Monday, September 19, 2022
The shop-and-bar was a craft beer pioneer when it opened, and was the first beer-focused bottle shop with on-premise drinking in Manhattan, paving the way for others throughout the borough that continue to operate to this day.
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Calling all children and youth ages 7-16 to join the Youth Choir at Most Holy Redeemer Church! Tuition-free and open to all backgrounds, creeds and experience levels. Come and make new friends, find your unique voice, and learn to make music together as a team.
Instructor Clara Gerdes Bartz is an experienced organist, pianist and choir director, a recent graduate of Yale University School of Music, and has worked with children's and youth choirs since 2015. Please text her at (704) 928-6280 if interested!
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Today we witnessed the renaming of East 5 street to Adela Fargas way. Adela was a woman of great substance who embodied what this community is all about. pic.twitter.com/2T98GSO4UQ— NYPD 9th Precinct (@NYPD9Pct) September 17, 2022
Couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day to celebrate the legacy of Adela Fargas 🇵🇷❤️ Casa Adela is more than a restaurant to us; it’s long been and always will be the heart of our Loisaida community. I’m so proud to honor Adela and her family with this street co-naming. pic.twitter.com/frniQG92Mm— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@CarlinaRivera) September 17, 2022
Today we are at the co-naming of Adela Fargas Way, who was the late & famed proprietor of the cultural anchor & eatery, Casa Adela. Adela was a proud Afro-Puerto Rican woman, an artist in her own right who created authentic sancocho and community alike. pic.twitter.com/BabpaFEACS— The Clemente (@the_clemente) September 17, 2022
Friday, September 16, 2022
Having removed the initial 24 abandoned sheds, the task force has begun identifying and removing additional sheds, investigating another 37 sheds identified as egregious violators of Open Restaurants program guidelines, and reviewing complaints and summons data to identify and remove other abandoned sheds throughout the five boroughs. Sheds reported to be abandoned will be verified as abandoned two separate times before receiving a termination letter, followed by removal and disposal of the shed.The task force will also review sheds that, while potentially active, are particularly egregious violators of Open Restaurants program guidelines. In these cases, sheds will be inspected three separate times before action is taken.
After each of the first two failed inspections, DOT will issue notices instructing the restaurant owner to correct the outstanding issues; after the third visit, DOT will issue a termination letter and allow 48 hours before issuing a removal notice. DOT will then remove the structure and store it for 90 days — if the owner does not reclaim it in that period, DOT will dispose of the structure.
Adela Fargas was a working-class, Afro-Puerto Rican fixture in Loisaida and the owner and matriarch behind the iconic and authentic Puerto Rican restaurant Casa Adela. She was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, where she became a domestic worker who prepared frianbreras, or packed lunches, for factory workers.She moved to the United States at age 39, where her first job in the Lower East Side was at a restaurant on East 4th Street and Avenue D. When the restaurant closed, Adela found a way to provide for her family and feed those less fortunate through selling pasteles on street corners. In 1973, Adela opened her family-run restaurant, Casa Adela.Adela Fargas's impact goes far beyond a restaurant, which represented an important meeting place for the Puerto Rican community in New York City, in the diaspora, and worldwide. Outside the restaurant's walls, Adela was a center of Latino life on the Lower East Side and a tireless community advocate. Adela became the godmother to many on the Lower East Side, employing those who lived in the neighborhood and feeding anyone who came in hungry.Her soul food attracted a profound sense of community and this street co-naming will serve to honor her living legacy. Each year at the Loisaida Festival, Adela provided food for the community and organized dance and music for the festival as well.
Photo from May by Stacie Joy
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Since 2019, The LGBTQ History Project has documented the stories of countless people who were crucial to the advancement of civil rights.We will have a mega-LGBTQ-history-archive raffle, which includes original poster prints by Harvey Milk photographer Dan Nicoletta, a Cockette postcard series, and limited edition reissues of Vanguard magazine.As if that is not enough, Kembra Pfahler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) will be performing, and we will be spinning the debut of Man Parish's new Klaus Nomi album, Dear Klaus Nomi, which includes completely new versions of Klaus' hits featuring his original vocals. (Read about this here.)