The Day | John Derian Makes Himself At Home

Sukkah Union SquareScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

Funny, we were just talking about the East 13th Street penthouse with the slide in it. The Post reports that the apartment has been purchased for $3.3 million by a Canadian who “made a bundle selling a software company.” He plans to remove the slide and donate it to a children’s museum or a charity, but not before one last slide party.

The Times informs that John Derian has taken a floor in an 1850s East Village building and plans to give it a “makeunder.” “It comes as a relief to know that he is jettisoning the fetid, jerry-built shower, and though you sense he’d like to keep the light bulbs that swing from frayed wires overhead, he knows it’s an electrical debacle waiting to happen. Likewise, the sad excuse for a kitchen has got to go. But the brown tinge on the walls — the sculptor was a chain smoker — he is intent on preserving.”

Off the Grid admires the Astor Place subway station, noting that in 1990 it was “listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places for its engineering and architectural significance.  The latter consists of Faince (fine tin-glazed pottery) plaques, marble wainscoting, ceramic cornices, and mosaic tablets.”

Sure, Jordan Eagles paints with horse blood, but artist Vince Castiglia paints with his own blood. “A decade-spanning retrospective titled “Resurrection,” featuring 36 pieces of Castiglia’s bloody work, will be on view at the Sacred Gallery, located at 424 Broadway, through October 31,” per the Daily News.

The New Yorker notes the opening of “Helen & Edgar” at The Moth. “Edgar Oliver tells tales of his Savannah, Georgia, upbringing in this monologue, which evolved at the Moth. Catherine Burns directs. Opens Oct. 9.”

Grub Street gets word that Il Buco “will host Italian cheesemaker Renato Brancaleoni from October 10 to 15 for a series of dinners and tastings. His cheeses will also be on offer around the corner at their epicerié at 53 Great Jones Street.”

Eater hears that “Eduard Frauneder of Edi & The Wolf is competing on Iron Chef America, which they’re celebrating with a special three course prix-fixe menu for $39. ”

After its Times review, Calliope rose to number five in Grub Street’s restaurant power rankings. The restaurant was also added to Eater’s Heat Map.

And The Wren, The Standard East Village, The Hole, ACME, and Bishop & Barons are up for the Paper nightlife awards.