The Day | SPURA Gets City Council’s Blessing

The BeanNicole Guzzardi Halloween at The Bean’s First Avenue location.

Good morning, East Village.

It finally happened: The Lo-Down reports that the City Council voted in favor of a Seward Park Urban Renewal plan that will add 1,000 apartments and a good deal of commercial space to nine plots totaling 1.65 million square feet near the Williasmburg Bridge. The request for proposals will go out in January.

The police tell The Times that the suspect in the fatal stabbing of Michael Jones has fled to Mexico, leaving behind an apology note. Commissioner Ray Kelly “suggested that Mr. Orea’s destination may have been a village where he had family ties. Members of the Police Department would be sent there, he said, adding that the police were in contact with local officials, the State Department and Interpol, the international police network.”

The Daily News and The Post report that a bellhop at the Bowery Hotel was busted on the job after allegedly selling pot to undercover officers. He was charged with criminal possession of marijuana. In happier news, Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men” recently “went public” at the hotel, according to The Post. 

FABnyc tells us about its “LoadOUT!” event, Nov. 3 at 19 East Third Street. “FABnyc will gather gently used materials from arts organizations and other donors throughout the East Village/Lower East Side for this one-of-a-kind extravaganza, which takes place at 19 East 3rd Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists and art students are invited to take home any of the costumes, props, and furniture they need for their next artistic endeavor.” Neighbors can also rummage for an entrance fee of $5.

Brando Skyhorse, author of “The Madonnas of Echo Park” and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, will read from his forthcoming memoir at tonight’s installment of N.Y.U.’s Emerging Writers Series at KGB. The literary carousing starts at 7 p.m.

Gothamist notes that the Public Theter’s block party on Saturday will include a sneak peek at David Byrne’s new musical with Fatboy Slim.

Jeff Hephner of the Starz show “Boss” tells the Daily News he’s a big fan of Curry Row. ““I brought my father here, and he was terrified that the lights were going catch on fire.”

Capital attends a party for “FUN… The True Story,” in which Patti Astor recounts running FUN Gallery in the early ’80s. “The gallery, an experiment by Astor and her partner Bill Stelling, represented the marriage of a few things, not least of which was a location in the East Village and a roster of artists who barely knew they were artists—the gallery mostly represented graffiti writers.”

Over at The Villager, Rev. Jen and Faceboy recommend some spots, like Economy Candy, for a $10 Lower East Side Halloween.

David Chang is one of Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

And finally, Flaming Pablum points to YouTube footage of Loisaida circa 1978.