The Day | Remembering Little Rickie

Phillip Kalantzis-Cope

Good morning, East Village.

In the wake of Retna’s new mural, Complex looks back at some previous installations at Bowery and Houston, including murals by Kenny Scharf and of course the original Keith Haring.

According to SchoolBook, Bill de Blasio and other city officials joined parents in protesting proposed budget cuts to after-school programs.

EV Grieve gets wind of an audio tour, narrated by Jim Jarmusch and featuring music by John Zorn as well as commentary by the likes of Richard Hell and Ed Sanders, about East Village poets and poetry.

Curbed is soliciting nominations for the best bodega in the city, as well as “crazy and scary bodega stories or bodega secrets.”

Phillip Retzky, the owner of Little Rickie, a den of kitsch that once occupied the space on First Avenue that now belongs to Starbucks, recalls the glory days when his customers included Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Taylor Mead, and Nan Goldin. He tells Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: “The encroachment of NYU on the EV, the story of RENT, the Kate Spadification of downtown (my word), and yes, cellphones and a new crop of people, were all writing on the wall for me. I closed the store in great part for my own personal needs and growth, but I also mourned the changes in the neighborhood, in a serious way.”

Off the Grid looks back even further, to a time when the neo-Renaissance-style building that now houses the photography studio of Eddie Adams was home to the East Eleventh Street Baths. The baths were built in 1904 and closed in 1958.