Saturday, October 31, 2009

The doctor is... hanging from the fire escape

On Avenue A between 12th Street and 13th Street.

Noted, Halloween edition

St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue.

East Village of the Damned

What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes?
Beware the stare that will paralyze the will of the world

Happy Halloween!

[Barf on sidewalk photo via; Bowery hoodie photo via]

Tompkins Square Park, 9:18 a.m., Oct. 31

"Where 30 Is Ancient, Youthful at 80" (the East Village in this case)

The Times has a feature today on a Halloween costume party at the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Senior Center on 12th Street.

The article, titled Where 30 Is Ancient, Youthful at 80, starts like this:

Anyone hazarding a guess about the demographics of Manhattan might name the East Village the youth capital of the island. It's a place where anyone over 30 starts to notice that her standard fashion go-to's are suddenly has-beens and that everyone else in the environs has preternaturally dewy skin. One friend decamped from the neighborhood when she turned 32 and decided that that was too young to be the oldest person in her building...

Influx of youngsters aside, the piece also notes that in the Community District 3 (EV, LES and Chinatown), "31 percent of people who are 65 or older are living at or below poverty level, the second-highest rate for the elderly in New York City."

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy haunting

Dethrace, of course.

Neighbors call for a boycott of the Moonstruck Diner

At Fifth Street and Second Avenue. If you can make out the sign, a blind man cut his hand on one of the diner's "7-9 commercial bikes that are always blocking the East 5th Street sidewalk." And the Moonstruck Diner "refuses to move those obstacles."

So until they remove the bikes, the organizers are asking you to eat elsewhere. How about the Odessa?

Cooper Square Hotel honors Homer Simpson

Yesterday, most of the the shrubbery (which was new!) was ripped up on the Fifth Street side of the hotel... make way for, uh, this.

By the way...

Please let me know if you see anyone out this weekend wearing the Michelle Obama mask. Like the one here at Duane Reade on Avenue B and Second Street.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Looking at the Michelle Obama Halloween mask at Duane Reade

From the EV Grieve in-box:

Will you be live blogging the NYC marathon Sunday?

Report: No action taken yet on Le Souk (Update: "Two nights ago it finally closed down.")

In his "Mixed Use" column at The Villager, Patrick Hedlund follows up on the news last week that Le Souk is losing its liquor license. Residents who live near the hookah hotspot on Avenue B near Fourth Street shouldn't celebrate just yet.

Susan Stetzer, Board 3's district manager, said that despite the recent action, the club was up and running this past weekend.

"People that live in the area were celebrating the news, and by Sunday night they were complaining to the community board," she said.

The S.L.A. only has the power to confiscate liquor licenses and can't actually close the location. According to Stetzer, police at the East Village's Ninth Precinct had not been contacted about the ruling or asked to take any action.

"I must say, I'm a little frustrated," she added, recalling that after Le Souk's first cancellation, the club continued to operate for eight months. "It is really difficult to get any information on what the S.L.A. is doing about this."

UPDATE! Per the comments:

"I live across the street from Le Souk and couldn't wait for it to close! Two nights ago it finally closed down. No restaurant, no club, no bouncers, traffic, or underage squealers or fighters."


Three guesses

New on the plywood on St. Brigid's along Avenue B at Eighth Street.


The whole city is pretty much a pub crawl this weekend, pub crawls aside. Anyway, if you are interested, here's a list of the 100 or so participating bars, including Bounce Deuce.

Have a ball

If you are looking for something Halloween-related to do this weekend (I still say to stay in and watch "C.H.U.D."), the Times has a long list of activities and what not... including, Theater for the New City's 33rd annual Halloween Costume Ball tomorrow. Costume categories include "Most Roman Polanski," "Most Economically Recovered" and "Most Unchanged Conservative."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Time already for another CB3 liquor license meeting!

The agenda for the November meeting is now live... taking a quick look...

Hmm...Destination on Avenue A is up for a renewal/with compliant history.... And there are plans for the former Kelley & Ping space on the Bowery at Second. A two-level bar, eh? (and whatever happened to those reports that the heinous East Village Yacht Club was opening here?) And something called Vibrations at 116 Avenue C? That is (was?) the home of Lava Gina.

Pay no mind to those helicopters hovering over the city all day today and tomorrow

Thanks to the EV Grieve reader for pointing out this item from the Post:

Don’t be alarmed if you see low-flying helicopters around Manhattan.

New York City officials say they’re being used for a movie.

They’ll be around the city between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

The locations include midtown, Wall Street, and the George Washington, Manhattan and Verrazano bridges.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Updated! Mysterious, low-flying helicopter returns...

Image via.

Your chance to live above Sunny and Annie's while making money and entertaining in the triplex

So while we've been speculating about what addresses on Third Street might be for sale... here's an interesting two-building combo that has been on the market...

According to the Halstead listing for 543 E. Sixth St. at Avenue B:

Two buildings comprising 4 junior one bedroom apartments, two commercial spaces and a luxurious owner's triplex with oversized terrace and roof designed for entertaining. The 4 junior ones are all free market, three are leased and one is currently available for rent. The triplex is also leased free market
. the owner in the triplex, you'd get to live above Sunny and Annie's...? Sandwich run!

Priced at $4.8 million.

Trick-or-treat at the Economakis mansion

At 47 E. Third St.

Starting to look a little weathered, though, this past week...


Is a simple "wash me" too much to ask for?

In my haste to post the first tag spotted at the new Cooper Union academic building the other day, I forgot to note the other artwork that has arrived this fall....

OK, so we can make out that first word, but even up-close, that second word is a mystery ... seems like some variation of yuppies.

School of Rock

Found these up around 15th Street near Third Avenue. I'll teach these punks what it means to shred...


Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York is now blogging. His first post: "God Is Everywhere, Even on the Blog!" (Via The New York Times.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Corner restaurants popular for film shoots today (and probably other days...)

We have the low-budget "Hated" at Life on 10th Street and Avenue B...(Assuming that it's not about GG...)

...and HBO's "How to Make it in America" at the ramenators at the former Love Saves the Day location on Seventh Street and Second Avenue.