Tuesday, March 20, 2018



Equally the seasons compose the year,
Sun lifts its head above the horizon fair,
Winter quietly slips as Spring draws near,
Flowers split the soil their beauty everywhere,
Color holds the eyes interpretation,
Reluctant winds still tug at life ascending,
Standing bright Springs growing affirmation,
Light warming breaths hope reverberating,
New life coming in pulsing abundance,
A migration of birds, singing, nesting,
Folk coming from far and near, attendance,
Bands happy, Jazz Day, Dance Day, Rocking,
Soon lighter clothes we will be wearing,
Iced drinks sipping, hot coffee drinking.

peter radley

Goodbye Sudan

[Photo from Saturday]

Sudan, the world's last surviving male northern white rhino, died last night after months of poor health, according to published reports.

Per the BBC: Sudan, who was 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly.

Sudan is one of the three rhinos currently memorialized on Astor Place. Last Thursday, Australian artists Gillie and Marc Schattner unveiled their 17-foot bronze sculpture "The Last Three."

The Schattners recreated the world's last three northern white rhinos – Sudan, Najin, and Fatu – "to inspire, educate and mobilize the global community to raise their voices and affect real change against illegal rhino poaching trade."

The artists are hoping to collect 1 million messages worldwide to "put them toward a petition for approaching governments about eliminating the demand for rhino horns through education."

The sculpture will remain here through May. You can read more about the project here.

Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino has died. We have tears in our eyes and emptiness in our in hearts as we read this news. It was our greatest joy to spend a wonderful week with him at Ol Pejeta Conservancy last year and we will treasure that time for the rest of our lives. In the last 24 hours Sudan was suffering a great deal from an infection in his leg and unable to stand. The veterinary team from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him. Meeting Sudan changed our lives. It became plainly obvious to us that the extinction of his species in our lifetime was a crime beyond all comprehension and we could not just stand by and watch. How could we, as an intelligent, evolved, and presumably empathetic species let this happen? Moreover, cause this to happen. Poor gentle Sudan spent his entire life fighting. Fighting to stay alive in Sudan where he was captured. Fighting to stay healthy in the Czech Republic zoo, fighting against poachers once he was brought back to Kenya, fighting against an infection in his leg which sadly was his last fight. Unfortunately, Sudan’s death leaves just two female northern white rhinos on the planet; his daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, who remain at Ol Pejeta. We say goodbye to Sudan, the last man standing on earth and we ask you to commemorate his life if you are in New York by laying flowers at the sculpture site (Astor Place) and at Sudan’s feet or making a donation by visiting www.goodbyerhinos.org SUDAN 1973 - 2018 #GoodbyeSudan #GoodbyeRhinos #RIPSudan

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Police searching for suspect in weekend attacks on Avenue B

The 9th Precinct is searching for a suspect behind two attacks this past weekend on Avenue B.

Per PIX 11:

The first victim was attacked Saturday around 12:23 a.m. in a residential building near East 13th Street and Avenue B, according to police.

The man followed the woman, 22, into the building, then threw her on the ground and repeatedly punched her, police said.

He fled with her purse, according to police.

The second victim was attacked that night, around 2:10 a.m., near East Houston and Avenue B, police said.

The man approached the 31-year-old woman in a residential building and demanded money, according to police. When she refused, police said he struck her over her left eye, causing a small laceration.

According to reports, he then grabbed her bag, which contained $40 and credit cards, and fled east on Second Street.

Town & Village's recap of the attacks mention that the suspect is described as Hispanic and about 5-10. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark-blue sweat pants, white sneakers and a white cap.

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.

EastVille Comedy Club space for rent on 4th Street

[Photo yesterday by Derek Berg]

For rent signs have arrived at the EastVille Comedy Club on Fourth Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery.

A Facebook post from last month hinted that the club will move to Brooklyn...

Last October, EastVille looked at moving from Fourth Street into part of the former Chase space at 20 Avenue A and Second Street. However, CB3 denied the application, citing, among other reasons, that this address was never licensed before ... and that it exists in a saturated zone.

A diner for the former Empire Biscuit space on Avenue A?

