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The view from the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Tim Schreier.


AAFE Celebrates 38 Years, Honors San Francisco Mayor

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in the light-colored jacket, in the front row. Photo credit: Asian Americans for Equality.

Dignitaries such as U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Comptroller John Liu, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Council member Margaret Chin came to Chinatown last week to help Asian Americans for Equality celebrate its 38th anniversary.  A fundraiser for more than one-thousand supporters was held at the Jing Fong restaurant on Elizabeth Street.  The non-profit organization is focused on affordable housing and advocacy on behalf of immigrant communities.

Arts Watch: Visual Artist Bryan Zanisnik Moves In To Abrons Arts Center

Brian Zanisnik. Photo via Abrons Arts Center.

As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In the case of visual artist Bryan Zanisnik, that treasure would be the random assortment of junk he’s gathered from various Abrons’ storage spaces, combined with bits and pieces from his childhood home. The articles for this collection include: police costumes, hardware shelving, random pieces of cardboard, his collection of toys, comic books, baseball cards, and other icons of boyhood — combined to create Every Inch a Man, his expansively cluttered site-specific performance and installation.

Every Inch a Man centers around Zanisnik reading Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel while inside of a specially designed life-size Plexiglas container.  Except for the intermittent breaks to eat lunch with his parents, Bob and Carol Zanisnik, who are often incorporated into his work, and to tinker with his growing installation, the artist will “perform this incongruity day in and day out as an absurdly Freudian compulsion to relive adolescent, and familial trauma.” Five hours a day, four days a week, for five weeks.

LES Bites: Doughnut Plant, Randolph Beer, Landbrot Bakery

The Doughnut Plant's newly expanded space on Grand Street.

Let’s catch up on Lower East Side food news:

  • On Friday, the Doughnut Plant opened its spiffy new retail space and production facility on Grand Street.  There are four tables available in the storefront if you absolutely must consume your purchases on the spot. You’ll also notice a new espresso machine and two very slick flat screens displaying the DP’s animated menus. Still to come: a revamp of the old space next door.  There will be an official grand opening this coming Friday.
  • Grub Street takes a look at Randolph Beer, opening at 343 Broome (Bowery) on Wednesday.
  • FloFab previews Landbrot, the new German bakery on Orchard Street.
  • Eater details the opening of Francesca, the Spanish small-plates spot replacing Frankies 17.
  • Eater also has the scoop on La Montanara by Forcella, opening on Ludlow Street Wednesday. They’ll be specializing in fried pizza.
  • Gothamist says beer nerds will be in heaven at One Mile House on Delancey Street.


Community Board 3 Seeks Feedback on Liquor Licensing Policies

Community Board 3 is seeking feedback about proposed changes in its liquor licensing policies. On Wednesday evening, there will be a public hearing to discuss the proposals, which would impact so-called “resolution areas,” specific blocks in which the board tries to limit new liquor permits. A notice from CB3 explains:

We are specifically looking at whether applications for beer/wine licenses should be exempted from resolution area policy if the business is primarily a daytime business that will close by a yet-undefined early hour.

For the past year, CB3 has been working on new guidelines which are intended to address concerns that the board’s “State Liquor Authority” committee is inconsistent and arbitrary.  The meeting will be held at CB3’s office, 59 East 4th Street. It begins at 6:30 p.m.


Morning Reads: Urine-Town, Liu Investigation, Fiona Apple at Bowery Ballroom

  • A Seward Park cooperator sues, claiming his neighbor routinely “tossed buckets of urine out of 12th floor window.” (Post)
  • SPURA Cautionary Tale: Across the river, Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment flounders (WSJ).
  • Editorial: John Liu’s fundraising practices stand in contrast to those of other Asian elected officials in New York City (Post).
  • Liu: campaign investigation has racial overtones (Post).
  • U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez is among those pushing City Council Speaker Chris Quinn on the issue of “sick day” pay (Daily News).
  • Downtown filmmaker Sara Driver gets a retrospective at Anthology Film Archives (Capital NY).
  • Fiona Apple plays a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom tonight (NYT).

Good Morning!


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Say so long to the balmy weather for awhile. It will be sunny today with a high of 51 (not so bad for the end of March). It’s going to be windy, though.