The Day | Ray’s In Trouble Again?

LongbowScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

It’s official: Lower East Side institution Max Fish will move to Williamsburg, next to Nitehawk Cinema. “It remains to be seen whether the bar’s success can be replicated in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in the grips of the same rampant development that is chasing Ms. Rimkus now. The new site’s listing price earlier this year was $14,000 a month.” [NY Times]

And another institution is in danger: “Ray of Ray’s Candy Store, at Avenue A and Seventh St., who just turned 80, tells us his lease is up for renewal July 15, and that it’s likely his rent — now $4,100 — will double. But he can’t afford to pay that without doubling his prices, and is now wondering if, after 40 years, he’ll have to ‘give up the business.'” [East Villager]

More about the dorm that’s going into the former P.S. 64 building: “The basement — formerly home to a 400-seat auditorium where F.D.R. once riled the masses, and where the Fringe Festival was staged — would now house a bike room, fitness center, TV lounge and game rooms outfitted with pool, ping-pong and foosball tables, along with Xbox and PlayStation consoles.” [East Villager]

“More than 100 people packed a town hall meeting Monday night to voice concern over the proposed relocation of the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office.” [East Villager]

“Nearly a dozen Department of Transportation workers — some who usually maintain traffic signs — were deployed to sparsely occupied bike lanes on First and Second avenues in the East Village yesterday to hold up red stop signs to control speeding cyclists.” [NY Post]

Residents pondered the future of Astor Place and Cooper Square at a “placemaking” workshop: “Should a redesigned Astor Place and Cooper Square have more skateboarding, new digital ‘wayfinding’ kiosks and ping-pong tables, plus movies with the audience all listening in via wireless headphones?” [East Villager]

“Lindsay Lohan — who is slated to enter court-mandated rehab on May 2 — was spotted in a surprising place on Wednesday night: a recreational kickball game on the Lower East Side.” [AM NY]

Momofuku is among the restaurants that have agreed to compost food waste. [City Room]