Sunday, May 12, 2024

Week in Grieview

Photos this past week included ... with a porta-potty update from Tompkins Square Park via Steven (the chains are now there overnight)... 

• Remembering Frank Stella (Wednesday

• Paying tribute to legendary photographer Saul Leiter on 10th Street (Monday

• New applicants for Lucy's withdraw for this month (Tuesday

• Bella McFadden's iGirl storefront opens Saturday on 3rd Street (Friday

• A look at Christo and Amelia's 2024 offspring in Tompkins Square Park (Monday)

• Family sells eight East Village buildings for $38 million after decades of ownership (Thursday

• A moment on Eighth Street in 1983 (Wednesday

• Lui & Lui takes center stage at the next incarnation of 3rd & B'zaar (Wednesday

• Fabano Florals returns to Avenue B, this time as a full-time shop (Tuesday

• Reader report: Why were our new trees canceled? (Tuesday

• An East Village tribute to Flaco (Tuesday)

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

• Joe's Wine Co. (NOT Trader Joe's) coming to 3rd Avenue (Monday

• On 3rd Avenue, Cutlets and the world's narrowest weed shop have closed (Tuesday

• A look inside the former Dallas BBQ on 2nd Avenue and St. Mark's Place (Wednesday)

• What's next for the Roost space on Avenue B (Monday

• Closings: Viva Cucina on 2nd Avenue; Da Radda on 7th Street (Thursday

• GrowNYC's Greenmarket returns to Stuy Town on Sundays (Saturday

... and a moment with some of the cast and crew of C&B Cafe on Seventh Street... (photo by Stacie Joy)...
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Sunday's opening shot

Photo by Stacie Joy 

On Avenue A, Exit9 co-owners Charles Branstool and Christy Davis with their daughter Stella Wave (who's also the drummer of EVG fave Hello Mary). 

And a Happy Mother's Day to moms everywhere!

Saturday, May 11, 2024

'Stayin' True' with Toofly at CLLCTV NYC

Photo Thursday by Stacie Joy 

Multidisciplinary artist Toofly is showing new and existing work titled "Stayin' True" at CLLCTV NYC

The exhibit of paintings, photos and video is up through May 23 at the gallery and event space at 209 E. Third St. just east of Avenue B. Hours: Noon to TBD. 

You can learn more about Toofly, aka Maria Castillo, and her roots in graffiti art in this WNYC interview from last summer.

Pinc Louds headlines a Mother's Day show in Tompkins Square Park

For an alternative Mother's Day celebration, consider the free show in Tompkins Square Park tomorrow afternoon (music scheduled for 1:45-6 p.m.). 

The lineup features headliners Pinc Louds as well as Shred Flintstone, Desert Sharks, Rat Motel, Big Girl and Dog Park (acoustic). 

Presented by Show Brain.

GrowNYC's Greenmarket returns to Stuy Town on Sundays

GrowNYC's Sunday Greenmarket in Stuyvesant Town returns tomorrow and will be open every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 15. 

A GrowNYC says to expect the following producers: 
• Jersey Farm Produce vegetables, herbs, orchard and small fruit from Hunterdon County, N.J. 
• Liberty Farms certified organic vegetables, chicken, eggs, etc. from Columbia County, N.Y.
• Luna Family Farm cut flowers from Burlington County, N.J. 
• Ox Hollow Farm beef, pork, chicken, eggs and seasonal vegetables from Litchfield County, Conn.
• Seatuck Fish Company wild ocean fish and shellfish from Suffolk County, N.Y. 
• Toigo Orchards II from Cumberland County, Pa. 
• Valley Shepherd sheep, goat and cow's milk cheeses from Morris County, N.J. 
• Wave Hlll Breads baked goods from Fairfield County, Conn.

The farmer's market is located at the north end of the Stuyvesant Town Oval near the 20th Street Loop.

Saturday's opening crime report

From the Friday night crime report on Citizen... from the NE corner of Avenue A and 14th Street with several flashing NYPD vehicles. Perhaps the Citizen administrator let his/her true feelings be known about the incident — "Shouty Nonsense."

Friday, May 10, 2024

Who's crying now?


Cults, an EVG fave, are back with a new single — "Crybaby," their first new music in two years. 

See the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion live at the Warsaw this Aug. 28. 

Previously on EV Grieve

A memorial gig in Tompkins Square Park for Al 'Hammerbrain' Landess

There's a memorial show tomorrow (Saturday) in Tompkins Square Park for Al "Hammerbrain" Landess. 

