The Day | East Village Cameo in ‘The Dictator’

Fo you Fo youScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie, “The Dictator,” opened last night. Anyone else notice that when the titular despot is driving up Third Avenue, Blue 9 makes a brief appearance as Haffezi’s Burgers?

Speaking of the East Village on the big screen, reports that the CBGB biopic starring Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal will begin production June 25 in New York and Georgia and should be released next year. Theater Mania adds that “the film will focus on the life of Kristal, who died in 2007, during the club’s early years in the 1970s. Several rock figures with ties to the club are expected to make cameo appearances.”

The Post reports that the unidentified man who was stuck and killed by an L train at Union Square yesterday was relieving himself on the tracks when it happened.

Curbed reports that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved Annabelle Selldorf’s second set of plans for a new residential and retail development at 10 Bond Street. The commissioners praised the building’s “delicacy of details” and its “texture, thoughtfulness and depth.”

Capital New York reports that the City Council has passed a resolution calling on Village Voice Media to drop its ads, which Council Speaker Christine Quinn says are responsible for “facilitating the crime of sex trafficking.”

Speaking of resolutions: further to our news yesterday that the State Senate passed a resolution in honor of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, Gothamist posts video of Senator Daniel Squadron praising Mr. Yauch for being “a voice for a positive influence across the nation and across the world.”

The Voice reports that Alexander Arbuckle, an NYU student who was arrested while photographing an Occupy Wall Street march on 13th Street, has been vindicated in court. Video showed that he was on the sidewalk rather than blocking traffic as an arresting officer claimed.

Sonic Scoop covers a clinic at East Village recording studio Flux where Dave Kutch of the Mastering Palace shared wisdom from his experience mastering for Alicia Keys, The Roots, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson and others.

Aaron Polsky, a bartender at Amor y Amargo, tells Eater that the bitters bar’s owner thinks “it’s really important that we wear street clothes and play our own music and that we’re friendly. He doesn’t want us to wear suspenders and arm garters and stuff.”

Wired takes a look at some experiments in fermentation being performed at Momofuku’s test kitchen and says “the lab exudes a smell like a damp primordial forest.”