One of our favorite coffee shops has closed. We just learned that Whynot Coffee has been closed for about a week now — as Bowery Boogie reported “movers were busy clearing out the enormous ground level space at 175 Orchard. It’s done” on November 13th. Continue reading “Lower East Side’s Whynot Coffee closes in favor of famed pizza joint”
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. Continue reading “Ost Cafe Closing: Last day in East Village is Sunday, Feb 26, 2017”
Did all the David Barton gyms close? Unfortunately yes, the popular gym has closed all their locations in New York City.
Continue reading “Whoa! All David Barton gym locations have suddenly closed in NYC”
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. Continue reading “Goodbyes: Iconic Pearl City Mart to close massive SoHo store in December”
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. Continue reading “Is Kennedy Fried Chicken on 14th street closed for good?”
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: Continue reading “R.I.P. ‘The Bold Italic’ closes up shop, ceases publication”
I am not sure what happened, but sometime between mid February and early March, Bourbon Coffee + Crust closed. Continue reading “What happened to Bourbon Coffee on 14th Street? When did it close?”
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” Continue reading “On human empathy: How deeply do you care about complete strangers?”
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 Continue reading “Best of East Village: Suprise! Surprise! (is closed)”
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 Continue reading “Family to Hold Public Memorial Service for Wen Hui Ruan”
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 Continue reading “If you can, attend today’s public memorial for 68-year old Wen Hui Ruan”
I love David Letterman. Six months in New York and I just realized that I could watch the Late Show with David Letterman live. Continue reading “David Letterman vs. Leno, Madonna, Joaquin Phoenix”
I was saddened to hear about the passing of one of my good friends Robert McWilliams last week. Continue reading “R.I.P. Bob McWilliams”
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 couple more times over the next several months. Continue reading “In memory of MARK AGUHAR 1987-2012”
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 it go. A lot of the locals relied on it and 14th street between A and B isn’t necessarily a thriving block, so it’s another empty storefront.
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 painful.
I’m happy I got to see 5 pointz, and obviously bummed that it will no longer be. Here’s some photos from my two trips to 5ptz.