The longtime local resident and veteran of the NYC hardcore scene died in February 2022 of cancer. 

The slate of bands scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. includes Jennifer Blowdryer, Art Gray Trio does Crunt, Spike Polite & Sewage, RBNX, and Skum City.

Landess was the frontman, guitarist and songwriter of Hammerbrain (later Damn Kids). He also worked for years at Benny's Burritos on Avenue A and Sixth Street until it closed. He later managed Kelly's Sports Bar on Avenue A. 

Time for the annual plant and bake sale at the 6 & B Garden this weekend

The annual 6th Street and Avenue B Community Garden plant and bake sale is happening this weekend. 

The fundraiser "allows us to offer hundreds of events throughout the year FREE to our community! Lots of plants for both indoor and outdoor spaces, along with a delicious selection of baked goods. Come celebrate the beginning of the gardening season with us!" 

It will be held on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The community garden is on the southwest corner of Avenue B and Sixth Street.

About the auction and gala to benefit the P.S. 19 East Village Community School

The P.S. 19 East Village Community School is holding an online auction with donors from an impressive group of local and citywide businesses. 

The auction ends on May 18 at 10 p.m. Find out how you can bid and support the school here

On May 18, the PS19EVCS Parent Association will also host a masquerade-themed gala at the Ukrainian National Home in conjunction with the online auction.

All proceeds benefit the school at 185 First Ave. between 11th Street and 12th Street.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Thursday's parting shot

Photo by Derek Berg 

A mirror moment on Second Avenue...

Frank Ape's bright ideas on Houston

Local artist Frank Ape (aka Brandon Sines) created a new mural this week outside the Ridge Hotel on Houston at Eldridge. 

As he wrote on Instagram, "This mural is all about bringing your ideas to life. Each colorful ape represents a new idea trying to break out." 

Previously on EV Grieve:

Bella McFadden's iGirl storefront opens Saturday on 3rd Street

Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy 

Bella McFadden, aka Internet Girl, will open her flagship shop on Saturday at 150 E. Third St., just east of Avenue A.

"I'm excited to meet the community and be part of it," said McFadden, who moved to the East Village last fall. "Everyone's been more than kind. I can't wait to be immersed."

Starting in her teens, McFadden, now 28, was an avid thrifter and eventually became the first-ever seller to earn more than $1 million on the Depop app. She later launched her own website for her iGirl brand.

The iGirl shop, a unique space that embodies the spirit of Y2K emo culture, mall goths, and punk subculture, will showcase McFadden's designs, jewelry, and apparel. Catering to a diverse audience, including high school and college ages, teens to early 30s, the shop will also feature a few exclusive designs that can only be found in-store.

McFadden  has "restocked some coveted pieces and rare and never-seen-before on website merchandise." Pieces will be "evolving and seasonal, with jewelry, cuffs, belts, bags, iGirl everywhere." 

She provided a look inside the space this past week...
On opening day, the first 50 people will receive a free iGirl gift, and there will also be candy and treats. 

Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find brand and store updates on iGirl via Instagram
Previously on EV Grieve: 

Family sells 8 East Village buildings for $38 million after decades of ownership

Eight East Village pre-war apartment buildings owned by the same family since the 1960s have sold for $38 million, per a press release and published reports. 

The Eis family reportedly owned the portfolio, which totals 82,245 square feet and includes 99 apartments and nine retail units. Three separate buyers picked up a handful of the properties. 

Per the press release and the Commercial Observer, the buildings are: 

• 105-109 First Ave. between Sixth Street and Seventh Street (pictured above — Mister Paradise, Huertas and Sammy's Halal*) ... sold for $13 million to Lawrence Movtady. 

• 110 East First St. at Houston (across from Katz's) ... sold for $7 million to Alfred Sabetfard of the Sabet Group.  

• 58 and 60-62 Second Ave. between Third Street and Fourth Street ... sold for $11.8 million to Alfred Sabetfard of the Sabet Group. 

• 425 E. Sixth St. between Avenue A and First Avenue ... sold for $3 million to Son Dinh Tran. 

• 543 E. Sixth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B... sold for $3.2 million to Tran.

* Sammy's Halal seems to be a permanent shutter now at 109 First Ave.

Closings: Viva Cucina on 2nd Avenue; Da Radda on 7th Street

A for-rent sign hangs on the front of 85 Second Ave. on the SW corner of Fifth Street, presumably marking the end of Viva Cucina. 

