Yesterday, Carlina Rivera convened a cadre of local newspapers for her first “editorial roundtable” as the newly elected City Council member for District 2. During the hour-long Q&A session at Rivera’s office in the East Village, reporters traded questions on myriad topics that the council member has been prioritizing since she took office in January. Overall, she showed a determination to find “a balance between commerce and community.” Here’s what was touched on.
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Shortly after appearing to hit their stride, Brooklyn’s psychedelic garage trio CHAPPO were hit with band-shaking tragedies– three, to be exact. In short succession, the band separated from their drummer and producer; guitarist David Feddock and his wife lost their young son; and frontman Alex Chappo’s best friend committed suicide. After a period of mourning, Alex, David and keyboardist Chris Olson found their way back to each other, and began digging deeper into the joyous corners of their songwriting. They ended up touring with Flaming Lips and Mac DeMarco, and are announcing today that they’ll play more dates with Flaming Lips in March.
This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.
Anyone who wants Veselka’s famous pierogies, borscht and blintzes on December 25 will just have to wait. For the first time in more than 60 years ago, Veselka, the 24-hour Ukrainian restaurant at 144 2nd Avenue will close on Christmas Day.