Guss’ Pickles – A Juicy Tale

On the Lower East Side, pickle controversies do not go away. This much was proved yesterday at International Pickle Day, where Guss’ Pickles may have been gone but it was certainly not forgotten. Patricia Fairhurst, having abandoned her Orchard Street store months earlier, was not about to come back from Brooklyn for the briny affair.  But her nemesis, Stephen Leibowitz of United Pickles, was there, flaunting the famous Guss’ Pickles sign (see above)!

Followup: Funding for Allen/Pike Pedestrian Plazas

A particularly bleak stretch of Pike Street, near Madison Street.

Last week, we reported on Mall-terations, a temporary art installation to beautify the crumbling Allen/Pike Street pedestrian walkways and focus attention on the need for improvements.  The project was spearheaded by Hester Street Collaborative, a non-profit organization which helped lead a neighborhood visioning process to rehabilitate 13 center islands along this neglected street. In the past few months there has been some progress. But because there’s not enough money to get the whole job done, it’s been slow going.  This afternoon, we have an update from the Parks Department.

Basketball City Financing Deal Announced; Summer 2011 Opening Envisioned

Pier 36

This just popped up on the wire: The NYC Economic Development Corp. announces a financing deal for Basketball City, the privately owned facility being developed on Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street. Unsurprisingly, there’s no mention of a protracted dispute with several neighborhood organizations, who have pressed Basketball City to make a wide range of concessions to low income residents.  Here’s the full news release:

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and United Fund Advisors, LLC (UFA) today announced the closing of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) financing for Basketball City USA. The nearly $13 million project includes the conversion of City-owned warehouse space on Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan into a first-class recreational sports and special events facility with publicly-accessible open space. The project is estimated to create 50 full-time jobs which will be targeted to low-income residents of the area.

The Downtown Clown Review Comes to Dixon Place

A monthly mash-up of different clown acts, from the pros and “emerging clowns” alike, is coming to Dixon Place via The Downtown Clown Review. They write:  If you want to see cutting edge clown theatre, present your clown act, or connect with clowns this is the place to do it. Each month at the Clown Revue there is a new lineup of top clowns and red-nosed-newcomers from circus and stage.

Grub Street Food Festival Draws 13,000

The lines were long but the crowd was patient (yet rather intense) at the Grub Street Food Festival at the Hester Street Fair this past Saturday.  Grub Street curated a nice selection of vendors from around the city, including quite a few local favorites. You could tell these were some serious foodies.  Fair organizers say 12,000 people walked through the gates (More photos after the jump.)

Scenes From Pickle Day 2010

There was plenty of “pickled” fun-in-the-sun yesterday at the Tenth Annual International Pickle Day.  The municipal parking lot on Broome Street was full of pickles, picklers  and plenty of pickle fanatics. We’ve posted a bigger album on our Facebook Page (we hope you will add your own Pickle Day photos to it) but here are a few of our favorite faces from the festivities. Also, make sure to check out writer/photographer Paul LaRosa’s blog, Here is New York, for a great photo collection of people eating pickles.

Steve Leibowitz, owner of United Pickle and, now, the sole owner of the "Guss' Pickles" name.

Silver’s Assembly Worried About Election, Bouncer Wanted for Questioning, Cyclist vs. Cop

  • “Assembly Dems running scared,” fearing they could lose their veto-proof majority and potentially weakening Speaker Sheldon Silver’s position with New York’s next governor (Daily News).
  • A Lower East Side cyclist claims an off-duty NYPD cop pointed a gun at him during a traffic dispute (Daily News).
  • Police want to talk with a bouncer at Santos Party House who allegedly roughed up two clubgoers (Post).
  • From the archives: Monk Eastman’s journey from thug to war hero (Daily News).
  • The curious case of a 1st & 1st newspaper box (Jeremiah).

Good Morning!

Black Lace

Photo by C. Merry.

Mostly cloudy to start the week and 63 degrees.