Friday, January 24, 2020

Today in vehicles with diplomatic plates on 6th Street



Thanks to Salim for this photo between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Updated: Thanks to the commenter — this is the Mercedes G63 6×6 AMG featuring six-wheel drive running on 5.5L, 536-hp, 561-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8 AMG engine. The vehicle has five electronic differential locks, which can deliver 100% lockup of all six wheels, operated by three switches on the dashboard. (I cut-n-paste that from Wikipedia!)

In case you were craving mac-n-cheese late nights or early mornings on the weekend



Staring tonight, S'MAC (aka Sarita's Mac & Cheese) is expanding its hours over at First Avenue and 12th Street.

Moving forward, they'll be open until 5 a.m. on weekends. Dine-in, takeout and delivery will all be available.

S'MAC moved to this corner space in the summer of 2017 after 11 years at 345 E. 12th St.

'Sweet' talk



Porridge Radio's new record, Every Bad, is out in March. The video here, released last week, is for "Sweet." The buzzy Brighton, U.K.-based quartet will be out at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on March 23.

EVG Etc.: Frank Prisinzano in the kitchen; Hal Hartley at the Metrograph


[Avenue A street scene]

• Enjoy this feature on chef Frank Prisinzano, whose EV restaurants include Frank, Lil’ Frankies, and Supper (Grub Street)

• A few more previews pieces on the new International Center of Photography that opens tomorrow down in Essex Crossing (The Art Newspaper ... The Wall Street Journal)

• MTA head Andy Byford resigns — for real this time (Politico) Reaction: (Gothamist ... amNY)

• About the mabo tofu ramen at the just-opened Sanpoutei on Second Avenue (Grub Street ... previously on EVG)

• A federal appeals court this week overturned part of Sheldon Silver’s conviction on public corruption charges (The Lo-Down)

• Rallying to save this lower Fifth Avenue building from demolition (Town & Village)

• Jonas Mekas’s debut film, "Guns of the Trees," has been restored and is getting a week-long theatrical premiere a year after his death (Anthology Film Archives)

• Metrograph giving the retrospective treatment to Hal Hartley (an EVG favorite from the early 1990s) with screenings of "The Unbelievable Truth," "Trust" and "Simple Men," among many others (Official site)

• Coverage of the five-alarm fire in Chinatown on Mulberry and Bayard last night (CBS New York ... NBC New York ... BoweryBoogie)

• Fairway going Chapter 11 after all (Bloomberg)

... and this Big Belly on Seventh and A has a future as a lending library...


[Photo yesterday by Derek Berg]

City Council bill will make sure that your cash is good at all businesses

This has been a popular topic in the EVG comments: establishments that do not accept cash for payment, a discussion seen most recently when the credit/debit-card only Three Seat Espresso announced its closure on Avenue A.

This likely won't be an issue moving forward. City Council yesterday voted — 43-3 in favor of the bill — to require stores and restaurants in the five boroughs to accept cash for payment.

As Council members noted, businesses that accept only credit and debit cards are discriminating against residents who lack bank accounts and credit cards.

Enforcement details via the Associated Press:

Businesses that refuse cash will be fined $1,000 for the first violation and $1,500 after that. The measure, which is expected to go into effect by the end of the year, also prohibits stores from charging higher prices for paying in cash.

An excerpt from Gothamist:

"We in the Council have real concerns that an increasingly cashless marketplace could have a real-world discriminatory effect on the most vulnerable New Yorkers," said the bill's sponsor, Councilmember Ritchie Torres, in a phone interview. "There are some people, especially senior citizens...who prefer cash as a habitual method of payment. There are some who prefer cash because it's more predictable. Or they're concerned about privacy."

As Eater pointed out, this means that restaurant chains like Dos Toros and By Chloe and several establishments in the Union Square Hospitality Group (Daily Provisions at Union Square, for example) will have to start accepting cash.

The bill will go into effect nine months after Mayor de Blasio signs it into law. A spokesperson for the mayor told Gothamist that he supports the bill.

The artists will run Performance Space New York in 2020


[EVG file photo]

Leadership at Performance Space New York has announced a new, artist-run model for 2020 at the nonprofit arts organization on First Avenue and Ninth Street.

Here's part of the letter we received from choreographer Sarah Michelson and Executive Artistic Director Jenny Schlenzka that explains the yearlong project called 02020.

For the year of 2020 a group of NYC-based artists and collectives have been given the mandate to run the organization together with our staff, board and leadership. The artists have received keys to the spaces, have moved into our business offices, and will move into our theaters next month.

