Sunday, October 31, 2010

Do you mind if we dance with your dates?

Breaking: Workers gutting Sin Sin

A team of workers are on the scene this morning at the beleaguered Sin Sin on Second Avenue and Fifth Street...

...basically throwing away everything... liquor bottles...

...the Red Bull machine...

The bar was originally set to close after Thursday night. More later.

Sin Sin comes undone

Here are more shots of Sin Sin's dismantling... courtesy of Honey Millmann.

At the Lower Eastside Girls Club groundbreaking Friday

On Friday, the Lower Eastside Girls Club held their official groundbreaking for their new home on Avenue D between Seventh Street and Eighth Street .... aside from local politicians, East Village native Rosario Dawson was on hand...

I couldn't attend the ceremony, unfortunately... For more on the groundbreaking... here's a piece on NY1. The Lo-Down has coverage... as does DNAinfo....

Here's the official news release with more details on what the HQ will house.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Passion and progress at the new home of the Lower Eastside Girls Club

Avenue A, 9:10 a.m., Oct. 31

The night before Halloween

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween

Well, if you happen to be out and about and see some great costumes or streetscenes, I'd love to post the photos... So please let me know if you'd like to share any Halloween photos (be happy to give you credit and link to your site, Flickr page) from the weekend...

!!!Halloween CarnEvil!!! tonight

Reminders: Protest tomorrow night in Tompkins Square Park

As reported earlier this month, there'll be a Protest/Fiesta in Tompkins Square Park starting tomorrow night at 7 ... organized by longtime East Village activist/photojournalist John Penley...

amNY had a feature on it in yesterday's paper...(not online)

Previously on EV Grieve:
More details on Halloween night protest/fiesta in Tompkins Square Park (74 comments)

Movement afoot to limit the number of concerts in Tompkins Square Park

Newsflash! Pumpkins are a popular item this Halloween!

Oct. 17!


At the Great Urban Pumpkin Patch on St. Mark's Place.

Tired out

Avenue A and 13th Street this morning.

Cooper Square, 9:41 a.m., Oct. 30


Elizabeth Street. Foursquare gone evil.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Love and a 45

45 Grave with Evil from 1983.

EV Lambo still alive and well, maybe

... but we're looking for visual confirmation. This could just be a clever case of some Photoshopping, etc. Photo via @EVLambo, natch.

EV Grieve Etc.: Mourning Edition

Police arrest suspect in Tuesday night's Stanton Street shooting (The Lo-Down)

The Best of Manhattan (and Beyond) issue from NYPress (NYPress)

What's replacing the "Hell" marquee at the New Museum (Curbed)

Where you can still shop at Love Saves the Day (Jeremiah's Vanishing NY)

Skeletons! Including a dancing one at Mars Bar! (The Gog Log)

The way it was: "The Punk Rock Movie" (Stupefaction)

And First Avenue Correspondent Blue Glass notes that ConEd continues work on First Avenue at Ninth Street after the underground fire/explosion the other day...

Holy f@cking sh#t! The EV Lambo is dead!?


Thanks to Chris O'Leary for the tip. Photo first posted on Trottoria.


Updated now to include a waste of 48 seconds of your life:

5C Cultural Center & Cafe continues eviction battle

The owners of 5C Cultural Center & Cafe, which opened in 1995 at Avenue C and Fifth Street, continue to battle being evicted by their landlord... As Time Out put it earlier this month: "Sadly, it’s an all-too-familiar story: Another cherished downtown cultural hub is in danger of disappearing."

Here's more from the piece and co-owner Bruce Morris: “'The basic claim is that we violated the terms of the lease,'” explains Morris, noting that he feels 'the landlord’s thought is, How can we harass them enough to get them out?' Based on the landlord’s claims — that they changed the facade, altered a window and didn’t soundproof the space, all of which Morris denies."

You can read the rest of the TONY article here. And Morris wrote about their ongoing landlord troubles in The Shadow here.

Meanwhile, there's a fundraiser tomorrow night at 6 featuring Shoshke-Rayzl on guitar and co-owner Trudy Silver on's also the birthday of one of their founding directors, Silvia Ravelo.

Via e-mail, Silver told me: "We're back in court on November 10th, ... last court date many students, parents, seniors, musicians and educators showed up in support."

