Monday, November 24, 2014

Ugh: The 110-year-old DeRobertis Pasticceria and Caffe closes after Dec. 5

[EVG file photo]

Last week, we noted that 174-176 First Ave., home the past 110 years to DeRobertis Pasticceria and Caffe, was in contract.

The building arrived on the market in June 2013 with an asking price of $12 million. The DeRobertis family owns the building, so it seemed likely that the bakery would remain despite the sale... until a real-estate listing circulated in May showing that the retail spaces in the basement and first floor of No. 176 would be delivered vacant once the buildings sell. (However, workers there denied they were closing.)

Since last week's post, readers heard several different closing dates for the bakery — Nov. 25 and Dec. 6 among them. The family has now officially said they will close for good after Dec. 5.

The economy, age and health reportedly compelled the four De Robertis siblings to sell the building.

John De Robertis, one of the grandchildren, discusses the bakery's rich history in a post at Bedford + Bowery, who first noted the Dec. 5 close date.

Meanwhile, depression has set in...

Previously on EV Grieve:
174-176 First Ave. is in contract

[Updated] 110-year-old DeRobertis Pasticceria and Caffe looks to be closing once the building is sold

174-176 First Ave., home of DeRobertis Pasticceria and Caffe, is for sale

Let's take a look at the DeRobertis in-house bakery

How about some more dumplings?

Workers have been gutting the former Shima space on Second Avenue and East 12th Street.

Now EVG reader Michael brings us word about the new tenant: DumplingGo.

We don't know too much about the restaurant, other than this blurb on their website:

DumplingGo is a fast casual dynamic restaurant experience which prepares and serves premier made dumplings to our guests. DumplingGo's focus is to create a memorable experience for our "DumplingGo'ers" by providing a variety of dumplings to choose from that were prepared with only the finest ingredients. Our focus on simplicity results in top quality with each dumpling enjoyed by our guests.

DumplingGo is part of the NYVA Restaurant Group — "an owner, operator, and proud franchisee for multiple brands."

There now won't be any shortage of dumplings on this block. The well-regarded Mimi Cheng's Dumplings opened up across the Avenue in July. And there's Plump Dumpling down on Second Avenue and East 11th Street. (Right? Slightly confused about what's going on there now with like three different restaurants in one.)

DumplingGo was also on last week's CB3 SLA docket for a new beer-wine license. (Not sure how that one went. They likely got the approval given that it was a sale of assets.)

Shima abruptly closed in January. The asking rent for the prime corner location had been $25,400 per month.

Condos at 45 Great Jones wooing art collectors and people who dislike foggy bathroom mirrors

The branding has arrived at the condofied 45 Great Jones Street between the Bowery and Lafayette …

Plans have been in the works at least back to 2007 to add extra floors of residential above the landmarked building, the former home to the Great Jones Lumber Corp.

There's now a 45 Great Jones website up with details on the residences. So far, just one of the five condos is listed for a spring 2015 occupancy.

Per the 45 website:

Designed by the renowned architectural firm Beyer, Blinder, Belle, 45 Great Jones Street draws from its historic NoHo roots while capturing today’s innovative aesthetics to create a distinctive new residence. Granted approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission of the City of New York, this 7-story building embodies the highest principles guiding new urban construction today.

The direct entry elevator opens into the spacious living area. The airy loft-style interiors featuring 9” solid white-oak floors and refined finishes throughout, are flooded with natural light from the traditional large-scaled windows, framed in custom millwork. Collectors will rejoice at the expansive wall areas, 10’ high ceiling heights, and custom-designed LED lighting in recessed coves, allowing the ideal presentation for one’s art collection.

This 2-bedroom 2-bathroom residence includes individually controlled HVAC system, in-unit Miele washer/dryer, and a private balcony off the master bedroom.

The kitchen features custom paneled built-in refrigerator and dishwasher, stainless steel cooktop, glass convection oven, all from Miele. Calacatta gold feature walls, counter-tops and back-splash give the kitchen its clean yet warm feel.

Lefroy Brooks fixtures, a Kohler soaking tub with separate walk-in shower, and Calacatta gold vanities define the modern bathroom along with radiant floor heating and recessed Robern medicine cabinets with electric defogger and nightlight.

The asking price is $2.875 million.

