Buke & Gase at Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez.

If you’re in the mood to catch some new music this week, here’s a suggestion.  Buke & Gase, the experimental New York-based duo, will be at Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night to kick off a national tour in support of their new album, “General Dome.”   Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez first attracted attention in 2010 for building their own instruments.  The sophomore effort, which was released today, seems to be convincing at least some critics that there’s a lot more than a gimmick behind Buke and Gase. 

“Contra,” New Restaurant at 138 Orchard St., Goes For Wine & Beer

138 Orchard Street.

If Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske have their way, this storefront at 138 Orchard Street will become “Contra,” a restaurant “inspired by their American, Asian and Mexican roots.”  The pair will go before Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee next month in support of a wine and beer license.

There will be 18 tables and a bar with seating for six people.  The restaurant will be open for dinner until midnight Wednesdays-Sundays.  In recent months Contra has held some “pop up” dinners at Zoe on Eldridge Street.  The sample menu submitted to the community board looks pretty ambitious.  A $55 summer tasting menu consists of dishes such as “Quinoa with a crudite of summer vegetables, lamb fat and burnt eggplant puree” and “Monkfish tail with squash, nasturtium leaves.”

A spring opening is planned.


Landmarks Sets Bialystoker Hearing For Feb. 12

Bialystoker Nursing Home, 228 East Broadway.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has scheduled a public hearing for the Bialystoker Nursing Home building, the 84 year old structure 228 East Broadway.  It will take place Tuesday, February 12.  Last year, preservation groups submitted an application to protect the shuttered 1929 structure after the institution’s board floated a plan to sell the home as a redevelopment parcel.  As we reported in December, the nursing home board has dropped its opposition to the landmark application.

At the February 12 hearing, there will be an opportunity for public testimony.  The time for the hearing is not yet set. We’ll let you know when we have new information.


New Traffic Light Coming to Madison and Jefferson Streets

Madison and Jackson streets.

A new traffic light is coming to the intersection of Madison and Jefferson streets.  Back in July, Community Board 3 approved a resolution asking the Department of Transportation to look at beefing up safety at this location, since a playground, Gouverneur Healthcare Services and the Educational Alliance are all nearby. State Sen. Daniel Squadron also advocated for the new light, and this month his office received word from the DOT that the request has been approved.  The job is tentatively scheduled to take place by the end of April.


Morning Reads: Rescuing Downtown Hospital, Synagogue Makes a Deal, Solas Gone Wild

New York Presbyterian is coming to the rescue of the only remaining hospital south of 14th Street (NYT).

The East 6th Street synagogue makes a deal with a developer for its second floor (DNA Info).

The state will soon release new rules slowing the deregulation of apartments (Daily News).

Solas gone wild? East 9th Street residents take the nightlife wars to Vimeo (EV Grieve).

Anne Frederick of Hester Street Collaborative talks about her organization’s mission of engaging under-served communities (Co.Exist).

Snoop Dog was guest dj at The Box Friday night (Post).

Checking in with the “Mad Yippie Pieman.” (Animal).


New Arts Venue Planned in Living Theatre Space

As we reported earlier in the month, the legendary Living Theatre is in the middle of its last production at 21 Clinton Street, the company’s home for the past six years.  What will happen to the space after the show closes in February?  There were some clues last week when Community Board 3’s liquor license agenda came out, and now a few more details have surfaced.

According to documents posted online, Stephen Michael Rondel and Tyler Maganzini are hoping to open a new performance venue in this location named the “C.O.W. Theatre.”  There will be improv performances, repertory theater, one man shows and children’s theater. The team is asking for a wine and beer license for the concession area in the basement.  Rondel is the founder and executive director of the New Acting Company, which offers classes to both kids and adults and stages professional productions.  Maganzini runs the Black Mountain Winehouse and the Union Grounds bar, both in Brooklyn.  We’ll hear more about their plans Monday, Feb. 11 when CB3’s SLA Committee meets.

Meanwhile the Living Theatre hopes to stay in the neighborhood. We should have news about their future plans soon.  But the current production, “Here We Are,” is your last opportunity to see 86-year old Judith Malina’s groundbreaking theater company in action on Clinton Street.


Good Morning!

Pike Street pedestrian mall, looking uptown.

We’ll see some patchy fog early and then clearing before hitting a high of 44.

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