Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Earlier today in the rain on 1st Avenue

At East Third Street.

Helpful message from the NYPD?

Photos via Derek Berg

1st sign of future development at 79-89 Avenue D

[Photo by Bride of 7th]

Workers were on the scene yesterday at 79-89 Avenue D taking soil samples.

As previously reported, plans call for a 12-story, mixed-use building here on the west side of Avenue D between East Seventh Street and East Sixth Street. The space is currently home to Rite Aid and two long-empty storefronts.

The Real Deal reported in May that "the existing single-story structure contains 72,300 square feet of floor area, which can be expanded to 96,400 square feet with an inclusionary housing bonus."

L&M Development Partners, one of the groups involved in the Essex Crossing development at the former Seward Park urban renewal site, acquired 79-89 Avenue D for $12.5 million.

There aren't any construction plans on file yet with the DOB.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: Space that houses Rite Aid on Avenue D hits market for $22.5 million

Report: New 12-story, mixed-use building in the works for Avenue D

Mobil lot partially boarded up on Avenue C

The Mobil station on Avenue C and East Houston abruptly closed at the beginning of the month.

And now workers have put up plywood ... around just part of the property...

... that will one day yield to a 9-story mixed-use building. Plans call for 45 residential units and 4,550 square feet of commercial space.

Until then, this former station will likely make for another fine canvas.

Previously on EV Grieve:
How much longer will the East Village have gas stations?

The Mobil on Avenue C is still going strong — for now

You have a little longer to get gas on Avenue C

Plans filed for new 9-story building at site of Mobil station on East Houston and Avenue C

State seizes Mobil station on Avenue C and Houston for nonpayment of taxes

The last gas station in the East Village has closed

You won't have to sit on a cracked Citi Bike seat too much longer

An EVG reader shared this post from the Citi Bike blog yesterday...

We’re excited to announce that over the next few months, we will be installing new seats on the entire Citi Bike fleet.

1,500 new seats have already arrived and are being installed on bikes as they come through our shop for other repairs. Soon an entire shipping container full of seats will arrive with an additional 6,000 seats. This means we’ll have plenty of seats to cover all of our bikes plus extras to spare.

So where do all the old seats go? We’ve partnered with Bikes for the World, a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable bikes in developing countries. Rather than let used bike parts sit in a landfill, Bikes for the World rescues and recycles them to help individuals travel to work, school, and health services.

Salon V leaving East 7th Street after 10 years

The 10-year-old hair salon is on the move from 96 E. Seventh St. to 10 E. Eighth St. between Fifth Avenue and University Place...

The move Saturday then opens up a chunk of prime storefronts between Avenue A and First Avenue. Salon V's neighbor, Angelo Lambrou's custom bridal gown boutique, recently decamped to Midtown.

Thanks to Bill the Libertarian Anarchist for the info...

CB3 wants your input on 2016 budget priorities

Folks from CB3 asked me to share this… From the EVG inbox...

CB3 Public Hearing — Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Priorities
Wednesday Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm — Community Board 3 Office, 59 E. 4th St. (between Second Avenue and the Bowery)

This is an opportunity for organizations and residents to tell the Community Board their budget priorities.
• What parks need reconstruction?
• What programs need funding?

Help us assess the needs of our community.
Every year the Community Board submits a list of capital and expense budget priorities to city agencies. This hearing is your opportunity to have input into these district budget priorities. Tell us how money should be spent in Community Board 3.

Organizations, groups, and individuals representing all segments of the community are encouraged to participate.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. now delivering to parts of Manhattan

[Image via Facebook]

From the EVG inbox yesterday...

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.'s East Village outpost is excited to announce ice cream delivery in Manhattan starting [Monday]. OddFellows' custom pints, milkshakes, and sodas will be available for purchase through the premium online meal delivery service, Caviar.

Caviar's delivery service for Manhattan is currently available for those living between 59th Street and the Financial District. Delivery hours run from 5 pm - 10 pm and include a delivery charge of $4.99 per order.

OddFellows opened back in the spring at 75 E. Fourth St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A 'Late Night' moment with Iggy Pop

Dangerous Minds has a collection of (former East Village resident) Iggy Pop's appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman" from the 1980s ... like the above clip from 1988...stick around for the interview.

Another tree lost in Tompkins Square Park

As you probably know, bendy tree, the leaning elm in the middle of Tompkins Square Park, has been declared "structurally unsound" and will need to be removed.

Meanwhile, workers took down another tree today — a red oak adjacent to the Samuel S. Cox statue by the entrance at East Seventh Street and Avenue A…

We only saw the aftermath … so we didn't get to ask what was wrong with the tree…

[Image view Google Street View]

Get your new city maps!

The New York City Department of City Planning has released a revised neighborhood map updated with new neighborhoods, statistics and topographical features, according to a sentence that I just lifted straight from The Wall Street Journal today.