They have full transparency into the organization’s inner workings and full artistic control of our programming, including oversight of the website. Our total annual production budget is at the artists’ full disposal to pay themselves a wage and develop their programmatic platforms. The only requirement of their tenure is that the spaces must be utilized.

Shifting our model is shifting our future: toward new institutional structures, new coalitions, new partnerships, new priorities. We know artistic practice is changing, that the world is changing, and that we need to be ready to adjust. We are betting on an artist-recalibrated institutional mission as a catalyst for futurist art practice

The cohort of artists will announce their initial plans via the Performance Space New York website in the middle of February.

Last week, Performance Space New York (formerly P.S. 122), now entering its 40th year, unveiled a new partnership with the Keith Haring Foundation. Moving forward, their main space will be known as the Keith Haring Theatre.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Picture this: Details on how you can be part of an East Village photo club



Susan Schiffman is looking to start a photo club for interested East Village residents.

Schiffman, who has been photographing the apartments of rent-stabilized tenants living in the East Village for her Instagram account, I Am a Rent Stabilized Tenant, shared this overview:

I want to invite people who love to take photos to come together to meet, to share and to talk about photos they have taken or seen or projects they are thinking about starting. Maybe we can put a show together.

We have a space to meet once a month at the Tompkins Square Library. It would be great if you could stop by and join the conversation about photography.

Please let me know if you are interested or have any questions. You may email me here.

We will meet the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. The first meeting is Saturday, Feb. 1. If you would like to share your photos, then please bring prints or photos on a usb drive.

You may catch up on Susan's posts for EVG here. She was also featured in The New Yorker this past summer.

A new East Village home for Social Tees



Social Tees Animal Rescue has secured a new space in the East Village — on Ninth Street just west of Avenue A.

Management of the 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue received the keys to their new home base last week.

Here's part of their message to us:

"We are so excited to make this a fun gathering spot for the community! It’s just an office so no animals will be onsite — all are in foster homes. We hope to do weekly and monthly events open to the public, and we’d love neighbors to stop in to say hi when we’re open."

No word on those office hours just yet.

Social Tees is also under new leadership: currently directors Samantha Brody and Marisa Adler with manager Julie Ainsbury.

They had been on the lookout for new space since moving out of their storefront on Fifth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue this past September.

Social Tees has had several storefronts in the East Village, including on Fourth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue and Second Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. They moved into the former Gimme Gimme Records space in early 2013.

Their new office is in one of Icon Realty's storefronts along 441-445 E. Ninth St. (aka 145 Avenue A), whose newish retail tenants mostly vacated last year.

Despite the retail turnover in Icon properties, Social Tees management said that they are "are in a much safer lease now," thanks to their team of pro-bono lawyers. Social Tees was previously in a challenging situation in a space taken over by Steve Croman.

Former Crooked Tree transforming into Isabella on St. Mark's Place



The new restaurant venture for the former Crooked Tree space on St. Mark's Place is called Isabella... we had a recent lettering reveal on the front door here between Avenue A and First Avenue ...



Isabella — Dine In • Take Out • Delivery.

There's also a placeholder website for Isabella, whose url includes the words Italian NYC. There isn't any other info on the site — aside from "coming soon."

After 20 years of serving up crêpes and other cafe fare at 110 St. Mark's Place, Crooked Tree closed last February.

The owners of David's Cafe right next door were on the February 2019 CB3-SLA agenda for a new liquor license for this space. (Crooked Tree owner Daniel Rivera is also a partner in David's Cafe.) The questionnaire on file at the CB3 website (PDF here) didn't contain too many revealing details about what was taking over the space. Hopefully we'll know more soon enough.

H/T Steven for the photos!

Sanpoutei Gyoza & Ramen debuts this evening on 2nd Avenue



Sanpoutei Gyoza & Ramen is having its grand opening today at 92 Second Ave. between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.

As we've pointed out, this launch has been a long time in the making. In the fall of 2018, CB3 OK'd a beer-wine license (they were originally seeking full liquor) for the Sanpou Group, which operates 30 restaurants worldwide, including Sanpoutei Ramen, which started in Niigata, Japan, in 1967.

Reviews of the restaurant note that "Sanpoutei is defined by its authentic Niigata-style ramen, a shoyu-ramen in a clear fish stock-based broth."

A preview at The Daily Meal notes that "its signature ramen is made with a niboshi dashi (dried baby sardines). Other dishes will include handmade gyoza, edamame with Sichuan peppercorn, dake drunken chicken and mapo ramen."

