Nabe News: March 26

Posted on: March 26th, 2010 at 1:23 pm by

Civil War condos, Robot Day Care, and Shepard Fairey, all in today’s neighborhood news roundup!

Williamsburg Japanese joint, Zenkichi, is pleading with Community Board 2 to gain support for their plans for 150 Bowery.  Neighbors don’t seem too psyched about the idea [Eater]

The new New York Times-NYU blog initiative, The Local: East Village, is combing the neighborhood for a “consulting editor to assist in the planning and development phase leading up to the launch of the site in summer 2010.”  NYU affiliations are apparently not welcome [EV Grieve]

Something called Robot Day Care might be coming to 70 East First Street.  Does this usher in the age of the machines and Cyberdyne Systems? [Vanishing NY]

The southwest corner of Bowery and East Houston will now be a perpetual clusterfuck.  Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria is opening for dinner tonight [Eater; Previously]

Shepard Fairey puts his stamp on Keith Haring with this t-shirt for AIDS Walk [Animal NY]

262 Mott Street was once an ammunition storage depot during the Civil War.  Now it’s multi-million dollar condos, natch [Observer]

Ben Ari Arts Jewish is celebrating 50 years at 11 Avenue A.  But the mom-and-pop Judaica shop has actually been around longer.  It originally opened in 1945 at 201 Allen Street.  Most of their business is reportedly wholesale and mail order driven [The Villager]



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