Wednesday, May 22, 2013
[Photo by Derek Berg]
The East Village photography of Ann Sanfedele (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)
Turmoil at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum? (BoweryBoogie)
Bialystoker Building landmarked (The Lo-Down)
Revisiting "The Warriors" (Flaming Pablum)
More great photos from the Dance Parade (Gog in NYC)
"Psycho Killer" with Arthur Russell on cello (Dangerous Minds)
Some history of 17th Street and Irving Place (Ephemeral New York)
Time's Up has put together this video highlight the drama that unfolded last week at the Children's Magical Garden on Stanton and Norfolk ...
And tonight at 7, Mike Malone reads from his recently published novel, "No Never No More," which is set at the Village View apartments in 1999. "The main character, Declan Coulter, bristles when his neighborhood is called the East Village. Growing up in the Village View, it will always be the Lower East Side to him." The reading is at Dorian Gray Tap & Grill, 205 E. Fourth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.
Developer Douglas Steiner has plans filed to demolish the now-vacant parcel of Mary Help of Christians, which includes the church, school and rectory.
This morning, a reader spotted workers started to tear up part of the roof of the rectory...
"The first affected — a family of starlings nesting in the northeast corner of the roof," the reader said. "It was a sickening feeling I had when I heard those saws cutting up the roof."
Previously on EV Grieve:
Permits filed to demolish Mary Help of Christians church, school and rectory
By James Maher
Name: Edward “Eak the Geek” Arrocha.
Occupation: Coney Island Circus Performer
Location: East River Promenade, East River Park.
Time: 3:30 on Friday, May 17.
I’m a suburban kid. I was born in downtown Mexico City but I grew up in a neighborhood called Lomas Verdes, which was known to be the most ‘Fresa,’ which would be the equivalent of the word square, suburban neighborhood in Mexico City. My dad’s a lawyer from Mexico and my mom’s a professor from the East Coast. I didn’t want to be a professor or a lawyer but you don’t really aspire to be a circus performer. I actually think I was the kid who had the balls to do what I wanted to do.
It was my lifelong dream to live here. I remember going to Times Square and thinking I wanted to be there. It was perverted and cool and weird. I moved to the East Village in the early 1990s and I’ve lived in the same apartment for 20 years. There used to be dealers in the building where I live. The prostitutes would sometimes be plying their trade in the halls at 4 in the morning. I always had a soft spot for the working girls. I kind of feel that in a lot of ways they’re somebody’s sister or somebody’s mother. I used to kick them out of the building but they always were nice to me. The dealers and the junkies and the working girls, I was always nice to them and they were always nice to me for whatever reason. The ones who were really nasty were the Johns. They had paid for it and would be like, “Mind your own business,” and I would go into my apartment and walk out with a baseball bat and that was it.
My first job here was as a street vendor, selling jewelry. I moved here to make it as an artist. I really was not into being a sideshow performer. I played in bands as a vocalist. I was into weird bands, anywhere from somewhat punk and hardcore to weird art bands. I was more of a screamer than anything else. I also wrote a lot of poetry and did a lot of poetry readings. I still write poetry — it’s kind of what I do. I write everyday. I’ve never really had a straight job. I didn’t want to become the hamster in the wheel going around and around in a circle. That, to me, was perhaps the most terrifying place to end up in.
I lost my street vending job and I needed a job badly, so this woman said they needed a ticket guy in Coney Island. It was incredible. There was so much energy and so much weirdness. There was such an intense vibe. It really was a war zone, although once you got to know people it was not a bad place.
The people I worked with were interesting but the people who really intrigued me were the people who hung out there. You’d have the kite flyers, the beach walkers, the beach combers, you had the people who would sit there and watch the sun all day, you’d have some old Italians who had been there for many years, you had the people from the projects who were really nice and coming to enjoy the beach. You had a wide variety of people that made up New York. No matter that they had all these gangs, it still had this nice and laid back vibe.
There was a big difference when I tattooed my face. A lot of people get really obsessed with the tattoos and then they start talking to me and realize I’m more than just the tattoos. When I tattooed my face I had to go work inside and there was a bed of nails and I said, ‘Oh, let me go do that.’ Little did I know that I would be Eak the Geek. I was the guy who got squeezed by the bed of nails. I was the pain proof man. It was one of the classical sideshow acts.