There's no mention of a temporary or permanent closing on the Italian restaurant's website or social media properties. (Google lists them as "temporarily closed." A look inside reveals more than that.) 

The restaurant debuted here in April 2022. It was a return to the neighborhood for the family, which previously ran Viva Herbal Pizzeria at 179 Second Ave. until it closed in early 2014.
Da Radda has also closed at 127 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue. 

The Argentinian and Italian restaurant, which opened in the summer of 2022, seemed like a nice spot and got some press for its pizzas. (However, those two outdoor tables next to the Peter Jarema Funeral Home were a tough sell). 

The space is currently for lease with a $6,900 ask.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Wednesday's parting shot

Photo by Derek Berg 

On Second Avenue near Seventh Street... you looking at the balloons on the bike or the hands on the SUV?

King Flaco outside the 2nd Avenue F stop

Here's the final Flaco tribute mural outside the Second Avenue F stop on Houston.

Nite Owl, an Oakland, Calif.-based artist known for his expressive murals of owls, created this King Flaco memorial mural. (Check out his work on Instagram.)

Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl, was found dead on Feb. 23 after apparently colliding with a building on the Upper West Side. As the Associated Press put it, "Flaco ... escaped from New York City's Central Park Zoo and became one of the city's most beloved celebrities as he flew around Manhattan." 

Flaco also spent eight days in the East Village and Lower East Side this past November. 

A moment on 8th Street in 1983

The 1980s East Village photography of Peter Bennett is currently on display at the Tompkins Square Library branch.

Bennett, a native New Yorker now residing in Los Angeles, grew up in Greenwich Village and lived in the East Village from 1979 to 1988. 

The above photo (not one featured at the library) shows the south side of Eighth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C from 1983. (You can see St. Brigid's on the corner.)

Bennett told us this about the photo:
I used to hang out on that block in the 1970s. [He finished high school at Seward Park in 1972.] I had two friends who lived there, and I would visit them. It was a rough, rough block back then. I was mugged on at least one occasion. Tompkins Square Park was completely off-limits after dark; I remember walking around it coming back from my friends and hearing gut-wrenching screams coming from the park somewhere. It's come a long way. 
Tomorrow (Thursday) evening, as part of Lower East Side History Month, Bennett will be one of the guest speakers in a session titled "The East Village in Music, Art, and Words." He'll be joined by Linus Coraggio, MaryAnn Fahey and Andrea Wilson. Unfortunately, the session is full, and the registration is closed.

However, Bennett's photos will be up for the next few months at the library, 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Follow Bennett on Instagram here.

Previously on EV Grieve:

Remembering Frank Stella

As you may have read, Frank Stella, the renowned painter, sculptor and printmaker, died on Saturday at the age of 87. 

Many tributes have been paid to Stella, whom CBS News called "a towering figure in post-war American art." 

Per NPR: "One of the most influential American artists of his time, Stella was a pioneer of the minimalist movement of the early 1960s. During that time, painters and sculptors challenged the idea that art was meant to be representative and used their medium as their message." 

Other selected tributes include Artforum ... and The New Yorker.

From 1978 to 2005, 128 E. 13th St. between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue served as Stella's studio, where he reportedly created many of his most renowned works. 

In November 2021, Village Preservation unveiled a plaque on the space in a virtual ceremony with Stella and Whitney Museum Director Adam Weinberg.
The building, erected in 1903, is believed to be the last surviving horse and carriage auction mart in NYC. In 2006, Village Preservation helped prevent it from becoming a seven-level condo.

The Peridance Center now leases a dance studio here.

Lui & Lui takes center stage at the next incarnation of 3rd & B'zaar

Photo and reporting by Stacie Joy  

The next incarnation of 3rd & B'zaar will debut tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 191 E. Third St., between Avenue A and Avenue B.

The clothing and accessories brand Lui & Lui will be headlining the space for the next year.

I spotted Lui & Lui's Sol Sanchez, assisted by her mother, Luisa Arguello, who was visiting from Argentina, working inside the mixed-vendor market and event space the other day. 

"Sol is definitely part of the original 3rd & B'zaar family," said Maegan Hayward, a 3rd & B'zaar co-founder and owner of the East Village Vintage Collective on 12th Street. She was one of the first vendors we ever had, and we were her first spot to sell her brand in the U.S. So, we are very excited to have her take over and bring her artistic vision to the shop." 

The opening evening event is from 5:30 to 9:30, and it will feature live music and assorted sales. Find more info here

The shop, which will include items from the East Village Vintage Collective and several other independent vendors, will be open starting Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.