Ray's Candy Store on Avenue A, centerpiece of East Village life for decades, has gotten a lot of press support
since it was announced that he was having yet another rent crisis (the landlord wants back rent
from Ray, who's been having all sorts of problems
, for his teeny-tiny space). And he's had some benefits, too, like the Sidewalk Cafe affair that netted him $1,300
But now he also has a force of nature on his side -- anti-consumerist preacher and former mayoral candidate Reverend Billy.
"Ray has been a north star of kindness from our childhoods," says the Reverend, and "the East Village will do whatever it takes to defend Ray's dignity." To this end he's helping out with a new benefit for Ray's at Theater for a New City on Monday. EV Grieve has details. Among the performers, along with the Rev and his Life After Shopping Gospel Choir: "Ms. Marilyn singing her smash hit 'My Man Ray!'"
Ray's is sufficiently an institution that it has a Wikipedia entry, as well as a Facebook and a MySpace page.