Sunday, October 21, 2018

With temperatures hovering in the high 40s, the city takes no chances on the weather

Vinny & O spotted a snowplow on 10th Street at Avenue C earlier today...

Week in Grieview

[Haunted luggage at Cure Thrift Shop via Derek Berg]

Stories posted on EVG this past week included...

NYPD installs light tower on 2nd Avenue and 7th Street (Thursday)

New building plans revealed for 3rd Avenue and St. Mark's Place (Tuesday)

Prepping for the new protected bike lanes on 12th and 13th streets (Wednesday ... Friday)

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is back on; new deal puts the pups in East River Park and on ESPN this Oct. 28 (Thursday)

St. Dymphna's closes after 24 years on St. Mark's Place (Monday)

Kingsley remains dark on Avenue B (Thursday)

Trader Joe's: No current plans for grocery at 432-438 E. 14th St. (Friday)

Check out this week's NY See strip (Thursday)

Merakia owners swap out the Wayside for Greekito on 12th Street (Monday)

[Photo yesterday from 5th and A]

Diorama time again at the Ninth Street Community Garden & Park (Tuesday)

Councilmember Rivera introducing new bill to protect bike lanes in construction zones (Wednesday)

Black Emperor slated for 2nd Avenue (Monday)

The Tompkins Square Library hosting "A Look Back on the East Village of the 1980s" (Thursday)

Today's special: Milk Money Kitchens bringing food-consulting business to Avenue A (Tuesday)

Coffee probably for St. Mark's and 2nd Avenue, and the rent is still due at the former DF Mavens (Monday)

Lumos Kitchen now appears to be closed for good (Monday)

'Mediterranean fusion' for the former Sugar Cafe on Houston and Allen (Wednesday)

The Coffee Shop closed on Union Square, and what it might mean for NYC's restaurant biz (Tuesday)

Another look at Village Square Pizza, coming soon to Avenue A (Monday)

...and New Menu Item Alert via Peter Brownscombe at Ray's Candy Store, 113 Avenue A... the Nutella Banana Shake...


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Sunday Funday

The scene (above) Seventh and A this morning...

Celebrating the life of Tony today on Avenue A

Tony (aka Abdul), the longtime owner of the deli at 123 Avenue A, died earlier this month.

This afternoon at 1, friends and loved ones will gather in front of the now-closed storefront between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place to celebrate his life...

Tony, a native of Yemen, also owned the building at 123 Avenue A.

Thanks to Jen Fisher for the photos!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

1st Street water-main woes

The water-main replacement work continues on First Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue... and, for whatever reason, the owner of this pick-up truck tried some maneuver on the block and well... you can see the result in the above photo via EVG reader Daniel Carlson...

A memorial tomorrow for Erin O'Connor and her son, Sequoia Gibson O'Connor

There is a remembrance tomorrow at the Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South) for Erin O'Connor, a longtime East Village resident, who died on July 25, 2017. She was 50. Her son, Sequoia Gibson O'Connor, died this past May. He was in his early 20s.

Erin was a tireless volunteer, working at the Catholic Worker’s Mary House on Third Street, the Holy Name Center for homeless men on Bleecker Street and Judson Memorial Church.

The memorial starts at 1:30.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Remembering Erin O’Connor

At John's of 12th Street, pumpkins in the window and the ravioli

That time of year time at 302 E. 12th St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue...

... and a closer look...

Get Wild with Garland Jeffreys at the 14th Street Y on Monday

The great Garland Jeffreys is performing Monday night in a concert to benefit the 14th Street Y, where he and his family are also members.

A few details:

6:30 PM: Meet & Greet with Garland Jeffreys on the Rooftop
8:00 PM: Concert in The Theater
General Admission: $75
Concert Running Time: 60 minutes

Find ticket info at the 14th Street Y site at this link.

Jeffreys, who has a new record out in "14 Steps to Harlem," lives nearby in Stuy Town. (Town & Village spoke with him for this article published last week.)

Meanwhile, speaking of getting Wild...

Made for TV

One of the Citizens of the Anthropocene has found a good spot for channel surfing here on Ninth Street at Third Avenue...

Another one has taken up in a tree (fewer amenities but a better view) on Seventh Street between Second Avenue and Cooper Square.


Friday, October 19, 2018

It takes a Village

Crews have been out the past two days/nights on Third Avenue and 11th Street and 12th Street (and elsewhere) filming a new NBC series called "The Village" ... which is set in — Brooklyn.

