Saturday Plan: Eating, Walking and Helping the Arts

Nicky's Vietnamese sandwiches

So many restaurants — so little time. Sometimes the sheer number of interesting places in this neighborhood can be a little daunting. Coming up on Saturday, Fourth Arts Block (FAB) has a solution for anyone who might want a little guidance: it’s the East Village Eats Tasting Tour.

CB3 Wire: Oyster Bar Approved, Orchard St Woes

87 Stanton, the once and future home of the Slipper Room, and a new oyster bar.

Last night’s meeting of Community Board 3’s SLA Committee was mercifully short and uneventful. But a few liquor license applications did catch our eye.  For example, Rob Shamlian (Fat Baby, Mason Dixon, Los Feliz) and Frank Vivolo (Bruschetteria) got the go-ahead for their oyster bar at 87 Stanton. As Bowery Boogie reported recently, they’re taking the ground floor of the Slipper Room’s new building.

Steampunk Haunted House Returns to Abrons Arts Center

photo by Chad Heird

Last year’s popular Steampunk Haunted House is back at Abrons Arts Center this Halloween for a second season.  The “neo-Victorian” inspired tour looks like a lot of fun for the whole family (ages 8 and older).  It was created by Zach Morris and Third Rail Projects, incorporating installation and performance art into a winding “labyrinthine” adventure inside the Henry Street Playhouse.

Parks Commish: “Quite Frankly… Not Satisfied” with East River Park Progress

Photo by Bill Strom.

WNYC posted a story this morning that’s sure to get Lower East Side residents talking. It’s an update on the problem-plagued reconstruction of East River Park, a project that has dragged on for a decade. Matthew Schuerman reports:

The city has reopened the park — snuggled between the FDR Drive and the water — segment by segment, as each segment is finished. The playing fields were revamped several years ago. A long stretch of the promenade opened earlier this year. But the three or four southernmost blocks are still shrouded behind a chain link fence.

And how does the city explain why it’s taking so long to finish the job?

Photo Freedom, Facebook Stalking, Pickle Prowess

  • A guy arrested for shooting video outside the Pearl Street courthouse prevails; feds concede photographers have First Amendment rights (NYT).
  • Critical Mass bike riders win nearly $1 million from New York City (NYT).
  • A former substitute teacher at Essex Street Academy is one of several New York City teachers accused of stalking students on Facebook (Post).
  • More on Basketball City’s financing deal; the Pier 36 facility will also include “volleyball, badminton, dodge ball and indoor soccer.” (Crain’s).
  • Roll the videotape: Museum at Eldridge Street’s new window (NYT).
  • Back story: how the Museum at Eldridge Street’s 20-year restoration effort took shape (Bloomberg).
  • More on the new temporary art exhibition on the Allen Street pedestrian plazas (Urban Omnibus).
  • Pickles: the new “It” food? (WSJ)

Good Morning!

Morning rain showers will give way to partly sunny skies this afternoon and a high of 60.