After School Anxiety, Graffiti Felon, Speakeasy Celebration

  • The next budget battle: after school programs (Daily News).
  • The 9th Precinct rape trial turns to DNA evidence (Daily News).
  • Street artist Angel Ortiz is at Rikers Island, after being arrested for graffiting over the Kenny Scharf mural and other projects (Artnet).
  • Star chef Daniel Boulud is building a huge commercial kitchen on Extra Place (The Feast).
  • What’s happening at the shuttered Sidewalk Cafe? (EV Grieve).
  • Lillian Sarno celebrates her 102nd birthday at 102 Norfolk, the faux speakeasy known as “The Back Room.”  Lillian celebrated passing the bar in this same spot 78 years ago, when it was a real speakeasy (Post).

Food Notes: Daniel on the Bowery, Broadway East

DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Daniel Boulud's bistro on the Bowery opens in preview mode this weekend. Grub Street has a few details here. They also have the scoop on the departure of Broadway East's chef, Gavin Mills Managing partner Laurie Tomasino explained:

Gavin is a great chef, but he’s at a stage of his career where he
wants to make a mark — say, from a three-star review — but he didn’t
have the experience or business savvy to know there was a serious
disconnect between the food and the scene.” Tomasino says the
restaurant wanted Mills to change the menu more often — “We weren’t
asking him to dumb down the food but to broaden his horizons and bring
new, affordable ideas to the table in an effort to reach the
neighborhood.”

Monday News Links

According a New York Post "source" State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is weighing the idea of delaying some of the MTA's capital projects until the economy improves.

Speaking of Shelly, he provided a grant to make possible the Alliance for Downtown's free bike program. You can borrow a set of wheels for 2.5 hours – free.

City Council members Gerson and Liu host a Lower East Side "transportation issues" Town Hall tonight at P.S. 134 at 630pm. See the details here.

Daniel Boulud's new restaurant on the Bowery will be a "little french, a little American." New York Magazine details the menu.

Some people in Chinatown felt Nic Cage and the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" crew overstayed their welcome on Eldridge Street. Now he's moved on to terrorizing Midtown. Last night in Times Square, a chase scene went awry, a ferrari jumped a sidewalk on 7th Avenue and two people were injured before the car took out a Sbarro restaurant.