Workers removed the paper that was covering the front windows at 198 Avenue A yesterday (thanks to Lola Sāenz for the photos!) ...

A tipster told us earlier that a diner was coming to what was previously Empire Biscuit here between 12th Street and 13th Street. (That diner rumor has not been confirmed.)

In any event, something is coming to the space... as renovations continue inside.

The storefront hasn't been in use since Empire Biscuit started peelin' potatoes in January 2016.

Soup's on tonight at Ciao for Now

[Image via @ciaofornowny]

As noted last week, Ciao for Now at 523 E. 12th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B is offering a soup service — to stay or to go — on Tuesday evenings from 5-10.

Per their Instagram feed last night:

We will be open from 5-10 pm serving not just soups but also our ginger green tea as well as cookies, some wine and beer. We will be serving Grass Fed Beef Stew. Very Veggie (GF,V) and Red Lentil in Coconut Milk Curry (GF,V)

The family-owned cafe shut down its dining room after 17 years at the end of January. However, ownership was continuing on with their catering business as well as using the space for community events... and now with souper Tuesday.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Ciao For Now is closing after 17 years on 12th Street; will continue with catering business

24 2nd Ave. getting its limestone exoskeleton

Over at 24 Second Ave. (aka 32 E. First St.), workers have been adding the stone-colored frames to the façade of the 10-story condoplex that replaced the East Village's second-to-last gas station.

Here's a look at the limestone exoskeleton in-progress on the First Street side...

As previously noted, the building will house 31 condos, with homes ranging from $1.125 million (a whopping 484 square feet!) to $10.5 million (the penthouse).

And here's part of the lengthy description of the penthouse via Douglas Elliman:

A light-filled four bedroom, five bathroom Duplex Penthouse positioned on the top 2 floors of 32 East 1st Street, Where Chrystie Meets Bond [ed note: ??????], with brushed solid white oak wood floors throughout, 2 terraces with 2 outdoor kitchens features 10' ceilings and expansive triple-pane windows with 360-degree views of the downtown and midtown skylines.

A direct private elevator opens to a private corridor on the 10th floor, adjacent to a stairwell leading to an expansive 1,591 SF private terrace spanning the entire 11th floor of the building fully equipped with an outdoor kitchen and Wolf grilling station, a dining area and three lounge spaces and is finished with travertine floors and planters integrated with lights & speakers, creating a space ideal for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

Particular attention to detail is demonstrated in the kitchen located on the second floor of this duplex, opening to a dining room which leads out to a second private terrace with another fully equipped outdoor kitchen including Wolf grilling station, ice maker, refrigerator, and lounge and dining spaces.

The corner master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet and en-suite five fixture master bathroom, which acts as a sanctuary with beautifully appointed onyx walls and floors with radiant heat, perfectly accented by a brushed solid oak wood dual vanity topped with a Corian countertop and dual sinks, matched by a custom designed Antonio Lupi "Sartoriale" Cristalplant soaking tub; the space is completed with a separate glass enclosed rain-shower a wall mounted Duravit Washlet toilet and custom Italian fixtures by CEA Design.

The BP station with snack shop closed in July 2014. This was the second-to-last gas station in the East Village, joined later by the Mobil station on Avenue C and East Houston in September 2014.

Previously on EV Grieve:
The 2nd Avenue BP station has closed

Permits filed to demolish former 2nd Avenue BP station

More about the 10-story building taking the place of the former BP station at 24 2nd Ave.

Check out the new 10-story building for the former 2nd Avenue BP station

A ballerina for 2nd Avenue

2nd Avenue residential complex now complete with renderings on the plywood

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dora's Monday

The action, as seen in these photos by Steven, picks up in Tompkins Square Park in the late afternoon when Christo delivers Dora a dead rat.

With the lifeless critter slumped on the limb, Dora calls out for Christo and they mate...

Later, an annoying blue jay dive-bombs Dora...

The 9th Precinct's monthly Community Council Meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday!) night

The 9th Precinct's Community Council meetings take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. ... at the 9th Precinct, 321 E. Fifth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

This is an opportunity for residents to address any concerns and ask 9th Precinct officials for their input on recent crime statistics.