It was always really hard, hard, gritty work. There was a time when you would do 12, 45-minute shows a day. People would get very tired and beat up from doing the shows. It was not ideal working conditions. You spent a lot of your year with the five people in the backstage, that you’d see everyday, everyday, everyday. You were kind of a dysfunctional family. There was a lot of fighting and arguing.
After 15 years, when it stopped becoming a place for me to write about, that’s when it became time to leave. It had an interesting shelf life and then it became a job. I always liked fishing but I began to fish seriously in 2007 after I left the sideshow. The sideshow took so much of my time and life that I needed something to fill in the void.
What an amazing day to go fishing.
James Maher is a fine art and studio photographer based in the East Village. Find his website here.
The Citi Bikes bike share program will officially launch on Monday for the 8,000 or so people who bought the annual membership in the City. (We saw on Twitter that at least one East Village resident received her membership card in the mail.) For everyone else, weekly and daily passes go on sale June 2.
Ahead of this, Citi Bike officials were checking out the docking stations to make sure each rack works here on East 13th Street and Avenue A, as EVG reader Gary pointed out...
This was the docking station that someone festooned with dog poop and colorful signs last week. In fact, this post (briefly) served as the backdrop for Greg Mocker's report on Citi Bikes Sunday night on WPIX ...
Here's the segment. (Thanks to Shawn Chittle for this.)
Meanwhile ... several readers noted that someone placed MasterCard stickers on the docking stations on East Second Street at Avenue B... and East Sixth Street at Avenue B... Seventh Street and Avenue A... initially we thought this might be some act of tomfoolery, though that's not the case... The program is funded jointly by Citibank and Mastercard, who paid $41 million and $6.5 million, respectively, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Finally, as a refresher. For accurate (probably) information on how Citi Bikes work... here is the official information on pricing ... and here are FAQs.
Even more of the bakery's accessories are now on Craigslist... this one is a gut wrencher — the sale of the wood-framed chalkboard noting the daily specials...
A juice/smoothie shop is apparently taking over the space.
Living Room co-founders Jennifer Gilson and Steve Rosenthal (pictured) were on-hand to make their case, though, ultimately, to no avail. The committee voted down the applicants. Let's have BoweryBoogie pick up the action:
As it stands, this stretch of Second Street was grandfathered into a general residence district, and doesn’t allow for any performances with cover charges. There was reportedly contact with the DOB to settle this issue, but the Living Room hadn’t heard any news as of last night. And they didn’t have the luxury of laying over the application another month due to landlord/lease constraints, so a vote had to transpire.
BoweryBoogie also has news of what went down with the Soho House vote on Ludlow Street. (Spoiler: Denied, though it likely won't matter in the end.) Head on over to BB's for more details on the three-hour drama.
Eater has more on Monday night's meeting here. The Lo-Down has coverage here.
[Photo via BoweryBoogie]
Workers continued to pour the new sidewalks outside the incoming 7-Eleven on Avenue A and East 11th Street yesterday ... which is expected to be ready now for a November opening...
And there was someone on duty during the evening to prevent anyone from doodling on the fresh concrete...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Last night, another gay man was brutally attacked in NYC's East Village. "You just want to cry and move on," he says. twitter.com/JordanBach/sta…— Jordan Bach (@JordanBach) May 21, 2013
The attack reportedly happened on Avenue D and East Fourth Street. NightllifeGay.com has more details about the incident:
Allegedly, witnesses are reporting the assailant was yelling "f*ggot" as he was kicking and beating Dan. Neighbors rushed to Dan's aid and chased after the attacker but unfortunately he got away. The police are investigating the assault now and have not determine it a hate crime.
Read more about this here. Towleroad has a report here.
Last night in the West Village, an estimated 1,000 people marched to Sixth Avenue and West Eighth Street, where 32-year-old Mark Carson was murdered this past weekend. Police have charged Elliot Morales with the second degree murder-hate crime of Carson. Morales reportedly made anti-gay remarks before shooting Carson in the head.
A gay couple in their 40s were attacked early this morning while walking on Broadway between Prince and Houston. Via WNBC 4:
The men were both punched, and one suffered an eye injury, sources said.
Police said two men, 32 and 33, were arrested and face a charge of assault as a hate crime.
As The Advocate notes: "This brings the number of New York City gay bashings in the past 30 days to an alarming seven."
