The Day | Beasties on St. Marks Place

EAST VILLAGE buildings 6 (gray)Ria Chung

Good morning, East Village.

Ellen Moynihan, who penned a history of the 1990 May Day riot in Tompkins Square Park and also photographed marches last week, tells Gothamist how she feels about anarchists trying to obstruct photographers. “The idea that people who are anarchists can tell me what to do is ridiculous. If you’re going to create a public spectacle in a public street you’re out of your mind if you think people aren’t going to photograph you.”

Speaking of demonstrations, film critic J. Hoberman, on his Movie Journal blog, says that Sara Abruña, the Cooper Student student who was arrested during Jesse Kreuzer’s stand-off atop the Peter Cooper monument, was merely trying to get to Mr. Hoberman’s class inside of the school’s Great Hall. The student “apparently thought she had the right to walk from one Cooper building to another. Not so: She was thrown to the pavement, handcuffed, arrested, charged with ‘harassment, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration,’ and spent the night in custody.”

Runnin’ Scared points out that Abe Haruvi, the landlord who is refusing to renew leases at 50 and 54 East Third Street has been in the news before, for attempting to reclaim an apartment building from rent-stabilized tenants.

On The Huffington Post, musician Binky Philips pens a joint eulogy for Adam Yauch and former Dictators drummer Richie Teeter. It seems the Beastie Boys were “semi-regular customers” at St. Mark’s Sounds, where they sold their “Polly Wog Stew” EP on consignment. In fact, the song “Egg Raid On Mojo” was about another customer at the record store.

According to The Lo-Down, First Steps, the day care that took over Love A Lot’s Clinton Street location, isn’t the only one that has been tainted by its predecessor’s reputation. Lower East Side Montessori, which has replaced Love A Lot at its Suffolk Street location, has had to post signs saying it has no affiliation with the previous school’s former director.

The Daily News picks Creative Little Garden as its favorite in the city, pointing out that the community garden, which opened in 1982 on the site of a burned-down tenement, “features a winding birch-chip path, eight sculptures, a waterfall, a wide variety of flora and fauna, and more birdhouses than local schoolchildren can count.”

Off The Grid admires the “awe-inspiring interior” of 64 East Fourth Street, a former German social hall built in 1889. The building now houses Duo Multicultural Arts Center and is in the running for a preservation grant along with St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery.

Bowery Boogie notices that Block Headwear, formerly on Prince Street, has moved to 89 East Houston, near Bowery.

Cool Hunting visits John Derian at his store on East Second Street and the designer shows off his découpage housewares.