Good Morning: Aces and Eights Shuttered, Grand Street Construction, Garden Activists Meet

Photo by Jennifer Strom

If you’ve walked past the bar Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A, in the last couple of days, you might have noticed those tell-tale yellow signs indicating the business has been closed by “order of the Health Department.” Lo-Down contributing writer Jennifer Strom has been looking into what led to the closure. The chain of events she’ll detail later this morning makes for quite an illuminating story.

Also today, we’ll have news of a large construction project set to begin on Grand Street next spring.  The installation of a water pipe, extending from Broadway to Essex, is sure to impact small businesses and residents in a major way.

This evening, a coalition of activist groups will meet to discuss the city’s new rules pertaining to the city’s community gardens. Although the Parks Department agreed to certain concessions, there are still concerns that the rules will make it too easy for future administrations to sell the gardens to developers.

In the news today:

Our representative in Congress, Nydia Velazquez is among a group of lawmakers who will meet with President Obama about immigration reform.

GOP Gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino isn’t just running against Andrew Cuomo. Yesterday (if there was ever any doubt) he made it clear he’s also running against Shelly Silver.

Meanwhile, Ed Koch says he’s prepared to say, “Shelly I love you,” if the powerful Assembly speaker will do him one little favor.

DNA Info’s Julie Shapiro reports Lower Manhattan residents are not very pleased with the noise and the hassles caused by the massive Brooklyn Bridge reconstruction project.

San Gennaro gets underway today, to the chagrin on some of our neighbors to the west.

The Wall Street Journal looks at the art installation taking shape at 181 Stanton (it will debut tomorrow).

Russ & Daughters has special hours today, in advance of Yom Kippur. Grub Street has a look at what to order at Peels, the new comfort food destination on the Bowery.

And Bouncing Souls played a benefit concert at ABC No Rio.

Look for a high of 76 degrees today, with rain showers beginning around 4pm.