East Village Blogger No Longer Wants to be Anon

It all started with a 2007 Page Six item.

After eight years, the Greta Garbo-like jig is up. Ahead of today’s Bedford + Bowery profile by Elizabeth Flock, the owner and operator of East Village blog EV Grieve decided it was the perfect necessary time to finally raise the veil of anonymity.

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From John Elasser’s Sunday night post:

I’ve been thinking about using my name on the site for several years. However, I resisted. It’s not a personal website, and the blog isn’t about me or what I had for dinner last night or what I did this past weekend. It’s a news site about the neighborhood, for the neighborhood. Everyone has a voice and the opportunity to share a story, photo or tip, discuss a liquor license application or the latest Citi Bike seats. At least that’s how I see it…

In the Bedford + Bowery story, you may learn more about me, such as that I grew up in Ohio, and served as the editor of my high school and college newspapers. I also spent a few years working as a reporter after graduation. Today I edit publications for a non-profit association.

At press time, there are 194 comments below Elasser’s big reveal. When you have time, they are well worth scanning. The thread includes some warm words of response from Jeremiah Moss, a pseudonymous fellow NYC blogger who is referenced in the Elasser post, and these sorts of hollers:

Anonymous: If I had a dime for every time I’ve said to a friend “Did you see that thing on EV Grieve?”, I’d have enough for a down payment on one of Ben Shaoul’s illegal penthouses. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for 15 years and come to rely on you as a crucial news source. How else am I supposed to keep track of the great Master Softee fiasco of 2014 or the street closures for Ninja Turtles and/or Smurfs filming?…

Anonymous: As someone who first worked in the East Village at LaMama in 1973, and most recently at New York Eye and Ear in 2014, your blog is one of my few ‘must reads’every day and sometimes several times a day. Please know that you make a difference and please… please… please don’t quit.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Pseudonymous Crusade of a ‘Brilliantly Dismal Blog’

[H/T: DNAInfo New York]