Saturday, February 28, 2009

The latest on Etherea

Karate Boogaloo has the latest today on Etherea: It's officially closed, but employee DJ Brion hopes to get the lease and reopen/rebrand the shop. (Stupefaction)

The Times profiles a "community citizen"

The Times profiles Robert Lesko are a few passages from the piece:

When he’s not working, there’s a good chance that Mr. Lesko, 48, will be standing up for some cause. While not alone in perpetual protest, he is certainly among the more ubiquitous activists at Manhattan rallies. Each week, Mr. Lesko scours NYProtest, a listing of street demonstrations distributed by e-mail by a fellow activist, and chooses three or four that match his leftist political leanings.

He is known on the scene as a colorful character who often wears costumes that attract news photographers. Several years ago, to protest the presence of Coca Cola products on the New York University campus, where he is a secretary in the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, Mr. Lesko wore a Coke-can costume that he had made ...

“You have to figure out what will work,” he said at another rally a week after the vice squad protest. “Today I couldn’t think of anything.”

This was last Saturday, and the event was a march in the East Village to protest the proposed elimination of the M8 bus line. He attended this event in street clothes.

“This is Saint Bobby right here,” said Michael O’Neil, a media manager for Reverend Billy, a comic preacher who organized the march. “He’s a pillar of our community because he shows up. Bobby is the epitome of the community citizen.”

[Photo: Frances Roberts for The New York Times]

Sort of good news from the East Village of Des Moines!

An update from the Des Moines Register:

A classic 1930s service station in the East Village has been saved, for now.

Historic East Village Inc. is raising the $60,000 needed to move the building from property purchased by businessman Jim Cownie in August. The group has already raised $40,000, including $10,000 from a Cownie family foundation.

The move will be to a temporary site at one of several possible locations until a permanent owner and location for the one-story building can be found, said Sarah Oltrogge, president of Historic East Village.

In October, the 78-year-old service station was identified by the Des Moines Rehabbers Club as one of the city's seven most- endangered buildings because of Cownie's plan to demolish it to create a site for development.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Something about the East Village of Des Moines seems strangely familar

Friday, February 27, 2009

"New Rose" x two

A remake that I don't hate..."New Rose" by the (underappreciated?) Gumball and Mr. Don Fleming...

And the original...

Scraping by

The other day, the Fresh Direct truck pulled in front of St. Brigid's between Seventh Street and Eighth Street to doing so, the truck got a little too close to the scaffolding around the church...the truck scraped forward anyway (you can see the marks...) What a noise! To be honest, I was worried this might shake the scaffolding enough to cause a collapse. And it wouldn't be the first time there has been a scaffolding collapse here.


Off Broadway in the 20s.

Spanky and our gang?

Three teens, maybe 15 or 16, were walking along Tompkins Square Park.

Teen 1: "I'm not gonna get married 'till I'm 34."

Teen 2: "I'm going to wait until I'm 29."

Teen 3: "I'm just going to keep masterbating."

A sign that I like

On Third Avenue in the 20s.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"The high cost of living has hit the Bowery"

From the caption that accompanied this archival AP photo:

A prospective customer grumbles under his breath at the prices scribbled on the window of this Bowery restaurant on New York's Lower East Side, Sept. 26, 1947. The high cost of living has hit the Bowery like every other place and it's tough on the residents. One of the biggest selling items is soup and coffee, for 10 cents. It used to be a Nickel. A room with a partition and an electric light is up from 30 cents to 40 cents. The dormitories are 35 cents up from 20.

[AP Photo/Ed Ford]

Steamed hot dogs?

Near the New York Stock Exchange.

Old and broken and new and shiny on the Bowery

One shit playoff game...and we quickly forget

On Park Avenue South.

Trash treasures

Someone tossed a huge box of magazines out on the curb the other day. On top, the June 2001 issue of GQ featuring Heath Ledger on the cover.

Could have been easy money for someone...the issue is going for a starting price of $14.99 on eBay...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

EV Grieve Etc.: Mourning edition

The formula that killed Wall Street (Wired)

Remembering Candy Darling (The New York Times)

A record shop will stay in the Etherea space (Stupefaction)

Western Union at the Ludlow (BoweryBoogie)

Washington Square Park Blog turns one tomorrow! (Washington Square Park)

The story behind the Two Boots artwork (Jeremiah's Vanishing NY)

More economic malaise street stickers (Slap you in Public)

The way we ate then (Hunter-Gatherer)

Plays for 37 cents each (East Village Podcasts)

Hmmm...the Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery (Greenwich Village Daily Photo)

While Lucy is on holiday (temporarily, we hope!) revisit some of her past with this short feature from 2004 in the Voice.

"Sophie's...remains a good place to stop time"

I finally watched the "Disappearing Manhattan" episode of "No Reservations" (this after blabbering away about it the last three months!). It debuted Monday night, and will air several more times. Grub Street yesterday provided a nice synopsis of what the episode covered.

In particular, I was interested in the last segment, in which Anthony Bourdain shoots the shit with Nick Tosches at Sophie's. It was all of about three minutes (and the shoot at Sophie's took nearly three hours, I was told).