Cocktail specialist looking to take over Double Wide on 12th Street

Cocktail specialist Greg Boehm is on tonight's CB3-SLA committee docket for a new liquor license for 503-505 E. 12th St. — the current home of Double Wide.

Boehm, the founder of Cocktail Kingdom, a manufacturer and distributor of professional barware, is a partner in the cocktail bar Mace on Ninth Street and Boilermaker on First Avenue.

According to the public documents on the CB3 website (PDF here), the unnamed bar-restaurant would have proposed hours of 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; until 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. (The outdoors space in the back would be open from 5-9 p.m. daily.)

The sample menu on the questionnaire features small plates and "not so small plates," with items like oysters on the half shell, moles frites and a tuna baguette...

... a contrast to the current menu at Double Wide, which serves chicken-fried steak and Frito pie, among other things.

The questionnaire describes this as a sale of assets. If this all goes through, then this would mean the end of Double Wide, which opened here between Avenue A and Avenue B in late 2011.

Two previous bars in this space, Mundial and Totem, were especially problematic, according to nearby residents.

CB3's SLA committee meets tonight at 6:30 in the Public Hotel, 17th Floor, Sophia Room, 215 Chrystie St. between Houston and Stanton.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Another nightmare bar for 505 E. 12th St.?

Last night's CB3 recap: Residents 1, Bar Owners 0

Here comes the fear again: 505 E. 12th St. back on the market

Illegal work continues at former Mundial space on East 12th Street

Report: Kushner Co. filed false paperwork with the city over number of rent-regulated tenants

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Jared Kushner’s Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring that it had zero rent-regulated tenants in buildings it owns when, in fact, they had hundreds.

A tenants' right watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative, compiled the work-permit application documents and shared them with the AP.

In addition, the AP points out what has been previously covered in other outlets: In Kushner buildings across the city, records show frequent complaints about construction going on early in the morning or late at night against the rules, improper or illegal construction, and work without a permit.

Here's a passage about a tenant in 170-174 E. Second St.:

At a six-story walk-up in Manhattan’s East Village that was once home to the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, the Kushner Cos. filed an application to begin construction in late 2013 that, again, listed zero rent-regulated tenants. Tax records a few months later showed seven rent-regulated units.

"All of a sudden, there was drilling, drilling. ... You heard the drilling in the middle of night," said one of the rent-regulated tenants, Mary Ann Siwek, 67, who lives on Social Security payments and odd jobs. "There were rats coming in from the abandoned building next door. The hallways were always filled with lumber and sawdust and plaster."

A knock on the door came a few weeks later, and an offer of at least $10,000 if she agreed to leave the building.

"I know it's pretty horrible, but we can help you get out," Siwek recalls the man saying. "We can offer you money."

Siwek turned down the cash and sued instead. She said she won a year's worth of free rent and a new refrigerator.

Read the full AP piece here.

For their part, Kushner Cos. told the AP in a statement that it outsources the work-permit preparation to third parties that are reviewed by independent counsel, and "if mistakes or violations are identified, corrective action is taken immediately." The statement added: "Kushner would never deny any tenant their due-process rights."

Kushner currently serves as an adviser to his father-in-law, President Trump.


Here's a statement from City Councilmember Carlina Rivera...

“As the representative of a district with one of the highest rates of Kushner-owned property in the city, I am outraged to see the Trump family’s continued alleged criminal abuse of working-class New Yorkers. These alleged false work permits may come from the biggest name in corrupt real estate in this city, but Kushner is certainly not the first to allegedly commit this kind of fraud. The lax enforcement by DOB and HPD of these illegal filings has allowed not only Kushner, but also names like Croman, Tolidano, and countless other bad actors to plague the residents of my district for decades with clear-faced harassment disguised as permitted construction.

I have fought alongside activists for hundreds of residents who have lost their lifelong homes to the Kushner family’s harassment, and the city must take action to punish those responsible. I look forward to participating in the Council’s investigation into Kushner Cos., and I expect to hear from city agencies as to why this abuse of power continued for so long.”

Updated 3/20

According to reports, AG Eric Schneiderman will meet with tenant representatives affected by the alleged tactics of Kushner Cos.

