Hester Street Fair Details Released

SuChin Pak shares details of the Hester Street Fair’s opening weekend with Grub Street:

(The Fair will be) more food focused than ever, with over half the market dedicated to grub. In fact, opening day (May 7, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.) is being dubbed the Lower Feast Side Food Festival. Along with thirteen returning food vendors, there’ll be fourteen new ones on Saturdays, including local restaurants like Fat Radish and Poco, plus the Fair is blocking off its Sundays for special food events and themed markets throughout the season, ending in October.

Coit’s Body Returned Home; More Reports of Barrera’s Violent Past

Sarah Coit

Sarah Coit’s body has been returned home to Connecticut, where arrangements are being made for her funeral.  The 23-year old woman was brutally murdered inside her Clinton Street apartment this past weekend.

A representative from the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home in Stamford, Conn., told DNA Info funeral plans were not yet set. In a brief statement, the family said it “greatly appreciates all of those that have extended their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

Meanwhile, the family of Coit’s alleged killer is speaking out. Raul Barrera, Sr. told the New York Post, his “heart goes out” to her grieving family.  Barrera said his son is a “good person. I’m sure it was the passion in the moment.”  Yesterday, he visited Raul, Jr. in the jail ward at Bellevue Hospital. According to a witness, Barrera (who’s been charged with 2nd degree murder) “was crying through the whole time. His mother was on her knees, holding him, praying and crying.”

Follow-up: the NYPD’s Case Against Mason Dixon

This past Friday night, we broke the news that two Lower East Side bars – Mason Dixon and Los Feliz – were shut down by the 7th Precinct for alleged underage drinking violations. After having a look at court documents, we have a more complete picture this afternoon of the allegations being made by the NYPD.

According to the complaint, undercover (and underage) auxiliary officers have been served alcohol at Mason Dixon, which is owned by Rob Shamlian, on at least two separate occasions (in February and March).  In one instance, city attorneys claimed, alcohol was being served past 4 a.m., which is not permitted under New York state law.

The complaint also recounts several fights that broke out inside and outside the bar in December of last year and in January of this year. On Dec. 4, the document states, a fight “resulted in one person being punched and kicked by five other patrons” (they were arrested and charged with assault). Two nights later, police reported, a “patron was struck in the head with a beer bottle… causing pain and bleeding which required immediate medical attention.”

Breaking: Missing Teen Found

Per the Village Voice, the 14-year old East village boy reported missing has now been found:

Friends Seminary, where the missing boy Alexander Vorlicky attends school, is reporting this morning that the NYPD has found the eighth-grader, who is “alive and well, but shaken.” The school thanks “the immediate support of the entire New York City independent school community. All the emails, postings, calls, and other alerts were very much appreciated.” Author Joe Finder, a friend of the teen’s father, confirmed the news on Twitter just before 10 a.m., and writes that Vorlicky “seems to be physically unharmed.” More details as they come.

Preservationists Make Their Case to Owner of 35 Cooper Square

35 Cooper Square: Preservation fight heads to CB3.

An update on the fight to save 35 Cooper Square, the 1827 row house threatened with demolition. Community groups and local elected officials finally got a sit-down meeting yesterday with Arun Bhatia, the building’s owner. While reporters were not allowed to participate, several attendees have shared their impressions of the one-hour session with DNA Info, EV Grieve and the EV Local.

The bottom line: Bhatia listened to the pleas from preservationists but did not disclose his plans for the building and gave no indication whether any of the arguments swayed him one way or the other.

Be Meat & Drink, An Interactive “Knish Konnection” at Allegra LaViola

Artists Joy Tomasko and Phoebe Joel with their exhibition, "Be Meat & Drink," at Allegra LaViola Gallery - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

There’s an intriguing and highly interactive exhibit based on the idea of meat and potatoes, knishes and blind dates, happening at the Allegra LaViola Gallery right now.  The show, “Be Meat & Drink (a test kitchen for KNISH KONNECTION),” is being put on by collaborating artists Phoebe Joel and Joy Tomasko.

Food Wire: Limited Time Only, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Beauty & Essex

The old Broadway East space becomes "LTO."

This morning’s Lower East Side food news:

  • LTO (Limited Time Only) open in the old Broadway East space. From their new web site: “Chef RJ Cooper, James Beard Foundation Award winner for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic (2007), is the first in a cadre of chefs to grace LTO. Cooper and his team… will serve a 16-course progression menu and a 24-course journey menu nightly from April 27 – May 8 ($100). A la carte selections will also be offered at the bar.”
  • The Times’ “$25 and Under” column features the newly renovated Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Summing up, Ligaya Mishan writes, “there is a menacingly chic bar down the block and a slick Mexican place set to open next door. But Nom Wah is still here. Let’s keep it that way.”
  • Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton checks out Beauty & Essex, or as he calls it, the “stadium-sized eatery and urban wildlife scene.”  He’s annoyed by both the “club cuisine” (cute finger food) as well as the “stiletto-clad patrons navigating the staircases as if they’re mountains to be scaled.”
  • Eater wraps up the eight hour CB3/SLA Committee meeting. Among the highlights: Tiny’s was approved for a beer/wine license, Preserve 24 (in the old Economy Foam spot on East Houston) was approved in spite of objections from neighborhood institution Russ & Daughters and Ed’s Lobster got the okay for a license at 25 Clinton Street.

WNYC: Streit’s “Staying Put” on the LES

On the Lower East Side, some of the best things are still free. For example: a visit to the Streit’s Matzo bakery on Rivington Street.  As Passover approaches each year, major media outlets tend to make the pilgrimage to the old factory.  WNYC did just that for its “Niche Market” series.

In the not too distant past the Streit’s property was put up for sale. A couple of years ago, Alan Adler (who runs the company these days) told us they’d decided to stay put, although moving out of the neighborhood was a possibility if the right offer came along. Today WNYC reports:

The Streit family said they will stay put on the Lower East Side despite the inconveniences of having a factory in Manhattan. They believe the original oven and the New York City water are what makes the taste of Streit’s matzo unique.

Weekend Kid’s Pick

Easter eggs at the Ukrainian Museum

Kids can design their own pysanky (Easter eggs) at the Ukrainian Museum this weekend. In this hands-on workshop, dyes, beeswax and a stylus are used to decorate the eggs with traditional Ukrainian designs. The museum encourages you to “fill your Easter basket with beautiful pysanky, rather than just plain colored eggs!”

Adults – $15; students over 16 & seniors – $10; children ages 12–16 – $5.  April 16, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., April 17, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The museum is at 222 E.6th, between Second and Third Aves.

For more kid’s events, visit our Kids Page.

Property Tax Posturing, 9th Precinct Rape Trial, Rock Walk

  • In praising Cuomo, Silver and Skelos look to looming legislative battles (NYT)
  • A top aide departs but Silver says he has no intention of retiring (Daily News).
  • Bill Hammond: Silver in no hurry to move on tax cap (Daily News).
  • Defense attorney: Cops accused of raping an East Village woman never went “AWOL.” (Post)
  • In rape trial, “police vernacular” slips into 911 call (NYT).
  • Rock ‘n Roll walking tour snakes through Lower East Side (Brooklyn Vegan).
  • The day Boss Tweed met his end at the Ludlow Street jail (Bowery Boys).

Good Morning!

Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

Looks like another soggy day. Rain showers off and on through the early evening, with a high of 55 and high winds at times.