Head over to the Department of City Planning website to download a map for free.

Also, please note the disclaimer on the bottom of the map page:

"Neighborhood names are not officially designated. Due to space constraints, this map product does not include an exhaustive list of known neighborhood names."

Which explains why the map doesn't include such locales here as Astor Place, WeAs (West of Astor), LeLa (left of Lafayette Street), SoFaBo (South of Facebook) and Stuyversy (The merger beween Stuytown and Gramercy Park).

Thanks to Giovanni for some of those fine names.

Your chance to lease the retail space in the new Cooper Square dorm

Signs are up now for the retail space in the ground-floor of the 13-floor building that will one day house students from Marymount Manhattan College.

Let's take a look at the RKF listing here at Cooper Square and East Sixth Street…

There isn't any mention of rent… though the listing does mention the "tremendous wraparound frontage" and "strong retail adjacencies including fashion, design and restaurant tenants."

The rendering shows — ding! ding! — a bank.

Not to mention a gorilla sticker (on the rendering at the site) …

Previously on EV Grieve:
City OKs 13-floor dorm for Cooper Square

Updated: Here's what the newest East Village dorm will look like

Dig bottoms out on Cooper Square; here comes the dorm, here comes the dorm!

When it is time to discuss the 'fucking drugs' in the building

A reader shared this Urban Etiquette Sign from a building on East Third Street.

The top part is direct enough: "Get your fucking drugs out of the building. We're calling the cops."


And the handwritten part, presumably from the accused, reads:

"To the idiot/s that left this under my door let this be the last thing I receive from your dumbass/es!

At the very least leave your Name + # so I can help you get to the bottom of your accusations. Otherwise, I implore you to call the police!"

Updated 9/16 ... added this link...

Previously on EV Grieve:
Reader mailbag: What do I do about my new neighbors who smoke pot all the time? (66 comments)

Former 2nd Avenue BP station making for a fine tapestry

The BP station on Second Avenue and East First Street closed in early July.

So until whatever new development comes along here (the rumor is boutique hotel), the property is providing a fine canvas for, well, all this...

Anyway, nothing yet on file with the DOB for the address.

Previously on EV Grieve:
RUMOR: Gas station going, boutique hotel coming on Second Avenue? (31 comments)

BP station on 2nd Avenue closes this month

The 2nd Avenue BP station has closed

Here is the new entry step for Empellón al Pastor

Lots of activity at the former Sushi Lounge space, where Alex (Empellón Cocina, Empellón Taqueria) Stupak is opening Empellón al Pastor (bar meets tortilleria!) this fall here on Avenue A and St. Mark's Place.

Given that it is apparently the most anticipated restaurant opening on Avenue A and St. Mark's Place this fall, here's a progress report on the entrance. Specifically the entry step...



Tomorrow, we hope to have an exclusive look at the door handle.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] Chef Alex Stupak vying for former Sushi Lounge space on Avenue A and St. Mark's Place

As the for rent signs turn on Avenue A

Here are a few scant details about chef Alex Stupak's new venture on St. Mark's Place

CB3 OKs liquor license for Alex Stupak's new restaurant on St. Mark's Place

More about Empellón al Pastor, opening this fall on Avenue A and St. Mark's Place

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Earlier tonight, Reverend Billy And The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir stopped by Tompkins Square Park to say a prayer ("Bendy-lujah!"), offer commentary and sing for the doomed Bendy Tree, the leaning elm that an arborist hired by the Parks Department found to be "structurally unsound." It will need to be removed soon.

Photo by Bobby Williams.

Updated 9/15

Here's video of Rev. Billy and the Choir via Gammablog's Tompkins Trees site ...

Tonight's sunset

Via Bobby Williams

Week in Grieview

[Photo Wednesday morning by EVG reader Steven]

Will this long-empty lot on 1st Avenue yield to affordable housing? (Tuesday)

Slow Zone signage arrives (Monday)

Remembering 9/11 (Thursday)

Yaffa Cafe remains closed for now (Friday)

Urging the Mayor to say no to dorm conversion at PS 64 (Friday)

Korilla BBQ announces its arrival on Third Avenue (Thursday, 34 comments)

CityMD Urgent Care center coming to The Jefferson's retail space on East 14th Street (Monday)

Shampoo Avenue B making the move down the block (Wednesday)

Someone defaced the Joe Strummer mural (Friday)

Checking in on the new luxury residents coming to Eighth and D (Tuesday) and Seventh and D (Thursday)

149 First Ave. landlord told to make building 'safe immediately' (Monday)

With the help of Rosie Mendez, La Sirena gets a new lease on East Third Street (Thursday)

Is this the end of the $1 pizza war on First Avenue? (Friday)

Out and About with Satie Saurel (Wednesday)

Primary Day with Miss Kita (Tuesday)

Someone stole the bench from Hearth (Thursday)

More BigBellies for Tompkins Square Park (Tuesday)

Prayers and songs tonight for the doomed bendy tree in Tompkins Square Park

Tonight at 8:30, Reverend Billy And The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will perform ("pray and sing") at the bendy tree in the center of Tompkins Square Park.

