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Emergency Fund for Bodega Worker Critically Injured on East 4th St.

Via Bowery Alliance of Neighbors…

Below are details re: an emergency fund set for the bodega worker
critically injured this week when a drunken driver racing down 2nd ave
at 80 miles an hour careened onto the side walk mowing down a tree,
Muni Meter, fire hydrant, and flower stand, injuring a biker and 3
bodega employees, most seriously 62-year-old Mohammed Akash Ali,
who worked 7-days-a-week outside at the flower stand.

The well-liked, always friendly Mr. Ali has a wife and 3 sons.

Any support you can help out with will be greatly appreciated by all.

Direct link to fund:  ”Aid for Akkas Ali and Family

Many thanks to CB3 member Chad Marlowe who moved with lightning speed to set up the fund.  Thanks also to neighbors Bill Koenlein and David McReynolds who got the word out so quickly.

EV Grieve article about the fund effort

EV Grieve initial article about the incident

East Villager article about the crash


Lower East Side Fiction













The Penalty is now at Dixon Place!

“Mutilation, romance and humor- all set to music!” -Gregg Mozgala, starring role

Set in the unforgiving streets of 1920s New York City, this tale follows Blizzard, a bitter man with only one goal: get revenge against the doctor wrongfully amputated him at the age of 10. This accident left young Blizzard a cripple begging for change in the streets. Now the kingpin of underground activity in the Lower East Side, Blizzard softens his guise only when he meets a young aspiring artist, Sophie. Intrigued by his unique appearance, Sophie asks Blizzard to model for a bust of his face. Blizzard agrees, and through a surprising turn of events learns that Sophie is the daughter of the doctor who performed his amputation. Will love take over or will Blizzard go through with his master plot?

The play is a full-length musical adaptation of Gouverneur Morris’s 1913 pulp thriller by the same name. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Directed by Kris Thor. Music and Lyrics by Robert M. Johanson & Clay McLeod Chapman. Starring: Gregg Mozgala, Sarah Buffamanti & Phillip Taratula.

Playing at Dixon Place Fridays & Saturdays: June 21 & 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30

Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (door), $12 (student / senior)
Click to purchase your ticket now!

Don’t turn a blind eye to The Blind Pig!

The Blind Pig: A Speakeasy Soirée to Benefit FABnyc
June 18, 2013, 7-10PM at The Penthouse at The Standard, East Village








Don’t turn a blind eye to The Blind Pig!

This year, FABnyc’s annual benefit will be a not-so-secret speakeasy party with a contemporary twist. Join us atop The Standard, East Village with stunning views of the city skyline for a night to remember, chalk full of fun and frivolities including….

Sweets & Treats
Delicious cocktails by Caledonia Spirits and Bitburger beer, along with complimentary hors d’oeurves by The Standard, East Village and desserts by Spirited

Sweets & Treats










A Chance to Dance

Live accompaniment and danceable tunes courtesy of Seth Kessel & The Two Cent Band

Seth Kessell & The Two Cent Band







“Summer in the City” Silent Auction & Raffle

Luxurious, delicious, and delightful experiences that will help you make the most out of NYC this Summer including…

* L’Apicio dinner for 4 with wine
* Dell’anima dinner for 2 with wine
* Margarita brunch for 6 at Hecho en Dumbo

* Year of Beer at Jimmy’s No. 43
* Gin & Honey package from Caledonia

* Salon Session at Eva Scrivo
* Gift certificate to Uncommon Goods of $150 value

* Bicycle from Recycle-A-Bycicle
* Two Citi Bike year-long memberships

* Dual year-long membership to the New Museum
* A trip to Royal Palms Shuffle Board Parlor with 1 hour playtime for 4
with cocktails & a private lesson
* Four tickets to The Daily Show with signed portrait of Jon Stewart
* Two VIP tickets to The Colbert Report

& a raffle where everyone wins…
When you enter our raffle, you’re bound to win a treat, be it 1920′s style candy, tickets to performances in the Lower East Side, or even a one-night stay at
The Standard, East Village!

Silent Auction








Speakeasy To-Go

To top it all off, Works in Progress will be on site making silk-screened prints of our speakeasy mascot, available for $20 each.

The Blind Pig






All proceeds from “The Blind Pig” go to support our work to foster community and culture in the Lower East Side. This event generates a vital portion of our budget for the upcoming year. Get your tickets today, and be a part of something special!

Purchase ticket HERE.

