The Day | East Side Teachers Allowed Back in Building

FauxhawkScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

Mark Federman, the principal of East Side Community High School, shared some good news via Twitter yesterday: “We get to go in our building tomorrow evening to get instructional materials. Yay!!” DNA Info has more on the development. The matter was a subject of much discussion at a parent association meeting earlier this week.

Over at The Awl, Choire Sicha has his own special take on the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District. Contrary to the local nostalgia bloggers, he thinks the neighborhood started going downhill almost 100 years ago, “when the City drained a swamp and imposed Tompkins Square Park on the people so as to create an public promenade to enforce socially acceptable behavior, except during the Mexican-American War (spoiler: we lost), when the park was a military staging ground, and then after, when the park became a meeting place for angry young unwashed people to march on Wall Street (the mid-1850s), until it became a Civil War encampment, and then until it again became a gathering place for dirty people to march on Wall Street.”

Grub Street reports that Smorgasburg, the weekly foodie free-for-all produced by the Brooklyn Flea, is teaming up with Whole Foods Bowery: “Prepared food vendors, such as Cemita’s and Hugh Magnum’s Mighty Quinn’s, will set up shop inside the grocery store for monthlong pop-ups. Early next year, the grocery store chain and small-batch food market will expand their collaboration by opening the Smorgasburg-branded ‘Snack Bar,’ a retail outlet for goods like Grady’s Cold Brew growlers, Dough’s doughnuts, and Mile End’s bagels.”

And another food-filled collaboration: Grub Street will once again team up with Hester Street Fair for its annual food festival on Oct. 21. Expect nearly 100 vendors, including a few East Villagers.

Eater reports that David Chang and Anthony Bourdain have a new show on PBS, “The Mind of a Chef.” As Bourdain explains it, “From ramen to rotting bananas. From Copenhagen to Japan to Kentucky and Montreal. From pork buns to golf clubs, The Mind of a Chef is a rethinking of a travel cooking show, it feeds both the gut and the mind.”

Bowery Boogie notes that Honk NYC, a music festival celebrating “radical street bands, 21st Century style,” brought tubas to the streets of the East Village last night.

The Hole, ACME, and Webster Hall all took home Paper nightlife awards last night, according to Paper.

At a Community Board 2 meeting last night, the operators of the joint venture between Bowery Poetry Club and Duane Park told Grub Street that “BPC owner Bob Holman will do poetry readings on Sundays and Mondays, and that Duane Park — with Southern-inspired food and live entertainment like burlesque shows, magicians, and contortionists — runs the space the other nights of the week.”

East Village Arts says the buns at Jum Mum on St. Marks Place “produce layers of taste that are mouthwateringly phenomenal.”