The Day | East Village More Unsafe Than Harlem?

Bowery eyesoreScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

According to a report compiled by DNAinfo, the East Village is the 58th safest out of 69 neighborhoods citywide. The reason it’s less safe than Harlem, according to DNAinfo’s math? High rates of grand larceny and burglary, as well as a “600 percent increase in DWI arrests from 2001 to 2010 in the East Village’s 9th Precinct, as well as a 56 percent increase in reported rapes since 2008.”

Some more stats for you: According to a rental market report released by Citi Habitats and excerpted on the Real Deal, the citywide occupancy rate has risen to 1%, but is still at 0.88% in the East Village: “Below 96th Street, the cheapest neighborhoods were on the East Side, the report shows, as rents in the neighborhoods from the Lower East Side to the Upper East Side rose steadily from $2,950 to $3,290 heading north.”

According to City Room, the city’s plan to install a restaurant, City Farm Café, in the Union Square Park pavilion has fallen through because concessionaire Don Pintabona pulled out. Manhattan borough president, Scott Stringer, wants to see the pavilion go to public use, but the Parks department says it’s “reviewing other high-quality proposals submitted and will select a new operator in the very near future.”

Mathieu Palombino talks to Fork in the Road about Bowery Diner, which he hopes will eventually be open 24 hours. Regarding gentrification of the Bowery, he says, “The galleries, the art, it’s cool. It’s a very interesting place. People who live on the Bowery love it. There’s a positive energy. That challenging energy that I like a lot.”