The Day | Community Gardeners Occupy Lot


Good morning, East Village.

The Times reports that a dozen or so community gardeners occupied a vacant lot on Attorney Street near Stanton Street in an effort to prevent an L-shaped building planned for the space. “The actions on Sunday harked back to an earlier era, when territorial battles on the Lower East Side involved lawsuits filed to prevent the sale of gardens to developers and barricades erected around city-owned plots by gardeners hoping to stave off takeover attempts.”

DNAInfo files a dispatch from a Democratic debate for the 27th District seat. Brad Hoylman, who has been endorsed by outgoing State Senator Thomas K. Duane, touted his experience as district chair of Community Board 2, saying it gave him an edge over his opponents.

ArtsBeat continues its string of Fringe Fest reviews, this time showing love to “American Midget”: “The message of this little psychological gem, conveyed by a cast that can play comedy all the way to pathos and back, is both pessimistic and spirit-affirming.”

Off The Grid gives a quick history lesson on 229-231 East 12th Street, known as The Claremount. “With its grand columned entrance and undulating façade, the Beaux Arts style building was clearly designed as more than a standard tenement and attracted some of the crème de la crème of Yiddish theater.”

The Voice brings word that Other Music’s new record label has officially debuted.

The Post reports that the latest drinking trend is — wait for it — wine spritzers. “Everyone from bro-ish bankers to downtown party kids to Vilebrequin-loving prepsters are getting spritzed-off spritzers.” The paper sites Edi & the Wolf and Bourgeois Pig as examples of the spritz craze.