As noted yesterday, a professional arborist hired by the Parks Department found the leaning elm to be "structurally unsound" … and it "poses a danger to the public." The tree will likely be removed this coming week.

West Village restaurant now selling 'Big STRAIGHT ice cream'

[Photo via @DemandaDahling]

Now available at Gallo Nero, an Italian restaurant at 95 Seventh Ave. South. … right near the West Village location of Big Gay Ice Cream…

Head to Twitter for some reaction to this.

Big Gay Ice Cream celebrated its third anniversary in the East Village on Sept. 3.

Updated to note that the sign is at the West Village location, not the Midtown address.

Choco Moo's heartfelt mural at Ideal Glass

The Japanese-based Choco Moo (aka Yuka) is the latest artist to grace the façade at Ideal Glass on East Second Street…

We're sorry that we missed her live painting event last night at Ideal Glass… did anyone go?

Remembering LES Jewels on the anniversary of his death

[Photo via EVG reader Lilly]

LES Jewels died one year ago today.

And there are at least two makeshift memorials dedicated to him — one at the entrance to Tompkins Square Park on East Seventh Street and Avenue A … and one in front of the former 7-Eleven on St. Mark's Place…

On the morning of Sept. 14, 2013, Jewels was found unconscious on Avenue A at East Ninth Street. He reportedly died a short time later at Beth Israel.

The medical examiner's office said his cause of death was "blunt injuries of head" … however, "the manner of death is undetermined."

Jewels, aka Joel Pakela, was 43.

Previously on EV Grieve:
RIP LES Jewels (84 comments)

Memorials for LES Jewels in the East Village

Did you lose your keys yesterday during the East 9th Street Block Party?

If so, then you may be in luck. The folks from the 9th Street A-1 Block Association found a set near PS 122 at First Avenue. You can email this address with a description (there are several identifiable objects on the carabiner).

Saturday, September 13, 2014

UGH: Bendy tree in Tompkins Square Park has been condemned

Terrible news out of the Park this afternoon via Goggla … The leaning elm (aka, bendy tree) in the middle of the Park has been found to be "structurally unsound" … and it "poses a danger to the public."

So it will have to be removed.

RIP, bendy tree.



[East 14th and 3rd Avenue this morning]

Catching up to this report in the Post yesterday:

Citi Bike is raking in millions of dollars in late fees — including from clueless tourists who don’t know the rules and annual members who constantly struggle to find a working dock, the Post has learned.

The bike-share program has collected more than $4 million in late fees since it started, with the bulk of the money coming from riders who get passes for a day or week.

Riders using short-term passes pay $4 if they go over 30 minutes, and $13 if they go over an hour.

Riders with memberships are billed $2.50 after 45 minutes and $9 after 75 minutes.

Craigslist apartment scammer is on the loose again

[From March: NYPD photo of the suspect, aka David Horowitz and Michael Bryant]

You may recall a post back in March, in which police were looking for a man who they say conned 10 women out of more than $20,000 with fake Craigslist ads for East Village apartments.

Apparently he's still up to his old apartment-scamming tricks.

Someone left this comment on the post last week:

I was just scammed by this individual. He did the exact same thing. I was shown the apt with keys and everything. I went to move in yesterday and found two other individuals already living in the studio who said they had rented it from the same guy. He took two payments from me of $2,200. He also showed the studio to the couple that are currently staying there.

This man works with a woman and also took two payments of $2,200. I went online and googled East Village Craigslist rental scams and the picture of this man came up and recognized him immediately as this is who I met that subleased this studio to me and the other renters.

I went to the Police yesterday [Sept. 5] and told them the story and have a meeting with a detective tomorrow. The other renter is coming with me and said she went to the police today and was told that this man was arrested a few months ago and got out and is now doing the same scam again using a different alias. The police officer also mentioned that this was a big case and there are some 36 accounts against this man.

The apartment in question this time is at 178 Ludlow St. CBS New York broadcast the story last night. There's some surveillance video too, though it's not the greatest quality. You can watch the video and report here.

