Readers of Off the Grid might notice that we often cite other blogs in our posts. Staffers here at GVSHP, including me, read other blogs to keep up to date about the city and neighborhoods we serve. The real estate blog Curbed New York is a must read for its eyes and ears on the real estate scene. Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York catalogues the past buildings and businesses of the city, often spotlighting those currently on the way out. No less important in keeping us informed is the blog EV Grieve, highlighting the latest news, development pressures, and wacky hijinks of the East Village.
Begun in December of 2007 as a tribute to the East Village on-their-way-out bars Sophie’s and Mona’s, EV Grieve was literally named for the mourning that takes place when a beloved institution can no longer stay in business. Now in its seventh year, EV Grieve covers a full spectrum of neighborhood news. From the hawks of Tompkins Square Park to new buildings in development throughout the neighborhood, the blog always has the latest. Although Grieve him or her self remains anonymous, the blog has many neighborhood contributors that furnish tips and photographs. Those contributors and tipsters are a good part of what make the blog so robust. These are neighborhood residents reporting on the people, businesses, and buildings that mean something to them. EV Grieve captures all corners of the neighborhood and the content is amazingly consistent.
Stories tend toward the slightly sarcastic, but are well-intentioned in representing the interests of small businesses, artists, and residents of the neighborhood. This past week’s posts featured the ongoing demonstrations against the 7-Eleven at Avenue A and 11th street with illegally placed AC and refrigeration units, a birthday party for Ray of Ray’s Candy Store, and a post on a missing dog.
The blog has certainly come a long way from when it first started, and we here at GVSHP hope it keeps on keeping us informed about the neighborhood. I am still holding out hope that I might one day learn your true identify! But in the meantime, keep up the good work, EV Grieve!