First came word of Sock Man’s closing and now we get wind that Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant is leaving its longtime digs at 22 St. Marks Place. But don’t go crying “St. Marks is dead” just yet — the cheap-eats landmark is moving a few doors over and expanding.
According to a press release from broker Eastern Consolidated, the falafel joint has arranged a 10-year-lease at 30 St. Marks Place. At 1,400 square feet, the new storefront, previously home to Japadog and then Red & Gold Crab Shack, will be double the size of the current one.
Kembra Pfahler’s archive was recently acquired by NYU, but that doesn’t mean the East Village firebrand is gathering dust in the halls of history. Tonight, the performance artist, future feminist, and frontwoman of shock-jock outfit The Vulptuous Horror of Karen Black will launch a weekly party at Jesse Malin’s subterranean hotspot, Berlin.
Greenpoint cartoonist Tony Wolf spotted this “very creepy looking Knight In Shining Armor” outside of Polish standby Krolewskie Jadlo on Manhattan Avenue and immediately tweeted his concern: “This restaurant always had 2 older-style (and much cooler) armored knights in front but this guy is new.”
After 29 years firmly planted on East Village’s fashion row, Gallery Vercon boutique is closing its doors on January 15. In the meantime all the goods are marked down, 20 to 50 percent off.
The store began life focusing on accessories and jewelry — owner Vashti De Verteuil is a jewelry designer by training — and added clothing 15 years ago. Over time, the style of the shop evolved with the neighborhood: “It began more punk, but as our customers grew up with us, we had more classic things — with a little twist,” said De Verteuil. Popular designers in stock today include Joanie James and Yolanda Kwan. More →
An owner is needed for a recovering kitten found trapped last week in a Bushwick fence. The feline, christened Cecil, had to have his toe amputated and a piece of chicken wire removed from his intestines. [DNA Info]
According to the Anfi-Defamation League (ADL), the new home of an Orthodox Jewish family who relocated from Williamsburg to Bed-Stuy was recently vandalized in a hate crime. [ADL]
Last night a car burst into flames near the corner of E. 4th Street and Avenue A in the East Village. [EV Grieve]
We’re not sure what took so long, but New York is finally getting a premium bubble tea joint. Say goodbye to day-old hardened tapioca balls and over-sweetened fructose syrups that give you the jitters and bid hello to freshly brewed loose-leaf tea and house-made jellies. Boba Guys, hailing from San Francisco, has taken over Brunswick’s short-lived location at 23 Clinton Street and is inaugurating its first New York spot with a grand opening party on Saturday. More →
After a hopeful move to a new location, the beleaguered St. Mark’s Bookshop is once again in danger of closing due to a dispute with its landlord. This time, it’s facing possible eviction by the New York City Housing Authority, which alleges that the beloved bookshop owes over $62,000 in rent.
Consider the doughnut: a simple, workaday way to fight your case of the Mondays. Or so you thought. Behold: the gold-smothered donut out of Manila Social Club. Its dough is filled with purple-yam mousse and champagne jelly, complemented by the honey notes of Cristal in the 24k gold frosting. Head Chef Björn DelaCruz will even hand-deliver it to you, he told First We Feast. But it doesn’t look like anyone is tweeting him their order. Here’s how the internet is reacting, today, to the Williamsburg restaurant’s uncharacteristic descent into Dubai-worthy decadence. More →
David Coss (top, right) with his Saxophonist and fans as they performed their final set at Garage on it’s closing night. (Photo: Nick McManus)
Last week, as part of our A Lot About a Plot series, we looked back on the history of some bygone jazz joints, including the Village Gate and Nick’s Tavern. Now you can add another Village venue to the list: Garage Restaurant & Cafe closed its doors on Sunday. So much for its claim of hosting “more live jazz than anywhere in the world.”
We were told the Tex-Mex trend had reached its apotheosis with the opening of Javelina and El Original, but set aside the queso fatigue because the South’s going to do it again. Avenida is set to open on Avenue B later this week, and it’s claiming it’s “not another fancy, overpriced Mexican restaurant.”