Good Morning: More Bike Battles, Mars Bar as Bohemian “Standard Bearer,” Vintage Film

From International Pickle Day to the Hester Street Fair food festival — there’s plenty happening on the LES this weekend.  The weather will (mostly) cooperate.  59 for a high today and rain showers, beginning mid afternoon. Tomorrow, partly cloudy, windy and a hgh of 62. Sunday, partly cloudy and 67.

In the news, bike battles! EV Grieve reminds us about the bike lane protest this afternoon in the East Village and sums up the week in bike lane angst. Council Speaker Christine Quinn shelves popular sick leave legislation.  Yippie Dana Beal has some theories about the explosives found in the Marble Cemetery.

Other interesting reads this morning: the Wall Street Journal profiles the Mars Bar, “the standard bearer in the neighborhood for a grimy good time.” The Times pays tribute to Central Art Supply.  Architecture critic James Gardner says the new 20,000 sq/ft Sperone Westwater Gallery “falls short.”  The Tenement Museum unearths some vintage signage. Jan Lee talks with the owners of the “Everything Frosted Bakery,” part of a “new generation of Chinese American entrepreneurs.”

Jeremiah has a look at some old b&w footage the Anthology Film Archives recently discovered, including some shots of a long-gone mystery building on Astor Place.  The Bowery Boys explore Bayard’s Mount (near Mott & Grand Streets), one of the highest points in Manhattan 200 years ago.

Coming up today, a report from last night’s informational session for Grand Street residents on the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Also this weekend’s music picks and our action packed Weekend Guide.