The Day | Lakeside Falls by the Wayside

MilkshakeSuzanne Rozdeba

Good morning, East Village.

New Music Daily reports that Avenue B fixture Lakeside Lounge has been sold and will close at the end of the month. The bar joins Nice Guy Eddie’s in closing after a 15-year run. “To a generation of pampered, status-grubbing white invaders from the suburbs, Lakeside made no sense,” the site laments. “The place wasn’t kitschy because its owners were genuinely committed to it, and to the musicians who played there. It had no status appeal because it was cheap, dingy and roughhewn, and Ambel refused to book trendy bands.”

Handsome Dick Manitoba isn’t happy about Lakeside’s impending closure. “Sad news. For US, OUR neighborhood, and OUR culture,” he writes on the Maniblog. “Manitoba’s has has been having a terrible time trying to stay intact and not disappear into a sea of 7-11’s, Subways, Starbucks, and, name your BANK.”

Speaking of 7-Elevens: After taking the neighborhood’s pulse about the one that’s coming to St. Marks Place on Friday, The Daily News asks a Chinatown deli owner how he’s dealing with the 7-Eleven that recently opened a block away from him. “It’s definitely going to affect my business and I’m trying to be separate from what they’re carrying,” says the shopkeeper.

The Times profiles the Rev. Patrick Moloney, an East Village priest who opened Bonitas House, a shelter for troubled teenagers and illegal immigrants, half a century ago. Father Pat, as he’s known around here, has an interesting past: He served four years in federal prison for assisting in what at the time was the fifth biggest Brink’s robbery in history.

In the Real Estate section, The Times visits Kimberly Peck, an architect who spent two years renovating her East 11th Street apartment to include, among other things, a Japanese soaking tub. “No one ever wants to do a soaking tub,” she says. “People are afraid because it’s different, and they think it might make an apartment hard to resell. But when you see one, you realize it’s the greatest thing ever.”

The Real Deal reports that Anthropologie will open a boutique in a forthcoming condo building at 250 Bowery, just below Houston Street. A co-founder of the development company behind the deal says it didn’t want to go with a restaurant, “which would have been typical on the Bowery.”

According to the Daily News, director and East Village denizen Darren Aronofsky is dating Brandi-Ann Milbradt , a Canadian producer. The two were spotted together at a dinner for Lou Reed.

The number of bike lanes added to city streets dropped off last year, but The Post reports that the city may add twice as many in 2012.

East Village Eats is a fan of a new deal at Korzo Haus: all-you-can-eat fried chicken and a pitcher of beer for $20. “I thought that the chicken was really moist and normally I avoid white meat like the plague, but I had a chicken breast & it was awesome.”