Best grizzly East Village knower of the scoop (2008)


His name is John Nicholson, but everyone calls him RED. He lives in the building at 14 St. Marks and has worked on this block for over 50 years. Since handling security at the St. Marks Baths from 1950 through 1977, Red has done overnight store security at New Corner Magazine. Every morning, he sits on a pile of newspapers, greeting all the regular customers, offering the lowdown on neighborhood fires and police emergencies. He knows what incidents occurred in the wee hours—too late for the papers.


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