The Day | Shooting Victim on Facebook: ‘I’m Dead’

East River Park PromenadeC Ceres Merry

Good morning, East Village.

Neighbors and acquaintances gathered at a vigil for Raphael Ward, the 16-year-old who was gunned down near his home in the Baruch Houses Friday night. [Fox 5 News] His funeral is Wednesday. [The Lo-Down]

Friends describe the teenager as a “good kid.” [Wall Street Journal] He posted a mysterious Facebook update reading “I’m dead” hours before the shooting, which may have been over his winter parka. [NY Post]

Others in the neighborhood believe the shooting “could have stemmed from a simmering feud between youths living in the Baruch project and the nearby Riis Houses.” [NY Times]

A friend of the victim reiterates that “these projects and Baruch, we’re targets to all these other projects. They don’t like us.” [WABC]

Responding to criticism from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the public housing authority says it’s on track to install security cameras at 85 developments by the end of the year. [WABC]

The work of Eric Drooker, “the artist behind some of the most iconic images of the East Village’s era as a squatter’s haven,” is now showing at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. [Wall Street Journal]

The cinema verite classic “On the Bowery” is back in theaters, thanks to a “New Yawk New Wave” series at Film Forum. [NY Times]

Speaking of the old Bowery, have a look back at an “alcoholic haven,” Sammy’s Bowery Follies: “it was opened in 1934 at 267 Bowery (between East Houston and Stanton Streets) by Sammy Fuchs, who branded it as the Stork Club of the Bowery. He welcomed everyone from vaudeville acts to ‘Bowery bums.'” [Gothamist]

The Claremont, Nonpareil, and Minneola: just some of the names carved into East Village tenements. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

The recently opened barbecue joint Mighty Quinn’s is getting mixed reviews. [Eater]

In case you didn’t know: brunch at Cafe Mogador is “divine.” And there’s a wait. [Gothamist]

The Wayland has opened a sandwich annex called Animals: “About a dozen selections are priced between $8 and $10, including a pulled-bacon torta with refried baked beans and chile mayo (pictured), hot shrimp with harissa butter and celery slaw, and a vegetarian ‘kitchen sink’ with jalapeño pesto.” [Grub Street]

More “hawk-on-squirrel action” in Tompkins. [Gog Log]

And more! [Gamma Blog]