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The Day | Grapple in the Apple

Madison Square ParkRachel Citron

Good morning, East Village.

Police are still on the lookout for the thief who robbed Chase Bank on Second Avenue and East 9th Street last Friday.  The New York Post reports that a man entered the bank at around 9:15 a.m. and approached a female teller with a piece of paper.  The note stated that he was armed and demanded money.  The robber was said to be a hispanic male in his 20s and was reported to have made off with $776. 

Also, Eater reports that Momofuku Milk Bar should reopen today at their new location on 251 East 13th Street.  Their customers won’t have far to travel.  The spot is right across from the old one.  Now that Momo has its liquor license, expect other changes as well.  Intoxicating desserts?

Last November, the Bowery Boogie published a list of words in the English lexicon that owe their etymologies to the Bowery thugs of yesteryear. Yesterday, they published a similar list for popular words indigenous to New York.

Never experienced the joy of a spiral fracture?  This Saturday marks the 34th Annual Big Apple Grapple and NY Daily News has all the advice you need on technique and grip from world champion arm wrestler Bobby Buttafuoco.  He’s 57 and far from retirement. In fact, having emerged as the Apple Grapple’s champion 14 years in a row, he’s head of the herd.  This Saturday, Mr. Buttafuoco will be squaring off with Frank (Iron Hands) Malis at the Village Pourhouse.

The Day | Enough is Enough

GiantMichelle Rick

Good morning, East Village.

We begin today with an updated on the status of 35 Cooper Square, which has been making headlines at the Local since the announcement that the landmark building would be torn down, up to the news that developer Arun Bhatia would be holding a meeting to discuss the fate of the building. EV Grieve reports that the meeting will take place today, but is not open to the public or the press. Those who will make an appearance include president emeritus of the Municipal Arts Society Kent Barwick, Kerri Culhane, and Andrew Bernan, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

EV Grieve also shared a photo taken at last night’s Community Board 3 meeting, featuring locals holding signs reading “enough is enough” when discussing Percy’s Tavern on 13th Street and Avenue A setting up sidewalk tables outside the restaurant.

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s hot weather and sunshine. Today’s forecast indicates rain and thunder, with a high of 59 degrees. Have a good one, EV.

This post has been changed to correct an error; an earlier version misstated the location of a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor.