We begin our Friday with artist Olek’s latest creation. Photographer Pat Arnow captured this image on Elizabeth Street, south of Kenmare.
It’s going to be a busy fall weekend on the Lower East Side. There’s apple day on Orchard Street, the return of the New Amsterdam Market, the LES Band Reunion in East River Park, and a Sukkot celebration in the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden (our complete guide will be posted later). Those clouds should lift later today, as we head for a high of 85 degrees. Saturday 82 and sunny – Sunday 69 with rain showers.
In the news: Carl Paladino has bought State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a one-way ticket to Washington, the day after the election. Earlier this week, Silver said New Yorkers should consider moving out of state if Paladino is elected. There’s a slight uptick in fires throughout New York City, apparently a result of FDNY cutbacks. And, the city is using some unusual tactics to crack down on landlords who illegally divide apartments.
Department of Education statistics released yesterday showed almost half of the 23,000 students sent to summer school this year are not being promoted. Inside Schools talked with one student, Ashley Serrano, who expected to be starting high school this month — but instead will repeat a grade at P.S. 34 on East 12th Street.
Business reporter and blogger Felix Salmon snaps a photo of a baby blocking the Grand Street bike lane! Earlier this month, Salmon explained the Unified Theory of New York Biking. If New York is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists, it’s also apparently dangerous for food cart operators. Midtown Lunch reported on a mishap near Canal and East Broadway.
What’s in a name? EV Grieve readers have some helpful suggestions for Aces and Eights, in desperate need of rebranding. Guest of a Guest’s Billy Gray has more advice for bar owners hoping to steer clear of enraged neighbors.
The Times looks at persistent rumors that Pearl Paint, a Canal Street institution, could be closing.
The Christian Science Monitor profiles online startup East Village Radio: “With more than 1 million listeners a month, EVR is at the forefront of this emerging (online) medium. In addition to fostering more independent voices and breaking underground acts, EVR has become a must-visit for big-label stars like Wareham and, more recently, Big Boi of the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop group Outkast.”