Please—and you thought singing karaoke with a chain-smoking Lindsay Lohan was the best way to spend a night in the East Village.
DNAinfo recently discovered the Village’s newest Tuesday night trend: a Big Buck Hunter video game league at ACE Bar on East 5th Street.
For those Read More
Looking to earn an extra few bucks? You could do worse than head for the East Village in search of a blue alien – or Nestor, as he’s known to friends.
A children’s arts performer is offering a $300 reward for the return of his sidekick, who has been M.I.A. since last Read More
Despite its increasing affluence, the East Village is still primarily a rental neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some condos to be had for the Millennials who’ve made it.
Millennials like New York media figures Peter Bittenbender, who just sold his Avenue A penthouse to Rachel Bassini for $2.01 million.
SoHo coffee shop Everyman Espresso is shaking its fist at the NY Department of Economic Development after being forced to take down their ‘confusingly similar’ logo. New Yorkers are brewing anger over the department’s decision, turning to social media to get their opinions heard. Read More
The dead may not literally walk among us, but they can certainly cause headaches for developers. In 2006, work on Trump Soho was temporarily halted when human remains were discovered at the construction site, where a Baptist Church once stood. Last year, plans for a development in Queens were nixed after the property—home to a colonial-era cemetery—was landmarked. And back in 1991, the federal government was forced to significantly alter plans for its $276 million federal office tower in Lower Manhattan after uncovering the 17th and 18th-century remains of hundreds of African Americans.
Now, several preservation and community groups are pleading with developer Douglast Steiner to his abandon plans to demolish the Mary Help of Christians Church complex at 181 Avenue A (between East 11th and East 12th streets), because the buildings were built over a former Catholic Cemetery.
Weights and measures
There’s a scandalous new measurement controversy sweeping the NYC beverage world, and this time, we can’t even blame Bloomberg.
According to the weights and measures sticklers over at The New York Post, a number of city bars are shortchanging customers by serving pints in twelve to fourteen ounce glasses, Read More
Now you can really know before you go.
Introducing Toilets of New York, a Tumblr devoted the the peculiar artistry of the dive bar toilet. (Finally!) The site features dozens of photographs of the gross, the graffitied, the ugly—and in some rare occasions, the clean.
The blog is the brainchild of Ian MacAllen and Read More
Hurricane Sandy turned Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village into hell in Manhattan for almost a week after the power went out. Sure, much of downtown was a disaster zone, to say nothing of the devastation in the outer boroughs, but Stuy Town had some particular, peculiar problems. Most notably, all the hallways are interior, with no windows, so it was impossible to get around. What’s worse, the locks on all the doors are electronic, so anyone could have been lurking in the darkness.
Fortunately, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village have returned to a sense of normalcy now that the power is back, as the management has been detailing in a serious of lengthy email updates to residents. Unfortunately, one of the things tenants might have hoped Superstorm Sandy would have washed away is still coming: the ice rink.
Street Fighters Too
The city has a love-hate relationship with its cyclists, but at least a few savvy Village business owners have embraced the city’s two-wheeled denizens for fun and profit.
Last month, Transportation Alternatives, the pro-transit advocacy group, in collaboration with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, opened the city’s first Bike Friendly Business District on the Lower East Side. The district, a network of some 150 businesses and institutions now dedicated to better bike infrastructure, was proposed as way to increase customer traffic to local businesses. It’s an idea that has, according to the latest study, worked remarkably well.
Friday, opening night at pop-up club Chez André at The Standard, East Village, found teenage dandy Peter Brant II and ex-porn star Nick Gruber, who was apparently taking a night off from writing a book and developing a TV show about his two-year relationship with Calvin Klein, on stage. The duo, joined at the mic by Andrew Warren and model Serena Marron, sang and mumbled their way through a live-band karaoke rendition of “Born to Be Wild.” We have the video evidence. Arguably, it is the best version of the song ever performed. Arguably!