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Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield Want to ‘Experiment With All the Ideas We’ve Been Thinking About’ on Ave A

April Bloomfield (Photo: Melissa Hom)

April Bloomfield (Photo: Melissa Hom)

When Ken Friedman meets with East Village residents this evening about his plan to take over San Loco’s former home on Avenue A, he won’t have to walk far from his apartment.

Friedman — who also owns The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory, and Salvation Taco — is an East Village resident and he and his chef-partner April Bloomfield have long been trying to open a place in what he says is his favorite neighborhood (“it’s younger and not as stuck up as the West Village,” he says). “I’ve been obsessed with the East Village and specifically Tompkins Square Park for years,” he told us today.
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This Daily Show Writer Tried to Pack Cats and Fro-Yo Into a Marriage Proposal

Matt-KoffEarlier this week at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Daily Show writer Matt Koff told a very East Village engagement story involving fro-yo, cats, and a trip to Halloween Adventure. Koff was the third of five readers at “How I Learned Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” the latest iteration of the monthly “How I Learned” storytelling series hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

In 2006, Koff moved to NYC and found himself a girlfriend on MySpace. Three years later, they were on the phone and she asked, “Why aren’t we engaged yet?” Koff started saving up his unemployment checks to buy a ring — he’d recently been laid off from a proofreading agency — but quickly discovered that it was a lost cause. Instead, with his mom’s help, he got a diamond from his grandmother’s ring and paid for a new setting.
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Uh-Oh, Both Gothamist and the AP Are Sending People to Bushwick’s ‘Jefftown’

Tourists, the hanging chairs at The Johnsons await!

Tourists, the hanging chairs at The Johnsons await!

Greenpoint residents were gripped with Lou Reed-style waves of fear when the neighborhood was recently deemed the nation’s best for millennials, and now Bushwick has been hit with a similar hype bomb. Two of them, in fact.

Gothamist has unleashed A Food And Drink Tour Of Bushwick’s ‘Jefftown’ and the AP has dropped an article letting everyone and (more distressingly) their mother know there’s “Street Art and Trendy Cafes in Bushwick, Brooklyn.”
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How Catland Owner Phillip English Used Norse Magic to Be Homecoming King

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

“Can I have some of your hair?”

Phillip English isn’t kidding. So, after hesitating a beat, I pluck a strand of hair from my head. He gingerly places the hair in a small baggie, seals it shut, and writes my name on it with a Sharpie.
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Everybody Loves a Parade to Protest Gentrification

Parade Poster.psdIf watching the reenactment of the Tompkins Square Park Riot got you in the mood for real-life East Village activism — or if you missed the May Day festivities and are feeling left out — well then you’re in luck: housing advocacy group Good Old Lower East Side has organized a “parade to resist gentrification in NYC communities.”

Between those three processions through the neighborhood’s community gardens and this, there’ll be a lot of parades in the East Village this Saturday. This one starts at Tompkins Square Park and will pass by Paradise Alley, the Beat generation hangout that David Amram and others eulogized for us last year. Here’s the call to arms, sent to us by a reader.
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Forget Papal Canonizations, Here Are the Heroes and Heroines of the LES

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Sure, there’ll be some downtowners in the running at Monday’s James Beard Foundation Awards (Hearth, Christina Tosi, wd-50, David Chang). But they aren’t the only locals getting big upped: as part of Lower East Side History Month, some folks who are decidedly not celebrity chefs are getting some recognition.
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Look For Chris Rock in the East Village Tonight

Michael Che has a part in the film. (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Local fixture Michael Che has a part in the film. (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Chris Rock’s new film is shooting in the East Village tonight.

According to signs posted around the neighborhood, the “untitled Chris Rock movie,” produced by Scott Rudin and written and directed by Rock, is about “one-time stand-up Andre Allen, who has abandoned comedy — and the funny movies that make him famous — for more serious fare. But over the course of one day in New York, everything he thought he knew about his life gets overturned.”
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