File photo of 170-174 E. 2nd St.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] Report: Jared Kushner buys $130 million portfolio of East Village rental buildings

Report: Jared Kushner paid $49 million for 7 more Ben Shaoul-owned properties in the East Village

More about Jared Kushner's East Village buying spree

Tenants claim: Kushner and Westminster want to destroy this building's beautiful garden

Reports outline how Kushner Companies is aggressively trying to empty 170-174 E. 2nd St.

Local politicos join residents of 2 Jared Kushner-owned buildings to speak out about poor living conditions, alleged harassment

Jared Kushner's residents at 118 E. 4th St. would like gas for cooking and some heat

Jared Kushner's East Village tenants wish he'd resolve issues closer to home

Positive vibes: Aum Shanti on the move to larger space on 14th Street

Aum Shanti, a bookshop specializing in spirituality and crystal gallery, will move to a larger space in April on 14th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue...

Just two storefronts away to the former Discount Cleaners... Perhaps Aum Shanti got a rent discount, as this space has been for lease for more than two years...

Aum Shanti opened as Aum Namaste, an offshoot of Namaste Bookshop, in December 2014.

Dim Sum Palace planned for 59 2nd Ave.

The owners of the two locations of Dim Sum Palace in Midtown are planning to open a similar establishment at 59 Second Ave. between Third Street and Fourth Street.

And they will be appearing before CB3's SLA committee tonight to apply for a new liquor license for this EV Dim Sum Palace.

The questionnaire on file at the CB3 website (PDF here) shows that the restaurant will open daily at 11 a.m. (Closing time is listed as 2 p.m., which is likely a mistake — unless they will open for just three hours a day.) The proposal calls for 15 tables seating 65 diners. The specs only reveal a service bar.

Until October 2015, the address was home to Allied Hardware, which was on a month-to-month lease with the building's owner until Icon Realty bought the property in early 2015.

The adjacent space (the former Alex Shoe Repair) is now Kona Coffee and Company, which opened this past November.

Target is hiring on 14th Street and Avenue A

Over at 14th Street and Avenue A, Target is now hiring for its new small-format store set to open later this summer here in EVGB (East Village's Greatest Building, duh)...

The wall has all the hiring details...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

1st Avenue back to being 1st Avenue-y

All lanes of traffic are back open today on First Avenue at Seventh Street ... this after five days of repairs for the sinkhole/swallow hole/collapse due to a broken pipe... which backed up traffic all the way south to ____ during that time...

... there appeared to be a sinkhole setback last evening, as this photo via EVG regular Raquel Shapira showed...

Anyway, all good now.

Week in Grieview

[Photo from Astor Place via @AlexInNewYorkCity]

Stories posted on EVG this past week included...

Demolition permits filed for northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and St. Mark's Place (Thursday)

Ciao for Now starting a Tuesday evening soup service (Tuesday)

The latest installment of I Am a Rent-Stabilized Tenant (Friday)

Maguey y La Tuna closes on East Houston (Monday)

Upcoming restaurant openings: French for 7th Street; Italian for 2nd Avenue (Tuesday)

Scenes from National School Walkout (Wednesday)

Banksy's message to 'Free Zehra Doğan' at the Bowery Mural Wall (Thursday) Banksy mural tagged (Saturday)

Get well soon, Gino! (Friday)

A memorial for Elizabeth Lee on Cooper Square (Thursday)

NYPD looking for suspect who robbed 87-year-old man on 1st Avenue (Friday)

World's tallest rhino sculpture arrives on Astor Place (Monday ... Wednesday ... Thursday)

Construction watch: 127 Avenue D (Wednesday)

Call of the wild: Seems like old times for Christo and Dora in Tompkins Square Park (Wednesday)

Not a lot of information about what's next for the Grassroots and The International (Friday)

Report: Cooper Union moves to reinstate free tuition (Friday)

This really nice townhouse is for sale on 7th Street (Thursday)

Robataya to become Sakagura on 9th Street (Thursday)

Todd Hase Furniture closes on 7th Street (Monday)

Thoughts on Raphael Toledano: 'The dude was imploding' (Thursday)