WPIX had an interview with the victim, 45-year-old Dan Contarino. This report said the incident happened on Avenue D.
"You don’t expect this to happen. Sometimes certain people just snap, maybe its marriage equality, something on people’s minds, the anger that comes out when they drink,” said Dan Contarino, who believes that is how he became a victim of the latest anti-gay hate crime in New York City.
He says a man who he had seen before in the area where he lives, started yelling at him on the street near Avenue D in the East Village Monday night.
“Are you a f****t, things like that. Certain things I don’t usually like to publicly say. It just happened so quick, I’m still absorbing the shock,” he told PIX 11 News.
You can watch the video of the segment here.
While this report makes the attack seem random, The New York Times reported that Contarino and the man accused of the assault, 39-year-old Roman Gronell, who lives at the Bowery Mission, had know each other for the past month.
Via the Times:
The first attack took place late Monday after what began as an afternoon of drinking between two men, who had known each other about a month, turned violent, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.
At around 10:45 p.m., as they walked near the Bowery Mission, where one of the men lives, they discussed the fact that one of them was gay. While the conversation was initially friendly, Mr. Kelly said, “suddenly, according to the victim, his assailant just snapped, became enraged and yelled antigay expletives.”
The Post has other details.
A few hours earlier, Dan Contarino and another man went out for drinks at the Yuca Bar on Avenue A and then to the Boiler Room, a gay bar on East Fourth Street, where they drank shots and beer, police said.
After a pizza stop at around 11 p.m., they started up a conversation about homosexuality while walking back to a homeless shelter where they both were staying.
That’s when the other man snapped.
WABC 7 reports that the NYPD made an arrest in the case.
Police say Gornell Roman was charged Wednesday with assault and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes.
Roman is accused of yelling an anti-gay remark and attacking a drinking companion in the East Village on Monday. Roman and the victim, Dan Contarino, lived at a nearby homeless shelter.
No Wave force of nature Lydia Lunch is the iconic singer (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy, Big Sexy Noise), poet, writer and actress. She also recently added cookbook author to her résumé. (Read more about that project here.)
And you'll soon have several chances to see the underground legend here. On May 30, Lunch hosts "an evening of spoken word in the raw" at the Pyramid on Avenue A titled Don't Hide the Madness. It's a benefit for Howl! Emergency Life Project. The night before, she'll be playing with her RETROVIRUS lineup at the Bowery Electric.
Lunch, who lives these days in Barcelona, spoke with EVG correspondent Stacie Joy before her return to the East Village.
Over the years you’ve had many labels. Singer, poet, actor, writer. Sex-positive rebel. Humanist. Confrontationalist. All still applicable?
Hey, thanks for leaving out some of the less flattering things I’ve been called! It all still pertains. Rebellious — yes. Sex-positive? Not so sure I’ve been labeled with that tag. In both the early Richard Kern films and much of the early spoken word and music, I was exploring the darker side of sexual obsession. Female predation. The Willing Victim Syndrome. Violent female urges. Revenge. Against the Father, God the Father, The Father of the Country. Or as I like to say, what is a father but a motherfucker?
But no matter what format I use to illustrate the issues I think need to be explored at the moment, whether it’s spoken or written word, music or even a photograph, I’ve always viewed myself more as a town crier, a hysterian ... a journalist in a sense — documenting a specific moment in history be it my own or the politics of the time in order to make sense of and empower one’s self out of life in the traumazone.
What stood out to you about New York City when you first arrived here from Rochester in the 1970s? What’s changed since then?
Rochester was pretty scuzzy, but New York was a magnificent wreck. It was grimy, dark, scarred and the crime rate was outrageous. Between the mafia, the dopers, the drug dealers, the arson and the muggings it was pretty fricking Grand Guignol. I had an advantage, though. I was fearless. Nobody ever even thought of preying on me. You can’t con a con. I felt right at home. I spent a lot of time perfecting petty street hustles. Pure instinctual survival mechanics put to good use.
I can’t speak about New York now. You tell me. I was here from ’76-81. In LA from ’81-82, London for 2 years, came back to New York and began curating a lot of spoken word shows, often at the Pyramid, stayed for a few ripe years during The Cinema of Transgression, post no-wave music scene of Sonic Youth and the Swans, etc., then left for good in 1990 for New Orleans, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, LA again to work with Hubert Selby and Jerry Stahl and left the States in 2004 when Bush stole the second election.
