The Day | A Poet Fights for His Legacy

Nuyorican Poets Cafe legendHannah ThonetThe poet Miguel Algarín.

Good morning, East Village.

The founder of Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Miguel Algarín, is fighting for his legacy. According to Sonic Scoop, the 69-year-old poet and former Rutgers University professor, who spent years bringing the work of new poets into the public eye, will be the subject of a documentary. “The Miguel Algarin Story,” which is still in production, depicts the poet’s life, his early achievements, his challenges with HIV, but mainly targets the ongoing struggle he faces in trying to reclaim a leadership role at his landmark club.

While condo sales in the Village continue to log seven-figure milestones, Downtown Express offers a look back to the vacant properties along 13th Street during the early 1990’s and the street art of the squatter movement. For more artifacts of the squatter’s life visit The Times’ coverage of the 2010 exhibition, “The Perfect Crime,” at Bullet Space.

And finally, Ephemeral New York shares a serene noir view of the city via a 1928 etching by the artist Martin Lewis, which depicts a man peering over a railing on the Williamsburg Bridge.