It’s been a very cheesy start of the week— what with the Museum of Pizza’s opening—but we’re not about to let that stop us from informing you that cheese tea has arrived in the East Village.
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If you were thinking of going Halloween shopping at the Salvation Army store on the corner of Bedford and North 7th, sorry, it was demolished in 2013 and its prime plot at 180 Bedford was sold to Thor Equities for $36.1 million in 2015. Since then, speculation has run rampant about what would replace the thrift shop (an Apple Store? a grief center for the neighborhood’s remaining hipsters?), and now we have the answer. Surprise! It’s a very, very swank Chase branch.
Halloween always brings its share of Shining twins and Clockwork Orange droogs, but this October is going to be an especially Kubrickian one. Not only is The Shining newly streaming on Netflix and playing at IFC Center tonight and tomorrow, but on Oct. 26 the Museum of the City of New York will throw a Kubrick bash to coincide with its exhibit of the filmmaker’s early photos.
When Robataya NY closed at the end of last year, the East Village lost one of its most distinctive restaurants, where barefoot cooks grilled food behind a semicircular bar and served it to diners with long paddles. But the establishment’s owners are turning lemons into lemonade, or rather rice into sake: Robataya has quietly been replaced by another beloved restaurant, an East Village outpost of Sakagura.
With the fifth anniversary of Lou Reed’s death coming up on Oct. 27, you may cringe at the idea of a Velvet Underground “experience” joining the ranks of the Color Factory, the Dream Machine, the Egg House, and all the other gimmicky pop-ups that have been drawing lines of Instagrammers all over the city. Isn’t this the stuff of Ariana Grande? What, is there going to be a ball pit full of plastic bananas?
How did M.I.A.’s father, an early leader of the Tamil resistance movement, react to the documentary about the trailblazing pop star, out today? “My dad watched it yesterday for the first time,” the musician-activist told those at NYU Skirball Center this morning. “But everybody else loves it.”
Sure, summer technically ended Saturday, but the folks who run the Riis Park Beach Bazaar are determined to keep the sun-and-sand vibes going well into the winter. They’ve just announced that The Meatup Grill will be the off-season tenant at Jacob Riis Park.
Earlier this year the folks behind the Ace Hotel chain announced that they were converting a former Salvation Army shelter on the Bowery into a minimalist “micro hotel” inspired by ““the functional perfection of Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes, rock-cut cliff dwellings of prehistory and John Cage’s 4’33.” Now we’re told Sister City, as the new hotel chain will be branded, will open in January with a restaurant, Floret, helmed by the owner of Carroll Gardens’ acclaimed Battersby.
Cheese tea, the Asian sensation that has been on the brink of trending here in the States, is coming to St. Marks Place. If you’re the type that claims to have known about matcha before it was cool, brace for the opening of Mi Tea, the latest import to hit Chinatown North. The international chain, founded in 2016 in Hangzhou, China, specializes in teas that are topped with a layer of salted cheese foam.
Yes, this is a thing.
The East Village needs another pizzeria like a white pie needs extra cheese, but the latest one, Sauce Pizzeria, comes with a twist: True to the place’s name, slices and pies are served with a side of sauce.
You may know Sauce as a popular Italian restaurant on the Lower East Side. Owners Adam Elzer and Perry Rahbar will be offering some of that spot’s specialties (spaghetti bolognese, etc.) at this new spinoff. But the star of the menu is thin-crust pizza made with sourdough and organic malted flour.
If you’ve ever Airbnbed a yurt in West Philadelphia or run out of TP at a teepee motel, boy do we have the book for you. It’s called Blanket Fort: Growing Up Is Optional, and it’s described by its publisher as a DIY primer on “artisanal blanket tents.”
As avid campers with an “epic backyard garden” in Brooklyn, novelist Nathaniel Kressen and his wife, illustrator Jessie T. Kressen— collectively known as Grackle + Pigeon– consider blanket forts to be “the pinnacle of all things awesome.” Or so they say in the introduction of their book showing how to create some 25 blanket forts without breaking the bank. That’s right, unlike those pricy REI tents, these are totally aFORTable. (Ok, I’ll stop.)