With Indictment Looming, What’s Next For Sheldon Silver?

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Fallen assembly speaker Sheldon Silver could be indicted any day now, but where will his case go from there?

After filing their complaint on Jan 22, government prosecutors had 30 days to obtain an indictment against the Lower East Side pol, according to his attorney. It hasn’t come down yet, but it may well happen during a court hearing scheduled for Feb. 23 (assuming Silver doesn’t request an extension) or even sooner, according to a spokesperson for Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
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LES Artists ‘Still Looking Quirky and Funky’ at This New Exhibit

People gather to celebrate the Lower East Side's working artists, at "All | Together | Different." (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

People gather to celebrate the Lower East Side’s working artists, at “All | Together | Different.” (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

Woody Allen wannabes mingled with finance types in cowboy boots and a few fellas who looked like they could be Keith Richards’s little brothers last night at at the opening of “All | Together | Different,” an exhibition celebrating nearly 100 artists working on the Lower East Side.

“I recognize a lot of faces here from the East Village in the ’80s,” said John Lloyd, a painter who was not featured in the show. “It’s good to see so many old farts still looking quirky and funky. It’s a wonderful reminder of what was going on. We took it for granted and it disappeared, but it’s good to see that everyone is still around.” The camaraderie was palpable, like a high school reunion with just as much booze and half the awkwardness. 
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Nathalie Karg Gallery Relocates; ‘Cocina del Barrio’ Opens On Norfolk

NYC Blizzard January 2015: Lower East Side

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The man in this blurry photo is wanted for groping a woman on January 17 near the intersection of Irving Avenue and Halsey Street in Bushwick. [Times Newsweekly]

Nathalie Karg will relocate her eponymous gallery from Great Jones Street to Grand Street. [NY Observer]

The new Mex/French restaurant La Contenta Cocina del Barrio opened Wednesday at 102 Norfolk Street.

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Washington Heights Spanish Spot Brings Michelin-Worthy Tapas to the East Village

Marcelo Crespo and Jairo de la Paz, co-owners of Marcha Cocina.

Marcelo Crespo and Jairo de la Paz, co-owners of Marcha Cocina.

The East Village may have lost a Spanish restaurant, but it’s gaining one as well: Marcha Cocina, a Michelin-approved spot in Washington Heights, is bringing its low-key, neighborhood-friendly vibe to Avenue C this summer.

Aiming to open in May or June in the former home of Arcane and Cafe Cambodge, the Alphabet City location will be exactly like the successful original on West 171st Street, according co-owner Jairo de la Paz. The menu there offers cheese boards, salads, a variety of croquetas and sandwiches, and tapas like dates wrapped in bacon. Main dishes range from $17 to $24. Those in the mood to splurge might try the lobster with saffron arborio rice, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, chorizo and tomato.

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The chefs, brothers Virgilio and Fredy de la Cruz, were previously executive chefs at Pipa, the tapas restaurant in ABC Carpet and Home, and downtown restaurants Patria and Chicama, all of which are now closed. De la Paz also worked at Pipa, in the Flatiron District, before opening Marcha Cocina about two and a half years ago. He’s hoping the Avenue C outpost will become a new hangout for Pipa loyalists.

Located between 7th and 8th Street, the new place will be just a few short blocks away from another well-regarded Spanish restaurant, Huertas, which earned a two stars from the New York Times last year. “So it will get interesting,” De la Paz said with the laugh, adding that he welcomes the competition. “I’m so ready for it,” he said.

Week In Film: Murderous Romance, Necrophilia, and Dada Pseudo-Film

All sorts of weird things are happening this weekend– Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day, Fashion Week– which leads me to believe that something awful is going on with the planets. Like, considering that no one has yet promised to buy me dinner and shower me in useless gifts on V-day, something is really, really off. And only something as powerful as the stars could make such impossible circumstances a reality.
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Not-So-Happy Valentine’s: The Best Parties for the Dark and Depraved

Masks at Gothic Renaissance. (Photo: Angelica Frey)

Masks at Gothic Renaissance. (Photo: Angelica Frey)

If aphrodisiac menus and vanilla-scented candles make you cringe, there’s no need to lock yourself in your apartment on Valentine’s Day. Explore the darker side of love and eros at one of these alt affairs (all on Saturday, Feb. 14 unless otherwise noted).
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Yo, Yo Fro-Yo: Pinkberry Officially Dunzo On St. Marks But 16 Handles Now Delivering

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Vital update from the fro-yo world. The St. Marks location of Pinkberry is officially kaput, as a “space for lease” sign has gone up in the window. But don’t worry, fro-yo fiends — we haven’t moved on to a world of snow cream just yet. Around the corner, 16 Handles is still popping, and it has actually expanded onto Seamless. That’s right, for a $12 minimum plus a $1.95 fee, the parlor will deliver you a cup of Peanut Butter Confession fro-yo topped with whatever your broken heart desires. Toppings are 75 cents each, which adds up fast. “Hey, I have a peanut butter confession: I spent $18 on fro-yo last night!”
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On St. Marks, One Kim’s Video Becomes a Massage Parlor, Another Becomes a Gym

IMG_1310It’s another case of boot camps replacing bohemia: physical therapy has replaced Fellini at both former locations of Kim’s Video on St. Marks Place.

On the corner of Second Avenue, Taiji Body Work just opened in the space that once housed the second location of Kim’s; on the other end of the block, Nimble Fitness has moved into the former home of Mondo Kim’s.
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Landlords Accused of Bribing Inspectors; V-Day at Roberta’s

Pies-n-Thighs Lower East Side

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Two Bushwick landlords allegedly paid city housing department inspectors to issue vacate orders to their tenants. [NY Daily News]

According to Citi Habitats, the East Village had Manhattan’s highest apartment vacancy rate of any neighborhood in January (2.5 percent). [The Real Deal]

Marcha, the Washgton Heights tapas bar, will open an Alphabet City location in May. [NY Post]

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This Floating Bar Is Hoping to Barge Into Greenpoint

(Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Barge Park)

(Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Barge Bar)

Allow us to float an idea: a bar on a barge off of Greenpoint. “It’s weird,” Will Drawbridge admits, but he means weird in a good way: he wants to bring Brooklyn Barge Bar to the East River this spring. Hey, in a world of water-tower bars, anything’s possible.
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