Wednesday, September 30, 2020
6 posts from September
Late afternoon on 1st Street
Sophie's, Josie's and Mona's will reopen this week
- Josie's (seen below yesterday), 520 E. Sixth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. (646) 590-0044
- Mona's, 224 Avenue B between 13th Street and 14th Street (212) 353-3780
- Sophie's (seen above last night), 507 E. Fifth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. (212) 228-5680
Black & White is closing, with plans to relocate in 2021
Hey everyone, we’re moving locations. We will be at 86 East 10th Street until the end of October so come get your last drinks here while you can and we’ll see you in our new location in 2021! We will be doing very limited indoor seating for the next month so dm us here if you want to make a reservation. Hope to see you all! Cheers!
Black & White reopened in early May for take-home drinks then limited curbside seating later.
EVG file photo
2nd Avenue closings: Spiritea, Dia and Atlas Cafe
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
A few details about tomorrow's video shoot on Avenue A
New hours for the city's free meal pick up
• P.S. 19 Asher Levy, 185 First Ave. between 11th Street and 12th Street
• P.S. 64/Tompkins Square Middle School 600 E. Sixth St. at Avenue B
The meal features an assortment of sandwiches or wraps, a vegetable, a piece of fruit and milk. (There's a daily menu here.) Multiple meals can be picked up at once. There is no need to prove residency or bring any other form of ID.
Construction watch: 11 Avenue C
After nearly four years of construction ... here's a look at how the 10-story 11 Avenue C (aka 350 E. Houston St.) is shaping up...
Foundation work began in December 2016 here on this lot that housed the neighborhood's last gas station.
The well-worn plywood rendering lists a March 2018 completion date...
A return for Tokio7?
Monday, September 28, 2020
Today in freebies on 6th Street
A belated happy birthday to Pedro A. Campos
[Updated] New York Sports Clubs is reopening today on Avenue A
Town Sports filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy [on Sept. 14] after facing debt coming due this fall as well as reduced cash flow and liquidity due to coronavirus-related closures.
Company executives need access to capital “so they can reopen the gyms with appropriate health and safety improvements, and comply with relevant consumer protection laws and obligations,” said Nicole Greenblatt, a lawyer representing Town Sports, during the court hearing.
After its bankruptcy filing, Town Sports sought to reassure its roughly 600,000 members that it wasn’t going out of business through postings on its gym brands’ websites.The company has requested to give back 22 location leases to its landlords and potentially reject 13 more locations, depending on lease negotiations.
This past spring, NYSC members were angry that the club was still charging them membership fees despite the COVID-19 closure. Town Sports did eventually offer refunds.
Gov. Cuomo allowed gyms to reopen with limited capacity in the city on Aug. 24.
Meanwhile, the ground-floor retail space here at 28 Avenue A has been vacant since Gracefully closed in November 2014. No word on the rent ask. What is wrong with this storefront?
In other local gym news, Ludlow Fitness on Delancey will not be reopening.
45 E. 7th St. now with its perforated cornice parapet
Kyuramen bringing ramen to 210 E. 14th St.
This marks only the second U.S. Kyuramen outpost, joining the one in Flushing.
This arrival also marks the third ramen chain to set up shop in the East Village this year, joining Strings Ramen on Second Avenue at 12th Street and Sanpoutei Gyoza & Ramen, which remains closed for now on Second Avenue near Fifth Street.
Chickpea was the last tenant at 210 E. 14th St., closing in April 2018.
H/T Upper West Sider!
Il Mattone space now going as the Pizza Spot on East Houston
The well-regarded Il Mattone first opened in Tribeca in 1992. This outpost debuted in May 2019 ... and had not reopened since the PAUSE went into effect back in March.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Week in Grieview
Spies like us: So long to the 7-month-old 'My Spy' ad at the AMC Village 7
After nearly seven months watching over Third Avenue, the four-story ad for "My Spy" has been removed from the AMC Village 7 at 11th Street...The ad arrived in late February to woo potential moviegoers to see the family-friendly action comedy starring Dave Bautista... which was set to open on March 13, but never made it into a theater with the COVID-19 crisis.
May Bautista continue to watch over us all, amen 🙏— This Isn't Michael (@micheil) September 26, 2020
Theaters remain closed in the city. However, there has been activity inside this AMC outpost of late.
Saturday afternoon in Tompkins Square Park
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Reader report: Needles in the dugout at East River Park
While my family and I were playing tag in the baseball field along the FDR, we came across a pile of about 12-14 syringes scattered in the dugout. We called 311 and they didn't give us much confidence that they would clean that up. I am horrified. We need to make people aware that this is happening in places where children play and that 311 isn't terribly concerned.
ICYMI: City makes outdoor dining permanent
Here are some particulars from the city's press release about how restaurants will able able to protect diners from the winter-time elements:
As cooler weather arrives, the City will allow restaurants to incorporate heating elements into their outdoor dining setups. Electrical heaters will be allowed on both sidewalk and roadway. Propane and natural gas heaters will be allowed on sidewalks only; they will remain prohibited in roadway seating. Propane will require a permit from FDNY and compliance with FDNY regulations for outdoor use, handling and secure outdoor tank storage overnight. Official guidance on what will be considered approved installation and use of heating elements will be released before the end of September, and restaurants are prohibited from installing heating elements until guidelines are released and followed.
Restaurants will also be permitted to use tent enclosures to keep diners warm. In partial tent enclosures, at least 50 percent of the tent’s side wall surface area must remain open and electrical heaters are allowed. In full tent enclosures, the tent’s side walls may be closed but occupancy limitations will be capped at 25 percent of capacity, and indoor dining guidelines must be followed; electrical heaters will also be allowed. Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, will be allowed for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation.
The New York Philharmonic Bandwagon will be pulling up to Astor Place today
Today's free show in Tompkins Square Park
It's that lovely time of year when neighbors get together to celebrate the cultural vitality of their community in our beloved Tompkins Square Park.In addition to speakers, information tables with local crafts, we will have the following musical talents:
> The Acute
> Evil Kim Evil
> Acorn Slim (with Dead Dean)
> Jennifer Blowdryer Soul Experience
> SEWAGE (with Spike Polite)
> The Love Pirates
> Grace The Enemy
> Ruckus Interruptus
> Soul Cake
> Rebelmatic (with surprise guest CV)
AND: Seth Tobocman (WW# Illustrated) will do a slide show with Eric Blitz and John Wagner.
An afternoon of roofless comedy for the people and the plants on 11th Street
Local resident Harkness Granger is hosting a comedy show "for the plants and the people" this afternoon at the 11th Street Community Garden, 422 E. 11th St. between First Avenue and Avenue A.
The show is at 4 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $5. And masks are mandatory for the limited capacity event.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Sen. Hoylman responds to anti-Semitic graffiti on 1st Avenue; 'Go to Hell, Nazis'
Early this morning, State Sen. Brad Hoylman spotted this moving truck with anti-Semitic graffiti parked on First Avenue between Third Street and Fourth Street.
"Hate is not welcome in our district, in Manhattan, or in any other part of our city," Hoylman said in a statement. "The perpetrators of this attack must be caught and held accountable. Close to 40,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors live in New York City. It hurts my heart to think that the many people who found refuge in America are still being targeted by this hateful ideology."
Just saw this on the west side of 1st Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets. Sickening. The perpetrators must be found and held accountable.— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) September 25, 2020
Go to hell, Nazis. pic.twitter.com/VzrRZ5Urns