The above photo is from 12th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue tonight.

Per the NBC synopsis:

Welcome to The Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside — but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah's a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe's a young law student, who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick's a veteran, who's just returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything, even if it's the one you make with the people around you.

Maybe these are just scenes where, say, Ron and Patricia are at a party on 12th Street and something captivating happens.

There's something about 'Mary'

Canadian glam-rocker Art d'Ecco released his debut record this past week... the above video is for a song called "Mary."

Bike lane line work continues on 12th Street

As we reported on Wednesday, crews are laying the pedalers’ paths and new parking lanes for the protected bike lanes on the north curb of 12th Street from Seventh Avenue to Avenue C, and the south curb of 13th Street from Greenwich Avenue to Avenue B.

EVG regular Lola Sáenz noted this morning that workers are creating the bike-lane outlines on 12th Street ... with crews spotted at First Avenue...

... and heading east toward Avenue C...

One worker told Lola that the green machine is on Greenwich today painting the bike lanes... and making its way toward the east...

Previously on EV Grieve:
Prepping for the new protected bike lanes on 12th and 13th streets

Trader Joe's: No current plans for grocery at 432-438 E. 14th St.

The Trader Joe's opens today down in one of the Essex Crossing buildings on Clinton and Grand.

The company first made this announcement on Oct. 4, 2016.

News of this debut has prompted questions about the TJ's reported/alleged for the new development — EVE! — in the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 432-438 E. 14th St. at Avenue A.

As the above photo shows, that space remains pretty much a shell. (The residential portion of the building is progressing, especially as seen from the 13th Street side. Leasing is expected this fall, per one report.)

In May 2017, The Real Deal, citing anonymous sources, reported that Trader Joe's "quietly signed a lease about two months ago with Mack Real Estate and Benenson Capital Partners ... for 8,531 square on the ground floor and 14,170 square feet on the lower level."

There hasn't been much else mentioned about this location (aside from some TJ clerk gossip that it wasn't happening). However, in a preview of EVE in August, City Realty noted: "To the delight of residents and neighbors, Trader Joe’s is the building’s retail tenant."

Aside from the ground-floor space looking pretty raw, the area outside this storefront will reportedly serve as one of the the main staging areas for repairs during the L-train shutdown. While the L-train service ends for 18 months starting this coming April, the prep work has been ongoing since the summer of 2017.

Anyway, now that I've buried the lead... I asked the Trader Joe's PR office if they are still opening an outpost at this address. Their response: "Unfortunately, we do not have any current plans for a store at that location."

Previously on EV Grieve:
Claim: A Trader Joe's won't be coming to new development at 14th and A after all

All about EVE, the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office-replacing rentals on 14th Street

Nightmare scenario for residents who learn that 14th Street and Avenue A will be the main staging area for the L-train reconstruction

The Children’s Workshop is hosting a Fall Harvest on Sunday

The Fall Harvest action takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. over at the The Children's Workshop School, 610 E. 12th St. between Avenue B and Avenue C. Per one parent: "It’ll be a great day of family fun and we invite all our neighbors in the East Village."

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday's parting shot

Who's a good boy? Photo yesterday outside the Standard East Village by Derek Berg...

Grant Shaffer's NY See

Here's this week's NY See, East Village-based illustrator Grant Shaffer's comic series — an observational sketch diary of things that he sees and hears around the neighborhood — and elsewhere.

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is back on; new deal puts the pups in East River Park and on ESPN this Oct. 28

[Photo last year by Stacie Joy]

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will live for its 28th year in a new deal announced last night.

For starters, the parade — a fundraiser for the dog run — is moving to the East River Park amphitheater ... and taking place Sunday, Oct. 28 between noon and 3 p.m. where ESPN will televise the costume action.

In August, organizers were forced to cancel the event after the city's Parks Department required parade organizers to take out a larger $1 million insurance policy to cover the larger crowds that have attended in recent years. (The parade moved from the dog run to the ballfields/field hockey arena in 2016.)

Organizers did not want to lose local control of the event by giving responsibility over to a corporate entity that could hold the insurance policy and potentially retain control over the event's structure and fundraising.

[Photo last year by Stacie Joy]

District 2 City Councilmember's office Carlina Rivera's office released details about the 2018 Dog Parade in a late-night media advisory:

Councilwoman Rivera worked with the dog run supporters and the community organizers at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) to come up with a solution, where GOLES would hold the insurance policy and the parade would move to East River Park for 2018. In addition, ESPN will be broadcasting from the parade with host Katie Nolan, and will also be making a $10,000 donation to City Parks Foundation that will go to supporting the Dog Run.

