The Day | Some Unexpected Closings

East Village, New York City 449Vivienne Gucwa

Good morning, East Village.

Whether or not you enjoyed the raucous atmosphere at Coyote Ugly, or its trademark bar-top dancing, it’s worth noting that the First Avenue saloon that Hollywood made famous is currently closed. EV Grieve speculates that the watering hole will open again soon but it’s not the only local business that suddenly finds itself shuttered: The Bean Coffee Shop on First Avenue at Third Street currently sports a fluorescent orange “Seized” sign in its large, front window. Apparently the place owes some $25,000 in back taxes. The owners promise that the shop will re-open soon.

Gothamist reports that the city has rolled out a new online 311 Complaint Map. The map allows visitors to track complaints that are being lodged about issues ranging from air quality to noise – a service not unlike our own collaboration with SeeClickFix, which allows East Village residents to report and track neighborhood concerns.

Although informative, the new 311 map probably won’t help anyone in the neighborhood locate the man who the authorities say may be our very own Ponzi schemer and who is still on the lam.