The Day | Six Injured in Masaryk Towers Fire

The BeanScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

CBS News New York has video footage from those helicopters that hovered over the three-alarm fire at Masaryk Towers on the Lower East Side yesterday. The blaze left six people injured.

EV Grieve confirms earlier rumors that the owners of Mona’s and Sophie’s are taking over Joe’s bar after the death of its proprietor Joe Vajda. Richard Corton plans “small changes. Clean up. Maybe, if we feel ambitious, we might redo the wallpaper with exactly the same wallpaper.”

DOT Bike Share presentations have made their way up to C.B. 8, and went over well yet again. In a Metro Focus article, David Crane of C.B. 3 expressed pleasant surprise that no one in the Lower East Side or East Village, neighborhoods with a troubled history of bike accidents, has decided to complain.

Steve Cuozzo of The Post thinks that in opposing a new West Village restaurant, Community Board 2 is “driven by the same motiveless madness that drove them to vote down a proposal by 4-star restaurateur Daniel Boulud to open a restaurant on the Bowery in 2006, when much of the area was still skid row. It’s bad enough for ‘preservationists’ to whine like spoiled children over every perceived alteration to their neighborhoods.”

Speaking of preservationists, Off The Grid looks back at the recently demolished townhouse that stood at 316 East Third Street: “An interesting side story is that 316 East Third Street was the home to Pot Smokers Anonymous in the late 1970s.”

Racked points out that VeraMeat is having a 30-percent-off April Fool’s sale on necklaces, earrings, and rings.

Gothamist raves about the Pizzella alla Nutella at the Lower East Side’s newly opened fried-pizza spot La Montanara, and suggests the larger, more-Nutella-y version at Forcella as an East Village alternative.

Deadheads will be pleased to learn the Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies will return for the second year on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at several theaters throughout the city, including Union Square Stadium 14, according to NearSay New York.

Interior design site Materialicious links to an elegant, compact sixth-floor home-office studio in the East Village by JPDA that squeezes every inch out of a tiny living space.