*Blind Pig illustration by Orlando Arocena & Skyline images by Whitney Browne*

Sontag: Reborn at New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop is Fourth Arts Block June Member of the Month

Sontag: RebornOn the dark stage at the New York Theatre Workshop, a projected image of an aging Susan Sontag slowly puffs a cigarette, looking quizzically at her audience. It is the wise face of someone who contemplates her life through her memoirs, a much less humiliated countenance than I would have if someone were reading what my 15-year old self wrote in my less-than intellectually stimulating diaries.

Director Marianne Weems’s Sontag: Reborn is a one-woman performance in collaboration with the Builders Association. Adapted and performed by the inimitable Moe Angelos, the 75-minute play takes the audience through literary critic and author Susan Sontag’s personal life. Devised from Sontag’s journals from 1947 to 1980, Reborn is an intimate portrait of the writer, dwelling less on the politics of her writings on everything from camp to philosophy and more on the woman behind the desk.

Based on the books “Reborn” and “As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks,” Reborn was originally put on by the Builders Association at the Public Theater in 2012 as part of the Under the Radar Festival. It seems only appropriate that the play be put on at the New York Theatre Workshop as Sontag was familiar with the institution, having been a board member of the Builders Association since its founding in 1994 until her death in 2004 and having put on her play Alice in Bed at New York Theatre Workshop in 2000.

Interestingly, the majority of Angelos’s performance is given behind a desk on stage. While the larger, projected Sontag watches and interrupts intermittently with sly remarks and revelations, the physical manifestation of the writer is the memory of Sontag at different ages, writing at her desk. Another projection hovers above stage, an aerial view of the surface of the desk: pencils and knick-knacks mingle with books and pages that have been torn in frustration; a coffee mug is slowly filling with cigarette ash while the writer pens her golden words.

The performance is a synchronized dance between the two Sontags, a desk, and further projections of photographs and music, offering visual snapshots of the New York City, Paris and San Francisco that Sontag would have known. At the young age of 16, Sontag was accepted to Berkeley and quickly transferred to the University of Chicago to do her post-graduate studies. She continued her higher education at Oxford while taking time to also study at the Sorbonne—quite an impressive resume for an 18 year old.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Angelos’s performance is her transformation from the precocious, angst-ridden, teenage Sontag— “What is it to be young in years and suddenly wakened to the anguish, the urgency of life?”—to the more solemn adult who questions her sexuality and longs for clarity of thought when it comes to matters of the heart.

Reborn is a complex piece of theater, successfully portraying the nuances of Sontag’s ever-thinking brain while shrinking away from high, intellectual abstractions in favor of the more base emotions of lust and death. Angelos’s performance is truly spectacular as she convincingly renders Sontag’s ghosts from memory. As Sontag concludes about her journal writing: “I write because it gives me pleasure,” so too must we indulge in the pleasure of experiencing this performance.

Written by Erica Cheung; Sontag: Reborn runs Now-June 30th

How. Much. Fun.

So, you may be asking yourself, “How much fun can I really have at a benefit for FABnyc? Will there be a blind pig? Has the humane society been notified?”

Well, let’s take a deep breath, and revisit all the wholesome, humane fun we had last year. A great way to preview what’s to come June 18th!


The Blind Pig will be so fun because you’ll live like a king (for a night) overlooking your fair city


So fun you’ll want to bring your parents! (they can give you insider tips on authentic speakeasy attire)


Because after one to three free drinks (see Bee’s Knees package) you’ll begin to loosen up, even throw some bunny ears around.


So fun you’ll be shakin’ and shimmyin’ in your best tiger and candy stripes.


So much fun because it’s so rooomantic…


you’ll just have to get a little bit closer.


So fun because anything and everything at the auction can be yours. ALL YOURS!


So fun because you can look down upon the tiny ant-people that make up Lower Manhattan…and possibly pretend to squash them.


So much fun because…


your moustache will refuse to cover your glowing face!




Especially when you win the GOLDEN TICKET (i.e. a one-night stay at The Standard, East Village).

For instance, Rob lost his whole moustache in a single instant!

Yeah! We love you Rob!


So fun because you’ll spontaneously start dancing. Maybe even whip your hair back and forth.


You’ll throw your hands up. Work up a dance sweat…


and this beautiful faux-open air shower will just sit there, mocking you.


But don’t worry — you can instead take the time to reflect on this magnificent place you live in, and the densely beautiful community FABnyc has helped you realize.


I mean, look at this.


It’ll be so good you’ll just want to wear the party home.

A BIG thanks to The Standard, East Village for generously hosting this event!

The Blind Pig: A Speakeasy Benefit for FABnyc!

