The Day | Occupy Returns to Union Square

Occupy Wall Street: F28, Stand With Occupy, Stop the Suppression, Union Square RallyScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

Gothamist reports that an estimated 200 people – including Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary, who performed Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and other songs – converged on Union Square yesterday to protest police brutality. All Hip Hop reported that Dr. Cornel West and Norman Siegel were also expected at the rally protesting the “oppression of the Occupy movement.” You can see more of Scott Lynch’s photos of the event in The Local’s Flickr pool.

The Daily News has a shot of a mural depicting Jeremy Lin that graffiti-artist collective Tats Cru has painted on a wall on East Second Street: “The mural was commissioned by online culture magazine Animal for several thousand dollars, and will be up for at least a month.”

Speaking of street art, DNA Info notices that The Mosaic Man, who has been selling belt buckles on his own site for quite a while, is now selling them on Etsy. Which somehow prompts Gothamist to say he has “sold out.”

The Bean announces via Facebook and Twitter that it’s selling 12 oz. cups of coffee for $1 today, in appreciation of its customers. Will the line get as crazy as the one for IHOP’s free pancakes yesterday?

Peter Hoffman, owner of Back Forty (and the new Back Forty West), chats with Paper about the health department’s grading system, among other things: “I can be a bartender and shake your hand, but if I put a straw in your drink or touch a lime with my hands, even if I just washed them, it’s a health hazard. There’s all kinds of stuff that’s insane.” The Times ran a piece on the quirks of the grading system yesterday.

Speaking of controversial evaluation tools, SchoolBook notes that the teacher data for charter schools has now been released.

Crain’s New York reports that a Turkish restaurant will open at 82 Second Avenue, at East Fifth Street, in the spring.

DNA Info hears that the Chocolate Library space at 111 St. Marks Place will be occupied by another confectioner: Macaron Parlour, which debuted at the Hester Street Fair, has signed a 10-year lease for the space. “The bakery takes the traditional macaron and adds unusual fillings, from fresh strawberries to candied bacon and maple cream cheese.”

A Times reader wants to know where to find mirin, a form of Japanese rice wine, that doesn’t have added sugar, and Florence Fabricant has the answer: at the East Village sake shop Sakaya.

The Times reviews Ngam, a Thai restaurant that opened on East 13th Street last fall: “The food is not pure Thai, the kind you find in the firepots of Woodside, Queens. But neither is it watered down. Rather, it takes Western notions about food and accommodates them, while staying true to the Thai palate.”

Broadway World notes that a new audience-participation play is coming to the Red Theater on March 30. “In ‘DIE: Roll to Proceed,’ the protagonist George, in a moment of self-realization sparked by a recent explosive argument with his girlfriend Kate, decides to revoke his own right to choose the paths his life will take. He stumbles upon a solution to avoid the customary human requirement of making hard and potentially life-changing decisions: a six-sided die. At pivotal moments in the play, the audience is called upon to break the fourth wall and roll the die on George’s behalf.”

Capital New York touts an exhibit displaying the work of Gran Fury, “the unofficial “ad agency” for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP).” It’s described as “the first comprehensive survey documenting the important AIDS activist art collective’s work from 1987-1995.” Members of Gran Fury appeared at an event at the NYU/Steinhardt Art School’s Einstein Auditorium yesterday.

Want to see Television rehearsing in Terry Ork’s loft in 1974? Look no further than Dangerous Minds.