My LES: Ben Pryor
This week, The Lo-Down launches our new series, “My LES”. The weekly feature will spotlight a wide variety of people who live on the Lower East Side. If you would like to participate in “My LES”, please email us here.
Our first “LES-er” is Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, a promoter of modern dance who just debuted his innovative festival, “American Realness,” this past weekend at Abrons Arts Center:
How long have you lived on the LES?
Since August 2004.
What do you do?
I am a manager and representative for contemporary choreographers and performance artists (www.tbspMGMT.com). I help them organize their productions and sell and tour the works in the US and abroad.
Favorite block in the hood?
Rivington between Clinton and Suffolk. There is so much character: Matzo, ABC No Rio Punk Shows, ALIFE boys, the little dress shops. It has been great to watch the block change over the past 5 years. I have to admit I miss Juanita’s and their $3 margarita pints, and Belly!
Favorite date spot in the hood?
SOY on Suffolk. Super low key. AMAZING food. No annoying ppl coming downtown to get drunk and spend their corporate dollars.
Favorite coffee in the hood?
FALAI Panneteria – nice and strong and their breads and pastries are to die for. You have to get their super early for the ham and cheese croissant. SOOO Worth it.
Favorite slice in the hood?
San Marzano Pesto Chicken, which they just stopped selling by the slice. BRING IT BACK!!!
Where do you take your visitors when they’re here?
Falai, New Museum, Abrons Arts Center, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, all the little galleries that have popped up.
Favorite dive/locals bar in the hood?
Technically it is in the east village, but The Cock. Yes it is seedy but I have to admit I feel a romance for an older less luxurious NYC in that place.
Favorite LES memory?
The rooftop garden we used to have at my building. Sure I guess it was a major violation, but it was sooooo relaxing, the hustle and bustle melted away. At the time my 6th floor crew was almost like the friends from Friends.