The Day | Williamsburg Is East Village East

Occupy Wall StreetSuzanne Rozdeba L.E.S. Jewels and John Penley at Occupy Wall Street.

Runnin’ Scared interviews the bloggers behind EV Grieve and Save The Lower East Side to get their thoughts on why, as Save The Lower East Side pointed out yesterday, Grieve’s commenters are so dismissive of John Penley’s plans to occupy Tompkins Square Park this weekend.  Says Grieve, “Some of the newer residents seem to be more interested in finding the perfect drunk brunch, tweeting about cupcakes and going out and watching, say, the Oklahoma-Texas game in sweatshirts and jerseys. Social movements are for the history books.”

Brooklyn Based notices, as have we, that Williamsburg is becoming “East Village East,” with outposts of Mama’s and Vanessa’s Dumpling House due to open later this month, and an offshoot of Cafe Mogador planned as well. “The recession really hit the East Village pretty hard and we saw our clientele dropping,” explains Jeremiah Clancy, the owner of Mama’s. “It pushed the last notion of young people out because the rents were so high.”

Speaking of Mama’s, the southern food trend continues: EV Grieve notices a Facebook update indicating that Double Wide, a “bar and southern kitchen” will open this weekend at 505 East 12th Street. Their sloppy Joes “bear only the finest ingredients.”

According to Grub Street, Back Forty is having an Oyster & Beer Fest that will involve “three different types of oysters, snacking on appetizers like goat and yucca fritters with spicy chutney, and drinking unlimited beer.”

The Times and Variety file reviews of “Happy Life,” a new comedy produced by Abel Ferrara. From Variety: “Set in cramped apartments and hole-in-the-wall storefronts in the East Village,” it “plays like a poor schlub’s ‘High Fidelity,’ centered around Keith, a 35-year-old, music-loving sad sack faithful not to the eclectic but to the outmoded techno of the 1990s.”

The Daily News previews the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade, which drew more than 500 costumed dogs last year – many of them done up like Lady Gaga.

DNA Info has images of a woman who is said to have stolen pocketbooks from the backs of chairs on three separate occasions at Katz’s Deli. Those sandwiches are distracting.