Here's most of what transpired at Sophie's....

Signs of the times: Mass for employment

On the fourth Wednesday of each month (such as today!), the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer on East Third Street near Avenue A has the following special service...

Fun with dialogue balloons

Someone placed dialogue balloon stickers on ads around the neighborhood...readymade for some good old-fashioned defacing!

So far...

Who wants to go for a ride in the cellulite reduction treatment car?

On Spring and Mulberry. And it just fits by a hair in that parking spot.

Ice capades at Cooper Square Hotel

The last, oh, three or four times that I've walked by this service entrance to the Cooper Square Hotel...there are bags of ice just sitting there...melting.

When an enormous town house just won't do

From the Times today:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s town house at 17 East 79th Street is the epitome of Upper East Side elegance: five stories of flawless Beaux-Arts limestone with 7,500 square feet of exquisite living space, all within steps of Central Park.

But for the mayor, it seems, the house has been a bit cramped.

Over the past two decades, in transactions that have gone all but unnoticed, Mr. Bloomberg has been buying up space in the building next door, knocking down walls and combining two entire floors along the way. He now owns four of the six apartments at 19 East 79th Street, a white 1880 neo-Grec co-op town house.

Blood for coffee

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Measuring Tempo

So there are new ads on the bus shelter at Third Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Street for this HIGH-TECH wonder of a living space, Tempo. Interestingly enough, these ads are almost right outside the kind-of-stodgy-now-by-comparison One Ten 3rd high rise by the Toll Brothers...

Here's what the residence would look like if you had a photo of it on your knock-off iPod...

Anyway, a little later I was on 23rd Street and Second Avenue...For some reason I thought Tempo was a little further along...

P.S. An image from the Tempo Web site....

A work permit at Ryan's Irish Pub

There's now a work permit in the window of Ryan's Irish Pub on Second Avenue near Ninth Street. (One wasn't visible when the place first closed earlier this month.) I had been told by a reliable source that this closure was only temporary. You can click on the photo for a better view...looks as if they're remodeling the restrooms and reconfiguring the stairs. No change of occupancy.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Ryan's Irish Pub (temporarily) closed


Along East Ninth Street.

Flower bounty

On Madison Avenue in the 30s.

Why the Bowery will be "Ugly" today

Fliers were on the Bowery near the Bowery Hotel.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Bourdainster blogs about "Disappearing Manhattan"

The Bourdainster blogs about tonight's episode of "No Reservations"...

We're calling Monday night's show "DISAPPEARING MANHATTAN," but this is not to suggest that Katz's Deli, or Keen's, or Russ & Daughters are going to fade away anytime soon (if ever). What I am saying with this "Special" episode is that these are exactly the kind of old school, hometown places I love; uniquely New York institutions who have survived the brutal caprices of style and changing tastes -- and are still worth going out of your way to patronize. Let me make this clear: "Old" does not necessarily mean "good." Just cause it's a "New York institution" doesn't mean you want to eat there. If it did, New Yorkers might actually eat at Tavern On The Green -- and Luchows would still be open.

Previously on EV Grieve:
"No Reservations" at Sophie's

Joe Strummer gets a new look, skyline

On the side of Niagra on Seventh Street and Avenue A. Joe Strummer's mural, which went up in 2003, gets an update.



And in case you've never seen the making of the's the cover of "Redemption Song" by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros...

[Before photo via Union Song]

Extra Place is getting prepped for pavement

Extra Place is getting paved. Here's the flier telling residents....

"Keep your windows in the closed position"?

Previously on EV Grieve:
Looking at Extra Place

The Chocolate Wars (well, not at all, but we needed something that sounds CONTROVERSIAL)

Scaffolding finally comes down at Third Avenue and 13th Street

This scaffolding was up for at least two years.

Last spring, Cafe Deville and Cosmic Cantina were named two of the worst outdoor tables at Eater. (Be sure to read comment No. 11.)

(Bottom photo via Eater)

Previously on EV Grieve:
But of course!

Sleepless in Stuy Town: Welcome to "Noise Town"

The good people behind stuyvesant town's lux living made note of the flier (to the right) at First Avenue and 20th Street. Sounds like a nightmare, not to be corny.

A note on the women's room at Milano's

On Houston near Mulberry.

Open to interpretation

On the Bowery. Near Fourth Street.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

That scene from "Revolutionary Road" filmed in the East Village

I finally got around to watching the (cough) promo copy of "Revolutionary Road" that a friend passed along...(Been also meaning to read the book by Richard Yates)...I was curious about the film, which is up for three Academy Awards tonight.

As you may recall, a scene for the movie was filmed inside 295 E. Eighth St. at Avenue B back in June 2007. The production hogged up good chunks of Avenue B between Sixth Street and 10th Street. Plus the north side of Seventh Street between Avenue A and Avenue C. Anyway, I wrote about all this here.

The scene they filmed in the neighborhood is in the very beginning...the exterior shot is of another building in the neighborhood, not 295 E. Eighth Street...

The scene is where Kate and Leo first meet...

Oh, and for the record, I didn't care much for the film.