And some photos…

Built in 1893, 45 Great Jones served as the home of Great Jones Lumber Corp. from 1934 to June of 2008, when the company merged with Michbi Doors Inc. of Long Island.

Building owner Joseph Lauto also ran the lumber business. (He worked at the lumber yard as a kid dating to the late 1940s.) In March 2012, he told The Local that the changing landscape of NoHo contributed to his decision to develop the building.

"One of the reasons we merged the businesses was because forklifts and trucks moving lumber had to stop because of baby carriages," he said. "We never had that before."


[Updated] Little Joe's Pizza now serving up slices on 1st Avenue

The pizzeria opened Friday at 26 First Ave. just south of East Second Street.

The proprietors are all veterans of the original Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street … and struck out on their own.

A slice is $2.25. Find the whole menu here.

The space was previously home to zPizza, which was not related to ApizzA.

Updated 6:45 p.m.

Eater has more details about Little Joe's.

Natalia Ramirez is the sole owner and her husband, Sergio Ramirez, who worked at Joe's for 13 years, "is now working the ovens at Little Joe's, but is not an owner."

Golden Crêpes coming to 2nd Avenue

Just the other day we were mentioning to no one in particular that crêpes have been a tough sell around here (RIP: Motek Creperie, La Belle Crepe).

Perhaps Golden Crêpes will make it work at 82 Second Ave. between East Fourth Street and East Fifth.

No opening date yet… just…

They have another location on West 15th Street.

This space was previously home to the Turkish restaurant 7 Spices.

Oaxaca Taqueria is 'closed for renovations' on East 7th Street

Paper is up in the windows now at the taco shop at 125 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue… a note on the door points to renovations…

A tipster tells us that Oaxaca won't reopen here, that the space had quietly been on the rental market.

Oaxaca moved here from Extra Place last fall. With the foot traffic, you'd think that this was a much better spot for a quick-serve restaurant than the dead and dead-end Extra Place. However, there are so many (too many?) taco choices now in the neighborhood … someone isn't going to make it…

Previously on EV Grieve:
Oaxaca Taqueria opening a new location on East Seventh Street

Twist might actually really be closed on Avenue A

Twist, the FroYo-gelato spot at 70 Avenue A near East Fifth Street, had been keeping pretty random hours.

The moment you think Twist was closed for good… it reopened for business. We heard in recent weeks that the place was really dead, but like Jason Vorhees, it seemed a sure bet to come back to life for a sequel.

Last night, EVG reader Alexis Weiss saw the empty storefront. Workers were cleaning out the space, loading equipment into a van parked the wrong way on East Fifth Street.

Twist opened in September 2013.

Jum Mum becoming another Spot for dessert on St. Mark's Place

[Photo by Jordy Trachtenberg from Nov. 10]

Earlier in the month, Jum Mum at 5 St. Mark's Place closed for renovations. According to the quick-serve Thai-Chinese restaurant's Facebook page: "Hold on to your VIP cards WE ARE COMING BACK. Getting ready for a new look this fall!"

Apparently there is more than a new look… there's also a whole new concept… the banner now hanging outside advertises an annex (Spot 2) for the Spot Dessert Bar …

… which is just a few storefronts away…

Jum Mum, which opened in May 2012, was run by the owners of Spot.

Boarding up Sutra

Sutra Lounge closed for good back on Sept. 10.

The bar/lounge at 16 First Ave. between East First Street and East Second Street had been on the market for several years. (Sutra, owned by Community Board 3 member Ariel Palitz, reportedly had 659 311 complaints — apparently the most for any bar in the city.)

Coming together behind the plywood is a sports bar from the owners of Murray Hill's Mercury Bar and Tonic East, as BoweryBoogie reported in July.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Sutra has closed; big sports bar on the way

Indian cuisine returning to the corner of 1st Avenue and East 6th Street

Work continues on the southwest corner of First Avenue and Seventh Street … where the still newish Figaro Cafe Bistro Bar & Grill (that name about covers everything) is being divided up … and now the signage is up for the new business — Apna Masala …

At this point we don't know anything about the new proprietors.

The corner space was previously home to Banjara, which moved to share space with its sister restaurant Haveli on Second Avenue last November.

Mikey Likes Eminem

This might be the first time that we recall an album-release party at an ice cream shop.

