The Day | A Sit-Down With New Community Board Chair

UntitledPhilip Kalantzis-Cope

Good morning, East Village.

DNAInfo chats with the new chairwoman of Community Board 3, Gigi Li. The 30-year-old, who was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Long Island and moved to Chinatown in 2009, tells the Web site she plans to continue the board’s focus on retail diversity. One initiative she’s considering: a way for the board to oppose the combination of multiple storefronts into one larger store.

Kyle Brincefield, the owner of the fashion line Studmuffin NYC, tells Racked that one of his favorite thrift stores is Search & Destroy on St. Marks Place. “From heavily studded jackets and vests to brightly colored lucha libre masks, S&D quickly became my go-to spot for a hot piece in a pinch.”

New York Magazine has its annual cheap eats list, and Mile End and Bobwhite earn mentions. A roundup of the “cheap eat of the year,” the steamed bun, features plenty of familiar local spots, as well.

For the owners of CBGB, it’s on to the next one. Only one day after the conclusion of the festival, they sent out this tweet: “We need a new real estate agent for #CBGB. We are not here to make an overdressed fancy agent rich. We just need a place to make some noise.”

EV Grieve hears a rumor that the old Kate’s Joint will become an organic market.

Serious Eats sings the praises of the tapas at Nai on First Avenue.

Bowery Boogie has some shots of ultra-illuminated Old Navy billboard on Houston Street near Mulberry Street. That thing puts Smoking Tattoos to shame.