The Day | Third 7-Eleven on the Way

SNOW_DAY_022Noah Fecks

Good morning, East Village.

EV Grieve notices Department of Building permits indicating that a 7-Eleven is bound for the former J.A.S. Mart space on St. Marks Place.

The Post identifies the the man who was killed on the L train tracks on Saturday morning as Brian Omara of Garden City. The Daily News writes that later in the day, around 10 p.m., another man was struck and killed by an L train at the Sixth Ave. station.

As previously reported here, The Times writes that religious leaders are opposing the creation of an East Village historic district. “Almost a dozen houses of worship, including the late-19th-century Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection and a crumbling century-old synagogue, argue that they are dependent on donations and that including them in a landmark district would make simple projects like repairing a window or fixing a roof more expensive and bureaucratically time-consuming.” In August, Ido Nissani, an architect and member of the Meseritz Synagogue on East Sixth Street, complained to The Local that “people who never stepped foot in this building now feel entitled not only to have a say, but to even have control over the building.”

The Real Deal reports that Queens-based Kahen Properties has purchased a 130,000-square-foot development site at East 2nd Street and Avenue D for $21 million, with plans to complete a 12-story, 135-unit rental building in 2014. Units in “Alphabet Plaza” will rent for $2,500 to $3,600.

City Room checks in with Dana Beal, the Yippie activist who was arrested last January in Wisconsin while transporting marijuana. He says he has a $1.4 million donation lined up to save the Yippie Museum building from its current state of foreclosure. “He said he hoped that by the time he was released from prison, he could come home to open a legal marijuana dispensary in the museum basement.”

On Save The Lower East Side, Rob Hollander remembers Mary Spink: “It was kind of wonderful  – especially the educational awards, encouraging young adults to succeed in college  – what Mary accomplished.” The Villager has more on the community activist’s background. “She left Troy, N.Y., as a very young woman and lived a life also involved with crime,” says Michael Rosen of the East Village Community Coalition. “She was arrested and served time, she lost touch with her children during this period, and tried with extraordinary effort and to some extent did apparently reconnect with her children. She came from abuse. She grew to love rather than hate or act the victim.”

DNA Info reports that on Sunday, friends and family held a fundraiser for Dashane Santana’s funeral services.

According to Neighborhoodr, Ray Alvarez of Ray’s Candy Store celebrated his 79th birthday with a burlesque party last night.

Gothamist has photos of artist Michael Alan’s last installation at ABC No Rio before the building comes down.

Flaming Pablum discovers vintage shots of the Astor Place subway station and more in the New York University Archives: Guide to the Washington Square Park and Washington Square Area Image Collection, 1850-1990: “This is truly the biggest cache of amazing downtown NYC photographs I’ve ever encountered.”

On Racked, style maven Elliot Aronow sings the praises of Rue St. Denis: “I imagine the owner must have a line to every elderly woman in French Canada who used to work in the schmata business because nearly all the suiting at Rue St. Denis is deadstock…never worn vintage.”

And Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York sings the praises of William Barnacle Tavern at Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place: “The tavern is other-worldly. You feel like you’ve come upon a weird oasis, as if you’ve slipped through the time-space barrier and landed in some alternate reality.”