But that's happening today at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream at 199 Avenue A between East 12th Street and East 13th Street …

Here's the message via the Mikey Likes It Tumblr:

This Monday Nov. 24th, we will be hosting the release of Eminem’s newest album “SHADYXV”. We’ve collaborated on a flavor sharing the same name that screams Detroit. SHADYXV is made with Motor City ingredients: Michigan cherries, Sanders hot fudge and Vernors ginger ale. To make this an even greater event, Slaughterhouse will be in the shop with the meet and greet. The event will take place between 4pm-8pm. We suggest all interested in attending arrive early. This will be a great day for Eminem fans. You can meet Slaughterhouse, pick up the double disk and a double scoop.

Slaughterhouse is on Eminem's Shady Records label … and featured on the two-disc Shady XV.

And ahead of the release party, the NYPD dropped off enough barricades to cover a parade…

Sunday, November 23, 2014

RV arrives ahead of Christmas trees and inflatable Santa on East 14th Street

EVG reader Pinch is on the breaking news this evening… the RV is now in place at First Avenue for the annual tree sales… the children are all hopeful that inflatable Santa Claus will be coming to this part of town soon

2012 flashback!

Cross examination

Red-tailed hawk parents Christo and Dora spotted this afternoon atop the Church of Saint Brigid – Saint Emeric on Avenue B at East Eighth Street … photo by Bobby Williams…

Week in Grieview

[From 2nd Avenue this morning]

The New York Cares 26th annual Coat Drive is now underway (Tuesday)

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks on the move to East Second Street? (Thursday)

Gracefully closes on Avenue A (Tuesday)

174-176 First Ave. is in contract; goodbye DeRobertis (Tuesday)

Report: CB3 OKs liquor license for a David McWater-owned d.b.a. (Tuesday)

Parts of Avenue C and D now with a SkyWatch tower, additional NYPD lights (Monday)

The changes to 3 Bowery mainstays (Monday)

East Village etiquette sign for AirBnBers (Wednesday)

SantaCon looking for a neighborhood to trash (Thursday, 32 comments)

Out and About with Elinor Nauen (Wednesday)

Ben Shaoul's latest gift to the neighborhood: A 10-floor residential building (Monday)

Rent hike forcing Marjory Warren to close on East 9th Street (Thursday)

Here are your "Annie"-branded Citi Bikes (Tuesday)

High-end rentals and additional floors coming to the former SVA dorm on 3rd Avenue (Wednesday)

Flipping 190 Bowery (Thursday)

Yaffa Cafe's former sidewalk cafe is now a garbage dump (Monday)

Some love for Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen (Friday)

Momofuko Ko brings the lucky peach branding to Extra Place (Wednesday)

… and last night on First Avenue…

A moment with Jim Power

EVG regular Stephen Popkin talked with Jim Power yesterday on St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue.

Stephen asked Jim about the status of his mosaic-covered lampposts that the city removed during the reconstruction of Astor Place.

"At the last Community Board meeting that I attended recently I was told that my mosaics would be preserved. They said that they would remove the lampposts and then cut them down to preserve the mosaics and try to reinstall them back into the area where they came from. I hope that they keep their word."

You can find more updates on Jim's blog here.

Quick — your chance to storm the former Mobil station on Avenue C

Part of the protective fence is down outside the former Mobil station (the neighborhood's last) on East Houston and Avenue C. (Too bad there is not a tree here to rescue.)

Meanwhile, plans are in the works for a 10-floor building with ground floor retail here…

Big word alert: From the front lines of the Avenue B brunch war

An EVG reader noted the arrival of sidewalk graffiti outside bonkers brunch spot Poco on Avenue B and East Third Street …

Per the reader: "I had to look up the word but sums it up about right. Haha."


…there's a similar message across the Avenue outside Mama's Bar…

One fed-up neighbor describes Poco as a "horror show."

"Poco is constantly crowding the sidewalk, and attracted people from many different areas to come and have a free-for-all of drinking and not realizing that we actually live here," the neighbor said.

Poco's website advertises that it has the "Best boozy brunch on the island."

Day starter

Morning scenes… Tompkins Square Park … and on East Second Street via EVG reader Peter Shapiro

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Transformers: Age of extinction, though not yet on Avenue A

[Photo via @Salim]

As we noted earlier in the week, there's some transformer replacement work going on in the weeks ahead (again) at the ConEd substation on Avenue A between East Fifth Street and East Sixth Street…

Anyway, we just wanted to note today's pretty big crane action… Yes!

