My own private East Village

I like neighborhood topics, and am starting this one for fellow EV residents to share very local picks and pans, especially ones that aren't well known.

The biggest news from the EV this season is the new Japanese grocery store at 3rd Avenue and 11th Street - m2m. It represents the very best of cross-culturalization because it brings so many new and better things to the nabes - you might call it the best new club in the EV for now.

First and foremost is the dazzling, super-fresh assortment of fish of all kinds at prices at least 1/3 lower than the supermarket. Then there is great sushi to go, at about $3-7 a pop and some foods that weren't available at all in the nabes before, like quail eggs and even FROZEN OCTOPUS - the real deal, 7.95 for a big old chunck that would feed two for dinner easily.

Then there are the rows and rows of foods that you can't read the packages, but just buy by the pictures. The case full of Japanese beers that you can just sit at a table and drink in there - great people watching.

Last but not least are the hours - open from early morning through midnight on weekdays and I think 2 or 3 AM on weekends.

Rock on Little Tokyo!
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I agree that M2M (or as Flloyd and I like to call it, F2M) is a step in the right direction for the NYU-infested 3rd ave. I'm a big fan of the Unagi which they have for very cheap. But overall I'm still partial to good old SUNRISE MART (it's on Stuyvesant Street just east of 3rd - take the elevator). Viva la japonaise!

One thing I'd like to bring up here is the recent closing of many of our neighborhood markets and stores. BOTTOM LINE (10th & 1st) closed its doors this spring and I used to like to pick up cheap peroxide there! Now I have to trek all the way over to Broadway (where THE WIZ just closed...) to that Halloween-y store that also stocks hair dye (won't say the name here...). There was also a great Italian market on 1st and 10th (on the same block as Commodities) that closed because of the post-9/11 slump. A lot of the stores in the EV depend on our custom, and I urge everyone (no matter what neighborhood) to shop locally. The amount of store-front FOR RENT signs is increasing and it would be a shame to see my local pet store or liquor store or whatever close its doors forever. And locally owned and operated shops are usually friendlier and more helpful. Ever try getting customer service at K-Mart? Not that I'm knocking the Big K but they have stores all over the country to generate $$ for them. I'd rather spend my money locally.
M2M opened about the same time as JAS Mart on St Marks. Cute Japanese cafe upstairs, great Japanese market downstairs! That's 3 for the neighborhood. I love the frozen edemame (whole soybeans). They're a great, easy healthy snack!

There are so many cute Japanese boys in the neighborhood, but I can never tell which ones are gay. The straight ones have cool clothes and crazy hair. It's not fair!
Yeah...so glad that the Japanese boom is upon us.. however real sad that we are loosing so many mom n pop stores.... I LOVED my greengrocer on 1st btw 13/14th which now is no longer there! It was so cheap and convenient (Hate buying fruit and veg from Supermarket and commodeties etc is so expensive)..just hope we don't loose the butcher/fishmongers on 13th/1st too!!...and just refuse to pay $3.25 in the Korean deli for gallon of milk which is $2.69 in the supermarket ya know... its just the principal... There's a fab / cheap lil coffee and cake shop on 12th St Btw A/B called Ciao for Now which I love and want to let ya know about that...oh yeah and don't forget the Dominican hearty grub on 13th near to 1st...$3 tubs of beans,rice AND meat! MMMMMmmmmm
But, for the most part, I don't think we can afford to live in our own neighbourhoods! HA!
What a great little oasis of Japanese cleanliness! I stopped in a couple of days ago, and was thrilled with the selections. Being half asian-oriented myself, I like to fix up some good ol' home cookin', but there are so few places that are very "asia modern". The asian part of me comes from China, and wouldn't you know it, a lot of the food stuffs are the same! I haven't seen a clean and non-smelly selection like that since my last visit to my parents' home in Texas. wink
dont live in the EV, I live near Curry Hill and there are lots of small stores there, too Kustlayans, something like that, on lex btwn28 &29, sell all kinds of indian goodies, and rice and my absolute favorite chutneys. As far as Japanese foods, I'm glad there is a place I can go now. I love making sushi!
Have you noticed that Chinese massage/acupuncture places have suddenly appeared on nearly every block in the neighborhood? I've been frequenting the one on 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd. It's absolutely amazing! I do the one hour massage (no "release," sorry) and it's really intense! They do that stuff that kinda hurts but feels soooo good later. There's one guy, Michael, who's the absolute best. He makes me feel so good, I think I'm in love with him! He's kind of a hot Chinese daddy!
There's also a fab Chinese massage place on 12th St nearest to 1st Av.

There's a new Internet/xerox place opened on 14th (nr to KFC on 2nd)...

Oh the Associated supermarket on 14th btw 1st and A is expanding.... and opposite there is a new Chinese accupuncture place i am yet to try out...

