Posts published in April, 2013

A Look at East Side Community High’s Colorful ‘Homecoming’

Tim Schreier “Homecoming: A Community Art Show” opened today at East Side Community High School. As noted yesterday, art teachers Desiree Borrero and Leigh Klonsky (shown in the last slide, above) asked students, parents, and staffers of the school to reflect on four months spent in exile while their East 12th Street building was repaired. Here’s […]

Smile, You’re On Camera: $800K Security Upgrade at Smith Houses

Kavitha Surana It’s official: security cameras are now trained on all 12 buildings of the Alfred E. Smith Houses. The New York City Public Housing authority announced today that it had added 78 new cameras across seven buildings, bringing full coverage to the Lower East Side housing development. “It already changed the pissing in the elevators, […]

CB 3 Agenda: Spanish Sandwicherie, Italian Risotteria On the Way

A Spanish fast-food chain is bound for the Lower East Side and an Italian risotteria is headed for the East Village, by the looks of Community Board 3’s newly released May calendar of meetings. 100 Montaditos — a Spanish chain serving mini sandwiches and sangria that plans to bring 20 locations to New York City, […]

Watch Jimmy McMillan’s ‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Music Video

Funny we were just mentioning Jimmy McMillan: the one and only “Rent Is Too Damn High” guy just released a music video produced by Animal New York. Watch as the mayoral hopeful gets down outside of the Jacob Riis Houses as well as at the corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue, just a […]

The 7-Eleven Debate Plods On

Video: Simran Khosla Daniel Maurer Corner of 11th and A: “I can see 3 bodegas from this [spot]” In case you haven’t seen the flyers all over the neighborhood, there’s a “No 7-Eleven” meeting tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 93 St. Marks Place. While the grassroots movement plots ways to block the […]

The Day | NYU Student in Pellet Gun Bust

Frank Mastropolo Good morning, East Village. “An NYU psychology student was busted Monday for allegedly turning his dorm room into an air- rifle factory where he assembled and sold illegal pellet guns used in recreational war games, cops said.” [NY Post] “Staff at a lower East Side school roughed up a 7-year-old special-needs student and […]

East Side Community High School Students Turn Exile Into Art

Kelsey Kudak and Leigh Klonsky Kelsey Kudak More than 800 tiles like this will be hung in the school’s gallery “Community” is one word East Side Community High School takes seriously, and not just because it’s a part of its name. After structural damages shut down their building on East 12th Street in September, students […]

School Historian: ‘You Can See Peter Cooper Rolling Over In His Grave’

Joanna Marshall Students ringed Cooper Union’s Foundation Building to “give it a hug” after an announcement that the school would end its practice of providing full scholarships to all undergraduates. As a half dozen police officers kept watch, students, alumni and faculty gathered beneath a large banner — reading “FREE EDUCATION TO ALL” — strung […]

“The Newsroom” Coming to Ave B

Just a couple of weeks after HBO announced that “The Newsroom” would be back for a second season, signs have gone up along Avenue B, just above Tompkins Square Park, indicating that Aaron Sorkin’s news drama, starring Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer, will film there. The notice at left says the shoot will occur Thursday […]

Astor Extravanganza: Bike-Share Stations, Plaza Benches Have Arrived

Astor Place was buzzing today as a slew of bike-share stations were installed on Lafayette Street and construction of a public plaza at 51 Astor neared completion.

Students Demand Answers As Cooper Union Ends Full Rides

Following an announcement that Cooper Union would cut scholarships for incoming students to 50 percent next year, current students and faculty members furiously scribbled questions onto slips of paper and shouted complaints during a tense back-and-forth at the school’s Great Hall.

Petition Demands Former P.S. 64 Building Be Returned to Community Use

Daniel Maurer As if Cooper Union didn’t have enough on its plate today, the East Village Community Coalition is circulating an online petition demanding that the school “not house students” in the former P.S. 64 building, which should instead be “returned to use for our community.” The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Cooper Union […]

It’s Official: Cooper Union Will Reduce Full Scholarships to 50 Percent

Joanna Marshall Cooper Union will cut in half the full scholarships it has traditionally awarded to incoming undergraduates beginning in the fall of next year, the Board of Trustees announced today. Mark Epstein, chairman of the Board, made the announcement to a packed room at the school’s Great Hall this afternoon. Mr. Epstein said the […]

Mama’s Got a New Mural

Daniel Maurer Just noticed the new mural at Heart n’ Soul, on East Third Street. What do you think? Better than Mama, below?

The Day | Richie Havens Dead at 72

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Street Scenes | He’s Golden

“Gold Guy” made an appearance this afternoon at the Astor Place cube. After aiming an aeresol can of gold paint at his face, he turned it toward the desk chair and naked mannequin he planned to use as props during a show in Union Square. “I’ve been doing this for 12 years,” he told The […]

Remembering Liz Christy On Earth Day

Liz Christy sunning in the garden. Some forty years ago Liz Christy and her group of rebel gardeners, the Green Guerillas, set out to transform an abandoned lot into something resembling the Dutch bouwerij, the farmland that covered Manhattan in colonial times. In 1974, New York City’s first community garden opened at the corner of […]

At Klutch NYC, Shop For Biker Gear Or Hit the Playstation

Ray LeMoine Ray LeMoine Though bicycles are about to grossly outnumber motorcycles in the East Village, a new shop is catering to bikers of the badass variety. Last week, Klutch NYC, a motorcycle apparel store, opened in the former Tokyo Rebel space. Actually: “It’s not just a store,” said Rafael Rios, the 27-year-old owner. “We […]

Bike-Share Stands Popping Up

Joanna Marshall Citi Bikes Though it won’t launch until sometime next month, the bike share program is finally kicking into high gear. This morning, we noticed that racks had materialized on Mott Street, near Prince Street. And EV Grieve spotted some on Lafayette Street. The Times reported last week that registration for the long-delayed program started Monday. […]

Underground Resurfaces to Celebrate ‘Other’ NY Herald Tribune

Scott Lynch David Peel performs, and other scenes from the party. The invitation called on members of the New York underground press who were still alive or not in jail to “party like it’s 1969,” and that’s what they did on Saturday night at the Yippie Museum Cafe. At a communal dinner table, about 16 people […]