[A note at Ben Shaoul's new condoplex next to Katz's]
As we've been reporting, City Council held an oversight hearing on the secretly revised East River Park stormproofing plan on Wednesday afternoon. Gothamist and Curbed had reporters at the well-attended hearing. Find their recaps at these links:
• LES & East Village Residents Feel 'Duped' By City's Surprise Plan To Bury East River Park (Gothamist)
• Revamped East Side flood protection plan debated at packed City Council hearing (Curbed)
A visit to the East 14th Street home of aerialist Phoenix Feeley, who is subletting her place that is outfitted with a trapeze hoop. However: "The hoop will stay in a locked closet, for use by any tenants with the proper training and insurance." (The New Yorker)
The MTA postpones its fare-hike vote — until next month (amNY)
Inside the fight over the Elizabeth Street Garden (Curbed)
What's happening in the ongoing e-bike/e-scooter debate among city bigs (Daily News)
A new development with "micro units" coming to Essex Street (City Realty)
Yep: New York’s nightlife industry outpaces rest of local economy (Curbed)
Staffers at the New Museum on the Bowery vote to unionize (Hyperallergic)
East Village-based singer-songwriter Riley Pinkerton plays the Mercury Lounge Feb. 6 (Official site)
An appreciation of the late Saul Leiter, artist, photographer and longtime East Village resident (Off the Grid)
Give 'em the hook originated on stage at this Bowery theater in the 1890s (Ephemeral New York)
"Burning," the critically acclaimed South Korean thriller from Lee Chang-dong, got snubbed in the best foreign-language film category in the Oscar race. Anyway, it's still enjoying a run at the Quad on 13th Street (Official site)
A rando ICYMI: That video of Beto O'Rourke on rhythm guitar in a onesie and sheep mask playing (with a band) "Blitzkrieg Bop" (Mother Jones)
... and if you happen to have a subscription to The Economist, then you can read a feature on Alex Harsley, the photographer who runs the great 4th Street Photo Gallery on Fourth Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery. The piece is titled "Alex Harsley is an unsung doyen of New York photography."
The city has been Mr Harsley’s home since 1948, when, aged ten, he moved there from South Carolina. He took his first photograph ten years later, and became the first black photographer to work for the city’s district attorney’s office. His scintillating pictures freeze moments in New York’s evolution from the 1950s to the present.
You can also head into the EVG archives for this two-part interview with Alex from January 2014.
[Photo for EVG by James Maher]