Arts Watch: Two World Premieres to Catch This Weekend

Nancy Giles. Photo by Jim Moore.

February starts off with a theatrical bang this weekend as not one, but two shows will have their world premieres on downtown stages.

The first is Nancy Giles’ autobiographical show, The Further Adventures Of The Accidental Pundette, at Dixon Place.  You might recognize Ms. Giles from her appearances on CBS News Sunday Morning where she has voiced her opinions on everything from politics and pop culture to the conspiracy of high heels for the past ten years (she was also part of the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed TV series China Beach). But that is just her day job. Ms. Giles has been a downtown theater fixture for years, honing her craft at Dixon Place and other experimental spaces.

F Train Passenger Stabbed at Essex Street Saturday Night

A man was stabbed aboard an F train at Essex Street late Saturday night, the Post reports. The incident happened around 4:20 a.m.

Police say there are two suspects. Officers boarded the train in Brooklyn, at Church Avenue, but did not find the men.

The victim was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was treated for the stab wound and released. Police did not release his name.

Morning Reads: St. Brigid’s Celebration, Norfolk Street Synagogue Debate, Silver’s Gamble

The community celebrates a new beginning at St. Brigid’s (NYT).

Photos: Inside St. Brigid’s (EV Grieve).

An influential publication covers the debate surrounding demolition plans at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol (The Forward).

In the debate over casino gambling in New York, is Sheldon Silver opening the door to lobbyists? (Post).

Glenn Lau-Kee, an attorney with deep roots in Chinatown, is the new head of the New York Bar Association (Thomson Reuters).

Everything you always wanted to know about New York’s slips (Forgotten NY).


Pulperia, Latin-Themed Small Plates Restaurant Comes to 131 Essex Street

131 Essex Street.

We’re learning more about a restaurant called Pulperia, which is going for a wine/beer license at Community Board 3’s February 11th SLA Committee hearing.  The Latin-themed small-plates venture is being opened by Erick Caceres, who operates Oregano, a French/Iberian bistro in the Bronx and helped build Mamajuana, which started in Washington Heights.

On the application submitted to CB3, the cuisine is described as “Latin American dim sum, small plates” with pintxos and montadito (a Spanish style sandwich).   A sample menu includes skewers for $3.50, including “bone marrow with smoked sea salt,” “lamb tenderloin with mustard sauce,” and “escargot with garlic and herbs.”  Entrees, for two to four people, are served in hollowed out baguettes.  Options include suckling pig ($40) and Argentinian style steak ($80.)  According to the application, the “cocktail program will take on a very unique approach in that the creativity will rely solely on wine, beer, bitters and juices, etc., for each recipe.” 

Three Firefighters Suffer Minor Injuries in Blaze at 75 Mott Street

75 Mott Street. Photos: NYC Fire Wire.

According to a report on Channel 11, three firefighters suffered minor injuries during a fire at 75 Mott Street yesterday.  The fire started in a third floor apartment around 4:30 p.m.  and spread to the rest of the floor, but firefighters extinguished the flames quickly.

Investigators said there was a lot of debris in the apartment, piled five feet high. The firefighters tossed a lot of it out windows.  “We need(ed) to remove everything that (was) burning from the apartment, that (was) still smoldering — get it out in the event that the fire lights up again,” deputy fire chief John Esposito said.

Department of Buildings records show three violations at 75 Mott because the boilers had not been inspected.

The photo above is from NYC Fire Wire.


Good Morning!

130 Orchard Street. Photo by Dave Mendoza.

Here’s a look at the former Samuel Beckenstein fabric store on Orchard Street, courtesy of TLD reader Dave Mendoza.  We’re expecting snow showers this morning evolving into the dreaded “wintry mix” by afternoon and a high of 36.  By mid-week, it’ll feel like a heat wave, though, with the high reaching the mid-50’s!