Friday, March 4, 2016

EV Grieve Etc.: Metrograph debuts; gas shutoffs surge

[Photo of Lucy's last night by @JustAnotherRich]

A look at the Metrograph, the new cinema-bookstore-bar-restaurant on Ludlow Street that opens today (Time Out ... Indie Wire ...The New York Times)

A surge of gas shutoffs in NYC, particularly for rent-stabilized tenants (NYPress)

An ode to St. Mark's Bookshop (Literary Hub)

The mating continues in Tompkins Square Park (for the hawks!) (Laura Goggin Photography)

Arlene Gottfried’s vintage pictures of the Lower East Side (The New York Times)

Renderings of the Ace Hotel coming to the Bowery (BoweryBoogie)

A review of the opening program at the Avant Music Festival, on through tomorrow at the Wild Project on East Third Street (The New York Times)

Updates on the battle to replace Sheldon Silver in the 65th Assembly District (The Lo-Down)

Dee Dee Ramone book reissues arrive (Alternative Press)

Restoring St. Peter’s on West 20th Street (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

Revisiting Lou Reed's "Take No Prisoners" and West Fourth Street (Flaming Pablum)

Tomorrow (Saturday!) afternoon, author-artist Sally Eckhoff's reads from "F*ck Art, Let's Dance! An East Village Memoir" an the Mulberry Street branch of the NYPL:

This memoir, by a former Village Voice writer and critic, is a cockeyed personal history of the East Village — a place nobody moved to on purpose. This is a short stretch of history, to be sure, framed as it is on one side by the Summer of Sam and on the other by the Tompkins Square Park riots, two notorious incidents that defined an age. The naive protagonist's lies, dreams, and daily blunders, overcome in places only by spectacular acts of will, might remind you of what it feels like to be a beginner in a land of crooks and geniuses. And because there’s nothing everyday about everyday people in New York, the citizens that appear on these pages, whether shy or brazen, upright or felonious, are always new.

Find details here.


Goggla said...

Arlene Gottfried’s photographs are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Mariella Pizza on 3rd is closed? They claimed a "gas leak" but the residence has gas and the other retail tenants on the block are open. Wondering if its a goner.

Anonymous said...

Regarding gas shutoffs, if Con Ed went building by building and inspected on Lower East Side/EV almost every building would have no gas and SO many restaurants would be caught with illegal hook ups. BTW also true in other parts of City as well.


The truth is if St Marks bookstore had a real connection with the community they'd still be in business. Longing for nostalgia doesn't negate the fact they provided bad customer service, stocked books that catered to their own narrow niche, and were reluctant to do any type of events. It's a textbook example of how not to run a business. There are so many other businesses we've lost that deserve the think pieces. They are not one of them.

Scuba Diva said...

Goggla said:

Arlene Gottfried’s photographs are wonderful.

And she was in this neighborhood for many years, before her application to the Westbeth houses—where she now lives—came through. See some of her other photos here.