Saturday, December 31, 2011

Times Square is the other direction!

Avenue A at 13th Street just now. Photo by Matt LES_Miserable

Breaking: On New Year's Eve, Duane Reade preps for Valentine's Day

Matt LES_Miserable notes that Valentine's Day hit the Duane Reade shelves on Avenue B at 3:30 p.m. today.

Reminders tomorrow: the 38th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading

From the EV Grieve inbox....

[Jonas Mekas in 2010 by Greg Fuchs via]
On Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm, The Poetry Project will host the 38th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading at the St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, welcoming the New Year with over 140 writers, musicians, dancers and artists. Tickets at the door are $20, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for Poetry Project members. All proceeds benefit the continued existence of the Poetry Project, currently in its 46th season.

There will be about 140 performers, including Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Steve Earle and Suzanne Vega ... Find all the details here.

Report: Roof-hopping robber busted on Christmas eve on East 12th Street

On Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, Jill told us about some "Spiderman" robbers apparently busted by the NYPD on East 12th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B ...

Yesterday, DNAinfo had more information on the incident, reporting that police arrested 19-year-old Reginald Qualls at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 24.

Police reportedly found Qualls with bags filled with three laptops, two fur coats, an iPod, two digital cameras, among other items. As DNA noted, "Multiple residents told cops they spotted Qualls on fire escapes and rooftops of buildings on East 12th Street that night."

Police are eyeing Qualls and another man for a string of similar robberies in the West Village.

Also according to DNA, the NYPD arrested Qualls on Dec. 14 after allegedly striking a 76-year-old man with a metal pole on East 14th Street near Union Square. The man suffered a fractured rib and needed 12 stitches on a leg.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Crow house

Been meaning to post this shot by Bobby Williams from the other evening... Cooper Square near Sixth Street...

Nuble returns to Avenue C in time for New Year's Eve

Some friends of Nublu let us know earlier today that they will be back open tomorrow night at their old home on Avenue C ... Nublu had been renting space below Lucky Cheng's while they worked out issues with their liquor license...

Flashback to August...

Where you'll find me tomorrow night

Television from 1978 with "Foxhole."

The digging begins at the Mystery Lot

EV Grieve reader Spencer Elzey sends us these photos this morning from inside the Mystery Lot from the 14th Street side...

Perhaps digging for the new pool?


Workers remove scaffolding behind St Brigid's

Thanks to this photo via @dens ... we can see even more of the progress at St. Brigid's on Eighth Street at Avenue B ...

Flashback to March ... when the workers erected the scaffolding back here ...

Those unnecessary new iPhone accessories

Thanks to EV Grieve reader Steve for this photo taken earlier in the morning at 10th Street and Broadway...

So it looks like we have:
• A pair of shoes
• A pair of pants
• A pint of whiskey
• A handful of toilet paper
• An empty iPhone case

I'm curious what happened next...

East Village stories and images from 2011

A sampling from our 3,652 posts from 2012...


Fire at the East Village Village Farm

[EV Grieve reader Special Monkey]


The Great Thunder Blizzard of 2011...


The Icicle Audi...


A birthday celebration for Ray ...



The Hells Angels unveil new line of defense for their bench...


Tompkins Square Park regular Grace Farrell, 35, froze to death while sleeping outside an alcove next to St. Brigid's ...


Efforts to save historic 35 Cooper Square from demolition...

[Bobby Williams]



A lot of fuss about a sign on Avenue A ...


Photographic evidence of the elusive Pigeon Lady ...



We started getting that bad feeling...

[Bobby Williams]


The MTA v. an East Village artist...



The DOH shutters Ray's for too long...

[Dave on 7th]


We all met the Chillmaster...

[Via Marty After Dark]


To 186 years of history on Cooper Square ...



Former Burial Society now a hole in the ground on East Fourth Street...


Howl! came earlier this year...

[Photo by Shawn Chittle]



Introducing the Flaming Cactus of Astor Place...

[Bobby Williams]


Walk Man quickly came and went...


The TSP Ratstravaganza...


Farewell, Mars Bar ...




The BMW Guggenheim Lab opened, think tanking ensued.

[Photo by Bob Arihood]


The NYPD went all out to find the people who beat up Gavin DeGraw ...





Hurricane Irene wreaks havoc...

[Photo by Shawn Chittle]



After 30 years, Life Cafe closes (for now)...

[Michael Sean Edwards]


The free Willie Nelson catches fire...




The Mystery Lot faces a condo after life...


The IHOP opened, and people ate there...


Joe's Bar on East Sixth Street closed, opened and closed again... and the proprietor, Joe Vajda, died in November... we await the fate of the bar...



We waited for President Obama to drive by on East 12th Street ...

[Photos by Michael Sean Edwards]


Nevada Smith's closed to relocate, with luxury housing on the way for the corner on Third Avenue and 12th Street...


One construction positive: The ongoing renovation of St. Brigid's on Avenue B and East Eighth Street ...



The end.


Well, that's a fucking depressing way to end a year in review ... so to new hopes and beginnings and all that ...

[Bobby Williams]

Gone but not forgotten

Remembering a few of our friends and neighbors who died in 2011...

Bob Arihood, journalist, photographer

[Photo by Melanie via East Village Corner]

Ray Deter, bar owner, father

[Photo via Brew York, New York]

Cornell Edwards, store owner, caring neighbor

[Photo by John Galayda via One Horse Town.]

Joe Gonzalez, aka Caveman, veteran, pool aficionado

[Photo by Cary Conover]

John Leeper, bartender, father figure

[Photo by John Yale via the Grassroots Facebook page]

Monica "Kathryn" Shay, teacher, activist

[Image via]

Ellen Stewart, theater director, creative spirit

[Photo via La Mama]