The Day | Scaffolding Up

131Michelle Rick

Good morning, East Village.

In the wake of the news about the closure of Mars Bar, Jeremiah took to his blog to remember a neighboring landmark that’s due to be destroyed. The building at 7-9 Second Avenue (between Houston and First Streets) was a cultural center starting in the 1950’s and was once home to the German Anarchist movement. The construction of a 12-story apartment building will change the landscape of the area come August.

Further up Second Avenue, on the corner of 12th Street, the empty lot that used to be Ruby Lounge is due to become a residential property. An application has been filed with the Department of Buildings and the project is due to begin Friday.

Yesterday’s opening of the East River Ferry meant little to residents of our neighborhood as the route completely bypasses the East Village. The ferry picks up at a dock on 34th Street and proceeds to cross the river to Long Island City, then has a number of stops in Brooklyn before heading back to Manhattan and making a final stop at Wall Street.