Ludwig Persik in Residency at Pianos

Ludwig Persik is playing at Pianos before heading out on tour with Jamie Lidell. Photo via tumblr.

One of our favorite “LES-ers” (read our My LES interview with him here) has snagged a residency at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street).  His self-titled debut EP, released last summer, was produced by indie beat boxing/synth/soul mystro Jamie Lidell, with whom Persik toured in 2010.  The album was featured as Deli’s “NYC Record of the Month” last July and is tricky to categorize, since words like “art pop, psychedelic, experimental, the Beatles and Beck” come to mind, but it will definitely make you want to dance.

Persik tells me his influences for the album were “John Lennon, Skip Spence, David Bowie, Love (Arthur Lee’s band in the ’60s), and Talking Heads,” not to mention Kurt Weill.   You can catch him tonight and next Wednesday at 11pm for a mere $5, before he heads out on an international tour with Lidell.

Ashkenazy Aquisition Pitches Leasing Opportunities at 156 Delancey Street

Last fall, Massey Knakal listed 156-164 Delancey Street, a one-story commercial building, for $3,950,000.   The property currently includes six storefronts (five occupied), plus lucrative billboard advertising space.  Now look what’s popped up: an advertisement from Ashkenazy Acquisition, one of the city’s biggest commercial property owners (the firm owns the Barneys building among many others).

The new listing offers more than 2700 square feet of ground floor retail space for lease, plus the billboard advertising opportunity.  “Be seen by over 111,189 vehicles and 200k people traveling the Williamsburg Bridge each day,” the accompanying promotional materials boast. According to city records the building is currently owned by “Delancey Street AE LLC,” a Delaware company.

Morning Reads: Bed Bugs at P.S. 188, Post-Sandy Rats, Russ & Daughters Book

Bed bugs have been sighted at P.S. 188 (WNBC).

Rat attack: City Council member urges “new eradication program.” (NYT)

The former rat castle at 179 Ludlow goes “Swank.” (EV Grieve)

Mark Russ Federman of Russ & Daughters is out with a new book on the famed appetizing store (The Forward).

Looking back on Teddy Roosevelt’s visit to Little Hungary (Norfolk Street Archives).

Pixie Market is everything you want in a Lower East Side boutique (Racked).


Good Morning!

A look down Ludlow Street from Pink Pony, the shuttered night spot on a rapidly gentrifying block.

A mix of sun and clouds today with a chance of flurries and a high of 35.

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