The Day | What’s the Anarchist-Occupy Connection?

IMG_3229Stephen Rex Brown Scaffolding went up at Second Avenue and Sixth Street yesterday.

Good morning, East Village.

If you missed our coverage earlier this morning of Community Board 3’s S.L.A. committee meeting last night, well then here it is. The Standard East Village didn’t show up to pitch its dining overhaul, but a couple of iconic bars, Joe’s and Nice Guy Eddie’s, got nods of approval for new ownership.

The Mosaic Man tipped us off to his latest work outside of the Bean on Second Avenue. This one is a tribute to the building’s notorious “crazy landlord.”

While organizers of the Anarchist Book Fair disavowed Satuday’s violenceSalon tackled the question of just how much the mayhem had to do with Occupy Wall Street. Natasha Lennard witnessed the impromptu march: “It was rowdy, energetic and fast. Barricades and trash cans were dragged into the street to stop traffic and impede the police cars that eventually arrived on the scene. At one point, two young women watching the surge of people winding through stalled traffic asked me whether this was an ‘Occupy thing.’ I answered ‘yes.’ But, as I soon appreciated, it’s more complicated than that.” Meanwhile, the Daily News digs in to one suspect’s arrest record. 

With a Keith Haring retrospective up at the Brooklyn Museum, Off the Grid takes a look at the artist as a Villager, starting with the moment he and Kenny Scharf stumbled into Club 57 after drinks at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge: “At Club 57 Haring was known for his poems read in Morse Code from within a fake television set.  It is also where he had his first art show, followed by many more.”

East Village Arts promises that a new outdoor play, “The Bowery Wars, Part 2,” will “have audiences following the young performers as they act out an interpretation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York circa 1903 all along the streets of the Lower East side.”

Zagat asks a handful of veteran restaurateurs about the secret to their success. Donna Lennard of Il Buco says it’s evolution: “I can’t stand when I walk into a 20 year-old restaurant and it’s the same menu.” And Jean-Marc Houmard of Acme and Indochine thinks it’s good partners: “At Acme,” he says, “I am partnered with Evanly Schindler of Blackbook and Jon Neidich from the Boom Boom Room, they both help draw a crowd.”

Speaking of distinguished restaurateurs, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune updates Paper on the state of the marriage she wrote about in her memoir, “Blood, Bones and Butter”: “We are divorcing, we’ve filed the paperwork, and the lawyers are doing what they do.” In the meantime, she has plenty of distractions: “My day is so grossly punctuated by urgent emails and phone calls that I long for the day when all I have to do is show up at two o’clock and cook. It’s so simple and straightforward.”

A representative of Back Forty tells us that on April 21, the Avenue B eatery, along with the Academy of American Poets, will host a poetry slam and cocktail party during which mixologists from The Beagle, Ward III, and others will serve up cocktails inspired by their favorite poems. And who better than Bob Holman of the Bowery Poetry Club to read them aloud? Get your tickets here.

On the Forward’s Jew and the Carrot blog, Noah Bernamoff reveals some menu details about Mile End’s forthcoming sandwich shop: “We’ll have a great tongue sandwich, a chopped liver and pickled egg sandwich, a vegetarian sandwich and a couple of salads.”

And finally, after paying tribute to Joey Ramone on the 11th anniversary of his death Saturday, CBGB posts an original draft of the Ramones’ first bio, in which Joey is described as “an arch villain whose lanky frame stands threatening center stage.”