Just before 7 this morning, a car coming down 2nd Avenue crashed into an East Village bodega at East 4th Street. Eight people were injured, three of whom were employees of the store. A man claiming to be the owner of the business declined comment.
This adorably cute couple hail from Lima, Peru, and have been coworkers for the past 20 years at this East Village storefront, which is an accomplishment in itself. What is even more astonishing is that they've been married for the past five decades! So on today's very special love day, we asked the one couple who spends every waking moment together how relationships can function and survive in today's complex digital love age.More »
|A new 7-Eleven is under construction in the East Village.|
Last week, the New York Times reported that the East Village was emphatically protesting an incoming 7-Eleven. The Slurpee giant is worming its way right to the trendy core of the neighborhood, renovating a storefront on Avenue A and East 11th Street. The neighbors are worried that the snack chain will have a negative impact on local businesses and further gentrify the already-changing area.
It's not the first time a New York neighborhood has tried to block a big chain from moving in -- think way back, if you will, to the Astor Place Kmart kerfuffle of 1996. The Times diligently covered that one too (although they've updated their terminology for anti-capitalist kids in the last decade; what were once "skateboarding teen-agers" are now "black-clad youths"). Back then, one resident fretted, "I hate the thought of stepping over Kmart shoppers on my way to buy bagels on Sunday morning."
Skeptical that one store, even one as gigantic as the 145,000-square-foot Kmart, could have such a distinctive impact on a neighborhood, we decided to pay a visit and find out.
|Map of the Historic District.|
In a 6 to 1 vote, the commission gave landmark protection to many historic tenement houses, religious structures and theaters within the designated area.
"We're thrilled that the district was designated. This is an enormously important step forward in terms of preserving the East Village, which has been under attack from a lot of very inappropriate out-of-scale development -- high rise dorms, big new hotels and luxury condos," Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, tells the Voice. "So, this will definitely make a big difference in terms of helping preserve what makes the East Village so distinctive."More »
A couple had their black tie wedding reception yesterday at Katz's Delicatessen. Ivanka Trump tweeted about the event including pictures of the menu and the party favors. We talked to Kevin Albinder, the manager of Katz's, who said that weddings and other such events (Bar Mitzvahs, anniversaries) aren't that unusual at Katz's. "The party we had yesterday was kind of a big party, and we were closed for a good part of the day," he said.More »
So the NYPD Ninth Precinct, which patrols the area, will deploy eight to 10 additional cops in the next month to combat "nightlife-related problems," according to DNAinfo.
The team will be sent out during the evening, to fight noise and unruliness (which apparently threaten the very fabric of East Village life.)
At a recent public safety meeting, Capt. John Cappelmann, who runs the Ninth Precinct, promised residents that the additional patrolmen will prevent people from having fun.More »