An 82-year-old woman who lived in the East Village was struck by a party rental van and killed Thursday afternoon while crossing Elizabeth Street around 1:30 p.m. An investigation is ongoing and charges have not been filed against the driver. [Gothamist]
Police say a 22-year-old man dressed in women’s clothing was shot in the buttocks around 7 a.m. Saturday after being chased by three men yelling homophobic slurs near the Bushwick corner of Broadway and Putnam Avenue. Matthew Smith, 21, was charged with first-degree assault; Cody Sigue, 22, and Tavon Johnson, 17, were charged with menacing and third-degree hate crime. [NY Daily News]
A Williamsburg bank that shuttered a century ago at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Grand Street will be reincarnated as Witlof, a Flemish beer hall/restaurant from the owner of nearby Radegast Hall. [Gothamist]
Arcade Fire is playing Madison Square Garden tonight, but in the spirit of infinite content, that isn’t the only place you’ll find them. After the show, frontman Will Butler is hosting a Disco Town Hall meant to get people politically motivated. Whether you’re feeling guilty that you totally blanked on Primary Day or you just want to watch members of Arcade Fire play a relatively tiny club (Nublu in the East Village), you’ll want to jump on this $5 ticket.
Butler’s Disco Town Halls, occurring after select shows during this tour, are meant to “engage Arcade Fire fans (and others!) with local organizations, activists, and politicians engaged in helping the vulnerable and empowering communities.” Tonight Melody Lee of the Katal Center and City Council member Brad Lander will talk about closing the hellhole that is Rikers Island.
Union Hall is reopening its upstairs bar with a party on July 21. The beloved Park Slope venue was forced to close after a fire broke out in the roof on March 24. No one was hurt and its basement was able to reopen in May, but the library-like upstairs has been on the mend. Now it’s set to reopen with “a few new couches but the same great vibe,” according to a statement by owner Jim Carden.
Tenants rally in Chinatown to protest construction harassment with Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition (Photo by Nicole Disser)
Tenants and activists who are part of the Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition (STS) rallied outside of 90 Elizabeth Street this morning before marching to City Hall to show their support for a package of bills that would address construction-related harassment. Today marks an important landmark for the coalition’s fight against landlords who are taking advantage of a lack of oversight and toothless fines.
Amidst congratulations and hallelujahs, Jerry Delakas rolled up the metal door of Astor Place Newsstand around 10:30 this morning, resuming the business he ran for 25-plus years before the city padlocked the place. Delakas had been operating his kiosk without an official license from the Department of Consumer Affairs. More →
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is notorious for getting it wrong, sparking yearly lists of snubees. (For starters, Sonic Youth and the Pixies have yet to be honored, though Kim Gordon’s and Kim Deal’s basses are currently displayed in the museum’s Guitar Gallery.) Of course, you can’t always get what you want– unless you’re the Rolling Stones, in which case you get a ton of display space. But you’d think the Rock Hall would at least get their shit straight with bands that have been inducted. Not so with the Ramones.
The New York Film Academy has left Tammany Hall and another tenant, the Union Square Theater, will soon follow suit as the landmarked building that was once home to a corrupt Democratic party machine expands for retail development.
This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.
The old Astor Place Opera House. (Public Domain)
In 2012, when attendees of an anarchist book fair scuffled with police and attempted to smash the windows of the Starbucks on Astor Place, the mayhem—far uptown from Occupy Wall Street’s demonstrations at Zuccotti Park— seemed to come out of nowhere. But it was hardly the first instance of unrest staged at the onetime site of the Astor Place Opera House. Opened in 1847, the opera house catered to the wealthy residents of the neighborhood, singing an aria of exclusivity that offended the general public. It later became the stage for the Astor Place Riot, a bloody clash born out of tension between the rich and the poor in the theater world that forced the Opera House to shutter its doors.
A group by the name of Stand for Tenant Safety, consisting of tenant groups and eleven City Council Members (including Rosie Mendez from the Lower East Side, Stephen Levin from Williamsburg, and Antonio Reynoso of Bushwick) rallied on the steps of City Hall this morning. Never mind the rain. The coalition is named for a new report, released today by the Urban Justice Center, that coincides with the introduction of a legislation package that would protect tenants from landlords and developers who carry out neglectful and malicious construction projects. “My tenants have rain coming down in their apartments, so this is nothing,” said CM Rosie Mendez of the Lower East Side.