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2012 June - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Posts published in June, 2012

Video: At the Air Sex World Championships, Love Was in the Air

The Air Sex World Championships, which were started in Austin, Tex. in 2009 as a gag on air guitar competitions and have now become a national phenomenon, rolled into town last night.


Ferris Bueller and Other Villagers Take Day Off for Final N.Y.U. 2031 Hearing

The City Council hearing on New York University’s controversial expansion plan got a star cameo today, as Greenwich Village native Matthew Broderick argued that N.Y.U. 2031 would further strip the neighborhood of of its character. He was one of about 250 people who spoke out during the packed nine-hour meeting, with about 60 percent opposing the plan and 40 percent voicing their support.


This Weekend, Last Chance to See ‘Worst Director’s’ Movies On Stage

This weekend, you’ll want to jump on your last chance to catch Frank Cwiklik’s madcap stage adaptations of the works of Ed Wood, widely hailed as the worst director of all-time.


A Starr Is Born: A Firebrand’s Tiki-Bar Talk Show Celebrates Two Years

Rew Starr’s quirky two-hour internet show, blending live musical performances and interviews, tapes in the back room of Otto’s Shrunken Head most Wednesdays. Next week, to mark two years, there will be a special show at Otto’s on Monday and, the next day, another at Bowery Electric.


Baldwin vs. Paps on 10th St.

On the eve of his wedding, Alec Baldwin lays down the law outside of his East Village apartment.


On the East River, the Fishing Is Good But How Are the Fish?

On Wednesday, the last day of school, kids of various ages tried out their angling skills at a fishing clinic hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. But was their catch safe to eat?


LIVE: City Council Hearing On N.Y.U. 2031

The Local liveblogs a critical hearing on N.Y.U.’s expansion plans.


The Day | Mr. Broderick Goes to City Hall

The Local’s daily roundup of East Village news from around the web, including a celebrity appearance at the NYU 2031 hearing, a manslaughter conviction, a church merging, a new Jamaican bar, and more.


At ‘Memorial Service,’ Residents Mourn Garden Bound to Be Uprooted by N.Y.U.

A mock funeral for a garden that will be demolished if the N.Y.U.’s expansion plan is approved.


Totally Tubular: Snoballs and Pop Ices Pop Up in NoHo

People’s Pops just got some competition: An Icy Introduction, a shaved ice stand that popped up on Lafayette Street last month, just started selling SnoPops, packaged snoballs that go for $5 a pair and $20 a dozen.


Benny’s Burritos Gets Fatter, Croxley’s Ales ‘Expanding Space’

Benny’s Burritos is expanding into its onetime takeout space, and Croxley’s Ales may also be in for a change.


Lifestyles of the Economakis Familiy

The Villager scores a tour of the Economakis mansion.


After Neighbors Nix Wine and Cheese, He’s Selling Suitcase Scooters

Edgar Villongco dreamed of opening a cafe on East 12th Street, a couple of blocks from his home, where locals could enjoy a traditional Swiss dish, similar to fondue, with a glass of white wine. But this week, he opened a scooter shop, Urban Motion, in the spot where New York Raclette would’ve been.


Hot Pockets! Empanadas Bar Opens On Ninth Street

Will this newcomer claiming to use only local and organic ingredients fill the void that Ruben’s Empanadas left when it closed on First Avenue?


C.B. 3 Agenda: Sayonara, Sutra?

A roundup of news from the just-released agenda of Community Board 3 meetings in July, including a possible for new operator in the Sutra space.


Wanna Cover It? Garden ‘Memorial’ Tonight, ‘Hamlet’ at TNC, Record Release Party

Want to attend a play, concert, or protest and write about it (or photograph it) for The Local? Here are some recent story suggestions from our readers.


The Times Square CBGB That Never Was

The never-before-told story of a CBGB that almost opened next to the now-closed Virgin Megastore.


The Strand, Seen in ‘Julie & Julia,’ Pays Tribute to Nora Ephron

Almost all of Nora Ephron’s books were sold out yesterday morning at The Strand, where a photo in the window depicted the literary dynamo posing with the bookshop’s owners, Fred Bass and Nancy Bass Wyden, during the filming of “Julie & Julia” there in 2008.


The Day | Those Hotel Rumors? Not Exactly Ace Reporting

The Local’s daily roundup of East Village news from around the web.


After Vow to Stay and Fight, a Move to Washington Heights

Sue Palchak-Essenpreis and her husband Greg, who encouraged the tenants of three buildings on Third Street to fight the landlord who didn’t renew their leases, has decided to move on. And she’s not the only one. But first, she’ll have another day in court.