I'm still looking for a hairdresser though... in the hood or someone who would come to mine.. who is decent priced!!????

Let me know.....
Don't miss this interesting tale of two latter-day bohemians here on the LES. Its great because the author - the brilliant C. Carr - points out that the EV has been declared dead for bohos at least once every decade, yet its still the only place we all choose to live (despite all the boho enclaves discussed elsewhere and the incredible rents.)

I really like Rev Jen and have worked and demonstrated with her several times with the Dance Liberation Front and Legalize Dancing NYC, but I think Helen Stratford also belonged in this piece. Another late arrival living the totally boho life and doing great work without a sou, it would seem.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=625&ncid=625&e=1&u=/vv/20030808/lo_vv/46011
I like what the article says about bohemia now being more of an attitude than a place. But wasn't that what it always was? And if this wasn't such a "sucky period" Jen would be a commercial art gallery celebrity instead of a great bohemian. It is always the adversity that tests -whether one finds oneself thriving in it, even because of it- that determines whether one is a bohemian, I think.
Bendix Diner on 1st Ave btw 10 + 11 closed a couple of weeks ago. Never got a clear answer why, but it seemed to be a case of mismanagement. I heard there was friction with the landlord as well, but over what I don't know.

So sad, that was my home away from home. Everyone who worked there, Sylvia, Marijana, London, Leeta, Fran, Mam, Anka, Patti (for a while), they were all family to me. Miss you guys.
I just caught the end of a film called "7th street". It came out in 02. The last 20 minutes were good showing old footage of clubs, pics,bands,artists. The description of the Film..Filmaker Josh Pais chronicles the redevelopement of a Manhattan neighberhood. I don't know if/when it will be on again.
Yikes! This is on my street!!!!

January 18, 2004 -- The East Village woman killed in a freak electrical accident while walking her dogs was clasping one of her pets in her arms when she realized her fate and uttered her final words, a witness said yesterday.
"I get what this is now," said Jodie Lane, 30, before she collapsed on East 11th Street and hit her head on a metal curb at 6:20 p.m. Friday, witness Bonnie Slifkin told The Post

http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/16032.htm
Wanted to put in a recommendation for all EV lovers/rememberers to read Tom Spanbauer's
IN THE CITY OF SHY HUNTERS - it is set in the now-mythic early 80s EV and evokes the neighborhood better than any single thing Ive read.

Since it came out ages ago, I'm assuming some of you have read it, but really worth it if you've not.
Sounds like a possible resurfacing of the notorious 80's Lech Patrol that ran rampant around T2 back then. But by now those guys would be more like 55-ish. The handwritting also suspiciously resembles scrawled missives posted up and down Ave A by a more notorious village crank known as Orion, a devastating poet with a reputation for homicidally satirical toasts of other neighborhood characters. If its him, I hope no one agrees to meet him when he's not following his Haldol regimin.
I digress from E.V. fellas for Bonnie...
Cute new restaurant ... in dah hood... Westville tiny space, great food. 14th btw 1/2nd. I think there's one in the West Vill. its very WeVill actually real decent grub. Me and the tyke have been going there allot..he danced there at the counter 'headbangin' to Joy Division then the Clash with the cute lil Jared Leto server boy... ahhh it certainly beats Chuckie Cheese for a 4yr old!
Little Poland on 2nd nr 12th nest to Dicks Bar, has some of the best food in the whole neighbourhood. It's no good for Vegetarians though, The Cherry Vanilla ice cream sodas are made with chicken stock.

Try the potato lamb soup if you dare. No delivery, great people watching, if your into baggy hose and senseless mumbling, Harris from Letch Patrol is a regular
I haven't seen Harris since I ran readings at the old Knitting Factory when it was on Houston Street and he was the 'rainee' for a scandalous poet whose speciality was a little number where he peed on a volunteer from the audience. Now THAT was a real poetry reading.
I wonder what this was about.....

East Village Man Is Fatally Shot at Home

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: May 23, 2005
A 35-year-old man died last night after being shot in the head in his East Village apartment, the police said.

A gunman and a second assailant shot the man inside his sixth-floor apartment at 85 East 10th Street about 6 p.m., the police said. The two, described as being in their 20's, then fled east on 10th Street, the police said. No suspects were in custody last night.

The victim, whom the police would not identify, was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan in Greenwich Village, where he was later pronounced dead.

Some neighbors said they were startled by the violence and were unwilling to speak to reporters.

One resident, Josh Kogan, a lawyer who lives on the sixth floor, said he was watching television when the shooting occurred. He said he heard "a loud bang, a couple of feet shuffling, two people communicating."

"It sounded strange and out of the ordinary," Mr. Kogan, 28, said. "I heard two people talking and moving quickly out of the building."

The building superintendent said the victim was not the tenant on record for the apartment but lived in it.

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