The doors open today at 5 p.m. Their hours are 5-10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; until midnight Friday and Saturday. A lunch service starts on Tuesday. You can find their menu at this link.

Sanpoutei joins a competitive ramen market in the East Village. Other recent-ish arrivals include Tatsu Ramen on First Avenue ... and TabeTomo on Avenue A.

Kabin Bar & Lounge closed in March 2015 at this address. While there were a few potential suitors, the storefront remained empty until the build-out for Sanpoutei Gyoza & Ramen began last year.

Previously on EV Grieve:
The first sign of Japanese ramen shop Sanpoutei arrives at former Kabin space on 2nd Avenue

Evening Dew Spa rides off into the sunset on 9th Street


[Photo by Steven]

A for rent sign arrived on Tuesday outside the Evening Dew Spa (aka Skyline Spa) on Ninth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue... presumably bringing an end to this 24-hour spa that provided a variety of spa services, and not just in the evening, per its website...



H/T SM!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wednesday's parting shot



Happy early Valentine's Day from Union Square ... photo by Derek Berg.

Construction watch: 799 Broadway


[Photo from Saturday]

Workers are starting on the fourth floor of the incoming 12-story zig-zagging office complex on the southwest corner of Broadway at 11th Street.

The address was the former home of the recently demolished St. Denis building. Normandy Real Estate Partners bought the property for somewhere in the $100 million ballpark back in 2016.

According to a news release about the address: "799 Broadway will feature floor-to-ceiling glass, private terraces, and 15 foot high ceilings. This combination of highly desirable location and state-of-the-art design will appeal to New York’s most progressive and creative companies."

And (previously revealed) renderings of the new building via architects Perkins and Will ...





The official site for 799 Broadway is at this link.

This is the type of new development of concern to preservationists, who say this out-of-scale construction is a threat to the area south of Union Square, where other new development includes 809 Broadway.

This morning, the City Planning Commission holds a public hearing on the proposed hotel special permit requirement for Greenwich Village and the East Village south of Union Square.

Per the Village Preservation:

The Mayor’s campaign donors and supporters are real beneficiaries are of this plan, which does nothing to fulfill promises to protect these neighborhoods in the wake of increased development pressure from the City Council’s approval of the upzoning for the Mayor’s 14th Street Tech Hub [in August 2018].

As for the southwest corner of Broadway and 11th Street: The former St. Denis building, which was 165 years old, was noteworthy for many reasons. It opened in 1853 as the St. Denis Hotel, which is where Ulysses S. Grant wrote his post-Civil War memoirs and Alexander Graham Bell provided the first demonstration of the telephone to New Yorkers. (For more history, Jeremiah Moss, who once had an office in the St. Denis, wrote this feature titled "The Death and Life of a Great American Building" for The New York Review of Books in March 2018.)

However, the building was not landmarked... and it is not in a Historic District.


[Image via Wikipedia Commons]

Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: Former St. Denis Hotel selling for $100 million

Report: Half of the units in Raphael Toledano's former East Village portfolio remain vacant

Nearly three years have passed since Silverstone Properties, a subsidiary of Madison Realty Capital (MRC), took control of disgraced landlord Raphael Toledano's 15-building portfolio in the East Village.

As The Real Deal reported yesterday, due to drawn-out court proceedings, a bankruptcy plan has yet to be executed for the buildings. According to Met Council, a tenants’ rights group, half of the 279 units have been “warehoused” since 2016. Per TRD: "The portfolio includes 226 rent-stabilized apartments, according to tax filings."

This past December, Tenants Taking Control — the group formerly known as the Toledano Tenants Coalition — reported that there were 136 vacant apartments across the 15-building portfolio. At the time, the group called on MRC to sell the 15 buildings to a nonprofit preservation buyer.

In comments to TRD, an MRC spokesperson blamed Toledano for the delay, saying, “The owner of the properties demolished the vacant units a few years ago and therefore the vacant units are not habitable at this time.” She said that Madison still does not own the properties despite the foreclosure in 2017.

In June 2019, Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with Toledano to put an end to his harassment of tenants and to prevent him from engaging in speculative real-estate deals designed to profit by violating New York’s rent-stabilization laws.

The AG's investigation established that Toledano engaged in a pattern of fraudulent and illegal conduct throughout his work as a landlord and real-estate developer. He harassed tenants through coercive buyouts, illegal construction practices and failed to provide his rent-regulated tenants with utilities, repairs and other necessary services, according to the AG's office.

