Teen Girl Shot at 210 Stanton Street (Update 9:05 p.m.)

210 Stanton Street. Photo: thelodownny.com.

This afternoon, police were called to an apartment building at 210 Stanton Street (just west of Pitt), where a 16-year old girl was shot, allegedly by her boyfriend.  The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a gun shot wound to the arm. She is expected to survive. We’re told investigators believe there was some kind of argument between the two just before the incident happened. The suspect is not yet in custody. We’ll have more details as they become available.

UPDATE 9:05 p.m. The Daily News reports that the victim is two-months pregnant. According to the story, her name is Kimberly Velasquez. She is going to be okay and doctors believe the baby was unharmed by the ordeal.  Witnesses told the News there was a confrontation in the hallway of the apartment building just after 2 p.m.  It was not clear tonight whether the suspect is the father of the baby. The suspect has still not been arrested.

New Museum Announces Spring Exhibition Schedule

Klara Lidén, Self Portrait with Key to the City, 2005. Digital print. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Neu, Berlin, and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

The New Museum announced its spring exhibition schedule today.

Among the highlights: a large scale exhibition by Klara Lidén, a Berlin based artist who creates installations and videos inspired by “found objects” from urban environments (see photo); a film exhibition by Tacita Dean focusing on groundbreaking artists Merce Cunningham, Julie Mehretu, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly; and the first solo New York show by British sculptor Phyllida Barlow.  You can read more about all of these projects on the New Museum’s web site.

Tomorrow, we’ll have our interview with Massimiliano Gioni, the museum’s associate director and director of exhibitions. We talked all about Studio 231, the relatively new experimental space next to Nu Mu’s main building.


Afternoon News Links: Guns N’ Roses, Soho BID, Wylie on New York Foodies

Some interesting items popping up online this afternoon:

  • Guns N’ Roses to play Webster Hall (Rolling Stone via EV Grieve).
  • In the second part of his interview with Eater, WD-50’s Wylie Dufresne says he’s proud of what the restaurant has accomplished, but he’s always been surprised New Yorkers did not fully embrace it.
  • The Local EV has a look at the martial arts studio that has taken over 34 Avenue A, a location that has been the subject of several contentious CB3 debates in the past couple of years.


More Gorgeous Photos From Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade

Photo courtesy of stephensperaillustration.com

These lovely photos are courtesy of local photographer and designer Stephen Spera. (click through for more!)

Laura Gibson at Mercury Lounge Tonight

Photo: Parker Fitzgerlad.

Tonight at Mercury Lounge, a musician who’s getting quite a bit of notice for her just released third album will take the stage. NPR called Laura Gibson’s first efforts “harrowingly intimate.”  On “La Grande,” the Oregon-based singer goes in new directions, “stretching her own limits, without losing sight of the warmth, richness, subtlety and haunted beauty that made her worth celebrating in (earlier albums).”  The show is at 7:30 p.m. and costs $12. Mercury Lounge is located at 217 East Houston. You can sample “La Grande” here.


Scenes From Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade

2012 Lunar New Year Parade, Chinatown. Photo by thelodownny.com.

According to the Better Chinatown Society, the event sponsor, yesterday’s Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown drew more than 400,000 spectators. We took in the sights and sounds along Mott Street, just barely surviving the press section mosh pit at the start of the route on Hester. Gearing up for a hotly contested mayoral campaign, this year’s parade created some interesting photo opportunities for local pols. Maybe we’ll get into that sometime in the future. For the moment, let’s relive the good times!

My LES: Benjamin Bauman

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

What do you do?

I am an actor, computer nerd, all-around gadget geek and practitioner of Yoga.

I also love to cook and, for an amateur chef, there aren’t many better places for buying food than Essex Market.  I’ve been shopping there for as long as I have lived in the LES but with the – somewhat – recent additions like Formaggio Essex, Heritage Meats, Rainbo’s Fish (just to name a few), Essex Market is a dream!

How long have you lived on the LES?

I moved to Orchard and Broome in 1997.  When I arrived, the streets south of Delancey hadn’t much to offer other than cheap panty-hose and cheap leather.  So far as I can remember, the first bar to open around me was Lolita which is still a fun place to go with friends if one of the couch and chair areas in the back is open.

Morning Reads: Protest Leads to Arrests, Danny Chen Resolution, Record Store Blues

  • A group marching in solidarity with Occupy Oakland ended up around Tompkins Square Park last night; police arrested about a dozen protesters (NYT, EV Grieve).
  • A City Council panel passes a resolution calling on the Army to institute better “cultural sensitivity” training, in the aftermath of the hazing and death of Lower East Side soldier Danny Chen (Daily News).
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver confirms legislation pushing the state’s minimum wage to $8.50/hour will be introduced in Albany today (Daily News).
  • Time is running out for restaurant operators to respond to the City Council’s survey on NYC’s restaurant inspection system; the Health Department says the results will have “negligible value.” (WNYC)
  • Another record store bites the dust (Jeremiah).
  • A conversation with Greg Armas of Assembly New York on Ludlow Street (Fashionista).
  • Meet the top gentile in the Yiddish theater (NYT).


Good Morning!

Black and Blue

Photo by Joel Raskin.

Close-up on the Blue Building, the high rise Lower East Siders love to hate.  Mostly sunny today with a high of 44. We might see some showers on Wednesday, when the thermometer will edge up towards 60.