The Day | Another Day, Another Protest

Late night TVEmily Canal Residents enjoy Tuesday night t.v. on a roof deck at 10th Street and First Avenue.

Today at 10 a.m., residents of 515 East Fifth Street – with the support of Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Good Old Lower East Side, and others – will protest an addition to their building that was deemed illegal by the Board of Standards and Appeals in November of 2008. In a press release reprinted by Curbed and EV Grieve, they say the Department of Buildings has yet to decide about the matter.

Is this a sign of the apocalypse? “Handsome Dick” Manitoba has declared Pat Buchanan a “likeable fellow.” The punk rocker turned bar owner writes about an encounter with Mr. Buchanan on his Tumblr: “Told him I was a liberal, Jewish, NYC Democrat, who disagrees with MOST of his politics, but I find him likable, well-spoken and entertaining.”

The Post names B&H Dairy one of the best greasy spoons in town. But we already knew that.

And Blue and Gold has a celebrity admirer. Mario Batali tweets that it’s his favorite dive bar.

In other dive news, EV Grieve notices that Joe’s Bar was shuttered last night and worries that it may just be a goner after a brush with the health department. The space that housed another establishment recently closed by the D.O.H., Holy Basil, is now for rent.

After its opening was delayed by landmarking issues, Forcella will begin serving pizza on the Bowery next Monday, Oct. 29, according to Zagat.

Jay Weilminster, the drummer for A Place to Bury Strangers and a Lower East Side resident of 15 years, has opened a tapas bar called No Fun. He tells Runnin’ Scared that the neighborhood has “gotten a lot more yuppified, for lack of a better term. But I love the Lower East Side. It’s always going to be an awesome neighborhood.”

Washington Square News covers the inauguration of Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha and discovers that he has asked students to call him by his first name. Nice guy.