217 E. 3rd St. sells for $5.1 million (Monday)

About the Juice Generation opening soon on Astor Place (Thursday)

Former Out East space for lease on 6th Street (Wednesday)

Fired up to start a new year at La Plaza (Wednesday)

East Village Cheese lives on in Season 2 of 'Jessica Jones' (Wednesday)

Sticky's bringing the chicken fingers to Union Square (Thursday)

Former Red Square lobby gets the plywood treatment on East Houston (Monday)

For a limited time only, catch the J/Z on 9th and C (Monday)

Construction (and gold-dusted brick) watch: 196 Orchard St. (Tuesday)

Zen Yai Pho Shop coming to 6th Street (Monday)

Taco Bell nearly ready for Taco Belling on 1st Avenue (Monday)

... and the post St. Patrick's Day hose down at the Grayson on 1st Avenue...


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Report: 7th Street resident dies in early-morning apartment fire

An early-morning fire at 244 E. Seventh St. between Avenue C and Avenue D reportedly left one man dead and three other people injured.

According to the Daily News, the fire started on the first floor of the six-story walk up around 6:10 a.m.

Per the News:

The fire was confined to the rear apartment, where the victim was found dead in a cluttered rear bedroom...

Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the deadly blaze.

Updated 12:25 p.m.

amNew York reports that the victim was 71 years old.

Updated 3/19

NY1 reported that the victim was Barry Allen. There wasn't a smoke alarm in the apartment where the fire started, and the alarm in the hallway was not working, the FDNY said.

A look at the restored St. Stanislaus

Workers removed the sidewalk bridge, scaffolding and construction netting this past week that had been up since late last spring... bringing into to view the restored facade at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church on Seventh Street between Avenue A and First Avenue...

The church was completed in 1901...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday's parting shot

Kilts and CitiBikes... thanks to Janice Ellsworth for this photo outside Stillwater on Fourth Street near Second Avenue today...

Today in posts about Girl Scout Cookies

Troop #3225 is selling them today at the Associated on 14th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A in Stuy Town...

From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — or until the Girl Scouts run out of cookies here, per the signage.


Someone tagged Banksy's two-day-old work on the Bowery Mural Wall overnight...

A worker scrubbing the graffiti off the #KindComments mural back in January said that the wall was getting tagged on a daily basis.

March 17 and McSorley's

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EVG reader Allen Semanco shared the above photo... showing the 7 a.m. St. Patrick's Day (Happy St. Patrick's Day BTW!) line for McSorley's Old Ale House on Seventh Street... (I think they opened today at 8?????)


Gregory and Teresa from McSorley's commissioned East Village-based Billy the Artist to create a poster for St. Patrick's Day...

And here's Billy at this favorite bar (McSorley's, if that wasn't clear)...

[Image via Facebook]

Find out more about the poster here.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday's parting shot

Photo on St. Mark's Place today by Derek Berg...

NYPD looking for suspect who robbed 87-year-old man on 1st Avenue

Patch had a few more details:

Police say the man followed the 87-year-old into his apartment building, located near East Sixth Street and First Avenue, on Friday at about 7:15 p.m. As the 87-year-old entered the building, the robber grabbed him from behind and remove his wallet before throwing him to the ground, according to the NYPD.

The robber took $230 in cash from the man before running from the area, police said.

The 87-year-old man was not seriously injured during the attack.

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.

Go Forth

The above video is for "Nevermine," a track off the upcoming Sub Pop release by the Forth Wanderers... the leaders are two college students now by way of Montclair, N.J.

I Am a Rent-Stabilized Tenant

East Village resident Susan Schiffman has been photographing the apartments of rent-stabilized tenants living in the East Village for her Instagram account, I Am a Rent Stabilized Tenant. She will share some of the photos here for this ongoing EVG feature.

Photos and text by Susan Schiffman

Tenant: Yvonne, since 1990

Why did you move to the East Village?

‪I moved to Brooklyn in 1985 with a woman I knew from Northampton. We lived in what was then called Prospect Heights Vicinity — Saint Mark's between Vanderbilt and Underhill. It was Crack Central. The train stopped at Atlantic after midnight and we had to walk from Atlantic up — it was pretty scary.

