Tuesday, May 21, 2024

At the annual Dance Parade and DanceFest

Photos by Stacie Joy

Let's head back to Saturday for some highlights from the 18th annual Dance Parade ... and post-parade DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park. 

Per organizers, there were some 10,000 participants and 100-plus styles of dance represented. (Side note: We did NOT see anyone doing The Aqua Velva or The Shugaloo.) 

EVG's Stacie Joy was stationed on Avenue A at St. Mark's Place as the parade came to a conclusion...
... and she was in and around Tompkins Square Park for the DanceFest that followed ...

The 37th edition of the Loisaida Festival takes place on May 26

Poster by Juan Carlos Pinto 

The 37th annual Loisaida Festival is happening on Sunday, May 26. 

This year's theme is "A Cultural Mosaic," which organizers say "beautifully encapsulates the diverse heritage and vibrant spirit of New York City's Lower East Side." 

The event, which unfolds along Avenue C-Loisaida Avenue between Fifth Street and 12th Street, includes more than 50 artisans and 10 food vendors. 

There's also a slate of bands and musicians on the main stage and elsewhere on the festival grounds. Visit this link for details.

Get ready for 3 days of the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

If you're looking for some free arts and entertainment this weekend, Theater for the New City is the place to be. 

TNC has scheduled more than 200 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and filmmakers for its 29th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which will occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Indoor performances will occur daily from 6 p.m. to midnight, using two of TNC's four theaters. Meanwhile, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, vendors and food sellers, including booths from nearby restaurants, will set up on the closed-off block of Tenth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue during another series of performances. 

You can find the complete list of activities (and times) at this link

Admission is free, though TNC will gladly accept donations. 

TNC is at 155 First Ave. at 10th Street.

A quick visit to Gnocchi on 9th

Photos by Stacie Joy

Gnocchi on 9th opened on April 13 at 315 E. Ninth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. 

Since then, we've heard mostly positive comments about the quick-serve offerings, priced at $10 or less.
The pasta and sauce are brought in from elsewhere and heated inside the small space...
... and served up to go (there's no inside dining) ...
The shop is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Monday's parting shot

Photo by Stacie Joy 

Santo (of The Source Unltd Print & Copy Shop) walking with Clyde on Avenue A...

These East Village residents are still cooking up a unique book of recipes

Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy 

Like a good meal, The East Village Community Cookbook is taking longer to prepare. 

As we reported last August, three East Villagers who bonded during the pandemic — Will Kroeze, pastor at Trinity Lower East Side, Dan Hyatt, a middle school teacher, and Will Horowitz, a chef and author who co-founded Ducks Eatery and Harry & Ida's Meat and Supply Co. — decided to create an old-school neighborhood cookbook. 

And they were able to secure more than 100 recipes from an array of local restaurants (C&B Café, Katz's, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Russ & Daughters, SMØR, Superiority Burger, and Veselka, among many others) and residents (Alan Cumming and Richard Hell, to name two). 

We haven't heard much about the project since the end of 2023, and some residents who pre-ordered a copy wonder what's happening. 

"We've also gotten people asking about the cookbook, which is taking quite a bit longer than we had expected," Pastor Will told me the other day. "What originally was going to be a DIY project is turning into a real design masterpiece and is going through several rounds of edits .... it’s really going to be something so special for our community." 

Regarding design, East Village-based artist and illustrator Marcellus Hall (whose New Yorker covers are among our favorites) is lending his talents to the cookbook. 

Pastor Will and Horowitz shared some pages with me during a recent production meeting...
"I've been telling people that it's a volunteer-driven labor of love, and like any community project, it's taking time to get right," Pastor Will said. "But it will be so great that it will be worth the wait." 

The organizers said they hope to get the work to the publisher shortly and print it toward the end of the summer. 

Donations for the East Village Community Cookbook started at $30. Proceeds benefit Trinity Lower East Side Services and Food for the Homeless (SAFH) on Ninth Street and Avenue B. 

While I was talking with the organizers, workers were busy preparing meals at Trinity Lower East Side...

