Avenue A

This Documentary Tells the Story of Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A

Posted June 11, 2018 at 5:11 am

It’s the age-old tale of resilience in the face of adversity; this one in particular hits close to home. That of Ray’s Candy Store. Friend and filmmaker Arya Ghavamian is hoping to take his kinship with shopkeep Ray Alvarez and share it on the silver screen. Over the past four years, he’s been recording the history, conversations, […]

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Inkstop Tattoo Parlor Closing Down after 2 Decades in the East Village

Posted May 8, 2018 at 5:09 am

The wells have run dry for Inkstop Tattoo on Avenue A. Head tattoo artist and shop owner, Eric Rignall, announced last week on social media that the business would close down at the end of summer. “Sometime “by August 1,” which means any day now, really. Thus concluding an impressive twenty-one year run in the […]

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‘May Day’ Punk Matinee at Tompkins Square Park [PHOTOS]

Posted May 3, 2018 at 5:04 am

Last Sunday was the May Day punk matinee at Tompkins Square Park. Alphabet City denizen and photographer Destiny Mata and Joe Richie were both in attendance. They sent in the following dispatch. On April 29, the punx had their May Day, in the great tradition of Tompkins Square Park Sunday Matinees. Keeping with the spirit […]

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International Clash Day Goes Big for its Sixth Year

Last modified February 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

During the February 7, 2013 radio broadast, KEXP “Morning Show” host John Richards arbitrarily declared that day as “International Clash Day.” The designation was rather organic – created “for no other reason than the fact that he could” – yet it nevertheless gradually gained traction in the interim. Each year since, the voices championing the cause […]

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‘HiFi’ on Avenue A will Close at the End of the Month

Last modified October 19, 2017 at 9:22 am

The best jukebox in Alphabet City will be muted. The HiFi Bar, the long-running rock hang on Avenue A, is closing at the end of the month. Its current incarnation lasted since 2002, when the bar morphed from Brownies. Owner Mike Stuto, who began booking shows at Brownies in 1994 and later returned as partner, […]

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CB3 and Neighbors Unite Against ‘Honey Fitz’ Proposal for Avenue A

Last modified September 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

More than a year later, applicants behind the Honey Fitz proposal are again attempting to infiltrate Avenue A. As before, however, neither the neighbors nor Community Board 3 are interested. The Late Late’s James Morrissey returned to the SLA subcommittee that snubbed his idea in February 2016, and likewise walked away last night empty-handed. There would […]

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How About an Evening ‘Tasting’ at Ray’s Candy Store Tonight?

Posted August 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

Now that the summertime (bougie) Restaurant Week has come to a close, time to spend an evening with an Alphabet City classic. Indeed, there is a special “tasting” event later this evening at Ray’s Candy Store. For the accessible ten-spot cover charge, proprietor Ray Alvarez will serve a “5-course meal including selections of Ray’s famous […]

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A Conversation with Clayton Patterson and ESOPUS’ Tod Lipy Tonight

Posted July 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

Lower East Side artist and community activist Clayton Patterson has been documenting the fabric of the neighborhood since the eighties. Now, he’s diving into his archives to share his photographs of those who performed at the East Village’s legendary Pyramid Club. Patterson is often cited as a notable pioneer in capturing the evolution of drag in the […]

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CB3 Proposes Special East Village District to Encourage Retail Diversity

Posted May 31, 2017 at 10:32 am

From the Bowery Boogie inbox: Community Board 3 Economic Development Committee Public Forum: Special Zoning District Please join us for a presentation and give comments on a proposed special district in the East Village. A special district is an overlay to modify the zoning of an area to meet specific goals. CB3 is considering a […]

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Electeds Hosting ‘Lower East Side Rally Against Hate’ Tonight in Tompkins Square Park

Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:13 am

In case you’re fuming over, among other things, Fuhrer Trump’s executive orders – and overall presence in the Oval Office – there’s another protest rally planned on the Lower East Side for later tonight. Per the Facebook invite: SAVE THE DATE! “Lower East Side Rally Against Hate” Tompkins Square Park – You can enter on […]

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