"I am so happy that after months of work with community advocates and dog lovers, the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade will be returning to the community for its 28th iteration. This beloved Lower East Side tradition wouldn't be happening this year without the tireless efforts of Good Old Lower East Side and the supporters of the Tompkins Square Park Dog Run, particularly Ada Nieves who has previously co-hosted the parade and took over planning this year."

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news in a story (subscription required) posted on its website last night (it appears in today's print edition).

A Parks Department spokesperson told the Journal: “Costumed puppies [are] a favorite of all New Yorkers, and we are happy that the parade can go on.”


East River Park amphitheater
Between Grand and Jackson streets

Previously on EV Grieve:
The Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park this fall has been cancelled

NYPD installs light tower on 2nd Avenue and 7th Street

[Reader-submitted photo]

There have been several published reports (here and here) in recent weeks about the growing number of increasingly unruly travelers/crusties gathering on the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Second Avenue.

This past weekend, New York Post reporter Dean Balsamini wrote that he was allegedly punched by a traveler named Zeke, who apparently had a "farm-animal musk" and "Charles Manson eyes," per the article.

In response to these reports and a growing number of complaints from nearby residents and merchants, the NYPD last night set up a light tower on the corner, illuminating the sidewalk and empty lot — site of the deadly gas explosion in March 2015 — to deter anyone from congregating and camping out (apparently in keeping with the mayor's Omnipresence policing strategy).

[Photo by EVG reader Ryan]

In an email to local elected officials this past week, one nearby resident wrote: "It's terrifying to come and go day or night! They own the street and it's getting worse. These are drifters, not homeless to be pitied. Help before someone is murdered."

Another EVG reader worries that the corner can only get worse. Luxury condominiums are slated for part of the lot on Second Avenue and Seventh Street. The eventual arrival of a sidewalk bridge would only provide more cover for the travelers, who like this spot with its proximity to a LinkNYC kiosk and its free Wifi and charging station, according to the reader.

Back in July 2015, following published reports citing a perceived influx of homeless people and drug users in Tompkins Square Park, the NYPD installed a patrol tower in the middle of the park. The NYPD removed it after a week. (We did get the tweet tower out of all that.)

Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: It's 'Crusty vs. Postie' on 2nd Avenue

NYPD installs patrol tower in the middle of Tompkins Square Park (149 comments)

Kingsley remains dark on Avenue B

[Photo from Sept. 15]

Kingsley, the restaurant from chef Roxanne Spruance at 190 Avenue B, has not been open in the past month here between 11th Street and 12th Street.

The closure has drawn the attention of several residents who live nearby, with one noting inactivity inside dating to the middle of September. (One EVG reader has seen several potential diners peering inside the darkened space on recent weekends in search of brunch.)

There's no mention of a closure on the Kingsley website or social-media properties, which haven't been updated since Sept. 7. No one returned an email or Facebook message; an email to Spruance from an address posted on her Facebook page bounced back as undeliverable. Calls to the restaurant refer people to the website; there isn't any way to leave a voice-mail. The restaurant is also no longer taking reservations.

Yelpers are reporting that the restaurant is closed...

On the topic of Yelp, one would-be diner described her recent dining disaster while Kingsley was shuttered...

Last night, Saturday Sept. 22, we had a long anticipated birthday dinner booked at Kingsley. One person flew all the way in from San Francisco for the event. We arrived at exactly on time at 7:30 pm for our reservation and the place was CLOSED. No note on the door, no phone call in advance....nothing.

Opentable even emailed us the day before confirming our table. We were not the only people with a reservation standing outside on the sidewalk wondering what the hell was going either. Unacceptable and inexcusable. We had to scramble to find another place to eat at the last minute.

An entire day later no one has reached out to us with an explanation or apology. Just terrible. Obviously we will NEVER be back. Shameful.

Kingsley, serving "seasonal, local ingredients with a contemporary French-American menu," per its website, opened in December 2015, and received plenty of attention given Spruance's past in kitchens such as Blue Hill and WD-50.

The restaurant took took over the space from Back 40, which closed in December 2014 after seven years in business. (Chef-owner Peter Hoffman told Eater that "a difficult landscape and lease uncertainty" led to the closure.)

