The Day | Mr. Broderick Goes to City Hall

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Good morning, East Village.

The folks at N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan send word that actor Matthew Broderick will testify at today’s City Council meeting regarding the school’s expansion plans. He’s described as “a Village resident and a staunch opponent of the plan.” We’ll have coverage of the meeting as news develops.

The Villager reports that Davawn Robinson, who was accused of strangling a man to death during the course of a robbery in the man’s East Village apartment (the defendant said the strangling was consensual and occurred during sex) has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter.

The Villager also reports that St. Emeric’s Church will close and its parish will be merged into that of the new St. Brigid. Father Lorenzo Ato, who will be the priest of the new parish, says there’s “no decision yet on the disposition of the St. Emeric’s church building or the two-story parochial school built in 1952 next door on E. 12th St. and Avenue D. ‘The first preference is always to see if another Catholic agency wants it,’ Zwilling said.”

DNA Info reports that Roland “Pete” Friedrich has authored a comic book inspired by the Lower East Side of the 70s and 80s, when he lived there: “‘Lower East Side Story,’ a recently-released graphic novel series, takes readers back to a time when crack cocaine was rampant, burnt-out cars lined the streets and a trip home meant passing through a gauntlet of gunfire.”

Grub Street reports that Jane’s Sweet Buns has closed and Proletariat, the beer speakeasy that shared its space, will expand into the front of the space today.

Terroir’s beverage director, Matt Stinton, confesses to Paper that he’s a fan of Miller High Life.

Falming Pablum takes a moment to reflect on the Kiss mural at Nice Guy Eddie’s, where construction on a new bar has begun. “Five or six weeks from now (or whenever), when someone’s painted over that wall, I’ll probably be a bit bummed, but only out of disdain for the bank branch or artisinal cupcake emporium or whatever it will be that’s next destined for that corner.”

Grub Street reports that the owners of Shoolbred’s and Ninth Ward are set to open Kingston Hall, which will resemble a “Jamaican mansion that’s been taken over by sixties hipsters,” with two fireplaces and a pool table.