Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield Want to ‘Experiment With All the Ideas We’ve Been Thinking About’ on Ave A

April Bloomfield (Photo: Melissa Hom)

April Bloomfield (Photo: Melissa Hom)

When Ken Friedman meets with East Village residents this evening about his plan to take over San Loco’s former home on Avenue A, he won’t have to walk far from his apartment.

Friedman — who also owns The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory, and Salvation Taco — is an East Village resident and he and his chef-partner April Bloomfield have long been trying to open a place in what he says is his favorite neighborhood (“it’s younger and not as stuck up as the West Village,” he says). “I’ve been obsessed with the East Village and specifically Tompkins Square Park for years,” he told us today.
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This Daily Show Writer Tried to Pack Cats and Fro-Yo Into a Marriage Proposal

Matt-KoffEarlier this week at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Daily Show writer Matt Koff told a very East Village engagement story involving fro-yo, cats, and a trip to Halloween Adventure. Koff was the third of five readers at “How I Learned Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” the latest iteration of the monthly “How I Learned” storytelling series hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

In 2006, Koff moved to NYC and found himself a girlfriend on MySpace. Three years later, they were on the phone and she asked, “Why aren’t we engaged yet?” Koff started saving up his unemployment checks to buy a ring — he’d recently been laid off from a proofreading agency — but quickly discovered that it was a lost cause. Instead, with his mom’s help, he got a diamond from his grandmother’s ring and paid for a new setting.
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Power Up! Watch Stephen Powers Talk Art, Then See James Powers Show His

You’ve probably noticed the bright new signage Stephen Powers recently brought to The Strand. What you might not have known is that the artist and sign painter also known as ESPO has a new book out, A Love Letter to the City, which documents his public art via sketches, photos and anecdotes. Powers stopped by the store in March (video clip above) and revealed that his first bit of street art was on the roll-down gate of the old Forbidden Planet at 12th and Broadway.
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Uh-Oh, Both Gothamist and the AP Are Sending People to Bushwick’s ‘Jefftown’

Tourists, the hanging chairs at The Johnsons await!

Tourists, the hanging chairs at The Johnsons await!

Greenpoint residents were gripped with Lou Reed-style waves of fear when the neighborhood was recently deemed the nation’s best for millennials, and now Bushwick has been hit with a similar hype bomb. Two of them, in fact.

Gothamist has unleashed A Food And Drink Tour Of Bushwick’s ‘Jefftown’ and the AP has dropped an article letting everyone and (more distressingly) their mother know there’s “Street Art and Trendy Cafes in Bushwick, Brooklyn.”
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How Catland Owner Phillip English Used Norse Magic to Be Homecoming King

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

“Can I have some of your hair?”

Phillip English isn’t kidding. So, after hesitating a beat, I pluck a strand of hair from my head. He gingerly places the hair in a small baggie, seals it shut, and writes my name on it with a Sharpie.
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Everybody Loves a Parade to Protest Gentrification

Parade Poster.psdIf watching the reenactment of the Tompkins Square Park Riot got you in the mood for real-life East Village activism — or if you missed the May Day festivities and are feeling left out — well then you’re in luck: housing advocacy group Good Old Lower East Side has organized a “parade to resist gentrification in NYC communities.”

Between those three processions through the neighborhood’s community gardens and this, there’ll be a lot of parades in the East Village this Saturday. This one starts at Tompkins Square Park and will pass by Paradise Alley, the Beat generation hangout that David Amram and others eulogized for us last year. Here’s the call to arms, sent to us by a reader.
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Bushwick Block Party Lineup; Eatery in Union Square Park

May Day NYC 2014: Ice-Free NYC

Menachem Stark’s alleged killer didn’t enter a plea when he was arraigned in court. He remains in jail. [NY Daily News]

After a long winter hibernating inside Greenpoint’s Lutheran Church of the Messiah, the Down to Earth Farmers Market returns to McGolrick Park next Sunday. [Greenpointers]

Here’s what bands will play Bushwick Block Party on Troutman Street at the end of the month. [Bushwick Daily]

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You’ve Read These Writers on B+B, Now Hear Them Read IRL

Jesse Sposato.

Jesse Sposato.

We’re proud + pleased to note that a couple of B+B contributors have readings coming up – right in our backyard! Aren’t we friggin’ literary?

Jesse Sposato, whose Urban Campers series you know and love, will be pitching her tent at Cake Shop on May 7 at 7 p.m. She’ll read alongside Julia Fierro (founder of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and the author of the buzzy new novel Cutting Teeth) and Ted Thompson, a Brooklyn writer who also has a new novel, The Land of Steady Habits, out this spring. To top it off, The Grand Affair will play at this installment of the Mixer Reading and Music Series, which brings free music and lit to Cake Shop on the the third(ish) Wednesday of every month.
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Forget Papal Canonizations, Here Are the Heroes and Heroines of the LES

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Sure, there’ll be some downtowners in the running at Monday’s James Beard Foundation Awards (Hearth, Christina Tosi, wd-50, David Chang). But they aren’t the only locals getting big upped: as part of Lower East Side History Month, some folks who are decidedly not celebrity chefs are getting some recognition.
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