Delicatessen Returns to the Midnight Movie at The Sunshine

A still from the 1991 film, Delicatessen, by Jeunet & Caro.

The fabulous French film Delicatessen will grace the screen at The Sunshine Cinema this weekend in the midnight time slot on Friday and Saturday.  The film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro (creators of The City of Lost Children and Amélie) and is a funky version (in my opinion) of Sweeney Todd.  Told in a totally unique style, which they claim to be a tribute to Terry Gilliam — but nobody makes films like Juenet and Caro — the story is touted as a “wonderfully macabre comedy about an enterprising butcher’s solution to meat shortages” (and is set in a post-apocalyptic France of an ambiguous time period). It’s a timeless classic that I guarantee is even better when viewed on the big screen.

143 East Houston Street // midnight Jan. 11 & 12 // $10.

Sheldon Silver Re-Elected Assembly Speaker, Locals Help Celebrate in Albany

Sheldon Silver with Rabbi Reuven Feinstein.

This week Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver was once again re-elected as Speaker, a position he has held since 1994.  Silver invited a group of constituents and community activists up to Albany for the event and the governor’s State of the State Address.  Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, pictured above, delivered the invocation to start the Legislative session.

Last year, of course,  Silver found himself embroiled in the Vito Lopez sex harassment scandal.  Mainstream media, especially the New York Post, talked up the possibility that Silver’s tenure as the first or second most powerful political figure in New York state could be in jeopardy.  This week, Mr. Silver’s re-election was barely mentioned by New York’s daily newspapers.  The state ethics commission continues to look into the Lopez matter.

Morning Reads: Fatal Fire, Sperone Westwater Sues, “Dead Man Down” at Seward Park Co-op

A five alarm fire breaks out at 41 Spring Street, killing one person; a resident is in custody for allegedly starting the fire (NYT).

Investigators look at mechanical failure as a cause of this week’s ferry accident at Pier 11 (WSJ).

A Lower East Side man is indicted by a grand jury on assault charges but cleared of more serious allegations (Daily News).

The Sperone Westwater Gallery has filed a lawsuit to block Ian Schrager’s 25-story hotel on Chrystie Street (Post).

The Seward Park Co-op figures prominently in the trailer for “Dead Man Down.” (YouTube).


State Liquor Authority Holds Hearing on 106 Rivington; No Decision Yet

106 Rivington Street.

The saga surrounding a new restaurant coming to 106 Rivington Street shifted to the State Liquor Authority offices in upper Manhattan yesterday.  The applicants, Jose Orlando Rodriguez and Robert Payne, made their case for a full bar at a 500 Foot Hearing (required anytime there are three or more liquor licenses within 500 feet of a proposed establishment).

Community Board 3 was also represented along with representatives of the LES Dwellers organization, which opposes the new restaurant on a block they believe is already over-saturated with bars and restaurants.  In October, CB3 voted to oppose the full liquor license, although they approved a wine and beer only permit.

An administrative law judge will now prepare a report for the SLA.  Yet another hearing will be scheduled before the full board of the Liquor Authority.  Yesterday’s sometimes contentious hearing focused, as the law requires, on establishing whether the new license would be in the “public interest.”  We’ll have a detailed report on Monday.



Good Morning!

Storm Clouds and Tenements - Chinatown - New York City

Forsyth Street near the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa/

Mostly cloudy early followed by showers this afternoon and a high of 45.  Mostly cloudy both Saturday and Sunday with the high both days in the mid-50’s. Have a good weekend!

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