Toledano had received $124 million in cash and lines of credit from MRC to finance his $97 million purchase of the buildings.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Tenants call out Madison Realty Capital: Stop warehousing rent-regulated apartments

Report: Raphael Toledano files for Chapter 11; $145 million deal for EV portfolio is off the table

Police looking for 5 suspects in robbery inside building near 2nd Avenue and St. Mark's Place



The NYPD is looking for five individuals wanted in a late-night robbery inside a building near Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place.

Police officials shared this info yesterday as well as the above images of three of the suspects...

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the individuals depicted in the above photos wanted for questioning in connection to a robbery that occurred within the confines of the 9th Precinct. Details are as follows:

It was reported to police that on Thursday, Jan. 9, at approximately 12:30 a.m., at a residential building in the vicinity of Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place, five individuals followed the 23-year-old male victim to the second floor of the building and demanded his property.

One of the individuals lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun in his waistband. The victim complied and the individuals fled the building in an unknown direction with a wallet containing multiple bank/credit cards. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.

The NYPD report did not include any descriptions of the suspects.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.

La Mia Pizza coming to 4th Avenue



Signage is now up on Fourth Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Street, where La Mia Pizza will be setting up shop in the former Pie by the Pound space.

This appears to be an outpost of the La Mia Pizza on First Avenue in Yorkville. (EVG reader Jeanne Krier, who shared the above photo, has tried La Mia Pizza and likes it.)

Pie by the Pound closed here last July after 17 years in business. A regular told us that the lease was up, and the owner wanted to pursue other opportunities.

Bites of Xi'an looking to make its mark on 10th Street



Signage recently arrived for Bites of Xi'an on 10th Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue (in the retail space below Turntable Lab)...



According to the restaurant's website, ownership also runs Xifu Foods in Brooklyn, Foody's Dumpling on Ninth Avenue and KungFu12 Szechuan in Clarksville, Md.

Once open, Bites of Xi'an will offer a variety of homemade noodles, dumplings and rougamo, a hamburger-like meat sandwich from Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province.

This subterranean storefront has been vacant since Ramen Zundo-Ya closed in December 2018.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

[Updated] NYPD officer pinned between vehicles during traffic stop on Houston and Avenue D

In case you're wondering about the helicopters and large NYPD presence this evening around 8.

According to media accounts, plainclothes officers had conducted a traffic stop on Houston and Avenue D/Pitt Street. ABC 7 reported that the suspect reversed his vehicle, pinning one of the officers against the police car.

The officer, from Police Service Area 4 on Avenue C and Eighth Street, reportedly suffered a leg injury and was taken up First Avenue to Bellevue.

The suspect drove off was arrested a short distance away, per the Citizen app. Charges are pending.

Updated:

CBS 2 has a different (and correct) version of what happened. According to the station, "an out-of-control van hit the officer's parked unmarked car from the back." The Post's account corraberates this version of the incident.

Police caught the driver of the mini-van nearby on Delancey and Columbia streets, per these two reports.

Updated 1/22

The Daily News reports that the driver of the mini-van was allegedly drunk:

Franklin Liz, 45, is now facing drunk driving, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment charges for starting a chain reaction on Tuesday evening that left a 39-year-old police officer in the hospital with a compound fracture to his right leg, cops said.

Bait & Hook has closed



The now-former home of Bait & Hook is for lease on the northwest corner of 14th Street and Second Avenue.

EVG reader Jimmy reports that a "closed for renovations" sign arrived last week...



... followed by the arrival of the for rent sign on Friday. (And H/T Shiv and Pinch!)

Bait & Hook opened as an alleged seafood restaurant in September 2012.

Per the press release at the time:

Bait & Hook offers a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere where seafood is the star. Diners can enjoy a reasonably priced meal without compromising high-end, quality cuisine and service. Bait & Hook provides the perfect destination for a quick bite, affordable date or a group gathering, with something on the menu to please everyone in your party.

"We wanted to open a place that offered New Yorkers an affordable, casual dining experience, with the feel of a seafood shack but the taste of an ocean-side eatery," said Executive Chef Joe Bachman.

The space soon earned the nickname Bait & Switch via a few neighbors when the place became a sports bar (an Eagles gathering spot during the NFL season) and SantaCon stop.

There were signs on trouble early last year when the "closed for renovations" signs arrived along with a three-day rent demand from the landlord.

