The Day | Richard Price on Junkies and Yuppies

East Village FacadeRachel Citron

Good morning, East Village.

Big Think talks to Richard Price about his novel “Lush Life,” which was inspired by a shooting on the Lower East Side. Describing changes in the neighborhood, he says, “It had a neighborhood identity. That identity has gotten lost, that sense of community has gotten lost. But also what’s gotten lost is about a million junkies. Now, do you want to replace junkies with yuppies? Maybe the truth lies in the middle.”

DNA Info attends an open house for a penthouse on Third Avenue that, with its solarium and “three-bridge view,” is going for a little over $4.5 million.

Playbill touts two new productions at the New York Theatre Workshop: Paula Vogel’s “A Civil War Christmas” looks at the war through the eyes of President Lincoln, Union and Confederate soldiers, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman; and “Sontag: Reborn” is “a tender look at the prolific essayist before she was a world-renowned author and activist.”

The Times asks chefs what they listen to in the kitchen: David Chang of Momofuku digs Yo La Tengo and Pavement while Eddie Huang of Baohaus leans toward Cam’ron and Young Jeezy.

On Chowhound, a board member wants to know which friend chicken is better: Bobwhite or The Cardinal? So far, just one reply: “Just go to Bobwhite- the place is awesome.”

Grub Street notes that 5 Napkin Burger on 14th Street is offering a new happy hour: $2 sliders, 50-cent wings, $4 beers and $5 wines from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. And Ngam is offering 30 percent off all wine every Monday.