Nabe News: September 2

Posted on: September 2nd, 2009 at 2:01 pm by

After nine months in exile, tenants finally returned to 81 Bowery yesterday.  The Chinatown single-room occupancy building was slapped with a vacate order back in November due to fire code violations.  On August 12, the order was lifted, but due to landlord posturing, there was delay [Cityroom]

Anti-graffiti task force cleaned the Eisner Brothers building at 75 Essex Street [EV Grieve]

More street theater. Between shifts, a lone bus driver parked on Astor Place plays his trumpet [Vanishing NY]

The short life of Wigstock, Manhattan’s other Labor Day tradition.  From its East Village genesis in 1985 to demise in 2001, the drag festival was an end-of-summer institution. “If you were stuck in the city that weekend with no friends inviting you out to the Hamptons or upstate, you could always head downtown and get a kick out of the crowds and performers spilling over into the streets.” [Ephemeral NY]

Last night, a fight broke out inside the Project Rescue shelter at 317 Bowery, resulting in the death of a 39-year-old male.  The victim reportedly sustained head injuries, but the city Medical Examiner has yet to release cause of death [Runnin’ Scared]

Saturday afternoon, a bird flew into the Dassault 900EX carrying Mayor Bloomberg and company to Ted Kennedy’s funeral.  No one was hurt and the aircraft was able to land safely.  Revenge of the birds? [Gothamist]

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