Who’s the grinch who stole Festivus? We may never know, but this much is certain: the East Village resident who celebrated the Seinfeldian holiday on behalf of the rest of us has left the building. The storefro
If you cheered the preservation of the wooden escalators at Macy’s, then you’ll probably dig this: once again, the New York Transit Museum is bringing its 1930s subway cars back into action for free holiday rides. Each Sunday in December, the so-called “Shoppers Special” will make five departures from the Second Avenue F station, where the museum will also be operating a pop-up souvenir shop, and make local stops to Queens Plaza.
A popular East Village slice joint plans to reopen despite what it says is an unreasonable demand for dough.
Karen Platt has been channeling her frustrations through the satisfying scrape of chalk across concrete. After years of living with dust, noise, and health hazards caused by construction, repeated and seemingly relentless service cut-offs, and what she says are intentional moves by her landlord to clear her (and other rent-regulated tenants like her) out of her longtime home at 522 East 5th Street in the East Village, Platt’s sidewalk messages reveal she has reached a breaking point: “Lack of services is harassment” and “Enough is Enough.”
As Platt explained to B+B, since Icon Realty Management bought her building, things took a turn for the miserable. “I’ve lived in New York my whole life and I’ve never, ever been treated like this,” she said.
“Can you say love?” IZZY MAN asked the crowd during a recent performance at Bowery Electric. Behind him, four backup singers, two guitar players and a drummer melded pop and rap over an electronic beat.
If you’re a downtowner who’s been lazy about trekking uptown to get a city ID card, heads up: an IDNYC enrollment site is popping up at Middle Collegiate Church during the last three weeks of December.
You’ll want to move on this, too: December 31 is the last day you’ll be able to sign up for free year-long memberships at 33 museums and cultural institutions. After you’ve snagged the card, you’ll have to apply separately with each place for membership, but it’s worth it. Perks include discounted tickets at the Public Theater, 20% off food and drink at Joe’s Pub and The Library, half off movie tickets and same-day tickets to performances at BAM, and free admission to The Met, MoMA PS1, and Brooklyn Museum.
The outrage was more or less instantaneous when Gerber Group announced that the restaurant inside of the new Hotel Indigo would be named after Lower East Side eco activist David Wilkie, aka Adam Purple. Local blog Bowery Boogie called the tribute “a tad sacrilegious” and then outright “clueless,” and EV Grieve commenters called the operators of Mr. Purple “parasitic carpetbaggers” and worse.
John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia, the “Unofficial Mayor of Little Italy,” has died of cancer. The sad news comes from his friend, WOR radio host Joey Reynolds. Cha Cha was a fixture at his eponymous Mulberry Street restaurant, Cha Cha’s In Bocca Al Lupo, a magical place with a back garden and a teddy-bear stuffing machine where the drinks are named after Cha Cha’s friends, like Danny Devito and Tony Danza (whose boxing career he managed), and for the stars of Goodfellas, The Sopranos, and other films in which Cha Cha appeared.
With the U.S. “reasonably certain” that a drone strike killed the much reviled Jihadi John and a wave of recent attacks boosting our worst fears about ISIS, the timing isn’t exactly great for a documentary that questions the wisdom of targeted killings. But two former drone operators who appear in Tonje Hessen Schei’s Drone are sticking to their guns.
Last night, during the latest installment of Nitehawk’s series The Deuce, James Toback revealed that there’s a reason the head-smashing scene in his debut feature looks so real. It’s because, according to the controversial director, it was real.
Hot on the heels of Levi’s, Scotch & Soda, and G-Star Raw, yet another national chain is opening up off of the Bedford stop. The Shade Store, a maker of shades, blinds, and drapery, will add a Williamsburg location to its 34 nationwide showrooms next month. Signage has gone up on the corner of North 4th and Wythe, just a block from the J.Crew and Ralph Lauren stores. The Shade Store already has showrooms in Soho, Midtown, and on the Upper East and West Sides, but now residents of the swank new luxury building at 50 North 5th— where a one-bedroom goes for $3,695 a month– can go right downstairs to buy some blinds. Which means it’s going to be way harder to watch football games through everyone’s windows.