Passion and progress at the new home of the Lower Eastside Girls Club

Big day today for the Lower Eastside Girls Club... they'll be holding a press ceremony for their official groundbreaking for their new home on Avenue D between Seventh Street and Eighth Street .... aside from some local politicians, Rosario Dawson will be on hand...

And there is significant progress here to note....

Meanwhile, Girls Club Executive Director Lyn Pentecost told me about the five murals on their construction fence along Avenue D ... painted by some of the leading women in the graffiti movement: TooFly, Lenora Jayne, Marthalicia and CeCe. (You can read more about it on Lenora Jayne's blog here.)

All very good news...

Jumpin' at the Coal Yard

As we reported back in the summer, the painfully generic Lilly Coogan's shuttered on First Avenue near Sixth Street... And, Molly and Shawn from the International the next block north, have taken over this space....

And the bar is now open... and, we're not ones to fuss, but....

By far the best new bar to open in the East Village of late... simple...inexpensive... full of locals (at least earlier in the business day) ... and no TV (thank you!)...

Video of the attempted child abduction on Sixth Street and Avenue B

Via a report on ABC 7 ...

Meanwhile, on the Second Avenue bike lane...

Two nights ago...on Second Avenue and Seventh Street...

Last evening...on the other side of the Avenue, where this sign was...

Wig stock

Caring for the wigs on St. Mark's Place near Third Avenue.

7B adds a little Megadeath on the jukebox

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A memorial on Seventh Street

In front of 272 E. Seventh St., where 21-year-old Christopher Jusko was stabbed to death early Monday morning.

Police still searching for man who tried to abduct 4 year old

The latest from NY1:

According to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the man in the above surveillance video put his arms around the boy, saying something like “you’re coming with me kid." It happened shortly after the boy, his twin sister, and their nanny exited a taxi cab at Avenue B and 6th Street in the East Village at around 11 a.m. yesterday.

The suspect is described as a black man, 45 to 55 years old, with a slim build, about 5'6" to 5'8" tall, and was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and faded black jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this attempted abduction is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting your tips to 274637(CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Reader looking for an East Village charity to make clothing donation

From the EV Grieve inbox...

"Do you know any East Village charities, for seniors preferably, who are in need of good-quality clothing donations? I have bags of stuff I've never had on my back that need to be liberated from my closet: I thought I would try to donate outside the usual places I give to, like Housing Works and Salvation Army...and especially in the neighborhood."

Any (serious) suggestions?

EV Grieve Etc.: Mourning Edition

CB3 continues debate on liquor license approval (The Lo-Down)

The Grumbler examines the awesome They Live (The Grumbler)

Razing 119 Orchard (BoweryBoogie)

Was that Rihanna and Dr. Dre shooting a video last night on Seventh Street and First Avenue? (Neighborhoodr)

Not much left of the beloved Fedora (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

Memories of Pete Townshend at the Fillmore East (Huffington Post)

And I'm still making my way through this letter from Louis that I found on St. Mark's Place...

And that PSA featuring a younger Lady Gaga (at the 40-second mark) that's making the Internet rounds...

Sane 'exhibitionist' looking for two female roommates for fun — not to mention clean, safe sex

No lease, though! As always, Craigslist! (Shockers! It has already been removed!)

$200 Exhibitionist guy wants 2 female roommates (East Village)
Date: 2010-10-26, 5:42PM EDT

I am a young single guy looking for a 2 female roommates. I am an exhibitionist... Its artistic and not in dirty way. I am also looking for clean and safe sex. I am clean, sane, friendly and respectful and fun to be with. So, if you are female and open minded, please drop me a note and we can be roommates. Ideal for female college students and artists. No lease, month to month. Send email with your picture.

[Hat tip to the EV Grieve reader who sent this along...]

Inside Otto's Shrunken Head after the fire

As you know, an early-morning fire broke out at Otto's Shrunken Head on Sunday... Everyone I've talked with has said the same thing: It could have been a lot worse...

Still, it's pretty bad... Thanks to DJ Xerox, who plays at Otto's and lives in the same building on 14th Street, for passing along these photos of the damage. Co-owner Nell Mellon told me Sunday night via e-mail that the showroom was the hardest hit in the bar.

There is good news to report: If all goes as expected, the front room at Otto's will reopen tomorrow night. (Check their Twitter feed to make sure they are open.) No timetable just yet for the back room.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Assessing the damage at Otto's Shrunken Head

Breaking: Early-morning fire at Otto's Shrunken Head