The Day | President Obama Stopping By

ratDaniel Maurer

Good morning, East Village.

The Local spotted a giant inflatable rat outside of Cooper Union’s Great Hall last night. According to Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, it was part of a student exhibition, “On the Table: An Exhibition for Free Education.”

President Obama will be on the outskirts of the neighborhood today. The Daily News reports that part of his fundraising tour includes a stop at Gotham Bar & Grill on East 12th Street. “He’ll dine with 40 to 45 donors, each of whom forked over the maximum donation of $35,800.”

Stuy Town Living reports that Henry Huggins, the man alleged to have robbed two octogenarians in Stuyvesant Town, is being held on $75,000 bail.

Meanwhile The Times reports that tenants of the complex are again trying to buy it, this time with a deep-pocketed partner.

The Department of Transportation has posted some haikus meant to encourage pedestrian safety, and The Post reports that the man behind the poems and accompanying artwork is John Morse, an East Village artist.

Blackbook hears that Trigger Smith, the owner of Continental on Third Avenue, is putting together a tribute concert for late club owner Don Hill. It will include performances by locals such as Jesse Malin (a musician and owner of Niagara) and Dick Manitoba (a musician and owner of Manitoba’s).

NBC’s show “Smash,” which filmed at Cafe Orlin in September, is back in the neighborhood: Bowery Boogie spots signs indicating it’ll be filming on the Bowery today and tomorrow.

Anne Hathaway (last seen adding some star power to an Occupy Wall Street demonstration) was spotted by Celebrity Center, out and about with her new fiancee Adam Shulman.

Capital New York interviews Jeffrey Lewis and attended his show at Mercury Lounge last week. “More of my stuff is depressing than funny a lot of the time,” says the local singer-songwriter. “I’m always surprised to hear that people think so much of it is comedy, although there is stuff that is funny, certainly, but I think that [for] any writer who is really openly approaching writing while existing on planet Earth, there’s love, there’s sadness, there’s philosophy, there’s horror, there’s wonder, and there’s humor as well.”