I’ve been living in Barcelona ever since. A country that was 40 years out of fascism as America went into what we now know is a police state. I can’t support myself as an artist in this country, or even begin to find the proper venues to do all the different types of live performances I have the opportunities to do in Europe.
Do you have any advice for emerging artists?
Leave the country as soon as possible!
You were once quoted as saying, "I would be humiliated if I found out that anything I did actually became a commercial success." Does that still hold true today?
It's not a fear I need to entertain.
How can people support you and your work today? What’s next for Lydia Lunch?
I’ll be doing RETROVIRUS May 29 at Bowery Electric. A retrospective of sorts of my music from Teenage Jesus forward featuring Algis Kisyz (Swans) Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore) and the indefatigable Weasel Walter. Really hot cock rock! My band Big Sexy Noise will release a double LP in September and the list goes on.
EVG reader Bobby G passes along the sad news that David's Shoe Repair, which has been in the same location on Seventh Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue for more than 35 years, "is closing and moving to Midtown due to an exorbitant rent increase."
Jeremiah Moss confirmed the move in a post this morning. "The owner says the rent has gone up too high, and he is forced to move out of the neighborhood."
David's last day here is May 31.
Jeremiah has written about the store several times in the past ... noting that we almost lost the shop once in 2008 to a rent hike ... the store was gutted in the fall of 2009, but, to some surprise and relief, the store lived on, with David's grandson taking over the business... which he will now continue from Midtown.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Life with those Yelpers: 'This is one store I wouldn't mind if it ever closed and was replaced with a Starbucks'
Back in 2008, the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) decreed that the one-story addition to 515 E. Fifth St. was illegal and should be removed.
Ben Shaoul's Magnum Real Estate was behind the enlargements, which were approved by the Buildings Department but were found to skirt certain fire and safety regulations, per published reports. (Read more about the ruling at the Post and Curbed.)
And that was that.
Fast forward to the fall of 2011, where some residents of 515 and several local politicians and community groups held a protest at the address. Per the press release at the time:
[We] will call on the Department of Buildings (DOB) to finally force developer Ben Shaoul to come into compliance with the law and evacuate and dismantle a roof top addition tomorrow — an addition that was deemed illegal by the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA). In addition, there are 13 major code violations that put tenants in danger, including fire safety issues (there was an electrical fire at the building in March), that continue to be unresolved. The DOB has thus far not responded to the BSA’s decision and tenants feel that they are being forced out by the developer for higher paying renters.
And that was that.
However, this morning, there's a BSA hearing about 515 E. Fifth St. that could become the precedent for all similar expansions in the neighborhood. Here's a notice on the meeting via GOLES:
"This construction was found illegal in BSA decisions in 2007 and 2008. Now the landlord is seeking to reverse them. If the landlord is allowed to keep this illegal construction it will set a precedent for other landlords to do the same ... leading to dangerous construction that can cause damage to the structure of such old tenement buildings."
Magnum Real Estate is still listed as the landlord. This was not one of the 30-plus properties that Jared Kushner purchased in recent months.
But Kushner may have plans of his own for extra floors. During a contentious community meeting last month, Kushner reps said that they intend to "follow the law" and that property additions would be considered from "time to time," according to a report by BoweryBoogie.
Last October, the BSA OK'd rooftop additions for these five properties on East Ninth Street.
EVG regular evilsugar25 point us to an eBay auction currently selling this item:
Vintage 1970s East Village NYC "I Love AVE A" T-Shirt 70s Jersey Ringer Rare
Looks like the real thing, based on a screengrab of the label... and it's a medium...
Auction ends Saturday. Starting bid is $9.99.
Over in the North West East Village, workers have just started laying the bricks on the Jefferson, the new condo building at 211 E. 13th St. (AKA the former Mystery Lot). Looks like this now...
...and some day soon...
Previously on EV Grieve:
The last days of the Mystery Lot
Before it was the Mystery Lot
The Mystery Lot developers using famous dead comedians to sell condos at The Jefferson
The Jefferson reveals what '21st Century living in the heart of Olde New York' costs
Soho Billiards disappeared late last October on East Houston and Mulberry, as we first reported here. The next month, the retail listing arrived, noting that the whole block between Mulberry and Mott on the north side of East Houston was up for grabs.
