Posts by Christopher DiScipio:
Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.
Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
After last week’s preview glimpse into the hotly anticipated Rough Trade store, we couldn’t resist returning for its opening today, to see the finished product.
Well, not quite finished. The cafe and bar aren’t yet open, and co-owner Stephen Godfroy assured us, “We’re going to add the fat to the store.”
Things have been quiet at the Mary Help of Christians site ever since the 96-year-old church was torn down over the summer — and it looks like they’ll stay that way for now. The Department of Buildings has disapproved plans to build a 7-story building on the lot between East 11th and 12th Streets, off of Avenue A.
In the hours following the triple homicide and suicide in East Williamsburg on Monday morning there were conflicting reports about the victims, the shooter, and the relationship between them. This morning, the surviving members of the Yellow Dogs — Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirzeai — released an official statement with the help of their manager Ali Salehezadeh, street artists Icy And Sot, and their friend Pooya Hosseini, a member of the band, the Free Keys, that the shooter had been kicked out of.
That coffee-and-crepes spot isn’t the only newcomer on First Avenue. On the other side of St. Marks Place, around the corner from where Cafe Rakka recently closed for renovations, Parmys Persian Fusion just opened, serving what it says is the “first and only Persian food in the East Village.”
The Area exhibit isn’t the only exciting thing happening in the downtown art world: last night Sargent’s Daughters, a gallery named after painter John Singer Sargent, opened at 179 East Broadway.