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.
Advocates of the Children’s Magical Garden received a recent victory when a judge failed to dismiss a lawsuit against the East Village site’s developers. [Bowery Boogie]
In Alphabet City, the 20-unit residence at 234 E. 7th Street is on the market for $7.8 million. [EV Grieve]
On Essex Street, Vic’s Pizza will soon close after slinging slices for 45 years. [amNY]
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.
“Before opening a new restaurant you need a bottle of aspirin and your wife’s permission, which can take a few weeks and is sometimes harder to secure than a loan,” Shane Covey said to laughs. Covey was seated at Edwin and Neal’s, a seafood restaurant he’s opening on East 6th Street, just a shell’s throw away from his First Avenue oyster bar, Upstate.
This week, you can eat turkey and see shows. I guess you could do that any week, but it’ll feel more significant now.
Yesterday morning a man suffered a broken arm when he was hit by an M22 bus while crossing Madison Street on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]
Five warehouses clustered around 215 Moore Street will become a collection of office spaces known as the “Bushwick Generator.” [The Real Deal]
Turkey’s Nest Tavern on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg pranked patrons into thinking that is would soon be replaced by a restaurant called Fu-Manchu’s Sushi Palace. [Gothamist]
Yesterday afternoon a 27-year-old man was stabbed multiple times near the Wilson Avenue L train station. He was hospitalized in stable condition. [NY Daily News]
Police officers, FBI agents, medics and more staged an anti-terrorism drill at the Bowery subway station yesterday, observed by Mayor de Blasio. [The Lo-Down]
Bushwick has witnessed a recent increase in gun violence, according to police. [The Brooklyn Ink]
Yesterday former state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver submitted paperwork asking a judge to acquit him of corruption charges. [NY Daily News]
A developer who paid $10 million for 260 Bowery plans to build this eight-story condominium in it’s place. [Commercial Observer]
On West Street in Greenpoint, the forthcoming condominium The Gibraltar will have the one of the most expensive penthouses in the nabe. [Curbed NY]
To honor the 20th anniversary of New York Girls and the re-release of Richard Kern‘s first book, the East Village photographer and Cinema of Transgression filmmaker is running two concurrent gallery shows– one is in Chelsea and the second opens tonight at Marlborough Broome on the Lower East Side. I stopped by the gallery yesterday to check out the photos and speak with Kern.
“It was so long ago, almost seems like somebody else did it,” he laughed. “It was definitely a different time period.” When I arrived, I found Kern sitting quietly at the front desk. I was late but, as he explained later, I’d given him a chance to catch up on Instagram.
We definitely did a double take earlier this year when Cafe Figaro became La Esquina Burrito & Bar. The logo of the new Mexican joint on the corner of 10th Street and First Avenue had a red-and-green color scheme similar to that of La Esquina, the perennial Nolita hotspot.