The Day | Are You Gaga?

Phillip Kalantzis Cope

Good morning, East Village.

There’s a new preservationist on the block. The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation announced the appointment of Andito Lloyd as East Village and special projects director. With battles over 35 Cooper Square ongoing, Ms. Lloyd will have plenty to sink her teeth into in her new role.

DNA Info reported that the Lower East Side gay pride festival will get started with a Lady Gaga look-alike competition. The competition will be held on June 4th. Given the ubiquity of her ads for skate brand Supreme, there’s a good chance that the Mother Monster will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

A possible new development in the ongoing saga of Mars Bar’s closure: EV Grieve spotted “thanks for the memories” painted up above the bar’s logo and Gothamist stepped in with a round up. The exact date of the shut down is still foggy – The Local is taking all predictions in the comments.

And in slightly related news, Grub Street examines the cost to bars of being closed by the police for serving minors. One owner said the cost of security is now higher than his rent. DNA Info chimed in with news that 7th precinct officers believe bouncers are being bribed by under age drinkers. There has been a spate of raids in the East Village and Lower East Side in the last few months, and HiFi and Common Ground, both on Avenue A, are currently fighting civil complaints.

Weather-wise you’re looking at highs of 54 degrees with a chance of showers. Alright, that’s your lot.