Monday, September 13, 2021

East Side Coastal Resiliency work closes part of Stuyvesant Cove Park until 2023

Stuyvesant Cove Park north of 20th Street is now closed as floodwall work related to the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project continues along this corridor. 

This three-block section is expected to be closed until some time in 2023 (subject to change), per the flyers...

This part of this ESCR construction started at the end of 2020This is considered Project Area 2, which encompasses work between 15th Street and 25th Street, including Asser Levy Playground, Stuyvesant Cove Park, Murphy Brothers Playground, as well as local streets around the Con Edison facility. (You can find more updates about work in this section at this link.)

As Curbed previously reported: "Stuyvesant Cove will be dismantled and replaced with an elevated berm near the FDR Drive, with a sea wall built along its bike path on the waterfront. Solar One plans to move into a newly constructed building within a much different landscape."

The work on Stuyvesant Cove Park will happen in two phases... We're apparently in Phase 2... 
So this is Project Area 2. The part of the ESCR getting more attention here is Project Area 1 between Montgomery Street and 15th Street, including East River Park. That work is expected to begin this fall. Trees that the city will cut down have apparently already been identified. (Updated noon: Word is circulating that workers have started removing several trees.)

Kitchen Sink goes Greek, emerges as Eros

In recent months, paper has covered the windows at Kitchen Sink, the diner on Second Avenue at Fifth Street. 

The dining room appeared to be closed and under renovation, but they were serving in the curbside seats as well as offering takeout and deliveries. 

On Friday, new signage arrived (thanks to Steven for the photos!) ... and the place is now going as Eros, a Greek restaurant. (Same owners, we're told.) And the signage is identical to the Eros on Third Avenue in Murray Hill.
Not sure at the moment what the menu will be here — hopefully, some of the reliable diner fare will remain. The mostly renovated dining room is not yet open. The bar remains, though the TV sets have been removed.

The owners previously changed names from Moonstruck to the Kitchen Sink in the fall of 2015. 

Dig Inn apparently still has plans to reopen on 4th Avenue

Dig Inn has been sitting vacant since the NY State on PAUSE of March 2020 here on Fourth Avenue and 13th Street. 

While other locations of the health-conscious fast-casual chain reopened around the city, this one looked all but abandoned. 

However, new signage on the door promises that they'll "be right back" ...
Dig Inn debuted in this outpost in November 2019.

This has been a challenging corner for businesses since the longtime deli was rent-hiked out of here in November 2012. In recent years, the space has been home to Fresh & Co. ... Pie Face and, right before Dig, Sandwicherie

Reports: Police arrest suspect in string of groping attacks, including 3 in the East Village

Early Friday afternoon, police reportedly arrested a 37-year-old suspect wanted in connection in a series of groping attacks around the city, including three in the East Village. 

Reward posters had been posted on Avenue A and Sixth Street, where police say the suspect, named as James White, groped an 11-year-old girl on Aug. 26 at 5:40 p.m. 

According to the NYPD and published reports, White allegedly grabbed his victims while riding a red and black Fly-3 moped. The most recent attack took place last Monday in the East Village. 

White is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a minor and six counts of forcible touching, according to court records and media accounts.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Week in Grieview

Posts from the past week included (with a photo of resident red-tailed hawks Amelia and Christo atop Most Holy Redeemer on 3rd Street by Steven) ...

• Esperanto has apparently closed on Avenue C (Tuesday

• Hidden 7th Street treasure Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen reopens for the fall (Wednesday

• The first retail space for Tom's Juice will be on 4th Street (Tuesday

• Albert's Garden celebrating 50 years on 2nd Street (Friday

• Metrograph sets Oct. 1 reopening date (Friday

• At the debut of O’Flaherty’s on Avenue C (Thursday

• Another end-of-summer appreciation: The grocery cart garden (Monday

• New awning alert at Via Della Pace's new 4th Street home (Thursday

• First sign of the Mayfly on East Houston Street (Tuesday

• Ladybird No. 2 debuts on 7th Street; Cadence expansion continues (Wednesday

• Jackhammers in tow, city workers investigate the Mystery Puddle of Avenue A (Wednesday) ... The mystery puddle in the middle of Avenue A (Monday

• Beloved Cafe shapes up on the LES (Thursday

• Treetops now visible above the plywood on lower 2nd Avenue (Tuesday

• Km1 returns to 58 E. 1st St. (Tuesday) • Beard Papa's still bringing the cream puffs to St. Mark's Place (Thursday

• The Brant Foundation debuts its next show, Julian Schnabel's 'Self-Portraits of Others' (Wednesday)

• Chichen Itzá for 277 E. 10th St. (Wednesday

• Plywood comes down to reveal Xing Fu Tang on 2nd Avenue and St. Mark's Place (Friday)

... and a few scenes from the free show (via Mike SOS and F-Bomb) in Tompkins Square Park yesterday ... photos by Stacie Joy...
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At the 10th Street Block Party

The 10th Street Block Party took place yesterday. 

As always, the long-running event (50 years!) took place between Second Avenue and Third Avenue... with St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, a sponsor this year, providing the backdrop. 

EVG contributor Stacie Joy checked out the local vendors selling vintage clothing, records, art, books, etc. ... not to mention pierogi from Veselka... and live music... 
EVG contributor Derek Berg also stopped by... he shared these photos...
Sadly, we hear that one of the neighborhood's other great block parties, the annual 9th Street A-1 Block Association Block Party, is not happening this year. Haven't heard anything official, but apparently, the city isn't making it easy to host one of these events.

An apparel-making workshop for kids this afternoon at the 6BC Botanical Garden

The 6BC Botanical Garden is hosting another event today for kids (under 16, per the flyer!).

From noon to 4 p.m., participants can pick one item — a tote bag, T-shirt or canvas — and create their own design to take home. The garden is supplying the paint and art supplies.

The 6BC Botanical Garden is at 630 E. Sixth St. between Avenue B and Avenue C.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday's parting shot

The Tribute in Light tonight as seen from St. Mark's Place and First Avenue ... thanks to @madisonulczak for sharing the photo ...

Sept. 11, 2021

Preparing for 9/11 ceremonies outside Engine Company 5 on 14th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue this morning.

Twenty years ago today,  the Company lost Manny DelValle Jr., a 7-year FDNY veteran who grew up in the Bronx. He was 32. (Here's more about him from his obituary in The New York Times.)

According to previous reports, 26 firefighters from the neighborhood's four stations died on 9/11.  

9/11 and beyond on the Bowery

Adrian Wilson (@planndalism) created this mural earlier in the week on the gate at 262 Bowery near Stanton Street. 

He invited members of FDNY Ladder 20/Division 1 on Lafayette Street to add finishing touches to the mural. This Instagram post has more background. 

Mural space curated by the East Village-based Lisa Project.