Before Bait & Hook, the space was the Meatball Factory then Hole Foods ... and before that! The Pizza Hut-Nathan's-Arthur Treacher's combo, which vanished in 2010...

2nd Avenue gas explosion trial recap


[Image via CBS 2]

A recap from the gas-explosion trial in case you were away this past holiday weekend. The sentencing took place on Friday...

• Trio responsible for the deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison (Friday)

• Convicted gas explosion landlord Maria Hrynenko out on bail; contractor, plumber remain behind bars (Saturday)

Meanwhile, here's a look from Sunday at the new building going up on Second Avenue and Seventh on two of the three lots destroyed on March 26, 2015...



Workers have been quickly erecting the Morris Adjmi-designed building at 119 Second Ave. — officially 45 E. Seventh St. — that will feature 21 condo units and ground-floor retail. The new building will include a commemorative plaque that honors victims Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Locón.

We expect the construction tarp to come down soon, revealing ...


[Rendering via Morris Adjmi]

In the spring of 2017, Shaky Cohen's Nexus Building Development Group paid $9.15 million for the empty lots at No. 119 and No. 121 that Hrynenko owned.

In a transaction from late 2016, Ezra Wibowo paid $6 million for the adjacent property at 123 Second Ave. that was owned by a different landlord who had no role in the explosion. There isn't any development planned there for now, according to previous reports.

Chase unveils its Coffee Shop-replacing sign on Union Square



Chase, the newish tenant on the southwest corner of West 16th Street and Union Square West, has erected its new vertical sign on the building — a bland attempt at replicating the familiar neon that was here for 60-plus years.

Food writer Nick Solares shared these photos...



A little history. The Coffee Shop, the Brazilian-American diner run by former Wilhelmina models, closed here in October 2018 after 28 years in business. The Chase branch opened on Dec. 17 ... along with Chase-partnered Joe Coffee. (There's also another vegan quick-serve outpost of by CHLOE on the 16th Street side.)

During the renovations, workers removed the 1950s-era Coffee Shop neon sign — which belonged to the cafe (called Chase, oddly enough) that predated the Coffee Shop by several businesses.

There was some hope that the old sign would return after a cleaning/refurbishment. Obviously that isn't happening.


[Photo via Jeremiah Moss]

The Sunshine Cinema closed 2 years ago today



Foundation work continues for the 9-story office building coming to 143 E. Houston St. between Eldridge and Forsyth ... at night, the site looks like the bombed-out ruins of a building...



The property was home for 17 years to the five-screen Landmark Sunshine Theater. The Sunshine closed two years ago today — Jan. 21, 2018.

East End Capital and K Property Group, who bought the property for $31.5 million in the spring of 2017, are putting in the office complex with retail space. The links below have more details on what has transpired and what's to come.

And look back at the space in December 2017...



Previously on EV Grieve:
Sunshine Cinema-replacing office building moving forward; demolition watch back on

Discarded theater seats and goodbyes at the Sunshine Cinema

The 9-story boutique office building coming to the former Sunshine Cinema space

A celebratory ad on the purchase of 139 E. Houston St., current home of the Sunshine Cinema

The boutique office building replacing the Sunshine Cinema will be 'unbounded by walls' with an outdoor space called Houston Alley

Citi Bike docking station arrives on 12th Street at Avenue C



Almost one year ago to the day, Citi Bike announced citywide expansion plans for its fleet, a plan that included two new docking stations in the East Village — First Avenue at Fifth Street and 12th Street at Avenue C.

The First Avenue docking station arrived the middle of last month. And now last week, the docking station showed up on 12th Street and Avenue C...



This new Citi station features 41 docks for bikes.

H/T Choresh!

Previously on EV Grieve:
A look at where Citi Bike is expanding in the East Village

iSouvlaki Greek Grill on tap for 139 E. 12th St.


[Photo by EVG reader Laura]

There has been activity in recent weeks inside the vacant storefront at 139 E. 12th St. at Third Avenue... and late last week the sign arrived for the new tenant — the iSouvlaki Greek Grill, which looks to fall into the "fast casual" category.

The owners are said to be from Merakia on West 21st Street, the same proprietors who were behind the previous venture here — Greekito, which featured Greek tacos, beer and wine, and coffee.

Greekito closed in November 2018 shortly after changing up concepts from the Wayside, a cafe-coffee shop that lasted six years.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday's parting shot



On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day... a look at what's left of the World Peace mural (circa 2010-2011) that includes his image on 12th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C...



Unfortunately, parts of this wall that faces the Children’s Workshop School have chipped away in recent years ... enough of the mural remains, though, to convey a message.

