The Day | Bowery Condo Owners Sue Club Owners

Joe's Pizza, 14th StreetScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

Joe’s Pizza didn’t open last week as expected but is due to open today, per Eater. Above, Scott Lynch got a glimpse inside.

“The owners of high-priced units at 199 Bowery want a judge to overturn the liquor license granted to The EMM Group — which operates Finale, the ground floor disco, and Bow, a jazz club in the basement.” [NY Daily News]

Gunshots were heard on Essex Street near Stanton. [The Lo-Down]

The traditional power triumverate of the Lower East Side — Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty head William Rapfogel, and property manager Heshy Jacob — “isn’t being directly challenged. But the Lower East Side is changing, and the men are working to keep from being left behind.” [The Forward]

“New York University attracts figures of international stature with the promise that the university is a rewarding place to work. Less well known is how rewarding it can be to leave.” Documents show that individual severance payments have totaled up to $1,230,000. [NY Times]

Richard Hell writes in his memoir that The Ramones “were popular but were regarded by the core movers as intrinsically minor.” [NY Times]

Among Hell’s most valuable possessions is a unique book of paintings, drawings and writings created by Steven Schomberg. [NY Times]

Speaking of legendary musicians, Dangerous Minds. Flaming Pablum and Gothamist celebrated Lou Reed’s 71st birthday with photos and video.

Richard Hell isn’t the only author getting attention: Paper sits down with Mark Russ Federman of Russ & Daughters. [Paper]

“The lower East Side was not trendy,” Mr. Federman tells the News. “For years, the only people who walked by the window were pimps, prostitutes and druggies. People from outside the city were afraid to come here because they thought their cars would get stolen — and they were right. Things were terrible.” [NY Daily News]

The Times runs some more of Brian Rose’s photos of the Lower East Side in 1980 and 2010. [NY Times]