Deadmau5 Concert Slated For Pier 36 New Year’s Eve

Previous Deadmau5 concert, via

The crowd might not be quite as massive as the one pictured here (photo location unknown) — but the Deadmau5 concert New Year’s Eve at Pier 36 is shaping up to be a pretty big happening.  Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) is a Canadian dance/house/electro artist who’s been packing in huge crowds at concert venues around the world.

Pier 36 is the future home of Basketball City, the privately-run recreation center still under construction at Pier 36, located at the end of Montgomery Street.  Here’s what Joonbug, an event co-sponsor, has to say about the venue:

Ever wanted to play, dance, and rage on 13 million dollars? Thanks to the newly renovated entertainment complex at Pier 36 you can. The immense 65,000 square-foot facility has already proven itself to be the entertainment center par excellence for New Yorkers and tourists alike. It is Manhattan’s newest playground that caters to any type of function and its producer. It boasts a sleek, modern canvas that is transformational responding to the creativity and artistry of each and any event. Whether it is showcasing fashion, music, dance or entertainment, all galas and affairs are executed with a mind-blowing platform. When not hosting high voltage events, the space will manifest its courts located on a single floor accommodating basketball, volleyball, badminton, dodgeball and indoor soccer. Whether it be to party, play or perform, Pier 36 is blazing a trail that will long be known as a New York City landmark for all.

Last week, Community Board 3 member Valentina Jones told other board members she is concerned about noise and crowd control at the pier on New Year’s Eve.  Jones, who also sits on the board of Gouverneur Gardens (the apartment complex across from Pier 36), said she planned to discuss her concerns with Basketball City. It’s possible the matter will come up on December 8th, when CB3’s Parks Committee is scheduled to discuss several Basketball City-related items.


Dino Eli, Owner-Curator, Provocateur, Settles In

Dino Eli, owner and curator of both Dino Eli Gallery and Orchard Windows Gallery. Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for The Lo-Down

One day this fall, I was meandering south down gallery dotted Orchard Street. and bumped into Dino Eli. I found him doing his customary ritual dance—floating between the eponymous Dino Eli Gallery and Orchard Windows Gallery, a tiny space just steps away. Eli is the founder and curatorial director of both spaces.

Equal parts impresario and provocateur, he created a stir in May when his Windows Gallery mounted a show dubbed “Porno Paintings” that some LES parents complained about (the gallery is across the street from P.S. 42).

JP’s Food Adventures: Chinatown Veggies

Brown beech mushrooms, king oyster mushroom, daikon radish, bitter melon, eggplants and snap peas. Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

Chinese produce vendors dot our neighborhood, in the form of greengrocers, outdoor stands or pushcarts. You can spot those with the most attractive prices by the brisk business they do. Many vegetables that would be difficult to locate in places without a decent Asian population can easily be found here on the LES.

As someone who often cooks Chinese, Japanese and South Asian dishes at home, I find this bounty exciting. Some of us look at these vegetables and wonder, “What do you do with that?” Before you can begin to answer that question you have to know what you’re looking at. This isn’t always easy for non-Chinese speakers, as so much retail vegetable business is conducted in Cantonese, Mandarin or other regional dialects.

But if you know the English name of the vegetable,  you’re just a few clicks away from finding out how to turn it into something delicious. The search function in your browser bar is, among other things, an index to a huge cookbook. And cooking is what one does with these vegetables; raw veggies are rarely served in Chinese cooking (though they are carved into elaborate garnishes).

This week I’m going to look at some of the veggies available at a typical Chinese greengrocer, identify them and suggest how to cook them. Most are available year-round, but some are more seasonal, being hard to find (and at a higher price) out of season.

Newspaper Truck Smashes into Olympic Diner on Delancey Street

Olympic Diner, Essex and Delancey streets.

This morning customers and employees of the Olympic Diner, 115 Delancey Street, are feeling pretty lucky. You wouldn’t think that would be their reaction following an overnight accident that sent a Daily News delivery truck sailing through the restaurant’s facade.

But when we stopped by a short time ago, they were indeed relieved that the incident happened at 1:30 a.m., when the metal drop-down gates were down and the diner closed. The owner said he hates to think what would have happened if people had been sitting at tables alongside the window when the truck came barrelling through.

Tour the Abandoned Trolley Station Below Delancey

If there was any doubt that the MTA is intent on reactivating the abandoned trolley terminal below Delancey Street, this video will put an end to that. Posted on YouTube about a week ago and by 2nd Ave. Sagas yesterday, the video is basically an advertisement for the 60,000 square foot subterranean “development opportunity.”

In September, James Ramsey and Daniel Barasch went public with their proposal to turn the old terminal into a dramatic underground park. Their contact at the MTA, Peter Hine, was obviously more than a little intrigued by the idea. Ramsey and Barasch were always well aware they would likely be competing against other potential developers when the MTA gets around to issuing a “Request for Proposals.” In the New York Times last week, Hine said he’d love to see “500 ideas.”

Listen carefully to Hine, as he walks through the trolly station. There’s no doubt the cash-strapped MTA’s main priority is extracting as much money as possible from the unused space. He even mentions creating a night club in part of the terminal. Even at this very preliminary stage, it’s clear the transit agency and the community board might not necessarily see eye to eye on how the space should be developed.

Ramsey and Barasch envision some revenue producing elements as part of their “Delancey Underground” project (possibly retail). But their idea primarily centers around reclaiming the abandoned space for public use.


Morning Reads: Music Studio Start-up, Overcrowded Schools, Harvey Wang’s Lower East Side

  • Modern Vintage Records, a production studio, opens for business on the Lower East Side (Business Insider).
  • The Department of Education backs away from a plan to send Tribeca kids to Chinatown (DNA Info).
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney could stand to gain from the retirement of Barney Frank. On the other hand, she faces some peril in her district (which includes parts of the LES), as anger towards Wall Street intensifies (The Hill).
  • Harvey Wang’s Lower East Side photos – on display at the Tenement Museum Wednesday night – and on the Times’ Lens blog (NYT).
  • Live wrap: Frank Ocean at the Bowery Ballroom Sunday night (Village Voice).


Good Morning!

Photo by Phillip Kalantzis-Cope.

Looks like an umbrella day. We’ll see a high of 63 with occasional rain showers, especiially in the afternoon and continuing into the evening hours.