Saturday, February 2, 2019

EVG Etc.: African-American history in the East Village; an EV avenue on the Upper East Side

[Doggy bag on 7th Street earlier this week via Derek Berg]

Good Samaritan assaulted at the McDonald's on 14th Street near First Avenue (Town & Village)

Co-working network The Wing is moving its corporate headquarters to the former Stuyvesant Polyclinic building on Second Avenue between St. Mark's and Ninth Street (6sqft ... previously)

A guided tour of African-American history in the East Village (Off the Grid)

Our local City Council rep, Carlina Rivera, discusses the opposition to the new stormproofing plans for East River Park (WNYC ... previously)

Details on the NYCHA, HUD tentative deal (Curbed)

Get the lead out! Tests show lead levels 36x health standard in this Delshah Capital building on Ludlow Street (The Real Deal)

Avenue A — on the Upper East Side? (Ephemeral New York)

The Metrograph is screening Chantal Akerman's mesmerizing documentary "News From Home," featuring long takes of locations in New York City circa the mid-1970s (Official site)

An interview with writer Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a lifelong Lower East Side resident (Untapped Cities)

Another Ramone book to consider — Richie Ramone's "I Know Better Now" (LA Weekly)

15 things (maybe) you didn’t know about the East Village (6sqft ... previously)

The Posties declare winners and losers in the L-train shutdown switcheroo (The Post)

CB2 says no to Elizabeth Street Garden redevelopment (Curbed)

Is the Reported app is curbing bad taxi driving? (Streetsblog)

A look at the residents of Westbeth Artists Housing, the first and largest federally subsidized artists’ colony in the country when it opened in 1970 (Artsy)

... and here's Eden with this crime report (at Tarallucci e Vino?) ...


bill said...

Kevin Walsh's book "Forgotten New York: Views of a Lost Metropolis" has a picture and discussion of the property, p. 186, "Avenue A? Up Here?"

Anonymous said...

Kevin Walsh's book "Forgotten New York: Views of a Lost Metropolis" has a picture and brief discussion of the "Avenue A" property on the upper east side, p. 186. I bought a copy at Strand recently. It covers all five boros and has an extensive bibliography. The section on the East Village shows Jim Powers' mosaic along Astor and St. Mark's Places, among other pictures.

Giovanni said...

In spite of the new improved McDonlald’s upscaling renovation on 14th Street, it continues to resemble a cage match in a wrestling arena that just happens to serve hamburgers. And to think this neighborhood used to be so safe.

Anonymous said...

Alphabet City was not safe in the early '80s. When I moved here during that time, the saying was A is awful, B is bad, C is crazy, D you're dead. I only got mugged once.
True, it got better in the '90s, but crime still happens.

Giovanni said...

I’ve never been mugged either. But I did have my bike stolen once. I was set up by one of the toughest guys from the projects, a real hood who stole anything that wasn’t nailed down. He had his gang lure me to a secluded spot near the East River, and they took my brand new orange Fuji 12 speed, the most beautiful bike you’ve ever seen,

What these hoods didn’t count on was that I knew who they were, and that a few close family friends were much more dangerous than they would ever be. These family friends “managed” a peep show up on 42nd Street, among other colorful activities, These friends went to the guys house, and when he refused to give the bike back, saying he had already sold it, they hung his mother out the window and warned him that if I didn’t get my bike back by the next day, they would come back and drop her out of that window next time. Needless to say, I got my brand new Fuji 12 speed back the very next day, and that hood never messed with me again.

And to think, this neighborhood used to be so nice and safe.

DrGecko said...

@Giovanni - one of the toughest hoods in the hood lived with his mother? That's too believable for me to believe.

Anonymous said...


Giovanni said...

@Dr Gecko. After doing some hard time in state prison, he moved uptown to Inwood, and from what I understand, he still lives with his mother.