Said one neighbor and EVG reader: "[Kingsley] seemed to be doing pretty good business... it would be a shame if they’ve closed their doors."

The Tompkins Square Library hosts 'A Look Back on the East Village of the 1980s' starting Friday

[Via the Tompkins Square Library branch]

On Friday, the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B is opening an exhibit titled “A Look Back on the East Village of the 1980s.”

Some details via the EVG inbox:

This vigorous and enthusiastically researched show will focus on the creative counter-culture of the surrounding neighborhood in the 1980's. It will present important, vital highlights from the night club scene, along with the music, theater, and art activity of that period — a period in which the East Village was recognized nationally and internationally for its sometimes famous and sometimes infamous personalities and places.

In conjunction with the show, the Tompkins Square library has been working with material from the New York Public Library special collections, and with the Fales NYU Downtown archive. Of significant interest are the many photographs and fascinating ephemera and reproductions from the East Village in the 1980s.

In conjunction with the show on Friday night (at 6), the library is hosting a discussion, The East Village in the 1980s, featuring Penny Arcade, Clayton Patterson and Chris Rael. Andy McCarthy, a reference librarian at the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy at NYPL, is the moderator.

"A Look Back on the East Village of the 1980s" will be at the library until Nov. 1. This link has more details on branch hours, etc.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday's parting shots

Two sunset pix via Bobby Williams...

Classic Film Night returns to Ciao for Now tomorrow with 'Charade'

Ciao For Now is continuing with its free classic film series this month.

Tomorrow (Thursday!) night, the cafe screens "Charade" from 1963 with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant...

The doors open at 6 p.m. ... and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase to stay or to go.

As noted before, the 17-year-old family-owned and operated catering company is also open for Soup Night every Tuesday evening from 5 to 10. Hit this link for more info.

Here's what will be playing in the dining room at 523 E. 12th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B in the coming months:

• Nov. 15 "His Girl Friday" (1940)

• Dec. 20 "The Little Princess" (1939)

Prepping for the new protected bike lanes on 12th and 13th streets

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Back on Sept. 20, we noted that — presumably — DOT officials distributed the above flyers to residents who live on 12th Street and 13th Street... providing information about protected bike lanes that are in development on 12th Street and 13th Street (as well as Horatio Street and Greenwich Avenue) ahead of the April 2019 L-train shutdown.

As reported in June, the DOT decided against its original idea for a single, two-way bike lane on 13th Street in favor of two separate, one-way lanes for 12th and 13th streets.

The city is putting in a bike lane on the north curb of 12th Street from Seventh Avenue to Avenue C, and the south curb of 13th Street from Greenwich Avenue to Avenue B separated from traffic with a painted buffer and flexible delineators.

Multiple EVG readers have pointed out that this work has started in recent days/weeks (painted buffer and flexible delineators still to come).

Here's a look at 13th Street, starting at Avenue B... where the "No Stopping Anytime" signs are now posted on the south side of the street ...

... at Avenue A...

...a view to the east from First Avenue... First Avenue...

...a view to the east from Third Avenue...

... looking to the west between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue...

The work is just underway on 12th Street, where the "No Stopping Anytime" signs arrived ... here are two photos (thanks Brian K!) ... at 12th between Avenue A and Avenue B...

... and between Avenue A and First Avenue...

This link takes you to the DOT's overview for these bike lanes.

During the L-train outage, DOT officials expect these bike lanes to handle a surge in people bicycling. Cycling advocates have applauded this development, citing the lack of protected bike lanes going crosstown.

While the bike-lane work is moving forward, another lawsuit is aiming to put an end to this plan, as well as other L-train related planning. As Gothamist reported on Oct. 2:

On [Oct. 1], West Village resident and attorney Arthur Schwartz filed his second lawsuit against the MTA and the DOT, calling for yet another environmental assessment, as well as last minute changes to the agencies' sweeping mitigation plan. Specifically, Schwartz and his allies are opposed to the creation of a dedicated busway on 14th Street and an adjacent sidewalk expansion for pedestrians, along with the addition of protected bike lanes on 12th and 13th Street.

"The goal is to eliminate those bike lanes as designed, to make them not protected bike lanes or not do them at all," Schwartz told Gothamist, adding that his preference would be for the lanes to be restored to parking spaces. "I just don't think there's any genuinely demonstrated demand for people who used to take the L train who are all of a sudden going to hop on a Citi Bike."