And thanks to EVG regular Creature for this six-seconds of crane porn…

Report: Pizza delivery guy robbed for $22 on Avenue D

[Via the NYPD]

On Tuesday night around 7:30, a man delivering a pizza to a building on Avenue and East Fifth Street was robbed.

Per CBS 2:

[H]e was attacked in the elevator by a man who demanded his money.

The delivery man handed over $22. The suspect took off.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, about 25 years old and weighs about 160 pounds, police said. He was last seen wearing camouflage pants, multi-colored sneakers and a jacket with stripes on the sleeves.

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

No trees yet, but...

There are holiday wreaths on display outside the Whole Foods Market® Bowery on East Houston…

Speaking of holiday trees … soon, everyone's favorite inflatable Santa should (oh Lordy we hope!) return to its familiar holiday home on East 14th Street at First Avenue…

We're guessing that the tree stands will arrive on Wednesday… the actual trees on Friday and Jolly ol' Trailer Park Santa on Saturday…

Previously on EV Grieve:
In case you are looking to buy the ol' [insert your name here!] family holiday tree on Thanksgiving

Here comes the sun

Tompkins Square Park looking toward East Eighth Street this morning…

Friday, November 21, 2014

Oh yeah

Thee Oh Sees are playing out at the Warsaw in Brooklyn tonight. Here is the band's previous lineup (they are a trio now) doing "Contraption/Soul Desert" live in 2012…

Who wants to adopt the ExxonMobil tree?

This little fella remains behind at the former BP station that closed on Second Avenue at East First Street in July … in its original Exxon-branded planter … Will it go unclaimed to the day the station is finally demolished to make way for 50,000-square-feet of residences…?

EV Grieve Etc.: Mourning Edition

[Avenue A Flyers Club via Grant Shaffer]

East Seventh Street apartment the centerpiece in this lengthy court battle, which concluded yesterday. Court finds that rent-stabilized apartments can't be seized as assets in bankruptcy (Gothamist)

Checking in at the newish St. Mark's Bookshop (The Villager)

Demolition permits filed for 50-62 Clinton St. (BoweryBoogie)

Hope for the Siempre Verde Community Garden (Curbed)

Check out the movie-theater nights this weekend at the Italian American Museum at 155 Mulberry St. (The Italian American Museum)

CB3 election news (The Lo-Down)

Do you have any BLDG Management horror stories? (Medium)

Rat hunting with Christo, that hunk (Gog in NYC)

The Everything Guide to Last-Chance New York (New York)

A Beastie Boys location photo quiz (Flaming Pablum)

A rustic East Village duplex with dead animal rugs is on the market (Curbed)

Catch "Purple Rain" at midnight (actually 11:55) tonight and tomorrow (Sunshine Cinema)

After 80 years, 727 Hardware in Chelsea forced to relocate (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

Classic NYC drug store gutted uptown (Scouting New York)

An interview between Patti Smith and David Lynch (NME)

... and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir's "Monsanto is the Devil" residency starts Sunday at Joe's Pub ...

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Some love for Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen

[EVG file photo]

Fork in the Road pays a visit to Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen, the basement home of hearty and inexpensive Eastern European fare at 33 E. Seventh St. between Second Avenue and Cooper Square.

Here's part of Kevin Kessler's article:

Open Friday through Sunday from roughly 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., the basement is a haven for local Ukrainian expats and those New Yorkers looking for a taste of authentic Ukrainian fare.

Cheap, fresh, and fast, Streecha serves a small menu heavy on flavor that barely touches your billfold. The standards are excellent. The beet borscht soup ($2) is a lighter version than normally found, with added lentil beans for texture (a nice touch). The stuffed cabbage ($4) is firm and still tender; the boiled kielbasa comes from East Village Meat Market, located just down the street.

The timeless basement cafe is a fundraising arm of the St George Ukrainian Catholic Church just up East Seventh Street.

[EVG file photo]

Previously on EV Grieve:
At the Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen

The Salvation Army's former East Village Residence now with a little off the top

A whole floor, actually … Goggla told us yesterday that the building at 347 Bowery and East Third is without its top floor now. (Not to mention its roof.)

And later, toward sunset…

As we've noted, workers are demolishing the building to make way for a 13-floor, 30,000 square-foot mixed-use residential development. The project is still waiting for city approval.