The Blind Pig

Groovy meets chic at The Blind Pig FABnyc’s Annual Benefit!

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and stunning views of the City from The Penthouse at The Standard, East Village. Try your luck in a raffle and silent auction, and shake a tail feather to speakeasy-themed live music.

Purchase Tickets at

FABnyc is proud to be an active leader helping to cultivate the dynamic, creative community of the Lower East Side. We provide year-round support to our 28 member organizations, connect local partners to one another, and ignite lasting relationships that help make our community and City better.

The Blind Pig will not only be a celebration of this, but will also help us kick-off (in style) another year of innovation and community building.

NOCD-NY Invites YOU: City-Wide Forum On Culture And Community


Thursday, May 30
El Museo del Barrio and El Barrio community sites
11:00am – 7:00pm

Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts (NOCD) New York invites you, members of the LES community, to join in on a citywide forum to “develop a vision for NYC that is grounded in the cultural vitality and social networks that make our communities strong.”

The all day event will include a lunch hosted by one of El Barrio’s network of community sites, including Art for Change, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Manhattan Neighborhood Network Firehouse and others, roundtable discussions on community health and sustainability, innovative uses of urban space, community resilience and renewal, and equitable development and there WILL be a closing party.

Learn more about the event and REGISTER here.

cutlog: From Paris to the LES

cutlog NY at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center

cutlog NY at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center

cutlog, a Parisian exhibition of “emerging, under-represented and off the grid artists,” has crossed the Atlantic straight into the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center to bring you: cutlog NY. Focusing on “cutting-edge and established galleries that promote the work of contemporary artists,” cutlog NY hopes to foster a “creative labratory” with art from Beijing, Dakar, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Miami, Milan, Montpellier, Moscow, Paris, Philadelphia, New York, Santiago, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Saint Petersburg and Vancouver…whew. Obviously, the most exciting part is that it’s all happening at our member’s house (i.e. the CSV Center)! Expect a total takeover of the former public school, from classrooms to the parking lot. Take a look at cutlog NY’s site, and start getting excited for world-class exhibition in the middle of our neighborhood. Open for five days only, starting today at 5pm. And tickets range from only $4-$15. steal.

“Confessions” and Queer Coming-of-Age in the 1960s

Duo Multicultural Arts Center presents: Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict

A Performative Exhibition by Michelangelo Alasa’ - May 10 – June 21, Fridays at 8PM

Artist Reception & Talkback: Friday, May 17, 2013, 9:30 PM

For years, artist Michelangelo Alasa’ has brought artists from across genres to incubate and present innovative artworks in historic Duo Theater.

Now, Alasa’ shares his personal journey through Confessions, a snapshot of his queer coming-of-age experience during the 1960s. Cathartic in nature, this performative exhibition reminds us of our deepest secrets, darkest longings, and biggest triumphs.

Attendees will be invited to write their own “confessions” on a gallery wall.

FREE; Reservation required at

Read more about Confessions...


"Make monumental irreversible mistakes" -BJR

Guest Artist Taps Capital on Walls of East Village

The time for the New Museum‘s IDEAS CITY is here! And it’s growing presence is popping up more and more around the neighborhood. In fact, FAB had the pleasure of connecting artist Terry Smith to public art space for his project Capital Revisited, commissioned by The Drawing Center as part of IDEAS CITY. In turn, La MaMa E.T.C. is also lending their basement as Smith’s impromptu studio (as well as being another exhibition site). Capital Revisited is a “a series of wall and window drawings of an architectural capital,” branching from Smith’s 1995 piece Capital at the British Museum – continuing the conversation of tapping “untapped capital,” the focus of this year’s IDEAS CITY festival.

Catch Smith’s drawings out and about at the addresses listed below, and be sure to catch FAB’s own Tamara Greenfeld during the IDEAS CITY World Cafe: Identifying the Neighbors Workshop this Friday morning @ 10:00am. On Saturday, stop by FAB’s tent for creative, sustainable art-making and activities, and take a guided tour of Smith’s public art drawings the IDEAS CITY StreetFest from 11:00am -6:00pm.



Sites of Capital Revisited:

Extra Place, cement sidewalk blocks: alley off East 1st Street (between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
First Street Green, 33 East 1st Street (at East Houston and 2nd Ave)
Ideal Glass, gallery facade: 22 East 2nd Street (between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
La MaMa Backwall Arcade, 17 East 3rd Street (between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
La MaMa Basement space: 66-68 East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
L’Apicio, restaurant windows: 13 East First Street(between Bowery and 2nd Ave)