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2013 April - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Posts published in April, 2013

As Workers Blow Whistles, Bikers and Pedestrians Point Fingers


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Kelsey Kudak Today, Department of Transportation employees were once again out in full force, scolding cycling scofflaws. Last week, as bike-share stations were installed, we noticed the swarm of yellow-jackets handing out bike-law pamphlets and chatting up cyclists as they waited at red lights. Were these bike-lane babysitters actually a deterrent to “Premium Rush” types? […]


In ‘Sans Merci,’ a Republican Mom Seeks Answers in a ‘Lesbian Apartment’


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Photo courtesy Flux Theatre Ensemble Kelly (Rachael Hip-Flores) and Tracy (Alisha Spielmann) The latest from the Flux Theatre Ensemble is a sensitively written play about dealing with loss and guilt. During their spring break from college, lovers Kelly and Tracy (Alisha Spielmann) travel to Colombia to help the U’wa Indians organize against an American oil […]


They Can Be Happy Underground: East Villager Proposes On F Train


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A couple of weeks ago Amman Badlani, an East Village resident and reader of The Local, let us in on a secret. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend of over three and a half years, and he was planning to do it on the F train. We’ll let the young romantic explain why […]


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The Local’s daily roundup of East Village news from around the Web.


Street Scenes | Ghost of a Gas Station


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Frank Mastropolo


Short, Strange Trip: Former Conservative Wunderkind Heads to Kurdistan


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Jonathan Krohn Smoking a hookah in Kurdistan It’s hard to know what opinions a well-spoken, slightly ridiculous thirteen-year old Jonathan Krohn had on the War in Iraq and Middle Eastern politics when he gave his now infamous speech about the “four pillars of conservatism” at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009. Mr. Krohn insists […]


Stream Iggy Pop’s New Album and Watch Him Live


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Iggy Pop — the man, the legend, the former East Villager — is suddenly everywhere: in a new Chrysler ad filmed with John Varvatos on the Bowery, in a new Criterion Collection video in which he recounts his involvement in “Repo Man,” and in a funny ad for his new album, “Ready to Die.” (Oh, and […]


Tile Bar: Mosaic Man Hopes to Raise $80K


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“Mosaic Man” Jim Power, last seen selling belt buckles and creating colorful mosaics for The Bean, Porchetta and other local businesses is turning his attention back to the light poles for which he’s best known. The local legend just launched an Indie GoGo campaign in hopes of raising $80,000, so he can restore poles that […]


The Day | Fire On East Seventh Street


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Steven Matthews Good morning, East Village. A fire broke out at 230 East 7th Street, near Avenue C, yesterday afternoon. Michael Natale posted photos at Gog in NYC and in The Local’s Flickr pool. “Anthony Davis, 24, was arrested around 10:55 p.m. Saturday after carrying a toolbox into the Waterfront Spa on First Avenue near […]


A Last Look Inside Meseritz Synagogue Before Its Conversion to Condos


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Roni Jacobson Workers started moving furniture out of Anshei Meseritz Synagogue this week, after the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a plan to add a penthouse to the historic building on East Sixth Street. The Local recently got what may well be a last look at the synagogue before its conversion into apartments. After years of […]


Mary Help of Christians Demolition OK’d, Preservationists Plan Rally


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Chelsia Rose Marcius A plan to demolish Mary Help of Christians has been approved despite preservationists’ efforts to keep the century-old church standing. “It’s really a terrible loss for the East Village,” said Richard Moses, president of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. Mr. Moses said his preservation group and others requested a meeting with […]


Now There’s a Wine Shop Called Wineshop


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Fatima Malik The East Village, home to a wine bar called Winebar, just got a wine shop named wineshop. Aaron Thorp, an East Village resident and the wine director at The Standard in the meatpacking district, quietly opened the store a couple of weeks ago on East Ninth Street. It focuses on “smaller production wines” […]


Cancer Spurs More Support For Release of Lynne Stewart


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Paul O. Boisvert for The New York Times Dick Gregory and Ed Asner have joined thousands of online petitioners in calling for the release of Lynne F. Stewart now that her family has announced that she is suffering from stage-4 breast cancer. Ralph Poynter, the husband of the onetime Lower East side lawyer, said he […]


NYPD: Watch Your iPhones, Party Animals


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Daniel Maurer Looks like the police department is taking that plague of thefts at local hotspots seriously: we spotted a new sign on the window of Solas, which is no stranger to such incidents. Definitely more sobering than what was previously in the window, below. Daniel Maurer


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The Local’s daily roundup of East Village news from around the Web.


Longtime Lower East Siders Aim to Unify Local Latinos


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Samantha Balaban Left to right: Johnny Marines, Jose Rodriguez, Enrique Cruz At age 11, Enrique Cruz worked at his father’s grocery store on East Houston Street. Jose Rodriguez grew up on the same block of Suffolk Street as Mr. Cruz, and now owns a deli on Cherry Street. Johnny Marines, a retired police sergeant, grew up […]


Heart N’ Soul Closes, But Will Get CPR


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Michael Herman Muff of Mama’s Bar. Six-week-old Heart N’ Soul closed yesterday with a note on the door claiming the chef “had a nervous breakdown.” Today, Richard Freedman, the owner of the restaurant and its building on East Third Street, said the southern spot would reopen in a week and a half. “His food was […]


Nightclubbing | Strange Party, 1980

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong are sifting through their voluminous archive of punk-era concert footage as it’s digitized for the Downtown Collection at N.Y.U.’s Fales Library.


East Houston Hotel Gets Epically Tagged


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Frank Mastropolo Looks like somebody managed to leave a three-story tag on the side of the East Houston Hotel, on the corner of Houston and Eldridge Streets. They don’t call the Lower East Side “vibrant and eclectic” for nothing.


The Day | Varvatos and Iggy Pop Luxuriate On Bowery

The Local’s daily roundup of East Village news around the Web.