The Day | ‘Mystery Lot’ and Life Cafe Replacements Revealed

EAST VILLAGE corner (test)Ria Chung

Good morning, East Village.

In case you missed the late-breaking news last night: David Cruz, the young man who was shot in the leg at Campos Plaza, has come forward to identify himself and spoke to The Local about the horror of being stalked by a gunman in the early hours of Monday morning.

Curbed gets a rendering of the building that’s coming to 211 13th Street, a.k.a. the “Mystery Lot.” “The 83-unit building will have studios to three-bedrooms, with sizes ranging from 500-square-feet to 1,880-square feet. A press release says units will have nine foot ceilings, and a third will have ‘substantial outdoor space.’ There will also be six ‘private rooftop cabana terraces,’ which we assume will be connected to penthouses.” According to Commercial Observer, “Bank of America had provided $20 million to finance the purchase of the property in 2011 and added $30.9 million construction loan and a $8.3 project loan, according to public records.”

The Daily News reports that an East Village woman got to keep her $992-a-month rent-stabilized apartment by employing a “sushi defense.” Her landlord claimed that she mostly lived in Vermont and submitted low electricity bills to prove it, but the tenant “testified that she often eats out, orders takeout or makes sushi, which doesn’t require much juice.”

EV Grieve discovers that a couple of East Villagers who have been involved in Torrisi and Parm in NoLIta are taking over the Life Cafe space and will open “a cafe and wine bar” there.

Transportation Alternatives releases a survey indicating that the East Village’s “bicyclists and pedestrians are bigger spenders than those who arrive by taxi and car,” because they visit the area more often.

Bowery Boogie frets
that Sunshine Cinema’s plan to add dinette tables to its movie-theater seats, for food and drink service, “could be a recipe for rowdiness, noise, and frequent bathroom visits during screenings.” Relax: this already exists in Williamsburg.

East Village Arts reviews the homecoming performance of “La MaMa Cantanta,” which is a remembrance of the life of the theater’s founder, Ellen Stewart. The production is “a joyous and fond remembrance of her triumphs, struggles and personality, infused with the love of the artists she nurtured and elevated by superb music, theatricality and exquisite voices.”

According to The Times, Momofuku Ko held onto its two Michelin stars but Kajitsu lost a coveted star.

Speaking of stars, The Times doles one out to Calliope, and heaps on some praise: “You’d have to spend a week in Paris to taste rabbit cooked in as many ways as it is served at Calliope. Rabbit kidneys on toast, a special one night, was so traditional it was almost shocking, in the most pleasant way.”

L’asso sends over a press release indicating that it’s now doing pizza bagels. Thrillist is excited.

The Lust for Life, a “a subtly smoky, cocoa dusted cocktail starring Vida mezcal” at Pouring Ribbons is Paper’s cocktail of the week, and the galaktoboureko at Boukies (“a dessert made from a semolina-based custard layered with phyllo and coated with a sweet syrup”) is the best thing Zagat ate last night.

And spotted in the neighborhood: actor James Marsden grabbing coffee with his son.