Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side for this weekend:

Hollis Brown

HOLLIS BROWN - Fri, Apr 29 І 7PM at the Mercury Lounge

Since their 2009 debut, Brooklyn’s Hollis Brown has been hard at work, touring the country. Delivering a steady stream of high-energy live performances along with their thoroughly enjoyable pop/rock material, their efforts have begun to pay off, getting them featured on several MTV television shows like the Real World, and an array of high profile festivals. $10//217 E. Houston St.

Taqueria LES Opening This Week

Image via Thrillest.

Thrillest has the scoop on Taqueria LES, opening soon at 198 Orchard Street (just below Houston).  An offshoot of Taqueria Downtown in Jersey City, this place features super simple/authentic tacos, burritos, tamales and enchiladas.  No nachos or gargantuan burritos here. Tacos are…

…topped only with onions, cilantro, and salsa, specially sourced soft shells are wrapped around fillings like fried tilapia, 24hr-marinated spicy hot skirt steak, barbacoa pulled from a four-hour-roasted bone-in shoulder, and Puebla-sourced prickly pear cactus that’s griddle cooked to remove all the “mucous”, which “doesn’t sound too pretty but it rocks”, meaning you can expect some tasty licks. Portuguese bun tortas are layered with carnitas or breaded steak before being slathered w/ beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado & jalapeno; platters range from salsa-simmered salt-cured flank steak to green-sauced pork chops…

No answer at the LES location just yet; we’re told the restaurant will be open for business by Sunday at the latest.

A Rare Look Inside Vacant Essex Street Market Building

We just wrote about last night’s “SPURA Open House,” hosted by the city and Community Board 3. But maybe more intriguing than the event itself was the place in which it was held. Passersby couldn’t help but notice the open door, beckoning visitors inside Essex Market Building D, which has been essentially vacant since 1955.

It might have been one of the last times the general public will see the interior of this building, one of four structures erected in 1940 as part of Mayor LaGuardia’s campaign to get pushcart vendors off the streets.  In preliminary discussions, the city’s design consultants have suggested the parcel on which the market sits would be the ideal location for a new “commercial hub,” possibly an “iconic building” at “the crossroads of the Lower East Side.” 

200 People Attend SPURA Open House

Last night, city planning officials and Community Board 3 hosted a “SPURA Open House” inside the vacant Essex Street Market building on the southeast corner of Essex and Delancey streets.

It was a chance for residents to have a look at a styrofoam model depicting various urban design options for the redevelopment of the Seward Park site. Neil Kittredge of the architectural firm Beyer Binder Belle, David Quart of the NYC Economic Development Corp., David McWater of CB3 and others were present to answer questions and listen to feedback.

Big Name Bloggers to Read at Happy Ending in Refresh Reading Series

Writer Leon Crawl is bringing his reading series, Refresh Refresh Refresh back to Happy Ending Lounge tomorrow night. The Observer (where Crawl was a former writer) notes:

After a four-month hiatus, the reading series Refresh Refresh Refresh will once again take over Happy Ending, a bar on the Lower East Side. It all goes down this Friday, April 29th, at 8:00 p.m., and promises to be another night of witty prose related somehow to the Internet.

The Clerkenwell, Torrisi Italian Specialties, Rhong Tiam

The Clerkenwell, 49 Clinton Street.

This morning’s Lower East Side good news:

  • Grub Street reports chef Ryan Jordan (previously at the Breslin) is getting comfortable in the kitchen at The Clerkenwell.

Free Family Films this Saturday

Free family film screenings at the BMCC Tribeca PAC

This Saturday April 30, the streets of Tribeca play host to the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair. The activities include two free screenings of family movies at the BMCC Tribeca PAC (at 199 Chambers Street, between Greenwich & West Streets):  The Second Day, a documentary about 9/11 through a child’s eyes, will be screened at 2:30 PM to be followed by a short panel discussion; and  NIKO, a lively animation film, will begin at 4:00 PM. Lines at BMCC begin 30 mins prior to the start of each screening. All seats are FREE and first-come, first-served.

The street fair is from 10am to 6pm on Greenwich Street, from Hubert to Chambers. The festival stages will feature special performances from Broadway shows and local talent. Restaurants and merchants will offer food, refreshment, and merchandise. Local schools will sponsor a variety of fundraising activities, from taekwondo lessons to hairspray painting.

Check out and download the Event Map and for more info.

Puppets in the Park – Plus Free Workshop – This Sunday

One of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, City Parks Foundation’s PuppetMobile, is coming to Luther Gulick Park Sunday afternoon (1 pm). The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater will perform “Bessie’s Big Shot,” a new work.

After the performance (which lasts around 45 minutes), there will be a free puppet making workshop. You can register for the workshop in advance via the Friends of Gulick Park web site, but pre-registration is not required.  Gulick Park is located on Delancey Street between Columbia Street and Bialystoker Place.

Deliverymen Robbed, Chin on NY1, Moby Leaves LES

  • Police are looking for three suspects in several robberies of deliverymen in the East Village (NY1).
  • Councilmember Margaret Chin is interviewed about her bill, being introduced today, that would crack down on people who buy counterfeit merchandise (NY1).
  • The saga of 197 Madison, which tenant advocates have long argued is the site of Chinatown’s “worst landlord.” (Our Chinatown)
  • More jail time for a graffiti writing artist (DNA Info).
  • Former Lower East Side guy Moby is livin’ large in LA (NYT).

Good Morning!

Photo by Phillip Kalantzis Pope.

The forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms through about noon. Clearing this afternoon, although some scattered storms are possible tonight.  Look for a high of 73.