The Day | Philip Glass For Free

Union Square water fountainScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

With the primaries on Tuesday, the race between Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and City Councilman Erik Martin Dilan is heating up, according to the Times: “Ms. Velázquez and Mr. Dilan plan to debate on NY1 on Friday, but they are already sparring. They have traded barbs over which one has more effectively delivered money to local projects. And Mr. Dilan accused Ms. Velázquez of inadequately supporting Israel, prompting her to bring forth a torrent of endorsements featuring Jewish Democrats, including former Mayor Edward I. Koch.”

Meanwhile, The Post endorses Ms. Velázquez for reelection: “Frankly, we’d be hard pressed to come up with even a scanty list of issues on which Velázquez agrees with us. But anyone who gives Vito Lopez (Brooklyn political boss who’s backing Velázquez’s opponent) that much agita can’t be all bad.”

Dangerous Minds reminds us that the Philip Glass Ensemble is playing a free concert in Battery Park tonight. Capital New York is very excited.

A more low-key option tonight: Broadway World informs that “A Midsummer Serenade” takes place at the Merchant’s House Museum tonight. Expect “songs of nature and sprites in both familiar and undeservedly forgotten period music sung by members of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, soprano Jane Rady, tenors Anthony Bellov and Dayle Vander Sande, with pianist Jai Jeffryes.”

The Times stops a “self-described sample sale and thrift shop kind of girl” (and Bloomingdales employee) on the streets of the Lower East Side and hears a bit about her fashion tastes.

NoHo News has a roundup of all the landmarks-related alterations in the neighborhood, and the site approves of the latest plan for 8-10 Bond: “We think that the texture and detailing have been improved from the original concept enhancing the use of Terra Cotta and the appearance of the inset windows.”

Grub Street hears that Matt Levine’s Cocktail Bodega is slated for a mid-July opening, and will serve snacks like “Jamaican beef patties with smoked Scotch bonnet pepper cream, a kimchi Reuben, or a jerk chicken taco with mango relish.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: June 22, 2012

An earlier version of this post and its headline misstated the date of Philip Glass’s concert. It was June 20, not June 21.