The Day | Green Day Frontman Plays Bowery Electric

chipmunkNicole Guzzardi

Good morning, East Village.

The Times reported yesterday that the Board of Health passed Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on sodas and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. The Local talked to a few East Village small business owners who didn’t seem too anxious about the new ban. “For me it’s okay,” Kenny Chou, kitchen manager at Tkettle, told us, “but it depends on the customer. Some people just really want bubble tea.” Tkettle’s large size is over the new limit but according to Chou the majority of customers order the smaller one anyway. Saint’s Alp, another bubble tea joint, doesn’t offer cups over 16 ounces.

The Times isn’t sold on the new Warhol exhibit at the Met. “With nearly 50 works by Warhol and around 100 by the other 59 artists, this show (which is in previews for members through Sunday and opens to nonmembers on Tuesday) may be a hit with the public, but it should have been much more challenging and original.”

Washington Square News identifies some “hidden gems” in the neighborhood. The 6BC Botanical Garden is “a perfect escape when the city feels overwhelming.”

Speaking of gardens, Off the Grid shares the backstory of the Fireman’s Memorial Garden on East Eighth Street. “The garden pays homage to the memory of Martin R. Celic (1952-1977), a young member of Ladder Company 18 who lost his life fighting a fire in the tenement that once stood here.”

Bowery Boogie notes that Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day stopped into Bowery Electric to play an acoustic set. “This certainly wasn’t the first time Green Day has graced the Lower East Side club, often jamming here under their rockstar alter-ego Foxboro Hot Tubs.”

Gothamist wonders
, “When the hell is the mythical transfer to the uptown 6 at Bleecker Street from the Broadway-Lafayette B/D/F/M/downtown 6 going to open to the public?” The answer: “Soon.”

Gothamist visits Leadbelly, a Lower East Side oyster bar from the Fat Radish team.

According to Grub Street, JoeDoe is serving a “a three-course Rosh Hashanah dinner that just may be better than what you grew up with.”