Ost Cafe Closing: Last day in East Village is Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

February 22, 2017 / 0 comments

Ost cafe’s last day in the East Village/Alphabet City will be Sunday, February 26th, 2017 according to a note that was posted on their window today.

Whoa! All David Barton gym locations have suddenly closed in NYC

December 21, 2016 / 0 comments

Did all the David Barton gyms close? Unfortunately yes, the popular gym has closed all their locations in New York City.

Goodbyes: Iconic Pearl City Mart to close massive SoHo store in December

September 26, 2015 / 3 comments

Pearl River Mart is a three-level department store you wouldn’t expect to see on the busiest, most tourist-heavy, bustling street in the heart of Soho’s retail center.

Is Kennedy Fried Chicken on 14th street closed for good?

May 29, 2015 / 0 comments

With each new bank branch and fast franchise that opened on East 14th the last two years, the Kennedy Fried Chicken outpost felt more and more out of place in the East Village.

R.I.P. ‘The Bold Italic’ closes up shop, ceases publication

April 7, 2015 / 0 comments

Even though I found The Bold Italic of the last couple years annoying, I never wanted them to shut down as the online magazine announced today in a short post:

What happened to Bourbon Coffee on 14th Street? When did it close?

March 7, 2015 / 0 comments

I am not sure what happened, but sometime between mid February and early March, Bourbon Coffee + Crust closed.

R.I.P. David Carr

February 13, 2015 / 0 comments

Scrolling through social media this morning, I was saddened to learn that David Carr had passed away at the age of 58. 

On human empathy: How deeply do you care about complete strangers?

August 11, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve been wanting to write something about the New York Times article, “The Dutch Mourn Flight 17’s Victims in Their Own Sober Way,” ever since I read it three weeks ago. The piece discussed how and why we mourn or empathize with certain events; how humans emotions are limited by the “distance” or “connection”

Surprise Surprise 25 years in East Village

Best of East Village: Suprise! Surprise! (is closed)

June 23, 2014 / 1 comment

I haven’t been in New York for very long, so I haven’t established deep relationships with local businesses. Still, in my short time, there’s a few businesses I’ve been lucky enough to “discover”  that have long-term relationship potential 

Memorial Service for Slain East Village Resident Wen Hui Ruan

Family to Hold Public Memorial Service for Wen Hui Ruan

May 27, 2014 / 0 comments

Memorial Service for Wen Hui Ruan Wen Hui Ruan, who was killed a few weeks ago in a senseless beating, will have a public memorial service

If you can, attend today’s public memorial for 68-year old Wen Hui Ruan

May 19, 2014 / 0 comments

I’m sad that I won’t able to attend tonight’s public memorial to Wen Hui Ruan, the 68-year old retired garment worker and grandfather who was brutally assaulted by 20 year old Jamie Pugh

Goodbye, Flax

May 9, 2014 / 0 comments

Flax, the funky art supply shop off Valencia and Market is saying goodbye. Flax is being pushed out by a nine-story, 160-unit condo building with parking lot that is set to be developed in that space

David Letterman vs. Leno, Madonna, Joaquin Phoenix

March 2, 2014 / 1 comment

I love David Letterman. Six months in New York and I just realized that I could watch the Late Show with David Letterman live.

R.I.P. Bob McWilliams

February 17, 2014 / 0 comments

I was saddened to hear about the passing of one of my good friends Robert McWilliams last week.

In memory of MARK AGUHAR 1987-2012

January 2, 2014 / 0 comments

Two years ago, I clicked through to a tumblr with the tagline “BLOGGING FOR BROWN GURLS” that my friend had recommended on Facebook. The next thing I knew I was at the beginning; having spent a couple hours scrolling backwards through hundreds of fascinating, angry, hilarious, soul-baring, gender bending posts. I checked the site a…

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Rite Aid closes in East Village

No one cries when a Rite Aid dies

December 11, 2013 / 0 comments

Who will mourn a Rite Aid when its time comes? Who will shed a tear? This is the neighborhood Rite Aid that was open when I arrived 5 months ago. I rolled by it today and the entire facade had been stripped. Despite Rite Aid being a chain store, it’s still sad to see to…

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Empire State Building lit up in honor of Nelson Mandela

Empire State Building honors Nelson Mandela

December 7, 2013 / 0 comments

http://instagram.com/p/howi2dNrLJ/

ON the subway

Goodbye, 5 POINTZ

November 21, 2013 / 0 comments

There’s a lot to be said for how disappointing (but not surprising) that 5pointz is finally being bulldozed. The “aerosol art center” has been on the verge of demolition for months. The street art mecca recently had all of its wall paintings covered with white paint – an effort to make the inevitable razing less…

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