A few years later, another friend moved from Northampton to the Chelsea Hotel. Her roommate lasted one day so she asked me and I moved in. Later we moved to a two-story place on 13th Street. We lived on 9th Street between B and C during the Tompkins Square Riots. I used to cut through the Park to get to the subway to get to work. And then I had to walk all the way around and there were all these "undercover" cops hassling everyone who lived in the neighborhood.

I loved the East Village though. I guess I never really thought about living other places. I worked in the music industry and was also in the music scene so it was the best place to live.

How did you find your apartment?

‪The roommate I had been living with was moving in with her boyfriend. They were moving to 5th Street above where Three of Cups is now — it used to be an Indian restaurant. So I had to get my own place.

There was a broker — I forgot her name but they called her the "rock-n-roll" broker. She had this weird storefront on 13th Street. It was an apartment that wasn't really an apartment. It was just a card table and I thought "this is a scam." But it wasn't. She didn't really seem to care that I had a good job. She helped out all of the people who were either musicians or worked in the music industry. None of us had good credit.

She showed me this place and it was so far up, the fifth floor. The things that she pointed out that were good were that "you’re on the top floor, it’s the roof, so nobody lives above you." That's great now, when I first moved in it wasn't. The door to the roof wasn't alarmed and at 4 in the morning people would come running across the roof and the cops would chase them and yell, “stay in your apartment!” That doesn't happen any more.

Part of the reason I took this apartment was because it was close to my old roommate and everyone I knew lived in this area. Also it was 500 bucks a month. I did have to pay a broker’s fee, though.

Also for my job, I had to go to rock shows at CBGB and what is now Webster Hall. I really liked that I could come home after work, go to sleep and then wake up at 11 and go to the show. It was convenient. And that's still what I really love — that it's super convenient.

I had surgery last year and couldn’t get around very well. Which is a drag, but it was helpful that I was so central and friends could come by easily. If I lived out in Queens it would have been impossible.

I have lived here for so long. I'm really used to not having a car, not taking the subway. I walk to and from work. I really get annoyed with people who say, “oh, the East Village is dead.” I still know a lot of my neighbors. A lot of people have stayed in this building. And yeah there are twentysomethings but think about what we were doing when we were in our 20s.

About five years ago I had one of those pedestrian accidents. I got hit. But it was the first time a lot of my friends had come to my apartment, because it‘s on the 5th floor. It’s a commitment. I’ve had bands stay here. I had a single bed here and a bookcase. The room that's the bedroom now was pretty much empty because the guy who lived on the other side of that wall made so much noise that I couldn’t sleep in that room but the bands could sleep there.

What do you love about your apartment?

‪I watch the tiny house shows. I am so amazed at what people expect from their space. You want a dishwasher? Are you insane? I am a dishwasher. My friend and I went to Cape May this past weekend and I was so excited that not only was there major counter space where I could cook but there was also a washer and dryer right in the kitchen. I did an entire load of laundry while I was there. It was so great. It really shifts you away from that idea of what is necessary in a home. A lot of Americans have these grandiose ideas of how much space you need.

One of the things that I love about my apartment is that living in a place this small changes your awareness to space and what is needed and what is necessary. I have a storage space that I’ve had for decades. I have tons and tons of books. I’ve been in graduate school forever and I’m a reader and a reviewer. I sacrificed two of my bookcases to be my kitchen when I became a grown up and had to have dishes and spices and things.

One bookcase is all pasta and tea and it used to be just books. Some things have changed for the better — I like that the neighborhood is quieter now. They fixed the roof — it used to leak a lot. This apartment is really quiet, because it faces the courtyard, there’s no street noise. It’s very cozy.

I also like how easy it is to clean — cleaning a space like this, you can never really get it clean, but I have two trashcans for the whole place, and they’re small. I do my dishes all the time because I have nowhere to put them. I don’t have cabinets. Stuff is stored in bins so it’s not that easy to get to. I use a lot of plastic bins and I don’t love them but I don’t have cupboards. Living in a place like this makes you prioritize your stuff and it is so much easier to clean.

If you're interested in inviting Susan in to photograph your apartment for an upcoming post, then you may contact her via this email.