Manhattan Bar Owner Says She Was Terrorized By Shithead Taylor Swift Fanatics

Jordan Sargent · 08/11/15 07:15PM

Today, Denyse Santoro, an owner of the East Village wine bar & tapas restaurant Ballaró, sent an email to its neighbors explaining why they woke up on Monday morning to find “WE DO NOT PLAY TAYLOR SWIFT HERE YOU CUNTS GRAZIE” scrawled in chalk on the sidewalk outside the bar.

Two Bodies Found in Rubble of East Village Building Explosion

Hudson Hongo · 03/29/15 02:25PM

UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: One of the deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa. According to reports, Figueroa was on a first date and reportedly got caught in the worst of the blast when he walked to the back of the restaurant, apparently to pay the check. His date, who was apparently waiting at the table, survived with a broken rib and punctured lung.

My Gay Uncles

John Reed · 02/07/15 12:20PM

When I talk about my downtown life as a kid, people ask how old I am. Growing up in New York City in the 70s was more like being an urchin of the 30s than a silver spoon of the 80s. I'm more likely to share recollections with a 70-year old—playing stoop, jumping off the piers—than to wax fondly upon the boy bands, cocaine, and angular sports cars of Ronald Reagan's second term.

'Hipster IHOP' Hires Bouncer to Defend Itself from Drunken Youths

Richard Lawson · 09/21/11 02:34PM

A new IHOP pancake depot is soon to open in Manhattan's East Village, the downtown epicenter of NYU kids and other tight-jeaned menaces. Management is expecting such a deluge of late-night customers streaming in from the bar-heavy neighborhood that they've hired security.

Cool New Church Makes Homophobia Hip for New Yorkers

Max Read · 04/24/11 02:49PM

Most reasonable people can agree that the only thing missing from the modern church experience is Death Cab for Cutie lyrics. The arrival, then, of the Trinity Grace Church to New York City's East Village ("a neighborhood perceived by many as libertine," The New York Times hazards) proves welcome: Trinity Grace's pastor and founder, 33-year-old Guy Wasko, quotes from Death Cab as freely as he does from scripture. And that's not all! The Rev. Wasko, we are told by the Times, sports "spiky brown hair" and "eight-gauge steel posts in both ears"; he has a tattoo, and, judging by the accompanying photographs, a soul patch. In other words: This guy is legit. And thanks to him, the East Village is getting a dose of rock 'n roll preaching:

Bomb Found in East Village

Richard Lawson · 10/11/10 01:23PM

A bomb was found in the Marble Cemetery on 2nd Street in Manhattan's East Village at around 11:45am today. Streets are still blocked off. The normally closed cemetery had an "open house" this weekend and was open to the public.

Fear and Loathing

Brian Moylan · 08/03/10 09:47AM

[Kelly Killoren Bensimon is petrified during a commercial shoot in the East Village yesterday when she thinks she hears the monster Frankel-stein approaching. Image via Bauer-Griffin]