The Day | Fewer College Grads, More Young Families Moving In

Now with Added GrouchoMichael Natale

Good morning, East Village.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club sent us a flier indicating that its ovens were damaged by Sandy. DNA Info has more about how the Astor Center donated its kitchen for holiday baking. [DNA Info]

In the current issue of The Real Deal, brokers and market analysts discuss “the boon in residential development in the neighborhood and about the changes in the makeup of buyers and renters calling the area home. (Think fewer recent college grads and more young families.)” [TRD]

An off-duty police officer was arrested on the Lower East Side after punching a man in the face. [DNA Info, NY Post]

The Times bestows two stars on Dirt Candy, calling it a “vegetarian restaurant that is thrillingly free of high-minded ideals.” [NY Times]

It’s a case of “new versus newer” on the Bowery, where “Sperone Westwater Gallery, working with some local preservationists and neighbors, is trying to stop a fast-track city approval of [a] hotel-condo project.” [Wall Street Journal]

After venting about a customer who criticized him for raising the price of a smoked meat sandwich post-Sandy, Noah Bernamoff of Mile End called out the “Mob Wives mentality” of a customer who complained about the price of her bagel. He later apologized, explaining that “this past month has pushed and prodded the emotions of everyone at Mile End in ways that, unfortunately, too many of us can now truly understand.” [Gothamist]

Jim Meehan of PDT reveals that he’s working on an app as a follow-up to his cocktail book. [Eater]