The Day | Chuck Schumer on Avenue C, and 13 Other Morning Reads

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Good morning, East Village.

For its profile of Ed Sanders, NPR spoke to Claudia Dreifus at The Local’s “Blowing Minds” event celebrating The East Village Other. The Times writer says of the East Village in the ’60s, “It didn’t take much money to live. You could live poor, you could have a lot of fun.” Standing across from the former location of his Peace Eye Bookstore on Avenue A, Mr. Sanders says, “The bookstore became pretty famous. It was the stopping off point for all visiting librarians and professors because I had a lot of well-known writers hanging out there — William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg.”

The Times reports that bar denizens of the East Village and Lower East side took the death of Adam Yauch especially hard. In addition to the impromptu memorial outside of Bad Burger, 2A projected Beastie Boys concert footage on a wall across from the bar.

Handsome Dick Manitoba sees a lesson to be learned from Yauch’s death at 47: “PLEASE, ENJOY EACH DAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!”

Sound of the City pens a review of John Zorn’s concert with Thurston Moore at the St. Marks Poetry Project and reports that it ran just twenty minutes. The blog notes, “Free improvisation always has religious overtones—the major free-jazzers of the ’60s acknowledged this with album titles like Ascension and Spiritual Unity—so there is hardly a better space to experience it in than a church.”

Bowery Boogie learns that The Bowery Poetry Club has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 in hopes of transforming itself into “a super restaurant that will provide a beautiful space for spoken word, poetry, slam as well as other arts of the Bowery: burlesque, vaudeville, and music.”

The Daily News reports that Chuck Schumer staged a press conference at the East Village Tavern, where he scolded a state court for nixing a tax exemption on local brewers.

Writing for The Guardian, East Villager Michael Wolff complains that he was told he couldn’t take his juice from The Juice Press into Sunshine: “As it happens, the Sunshine Cinema may be in the East Village showing a quirky film,” he writes, “but it is part of the Landmark chain, which is owned by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a dotcom billionaire – as keen on having people acknowledge his position and authority, as I would be inclined to defy it. ”

ArtsBeat notes that the New York Theatre Workshop’s production of “Once” snagged a Lucille Lortel Award on Sunday night. It also garnered 11 Tony nominations last week.

So what’s next for the company? Broadway World reports that “In the Company of Jane Doe,” “a new play about a woman who gets herself cloned then wants a Do-Over” will open May 17.

Meanwhile, another East Villager is up for an award: According to the Daily News, Jim Meehan of PDT is in the running for Best Bar Program at the James Beard Awards.

Ephemeral New York reprints a Reginald Mash painting, ““End of the 14th Street Crosstown Line,” that depicts workers tearing up trolley track while workers picket Ohrbach’s of Union Square.

The Post spotted David Alan Grier, Robert Verdi, Sherry Bronfman, and others at an after-party at the Bowery Hotel for painter Kehinde Wiley’s new exhibit in Chelsea.

New York magazine likes what it tastes at St. Marks newcomer San Matteo Pannuozo: “The shop lends a welcome touch of European civility to a bar-glutted block, and advances Neapolitan-pizza culture, even absent the oven.”

Randy Jones, the original cowboy from the Village People and an East Villager, tells AMNY how New York nightlife has changed since the disco era: “We were the last generation able to truly live in the moment. We didn’t have voice mail and cell phones and were the last generation unburdened by the constant demands of technology. When we went out to dance, we were dancing.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: May 7, 2012

An earlier version of this post incorrectly spelled the name of Claudia Dreifus.