As always: Anyone with information that could help in the investigation may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Former Andy Warhol-owned townhouse used to swindle apartment hunters in the East Village

Join the festivities at the 9th Street Block Party today

[William Klayer]

Happens today on East Ninth Street between Avenue A and First Avenue… From the EVG inbox…

Saturday, Sept. 1​3​, 11 am – 5 pm (no rain date)

Live Music (from noon - 4 pm)

Resident artists, crafts people, and photographers will be showing and selling their work​, as well as​ antiques, bric-a-brac, clothing, accessories, ​books, ​music, jewelry, etc. ​​

Block businesses include:

• Cloak & Dagger ​(​boutique ​)​, Dorian Grey Gallery, Dusty Buttons (vintage boutique), Enchantments, Flower Power (herbs), Grey Era (vintage ​boutique), Mr. Throwback (vintage clothing and accessories), Ollie's Place (cat adoption), Pink Olive (gifts), Polytima (jewelry), Pork Pie Hatterie (hats), Puppy Love Kitty Kat (pet supplies), Reason Outpost (clothing), Tae with Jane (boutique), The Upper Rust (antiques)
• Restaurants/Cafes: Dirt Candy, Good Beer, Tacos Morales, Cagen, Whitman's, Zucker Bakery
• Hair Salons/Barbers: Crops for Girls, Lovemore & Do, Maria Mok Salon, Neighborhood Barber, Tsumiki Salon

Friday, September 12, 2014

At play in the fields of the 'Lord'

Here is Iceage, some nice young men from Copenhagen, with "The Lord's Favorite" from their upcoming release, Plowing Into the Field of Love (Oct. 7 release). The band will play the Bowery Ballroom on Oct. 12.

Sidewalk tattoo

EVG reader Uncle Pete sends this photo along from East 10th Street and First Avenue… where a traveling tattoo artist tapped into the lamp post to run the tattoo gun...


From the Daily Blotter in the Post:

An East Village man was arrested on Thursday for calling in 103 phony bomb threats to 911 in just 24 hours, sources said.

Justin Davidson was allegedly serial-dialing the 911 system reporting that a bomb would go off in the L-train station at Third Avenue and East 14th Street, sources added.

Hmm, that's 4.29 911 calls an hour...

Yaffa Cafe will be back, though likely without its backyard garden

[Image via Yaffa Cafe on Facebook]

There seems to be a lot going on now with Yaffa Cafe at 97 St. Mark's Place.

For starters, the DOH temporarily closed the 32-year-old restaurant last Friday for a variety of violations, including "Hot food item not held at or above 140F" and "Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations." (There were 100 violation points in total.)

Meanwhile, the familiar Yaffa Cafe mural was covered yesterday by a Google ad.

A tweet for Yaffa offered this...

So the restaurant (and mural) will return — likely after a 3-month renovation.

However, when Yaffa does reopen, it will likely be without its charming garden dining space.

The city handed down a vacate order on the backyard dining space...

[Photo by Allen Semanco]

Why now for the garden to go? We don't know... what we do know is that there isn't any negotiation on this.

More TK.

Petition urges Mayor DeBlasio to say no to a dorm at the former P.S. 64

As we first reported back on Aug. 18, the city (partially) approved developer Gregg Singer's controversial dorm conversion of the former PS 64 and CHARAS/El Bohio community center on East Ninth Street.

There's now an effort underway led by the East Village Community Coalition to have the approval overturned by the Mayor.

Via their petition:

East Village community groups, elected officials, community board and residents are united in opposition to the proposed dormitory. We demand the building be returned to a true community use.

The DoB has approved the application despite non-compliance with dorm development regulations and the deed restriction limiting the use of the site. We call on the City to strictly enforce zoning and municipal rules for the future for this historic school building.

You can find a sample letter to send to the Mayor here.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Rebranded P.S. 64 up for grabs: Please welcome University House at Tompkins Square Park to the neighborhood

Deed for 'community facility use only' at the former P.S. 64 now on the market

Efforts continue to fight the dorm planned for the former PS 64 on East 9th Street

Testimony Of Councilmember Rosie Mendez regarding the former PS 64

[Updated] At the 'Save Our Community Center MARCH AND RALLY'

Landmarks Preservation Commission asks to see modified plans for former PS 64

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approves application for modifications at PS 64

City approves dorm conversion plans for the former PS 64 on East 9th Street (54 comments)

Please do not deface the Joe Strummer mural

Thank you.

On 7th and A.


Report: East Village apartments are sitting empty because they're too expensive

[Random EVG file photo]

That's one takeaway from a report that Citi Habitats released yesterday.

The East Village had a vacancy rate of 2.08 percent in August — the highest in Manhattan.

As DNAinfo's Lisha Arino reported:

“The reality is these prices are getting to the point where tenants are like, ‘You know what? It’s not worth it,’” said Gary Malin, the company’s president.

Although the East Village does not have the most expensive apartments in the city, tenants may feel they are paying too much and can find better value in other neighborhoods, Malin said.

According to the report, studio apartments rented for an average of $2,191 last month while one-bedroom units went for $2,613.

Find a PDF of the report here.