The Day | Olek Arrested in London

Meagan Kirkpatrick

Good morning, East Village.

According to a letter sent to Bowery Boogie, Agata Olek, the crochet artist who yarn-bombed the Astor cube, has been arrested in London after what she describes as “an incident with a drunk and aggressive male who behaved reprehensibly.” Fans can contribute to her legal fees here.

Meanwhile, the Astor cube got another makeover today.

DNA Info reports that Shanna Spalding, the so-called “Cat Woman Burglar,” has been found guilty of robbing an Astor Place shoe store in June 2010 while disguised as, yes, Catwoman.

The Post reports that deliberations will begin tomorrow in the case in which Davawn Robinson is accused of strangling CUNY professor Edgard Mercado to death in his East Village apartment.

EV Grieve links to a Massey Knakal listing indicating that The Mildred, a building at 619 East Fifth Street, is for sale for $12,225,000.

Grieve also notes that the stop work order has been lifted at the Mars Bar building and the demolition has resumed.

On WNET’s MetroFocus, conductor Phil Kline recalls the beginnings of his annual holiday event, “Unsilent Night”: “It was created in a vestigial environment: the remains of the cultural downtown and East Village that was celebrated in the ’70s and ’80s.  Once upon a time, artists in Lower Manhattan had the luxury of making work in the ample spaces left to us by virtue of the fact that nobody else desired them. And those ample spaces left us room to try whatever we thought might work.”

Curbed posts a photo of a gingerbread C.B.G.B.