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September 17, 2015 • FREE Volume 5 • Number 15

A tale of two Catholic churches in the East Village, now merged BY MARY REINHOLZ



he Redemptorist priest, resplendent in a bright green cassock, stood outside Most Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic church in the late summer sunlight, greeting the faithful that streamed out of a 10:30 a.m. Spanish-language Mass at his

soaring cathedral-like edifice, at 173 E. Third St. between Avenues A and B. The Reverend James Cascione, the parochial vicar and a member of a missionary order that established the parish in 1842 for a then-German Catholic neighborhood, also dispensed blessings CHURCHES continued on p. 26

The Bean: The little cafe that could...and really did! BY KATHRYN ADISMAN


he Bean found itself in a David and Goliath story when giant Starbucks muscled the independent favorite out of its home in 2011. But the neighborhood coffee shop fought back. And therein lies a tale. Ike Escava, owner of the

original The Bean, at First Ave. and E. Third St., was at the end of his 10-year lease, negotiating with the landlord for an extension. One day, as Ike told it, “Somebody walked in and started measuring. The manager said, ‘Can I help you?’ ‘We’re here for the renovation.’ THE BEAN continued on p. 4

Adam Purple on the fire escape at the top of his Forsyth St. building overlooking his beloved Garden of Eden during the winter of 1982.

Adam Purple, L.E.S. gardens godfather, dies on his bike BY LINCOLN ANDERSON


dam Purple, the legendary Lower East Side gardener who fought a losing battle to save his spectacular Garden of Eden from destruction for a low-income housing project, died Monday as he was bicycling over the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84. The cause of death was apparently a heart attack, according to Time’s Up, the Brooklyn-based cycling and environmental group that

had taken in Purple in recent years. Carmine D’Intino, a good friend of Purple’s, said the iconic activist and environmentalist — known for his flowing white beard, purple garb and mirrored sunglasses — had been biking around midday from the Williamsburg headquarters of Time’s Up, to meet him in the East Village. Purple had been living at the Time’s Up space in recent years. As usual, Purple had called D’Intino beforehand and

told him when he was about to head out to meet him. He would have been riding a folding bike that D’Intino gave him a few years ago. “He would call me when he got to Manhattan and tell me what he was doing,” he said. But this time, no second call came. Police did not immediately have information on what may have happened to Purple — whose real name was PURPLE continued on p. 6

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East Villager Sept 17, 2015  

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East Villager Sept 17, 2015  

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