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Occupy Fries Go Fancy at Ray’s Candy Store

Occupy fries one day, Occupy BELGIAN fries the next.

Photos: A Burlesque Bash For Ray, at His Candy Store

Ray Alvarez, the beloved owner of Ray’s Candy Store, turned 80 earlier this month. What better way to celebrate than with semi-nudity?

Dog-Run Duo | David and Faye Raye

Fay Raye, an eight-year-old “Muttweiler,” is a well-known customer at Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A. Watch her wait for slices of cheese at the counter.

In East Village, ‘Calm Before the Storm’ Followed By Fireworks

Fireworks, presumably World Series-related, boomed over the East Village shortly after midnight, capping off a night of hurricane preparation and anticipation that was described as eery and sedate.

The Ex-Villagers | One Last Egg Cream Before a New Life in L.A.

A couple of days ago, actress Gita Reddy grabbed a hot dog and an egg cream at Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A, and during one last walk around, shared her memories of twenty years in the neighborhood.

Homeless on Avenue A, and Neighbors Aren’t Happy About It

A group of homeless people has taken shelter under the awning of the shuttered East Village Farm, where police are allowing them to stay even as neighbors complain of unsanitary and potentially dangerous conditions on Avenue A.

Police Close Down Tompkins After 7-Eleven Window Is Smashed [Updated]

The police closed down Tompkins Square Park tonight after a window of a 7-Eleven was smashed, seemingly by protesters.

The Day | Judge Throws the Book at Library Lifter

A roundup of this morning’s news.

The Day | Head Meets Glass Door During Occupy Wall Street Arrests

A roundup of this morning’s news.

For Real? Otafuku Selling Obama-Approved ‘Black Boss Coffee’

The sign also reads “No Mercey For Michelle Backmann.”

The Day | Third 7-Eleven on the Way

A roundup of this morning’s news, including another L train death, continued opposition to a historic district, a new development on Avenue D, a Yippie in trouble, and more.

The Day | Remembering the Eviction of C.H.A.R.A.S.

A roundup of this morning’s posts, including possible heart surgery for Ray, a female priest on East Fourth, drug charges at the Sunburnt Cow, Christmas comes early for M15 drivers, and more.

With One More Mural Planned, Chico Leaves Loisaida for Florida

The iconic muralist may be leaving Alphabet City for good to find a new life in Tampa.

With Vigil Tonight and Funeral on Sunday, Friends and Family Recall Bob Arihood

A fuller portrait of the late East Village documentarian.

The Day | Remembering Bob Arihood

A roundup of news from the East Village.

Bob Arihood, Chronicler of the Changing Neighborhood, Is Dead

A chronicler of the neighborhood dies of a heart attack.

He’s Not Ray or Mosaic Man, But He Plays Them on Twitter

Matt Rosen has helped usher two local legends, the Mosaic Man and Ray Alvarez — of Ray’s Candy Store — into the information age.

The Day | Mars Bar, 1984-2011

A roundup of news articles and blogposts related to the East Village, including posts about the closure of Mars Bar and the opening of Jane’s Sweet Buns.

A Grand Re-Opening for Ray’s

The Local visits Ray’s Candy Store, which re-opened during the weekend after being closed last week for health code violations.

Ray’s Candy Cleans Up

When the owner of Ray’s Candy Store ignored a health department order to close the shop until a series of health code violations were addressed, it ended up being a costly decision. When the health inspector returned yesterday and found him still operating, the owner, Ray Alvarez, received a hefty fine and now estimates that he owes a total of $7,000. Ever since, he has been preoccupied with solving the problem.