And we have a taker: BoweryBoogie got the scoop yesterday that CVS is taking the space of the billiards hall as well as the dry cleaners and Subway sandwich shop. And BB hears that there is a whopping $1.5 million annual rent.
Meanwhile, Soho Billiards was on last month's CB3/SLA docket to move into a vacant storefront at 250 E. Houston in the Shoppes at Red Square between Avenue A and Avenue B.
However, that appears to be on hold at the moment. Per minutes from the CB3 meeting:
15. NYC Billiards Club Inc, 250 E Houston St
VOTE: To deny the application for a full on-premise liquor license for NYC Billiards Club Inc., for the premise located at 250 East Houston Street .. . because the applicant did not appear before Community Board #3 for review of its application or provide any application materials for review.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Eviction notice for Soho Billiards
Retail space that included Soho Billiards is up for grabs on East Houston Street
Monday, May 20, 2013
EVG reader John notes the presence of a man on stilts (presumably) dressed as a tree or something green this evening on Avenue B... unfortunately, we don't know the backstory, but John did note that he asked this man for directions to the A train...
Thanks to the commenter who pointed out Treeman's website. Word on Twitter was that he was filming something in Tompkins Square Park... and he has been getting around... (how did I miss him?)
Here he is last week on Second Avenue at East 10th Street...
[Photo via @Laurakreich]
Another East Village restaurant checks in with an estimate of losses...
thanks @googamoogafor lying to me about my booth location this year.and thanks for sayin it was a "rain or shine event. im minus 15k now— Brindle Room (@BrindleRoom) May 19, 2013
Previously on EV Grieve:
East Village fall out from the cancelled Great GoogaMooga festival
Specs for the retail portion of the complex mention a "140 unit market luxury rental building" for the space. (The retail listing is no longer online, by the way.)
Meanwhile, various preservationists and community groups are coming together for a rally Wednesday evening...
From The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation:
Mary Help of Christians is a 100-year-old church at 436 East 12th Street with an incredible history connected to the East Village's immigrant roots and beautiful architecture. (Read more about the church's history and see photos here.) The church was also immortalized in Allen Ginsberg's poem "Fourth Floor, Dawn, Up All Night Writing Letters." In 2012, GVSHP and fellow community groups called for the church, and the adjacent rectory, built in the 1850s, and its nearly 90-year-old school on 11th Street, to be landmarked, but the City refused.
GVSHP notes that there is plenty of open space for the new building, and that the existing properties "would be great candidates for adaptive re-use."
And there has been activity at the lot in recent days... a handful of workers and equipment have been on the scene ...
...for asbestos removal at the former school building on East 11th Street...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Permits filed to demolish Mary Help of Christians church, school and rectory
[Photo by Edward Arrocha]
The Living Room is on tonight's CB3/SLA committee docket. The Ludlow Street venue — dubbed "NYC's Best Acoustic Listening Room" on their Facebook page — is looking to take over the space on East Second Street that currently houses Klean & Kleaner, the laundromat that has lost its lease and is expected to close very soon.
We've covered all this before. A quick recap:
This potential Living Room move was a topic of conversation during a community meeting back in March. Co-owner Jennifer Gilson attended that meeting, and made her case on why the Living Room would be a good neighbor, such as shows for kids, use of the space for neighborhood fund-raisers and no pub crawls.
However, from the meeting, East Second Street residents said that they are "vehemently opposed to the possibility of The Living Room" in that space for a variety of reasons, including:
• East 2nd Street is a residential side street whose residents include a large number of seniors and families with young children.
• As a residential street, we already endure excessive noise due to late night crowds from the many bars and restaurants already on our block and nearby.
• While we believe The Living Room is a wonderful part of the cultural fabric of New York City, its presence at 173 East 2nd Street will severely and negatively impact our quality of life.
Ahead of tonight's meeting, someone placed these flyers along East Second Street between Avenue A and Avenue B encouraging people to come out against the Living Room's plans tonight ... a reader sent this one from inside his building on that block...
We've also heard from people who very much want to see The Living Room stay in these parts ... instead of being pushed to Brooklyn. The Living Room currently has a lease on Ludlow Street through August, as BoweryBoogie has noted.
Signs went up on Friday around Tompkins Square Park... noting that the annual Howl Festival will take place on May 31, June 1 and June 2... and there's an open call for Art Around the Park...
