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The Day | CBGB Aftermath, Shaoul’s Regrets and Other Morning Reads - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


The Day | CBGB Aftermath, Shaoul’s Regrets and Other Morning Reads


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Aiko begins her Houston / Bowery Wall muralScott Lynch The artist Aiko at work on the famed wall at Houston and Bowery.

Good morning East Village.

The Times followed up with more details on the alleged attack by Harley Flanagan on his ex-bandmates in the Cro-Mags. Turns out the conflict has been brewing for years. “This dude has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever,” said John Joseph, the band’s lead singer. “I hope he gets what’s coming to him.”

The brawl didn’t mar the larger CBGB Festival, however. (In fact, maybe it lent it a little punk authenticity?) In a review of the weekend-long series of shows, The Times’ Jon Pareles writes, “The festival also preserved the CBGB legacy on Thursday and Friday nights by extending into dozens of clubs, large and small, where even newer bands were playing for fellow musicians and for the curious — hoping, perhaps, for an early glimpse of the kind of paradigm-shifting music once nurtured at CBGB.”

Occupy East 4th Street details a pair of tense encounters with brokers. “They were rude and refused to identify themselves, so I refused them entry.”

The Times profiles Ben Shaoul, the developer who makes regular appearances on The Local. (You know, he’s the landlord behind several controversial rooftop additions in the neighborhood, as well as the closing of the Cabrini nursing home, for starters.) Mr. Shaoul, who dropped out of community college at 19 to get into real estate, admits that he’s made a few mistakes in his successful career. Specifically, he wishes he hadn’t sued the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence for protesting against him. “I wish we had not filed a lawsuit against them. I wish we had handled things differently. The tenants were in the wrong for the situation they created for themselves. That being said, they were living there,” he said.

DNAInfo scored a tour of the under-construction (and much-delayed) Nevada Smiths, and boy does it sound like the soccer bar is in for a major upgrade. Fans will be treated to three stories of football on 20 televisions and two gargantuan projection screens. The basement will even have a low-key wine bar. With a plan this ambitious, it’s hard to believe there won’t be some fireworks at next week’s Community Board meeting.

Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin talked with Michael White about his new restaurant, Nicoletta on NY1.

Lastly, the group N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan posts a cheeky picture claiming that even the trees are opposed to N.Y.U. 2031.