Friday, February 14, 2014

EV Grieve Etc.: Mourning Edition

[On Avenue A, photo by Grant Shaffer]

Landmarks Preservation Commission still not pleased with plans for 9-story hotel adjacent to the Merchant's House Museum on East 4th Street (Curbed)

Early photos of the Merchant's House Museum (Off the Grid)

Mayor de Blasio nixes 'infill' plan for NYCHA properties (The Villager)

The paintings of East Village artist and activist Sally Young are up at the Ottendorfer Library (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

East Village photographer Sally Davies has a show at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery (The Jewish Week)


Video interlude... Casey Neistat snowboarding yesterday on the streets of the East Village and LES...


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Playing bocce on First Avenue (Ephemeral New York)

Talking 2 years of Centre-fuge art on East First Street (BoweryBoogie)

A look at new restaurants opening on the Bowery (Eater)

An interview with LES resident Michael Kelly, who stars on "House of Cards" (The Lo-Down)

The last 5 standalone diners in Manhattan (Scouting NY)


And this week marked the annual wreath-laying on Founder's Day at Cooper Union ... EVG reader Beth Sopko (Cooper Union class of '87) shared these photos (find more here) ... some students turned out on Wednesday, on Peter Cooper's 233rd birthday, wearing all black clothes and carrying black balloons — a statement regarding the board's decision to begin charging undergraduate tuition at the school starting this fall ...


nygrump said...

I'm kind of obsessed with this, but apparently they closed the park 3 months ago not for construction but so it could be used as a storage space for the sewer contractors.

Scuba Diva said...

I dunno; the party line is that the park is under construction, supposedly to expand the pedestrian plaza.

It may have something to do with the Water Tunnel #3 construction going on—after all, one big part of the project is right over on Lafayette street—but as far as anyone knows it really is legit.

nygrump said...

All I know is the park has been closed for 3 months and almost nothing has been done to it, they dug up a small area one day in the southern side where the old toilet used to be and cut off a section of fence where the sewer guys store their piles of culverts and connectors and 2x4's. It has absolutely nothing to do with the student unrest.

Scuba Diva said...

nygrump: I never said it did; the students definitely aren't protesting the fence and construction equipment. These projects usually take longer than they have to.

And: Old toilet? I don't remember a toilet ever being in Cooper Square.

nygrump said...

Scuba - my student unrest reference was regarding the protests that took place (and continue) in 2013. At the south end of the park there used to be a toilet you can see on old postcards, at least that's what I've been told. Somewhere I read a story the toilet is still there, just covered over. Apparently society could have public toilets and baths in the old days without worrying about perverts and freaks and obsessing over the cost of providing a public service. or maybe not...