Broome Street Gallery Pays Tribute to Bob Gruen’s Rolling Stones Photography

The crowd at Broome Street Gallery‘s private reception for Bob Gruen seems famous. Flashbulbs pop and people pose by a golden saxophone statue pouring water in the center of the room. Perhaps it is the electrifying energy of Gruen’s legendary rock n’ roll photography that hangs on the walls. Gruen is best known for his iconic image of John Lennon wearing a New York City shirt in front of the Statue of Liberty, but Broome Street Gallery has put together a magnificent show dedicated to the Rolling Stones. Jagger in wild action, big lips pursed in Prophetic pout waltzes across a stage in one black and white image. Mick, John Lennon and a young Yoko Ono share a laugh in another. Keith Richards scowls, Andy Warhol pops up in others.

The Dinner Party is Alive & Well on the LES

Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

As 2012 drew to a close, I was amused by the number of articles I came across regarding the dinner party. Gourmet waxed nostalgic over dinner parties past, questioning whether the institution could be saved. The Times lamented its passing as a society mainstay. The Post disagreed, celebrating Brooklyn’s young and trendy for recasting the middle class institution. Brooklyn’s the L Magazine saw fit to take a swipe at the Times, reiterating the Post’s stance on the matter. Meanwhile Time reported on SupperKing, a mobile phone app that makes it easy for ambitious hosts in LA and SF to invite complete strangers to their dinner parties.

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City Updates Pier 42 Park Plan, Seeks More Community Feedback

Pier 42, at the end of Montgomery Street.

As you may know, the city is slowly moving toward building a new park at Pier 42, the unsightly area just below newly refurbished East River Park. This week, the Parks Department conducted a “listening session” on the Lower East Side to hear what residents and open space advocacy groups would like to see happen on the former “banana pier” at Montgomery Street.

Parks official Lawrence Mauro, appearing before Community Board 3’s parks committee, said the goal is to develop a master plan by next fall.  Mauro indicated the city has about $13 million to work with, which he said is a third or a fourth of what will be required for the whole project.  Mauro said it’s too early to tell how much can be done with the initial round of funding.

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Morning Reads: Public Housing Reforms, St. Brigid Celebration, LES Cartoonist Remembered

City Council member Rosie Mendez will join Speaker Christine Quinn to detail proposed NYCHA reforms (Daily News).

A 75 year old woman is hit by a taxi on Avenue C and 6th Street (Daily News).

The Department of Transportation has not, as the law requires, released info about the most dangerous intersections (Post).

Archbishop Dolan will help reopen St. Brigid Sunday after a $15 million restoration (NY1).

Remembering Lower East Side cartoonist Alan Shenker (The Comics Journal).

The trailer is released for the the new Coen brothers movie, partially shot in the neighborhood (EV Grieve).

“Forget About the Sweetbreads” at the James Fuentes Gallery (NYT).


Good Morning!

Seward Park athletic field, Essex Street.

Mostly cloudy early and then a few snow showers are possible in the afternoon, with a high of 28.   Partly cloudy both Saturday and Sunday with high temps reaching into the low 30’s.  Enjoy your weekend!

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