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The Day | How Was Your SantaCon? - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


The Day | How Was Your SantaCon?


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Nick DeSantis

The Local’s Nick DeSantis took the above photo on Saturday. Downtown Traveler, Zoon, EV Grieve, and East Village Corner also got shots of the SantaCon merriment.

DNA Info reports that Gregory Gumucio, the founder of Yoga to the People, filed papers in court on Friday that “cited a decision from the U.S. Copyright Office that indicates that yoga exercises aren’t protected by current law,” in hopes that a judge would throw out the lawsuit brought against him by Bikram Yoga. Metro quotes an e-mail from the chief of the Performing Arts Division of the U.S. Copyright Office: “We determined that exercises, including yoga exercises, do not constitute the subject matter that Congress intended to protect as choreography.”

Composer Phil Kline’s roving holiday boom box orchestra, Unsilent Night, will return on Dec. 17, and guess what? There’s an app for it! According to the Times, participants who don’t have a portable cassette player can now blast the score on their iPhones.

And here’s another artsy app: According to The New Yorker, Deborah Hay’s “No Time To Play,” at Danspace Project on Dec. 17, “has a written score, downloadable in advance, that calls on Hay to trace a curving path, sing, chant, and quote Samuel Beckett. But the score is full of choices, many of them internal, and no two performances are the same.”

According to the WNYC News Blog, the NYC Economic Development Corporation has determined that the East Village boasts the most number of pizza parlors of any neighborhood, with 33. They even have a map to prove it.

The Post reports that a Stuyvesant Town resident caught two teens stealing a laptop from his apartment. You might say he caught them red-handed: When he confronted them in the hallway, one of them chomped down on his hand.

Elsewhere in Stuy Town, where there was a fire over the weekend, the complex’s ice skating rink is now up and running, and some residents are still grumbling about it. Arlynne Miller, 61, tells City Room, “The quiet enjoyment of our homes has just become collateral damage, and we resent it.”

Ephemeral New York recalls a time when Second Avenue was known as “Yiddish Broadway,” and a building on East Seventh Street housed the Hebrew Actors Union, founded in 1888.

Urban Gardens visits the 6BC Botanical Garden and finds some surprises: “There is also an herb garden, a shade garden, and a rock garden with native plants tucked between the stones. Mosquito-eating fish like gold and orange koi swim in the fish pond and near the pagoda another small pond is the centerpiece of a Japanese mini-garden.”

According to EV Grieve and Neighborhoodr, Kabin is back open after being shuttered by the health department.

East Village Eats drops in
on Upstate and thinks the Bouillabaisse is “one of the best looking dishes I’ve seen in quite some time: massive prawns, clams, oysters – what’s not to love?”

Among New York magazine’s “Reasons to Love New York” this year: The survival of St. Mark’s Bookshop.