Also! The official poster...
Photos by Bobby Williams.
Just noting some recent activity at 31-33 Second Ave., where workers will add three floors to the existing building ... the most recent Work Permit shows plans for "shoring of front wall" here.
Approved plans on file with the city show that workers will remodel the existing commercial space on the ground floor ... remodel the existing apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors ... and add on top of the existing building. Each floor will contain two apartments. Magnum Real Estate's Ben Shaoul is listed as the building's owner.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Ben Shaoul planning a 3-story addition at 31-33 Second Ave.
There have been a lot of rumors about the future of the storefront on the southeast corner of Avenue B and East Seventh Street, which last housed Amaran, the imported home goods store that closed in February. We heard the usual Starbucks-7-Eleven-chain store rumors, though nothing based on fact.
Last week, we reported that a yoga center was taking over the space. That report was not accurate.
Anna Pastoressa, president of the board of directors of the co-op at 184 E. Seventh St., shared information about the space.
"For many years, the philosophy of the co-op is not to allow chain stores, delis, restaurants or bars in any of its stores," she wrote in an email. "The building could make a lot more money by allowing food establishments or bars, but it would add noise, complaints and late-night hours. We have always given priority to local businesses and that's why we are offering the 1,700 square-foot store at a reasonable price."
To date, she reports that the co-op has received numerous inquiries and many applications, including one from a yoga business.
"The board is presently reviewing these applications, which are still coming in, but a decision will be made soon."
Sunday, May 19, 2013
This happened today out in Brooklyn.
NYC Parks Dept, Prospect Park Alliance & #Googamooga have canceled today's event in the interest of safety & prevention of damage to park
— Great GoogaMooga (@GoogaMooga) May 19, 2013
Several East Village restaurants were part of the food lineup... a little fall out so far...
In life, there are fiascos, and then there is @googamooga. #cursed
— Northern Spy Food Co (@northernspyfood) May 19, 2013
We checked in with Northern Spy co-owner Christophe Hille about GoogaMooga. He figures the restaurant on East 12th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B lost in the ballpark of $10,000 for the event. They prepped 3,200 sandwiches to sell at their stand. Given yesterday's crap weather and today's cancellation, they sold less than 800. (Based on last year's demand, GoogaMooga officials suggested prepping 4,000.)
If Park officials allow trucks onto the soggy fields today, then City Harvest may take some of the unused food. Hille also plans on providing some of the leftovers to Trinity Church's Services and Food for the Homeless (SAFH) at East 9th Street and Avenue B. (He is a SAFH board member.)
"All vendors are in the same boat, so I'm not feeling any worse about [this] than everyone is," he said via Twitter.
After Sandy, Hille and his staff cooked up all their remaining food and gave it away to neighbors on East 12th Street.
Meanwhile, Luke's Lobster on East 7th Street is offering this deal...
$2 OFF lobster rolls TODAY in all NYC stores! @googamooga canceled today so we have a ton of extra beautiful lobster. Go! #BESTRAINYDAYEVER
— Luke's Lobster (@LukesLobster) May 19, 2013
[East 3rd Street yesterday morning]
Developer drama at the Children's Magical Garden (Wednesday)
Final countdown for 9th Street Bakery (Thursday)
Mee Noodle Shop returning to First Avenue (Tuesday)
At the 'Save Our Community Center March and Rally' (Wednesday)
Befouling a Citi Bikes docking station (Friday)
Details on new Mexican eatery opening on East 13th Street (Monday)
Tino Fino is closing on First Avenue (Tuesday)
Former center for the Hare Krishnas for rent (Monday)
Maiden Lane opens full time (Friday)
Full reveal at the Death Star (Thursday)
Village Voice management doing its best to make sure no one ever reads the publication again (Friday)
The East Village Eye archive now online (Tuesday)
High-speed chase on East 14th Street (Monday)
Surma - The Ukrainian Shop on East 7th Street, since 1918 (Wednesday)
Demolition at 35 Cooper Square started 2 years ago (Monday)
He would be 62 today. And the 13th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is tonight at the Bowery Electric.
[Photo via CBGB on Facebook]
Just noticed these this morning on the eastern part of the Park near Avenue B... good to see, considering we've lost quite a few trees in the past few years... Unless, this is some sort of tree crawl.