goggla shares these photos (and that was her headline!) from Tompkins Square Park... showing some kind of blooming fungus exploding from the tree closest to the recycling bins across from the men's room.

And for scale, here is the thing next to a squirrel...

Perhaps it's a chicken of the woods? Where's a mycologist when you need one?

Meanwhile on 2nd Street...

Photo from yesterday between Avenue A and Avenue B by @mcinthenyc

Wayland team opening Drift Inn at former Evelyn Drinkery space on Avenue C

As we first reported last Monday, Evelyn Drinkery has closed after four years at 171 Avenue C between 10th Street and 11th Street.

Now Robert Ceraso, who along with Jason Mendenhall, owns The Wayland on Avenue C and Ninth Street, has confirmed that they will be taking over the Evelyn space for their Drift Inn concept they've been planning the past year.

This marks their third attempt at opening another bar along Avenue C. Plans for both the former Duke's space and current Royale fell through.

This is how Ceraso explained the concept in October 2015:

"We envision The Drift as a laid-back bar that takes some slight inspiration from small seaside bars that we’ve been in over the years. The little places that have a mix of locals, surfers, backpackers and expats. My partner Jason and I have had a lot of experience in those bars over the years and the feel of those places has a special place in our hearts."

And today: "Concept is still the same. Laid-back neighborhood bar. No cocktail list, no TVs. Just a good jukebox, couple of tacos, reasonably priced drinks and maybe a shuffleboard table if we can fit one."

CB3 approved the liquor license for Drift Inn for 171 Avenue C last month.

"Honestly, the space is really great and screaming to be a slightly divey, dark and warm neighborhood bar," said Ceraso, who also owns Good Night Sonny on First Avenue and St. Mark's Place. "We don’t have a lot to do. We hope to be up and running before the New Year."

Previously on EV Grieve:
Wayland owners catching a Drift on Avenue C

Virgola is no more on 7th Street

The landlord has taken legal possession of the space that housed Virgola at 111 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue...

This was pretty quick (compared to how long the situation has dragged on over at 198 Avenue A with Empire Biscuit). The wine-oyster bar just opened last December.

As previously noted, there was ample oyster competition here, as the well-established Desnuda is across the street. And the wine bar Ruffian, with a broader menu, opened at 125 E. Seventh St., around the same time as Virgola.

Meanwhile, the proposed location for a Virgola outpost on Avenue B isn't happening.

[221 Avenue B]

The original Virgola opened three years ago on Greenwich Avenue. And Virgola has expanded nationwide with locations in Florida, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, according to the Virgola USA website.

So far Virgola has not responded to our query about the closure.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Oysters coming to the former Bourgeois Pig space on East 7th Street