The Day | Barriers Go Bye-Bye on Houston Street

East Houston StStephen Rex Brown

Good morning, East Village.

Yesterday The Local spotted a construction crew removing jersey barriers on Houston Street, near Crosby Street – close to where a bus got stuck in August. Will the congested artery be slightly less of a pain now?

According to another press release, Magen David of Union Square, a Sephardic synagogue based in Union Square, is planning to move to new digs on Sullivan Street. The Real Deal has more about the new facility and the $3.3 million building purchase.

The Wall Street Journal reports that online poker player Phil Galfond is selling his East Village duplex, which includes a game room, a wet bar, and a custom-built steel slide connecting two floors, for $4 million.

According to the Department of Transportation’s website, there will be a workshop on Feb. 27 in which residents, along with Community Board 3, can help determine where in the East Village the city’s bike share stations should go.

EV Grieve spots Department of Building paperwork indicating that yet another 7-Eleven is coming to the area: this one at 813 Broadway, near 12th Street.

Jason Hennings, who faced opposition over the liquor license renewal at his East Village spot Diablo Royale, will open a “French small plates” restaurant at 131 Seventh Avenue South, according to DNA Info.

The Times admires the “natural authority and the flashes of fiery humanity” that F. Murray Abraham brings to Galileo in the play of the same name, now at the Classic Stage Company on East 13th Street. But critic Charles Isherwood notes that “as is often the case with Brecht’s work, the intellectual stimulation provided by the dialectics doesn’t always make up for the lack of vitally engaging theatrical drama.”

Off the Grid points out that “there are a wonderful amount of independent bookstores in our neighborhood” and recommends a handful of them.