The Day | They Vanished from the Village This Year

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Good morning, East Village.

The New York Post runs a photo of a deliveryman close to collision with a pedestrian in the East Village. James Vacca, the chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, tells the paper he will introduce legislation requiring commercial cyclists to finish a bicycle-safety course and submit proof of completion to employers. “If nothing else, this bill will ensure that commercial cyclists have been educated about what the rules actually are,” he said.

Fourth Arts Block still needs about $900 of the $3,000 it’s trying to collect through KickStarter for its ArtUp program, reports Bowery Boogie. The program “transforms construction sites…in the East Village/Lower East Side into street-side galleries.”

In a “Vanished” series, Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York laments the loss in 2011 of some notable East Village structures and figures, including 35 Cooper Square, Mars Bar, and the booting out of Edgar Oliver, “one of the East Village’s last Bohemians.”

According to The Post, “Hypnotik: The Seer Will Doctor You Now” is visually enticing, but the delivery of the story is a “downtown wreck.” The play, at the Theater for the New City, was inspired by real-life Nazi mentalist Erik Jan Hanussen, who had “a gilded clientele and access to Hitler — who didn’t know his confidante was secretly Jewish.”

In foodie news, The Bourgeois Pig is opening a Brooklyn outpost in Carroll Gardens this week with a “daily changing fondue menu” and a “cocktail list emphasizing Continental spirits,” reports Brownstoner, with photos. An added bonus: it shares the building with a funeral home.