The present and future of the NW corner of 1st Avenue and 2nd Street

The three-parcel property at 33-37 First Ave. is disappearing. Workers are focusing on demolishing the tallest building, the 5-story No. 37 (where the New Double Dragon was in the retail space).
As previously reported, a 7-floor residential building with ground-floor retail is now slated for 33-37 First Ave., the vacant three-building assemblage between Second Street and Third Street. 

According to DOB paperwork, the proposed building — using the address 88 E. Second St. — will be 19,278 square feet, with 2,994 square feet designated for commercial space. Plans call for 22 residential units, likely rentals, given the square footage. 

We haven't seen a rendering for the project yet... though we did spot this schematic for the address...
If this is, in fact, an accurate look at the new building, it appears the residential entrance will be on Second Street. 

The filings list Manny Ashourzadeh of Romah Management Corp. as the owner.

Openings: Sunflower Cafe on 2nd Avenue

Photo by Stacie Joy 

Sunflower debuted last week at 88 Second Ave. at Fifth Street. 

This is a sibling to the cafe of the same name on Third Avenue in Gramercy Park with the Instagram slogan "Let’s Brunch baby!

They serve some breakfast staples, lunch, and various coffee and drinks (menu here). 

Daily hours for now: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunflower is owned and operated by the same folks as the previous tenant here, Eros, the Greek restaurant that quietly closed in August 2022. Eros took over for their diner concept, The Kitchen Sink, in September 2021.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

May 19

Spring cleaning time in Village View... thanks to Elissa for the photo!

The duck stopped here

From this past week on Avenue B at 14th Street ... when a man stopped at a newsbox to feed his pet duck, who was wearing custom booties on its webbed feet. (Unsure if the carriage was for the duck.) 

Thanks to EVG reader Kris Divney for the photo!

Week in Grieview

Posts this past week included (with a photo from Tompkins Square Park by Stacie Joy)... 

• After a fire upstairs, a gutted TabeTomo hopes to reopen on Avenue A in August (Friday

• Don Juan's Barber Shop closing after 25 Years following rent hike (Monday)
• A look at Carnitas Ramirez, opening soon on 3rd Street in the East Village (Thursday

• Angels Boutique gets its wings on Avenue A (Tuesday)

• Coming together in Tompkins Square Park to remember Al 'Hammerbrain' Landess (Sunday

• At the first Show Brain show of 2024 in Tompkins Square Park (Wednesday

• Xi’an Famous Foods opens an outpost on 4th Avenue (Monday

• Planet Taco exits East Village orbit (Tuesday

• After 17 years of not being open on Mondays, Abraço is now open on Mondays (Monday

• Former Walgreens space on Union Square to be home to a Times Square-friendly business (Monday)

• 'Stayin' True' with Toofly at CLLCTV NYC (Saturday

• After a short break, Zaragoza Mexican Deli & Grocery is back open on Avenue A (Friday

• Some Cool pizza street art (Monday

• Citi Bike dock swap along Avenue A (Tuesday)

• Wonder debuts its new kind of food hall on Stuyvesant Street (Thursday

• At the annual Ukrainian Festival (Sunday

... and another moment from the Ukrainian Festival yesterday afternoon via Adriana Leshko ...

At the annual Ukrainian Festival

Photos by Stacie Joy 

The St. George Ukrainian Festival continues today on Seventh Street between Second Avenue and Cooper Square. 

Here are a few scenes from yesterday... when the intermittent drizzle didn't dampen the festivities...
Team Veselka was on hand with refreshments...
Today's outdoor stage performances begin at 1 p.m. ... before the festival concludes later in the afternoon...

Time for the Village View spring tag sale

The spring edition of the biennial Village View tag sale happens today (Sunday!) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The rain date is Sunday, June 2, but the forecast looks solid enough. 

As always, you can find the resident vendors — selling various items, including clothes, books, houseware, jewelry, bric-a-brac, and more — on the Fifth Street basketball court between Avenue A and First Avenue.