Ess-a-Bagel reopening delayed until May

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Ess-a-Bagel at 324 First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

 

By Sabina Mollot

Fans of Ess-a-Bagel will have to wait a little longer than they thought for their carb fix.

While earlier this year, the owners said they expected the new shop in Stuyvesant Town to open some time in February, that date has been moved back to May.

One of the owners, David Wilpon, said, “At first we thought it would be February, but there are always obstacles.”

While he declined to share what those were, he noted that construction has been underway at the 324 First Avenue space for the past couple of weeks and he’s been asked a lot about when the opening will be.

“All day when I’m there, they ask us.”

Meanwhile, the store’s sign went up last Monday. A permit for the sign’s installation was approved on March 1 by the city. “We’re plodding along,” Wilpon said.

Union Square man runs against Maloney

Peter Lindner

Peter Lindner

By Sabina Mollot

Last week, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a 23-year Democrat incumbent, officially announced that she was running for reelection.

In a press release, she touted her experience fighting for transportation improvements as well as women and children’s rights.

Meanwhile, a computer programmer and resident of Union Square has entered the race against her.

Peter Lindner, a 66-year-old Democrat, said he’s never been involved in politics, either through political clubs or working for a politician. But he came to be inspired to run one day when he felt unsatisfied with a response he got from Maloney’s office when he went there with a constituent complaint.

The issue was over what he believes was corrupt behavior by another official that he wanted investigated. But after providing the congresswoman with documentation that argued his case, he said he was told by a staffer to stop calling, and that police would be called if he didn’t.

A spokesperson for Maloney declined to comment on Lindner’s claims.

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Families flock to Stuy Town’s Easter egg hunt

Stuyvesant Town’s annual egg hunt and other Easter activities took place on Sunday. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Stuyvesant Town’s annual egg hunt and other Easter activities took place on Sunday. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Although the weather started out gloomy, the sun made its way out from behind the clouds to make for a pleasant day on the Oval for families celebrating Easter last weekend. The main attraction on Sunday was the Easter egg hunt starting promptly at noon, and although the Oval was split into two sections to prevent the older kids from swooping in and taking all the treats from the little ones, the event’s 4,000 eggs were still gone from both sides in a matter of minutes. A second hunt was planned at Playground 10 for any the kids who missed the earlier one. The event also included a bouncy house, crafts, a prize wheel, face painting and balloon animals.

Yosi of kid’s group Yosi and the Superdads put on a show right before the final egg hunt and four-year-old Matilda Magaldi enjoyed dancing along to the music.

“She’s like this every year, so enthusiastic,” said her mother Jessica, whose sister lives in Stuyvesant Town and who they’ve visited for the past three years for the holiday. “We already saw the Easter bunny. She wasn’t scared this time.”

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