Ask a group of New Yorkers where to find the best cannolis or cheesecake, and without a doubt, you’ll hear Veniero Pasticceria and Caffé. An East Village institution, Veniero’s is a family-owned and operated Italian pastry shop that was established by Italian immigrant Antonio Veniero in 1894. Veniero, who lived with his family next door, started the business as a candy shop. He then started serving Italian espresso and biscotti and by the 1920s, he had brought in master bakers from Sicily to run the kitchen.
A century later, Veniero’s is still family-owned and is celebrating is 125th anniversary next year. We had the chance to tour the caffé and bakery with Robert Zerilli, the fourth-generation current owner and great-nephew of founder Antonio Veniero. Today, Veniero’s serves more than 150 desserts, from traditional Italian butter cookies and cannolis to some more modern offerings such as red velvet cake and oreo cheesecake. Ahead, go behind the scenes to see how all these tasty treats are made, tour the historic interiors, and learn all about Veniero’s history from Robert.
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This unusual listing at 56 East 1st Street on a picturesque and perfectly-located East Village block offers a wealth of cool options for anyone willing to pay its $13.25 million ask. The 22-foot-wide, three-unit property spans 6,090 square feet over five stories. Built in 2002 by CTA Architects, the eye-catching modern building is distinguished by double-height, red-steel-framed windows. In its current configuration, with a commercial space on the ground floor, the building could be an investment opportunity, it could be converted to a grand single-family townhouse or a combination of both.
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Everything about this East Village co-op can be described as cute, but it’s the newly renovated kitchen that really has us swooning. Listed for a surprisingly reasonable $549,000, the one-bedroom pad at 633 East 11th Street also boasts chic whitewashed brick walls, ridiculously charming decor, and windows with rustic shutters.
This one-bedroom bolthole at 327 East Third Street, in the equally charming eastern reaches of Alphabet City, is just about as sunny, bright, and quirky as you’d expect from the perfect pre-war hideaway. It’s in an HDFC building, so income restrictions apply, but if you qualify, it could be a lucky find.
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, Fri, September 21, 2018
In June, a petition was filed in New York Supreme Court to prevent the construction of an eight-story hotel next door to the historic Merchant’s House Museum in the East Village. Now, Curbed reports, the proposal to build the hotel was unanimously rejected Thursday by the City Council’s subcommittee on zoning and franchises. The 186-year-old townhouse belonged to hardware merchant Seabury Tredwell, who bought the 10,000-square-foot residence for $18,000 in 1832.
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, Wed, September 19, 2018
Community Gardeners at the Bowery Houston Community Farm and Garden, 1974 via Liz Christie Community Garden
Awash in gray pavement and grayer steel, New York can be a metropolis of muted hues, but with 39 community gardens blooming between 14th Street and East Houston Street, the East Village is the Emerald City. The neighborhood boasts the highest concentration of community gardens in the country thanks to a proud history of grassroots activism that has helped transform once-abandoned lots into community oases.
By the mid-1970s, as the city fought against a ferocious fiscal crisis, nearly 10,000 acres of land stood vacant throughout the five boroughs. In 1973, Lower East resident Liz Christie, who lived on Mott Street, refused to let the neglected lots in her neighborhood lie fallow. She established the urban garden group Green Guerillas, a rogue band of planters who lobbed “seed bombs” filled with fertilizer, seeds, and water into vacant, inaccessible lots, hoping they would flourish and fill the blighted spaces with greenery.
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One of the city’s favorite Halloween diversions for almost 30 years, the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, may not happen this year due to lack of funds. As Gothamist reports, the annual celebration of canine (and owner) creativity is facing a financial shortage due to a ballooning budget–mostly due to insurance costs–that has corresponded with growing attendance, according to Garrett Rosso, the parade’s organizer and a longtime volunteer at the Tompkins Square dog run. A fan of the parade, Therese Moriarty, has started a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $15,000.
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Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects
The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved on Tuesday a seven-story condo on the site of the 2015 East Village gas explosion. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, the project was first presented to the commission in July but was sent back to the drawing board over concerns regarding the windows and gloomy coloring. According to Curbed NY, the firm’s new design features a brighter facade, more traditional windows to reflect the character of the East Village and a permanent plaque to honor the two people that died during the explosion.
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Unlike many East Village apartments, noise won’t be an issue for this duplex at 323 East 8th Street. The two-bedroom home sits on the same block as Tompkins Square Park, so there is no through traffic on the street. Asking $1.19 million, it’s been recently renovated with modern finishes but retains classic pre-war features like high ceilings and exposed brick.
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The museum via Google street view
The Merchant’s House Museum and its supporters filed a petition on Monday in New York Supreme Court against the construction of an eight-story hotel planned next door. The 186-year-old East Village home at 29 East Fourth Street belonged to hardware merchant Seabury Tredwell, who bought the 10,000-square-foot residence for $18,000 in 1832. The museum, which has been remarkably preserved since then, became the first property in Manhattan to be designated a New York City landmark in 1965. But landmark status does not guarantee protection from any adjacent construction projects. The museum is now taking legal action against the hotel project because, as its executive director, Margaret “Pi” Halsey Gardiner, told the WSJ: “It’s not going to be able to survive construction next door, I guarantee you.”
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