Morning Reads: Cabrini Deal Fails, Pickle Saga, Church/School Separation, Bowery Photos, Sticker Ban

  • Negotiations to keep Cabrini Nursing Home operating have fallen through, making its April closure likely; Ben Shaoul’s lawyer says he tried. (Local EV)
  • Another development in the historic LES pickle saga: Former Guss’ Pickles proprietor Patricia Fairhurst is opening a store in Clinton Hill, under yet another new name. (BrooklynPaper)
  • Abounding Grace Ministries is facing eviction from PS/MS 34, one of 66 religious organizations in the city losing access to public school spaces on Feb. 12, under a court ruling. (WNYC)
  • Longtime LES photographer Brian Rose shares some recent images of the Bowery. (BrianRose)
  • After 25 years, the city council outlawed those nasty yellow parking violiation stickers this week; turns out, they were born on the LES. (NYT)
  • Police are searching for suspects in two robberies that took place in spas on the Lower East Side and Washington Heights last month. (7Online)

Cigar Shop, Maraya, “Soft” Opens in Old Guss’ Storefront

Maraya, the cigar shop replacing Guss’ Pickles at 87 Orchard, is now open for business. We stopped by a short time ago to visit with partners Kevin Joyce and Joy Florentz. There’s still some work to be done (an entryway is coming next week) — but starting today they’re selling two varieties of hand-crafted cigars made in the Dominican Republic. They installed their first two humidors today.

Guss’ Pickles – A Juicy Tale

On the Lower East Side, pickle controversies do not go away. This much was proved yesterday at International Pickle Day, where Guss’ Pickles may have been gone but it was certainly not forgotten. Patricia Fairhurst, having abandoned her Orchard Street store months earlier, was not about to come back from Brooklyn for the briny affair.  But her nemesis, Stephen Leibowitz of United Pickles, was there, flaunting the famous Guss’ Pickles sign (see above)!

Scenes From Pickle Day 2010

There was plenty of “pickled” fun-in-the-sun yesterday at the Tenth Annual International Pickle Day.  The municipal parking lot on Broome Street was full of pickles, picklers  and plenty of pickle fanatics. We’ve posted a bigger album on our Facebook Page (we hope you will add your own Pickle Day photos to it) but here are a few of our favorite faces from the festivities. Also, make sure to check out writer/photographer Paul LaRosa’s blog, Here is New York, for a great photo collection of people eating pickles.

Steve Leibowitz, owner of United Pickle and, now, the sole owner of the "Guss' Pickles" name.

Pickle Day on Sunday; the “Other” Guss’ Will Take Part

On Sunday, NYC International Pickle Day celebrates its 10th anniversary on the Lower East Side. A short time ago, we received an updated list of vendors from the New York Food Museum, which co-sponsors the big event with the LES Business Improvement District and Greenmarket NYC. Yesterday, Grub Street reported Guss’ Pickles, which moved to Brooklyn earlier this year, would not be taking part. However, Nancy Ralph, director of the Food Museum, told us the “other Guss'” will be represented. Confused?

Guss’ Pickles To Leave Lower East Side

We just received word from owner Patricia Fairhurst that she will be moving the famed Guss’ Pickles to Brooklyn.  Guss’ is often included as a site of interest in tours of the Lower East Side and has been in the neighborhood since 1920.  Patricia says she’s running out of room and can’t afford rent for a bigger space in the neighborhood since it’s changed so much.  When the city put a Muni Meter directly in front of her pickle barrels, blocking customers’ access, it was the last straw.

You can hear more from Patricia in our video posted here.