Room rental of the day

This one is making the rounds today... (thanks to everyone who forwarded the link!)

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What a steal #whatisnewyork (@adam_susser)

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Discarded flower power



You may have noticed the flowers outside the former Bar Virage on the northeast corner (we were just talking about this space) of Second Avenue and Seventh Street this morning...



This is an ongoing project via @concretegardennyc ... a collaboration between @gumshoeart and @cohreenah, who rescue discarded flowers from the trash and place them on vacant storefronts to help beautify the space ... they've previously done this on the southwest corner of the Bowery and East Houston ... and the former New York Central Art Supply on Third Avenue near 11th Street...

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Where flowers bloom, so does hope ✨

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Soft opening today for Baji Baji on 1st Avenue


[Image via Instagram]

Baji Baji debuts today at 145 First Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street. They are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ... and after a break, 5 to 11 p.m.

As we've been noting, owner Jay Yang decided to revamp China Star here... and the renovations — and subsequent inspections by the FDNY and Con Ed — took longer than expected...


[Photo by Lola Saénz]

The quick-serve restaurant recently launched an Instagram account if you want to take a look at their dishes (Yang said previously that despite the name change, the menu will mostly remain unchanged) ...

A random appreciation: the Immaculate Conception Church on 14th Street


[Photo from Saturday]

While doing some research on another topic, I came across this article from The New York Times in July 1998 on the Immaculate Conception Church on 14th Street at First Avenue.

Some history...

Across from the stark red-brick boxes of Stuyvesant Town, the 1896 Immaculate Conception Church at 414 East 14th Street looks like a little French village.

The Gothic-style complex is only half of what was originally built, but the parish has taken good care of its second-hand assemblage ...

Immaculate Conception was built as Grace Chapel, an Episcopal mission established by Grace Church, at 10th and Broadway, one of New York's richest and most influential parishes in the 19th century. Begun in 1894, the chapel, seating 800, was the focal point of a large complex including a parish house, clubhouse, clergy house and infirmary. It was built to serve the poor Protestants in the area.

Immaculate Conception Church was originally across the street at 505 E. 14th St. However, the church was demolished when the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company began developing the Stuyvesant Town housing complex.

So in 1943, Immaculate Conception bought the old Grace Chapel complex.

You can read the full article at this link.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Week in Grieview


[Photo from last night]

• Trio responsible for the deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison (Friday) ... Convicted gas explosion landlord Maria Hrynenko out on bail; hired help remains behind bars (Saturday)

• RIP Matthew Maher, longtime owner of McSorley's (Monday)

• About those detailed East Village drawings at the new Trader Joe's on 14th Street (Wednesday)

• Updated: NYPD investigating report of man shot with a pellet gun on Avenue C (Thursday)

• Performance Space New York introduces the Keith Haring Theatre on 1st Avenue (Thursday)

• Farmwich pops up with speciality sandwiches at Ben's Deli on Avenue B (Monday)

• Police searching for 2 suspects in knifepoint robbery at Anwar Grocery on Avenue B (Wednesday)

• THIS is actually the new home for the Half Gallery on 4th Street and Avenue B (Thursday)

• Police searching for suspect in early morning stabbing in East River Park this past Dec. 24 (Tuesday)

• Latest Post "exclusive" is a story EVG reported on 11 months ago (Wednesday)

• Arepa Factory closes up on Avenue A (Tuesday)

• I Love Panzerotti now open on St. Mark's Place (Thursday)


[A scene on 2nd Avenue via Derek Berg]

• Liquiteria has apparently closed on 4th Avenue (Monday)

• Mobile police lights arrive on St. Mark's Place (Monday)

• Looking at two empty corner storefronts along 7th Street (Friday)

• First sign of the Pineapple Club on 6th Street (Wednesday)

• Watch Baby Yoda come to life outside the 2nd Avenue F stop (Friday)

• Fast-casual bowl alert: Sweetgreen opens on the Bowery (Tuesday)

• Mysteries: Who placed these pink gumball machines along Avenue A? (Friday)

• Lenwich giving University Place a roll (Wednesday)

... and a photo from East Houston Friday night with the Snapseed app's vintage filter...



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Saturday, January 18, 2020

It snowed for awhile today



And it marked the first snowfall of the year, of the decade... it eventually turned to sleet... before then, a few familiar snowy scenes from around the neighborhood...







... and here are two street scenes via Vinny & O...





... and Salim shared this from outside Josie's on Sixth Street...