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Reader Report: Chinatown Bus Route Includes Illicit Cigarette Drop-off

Posted October 1, 2014 at 6:10 am

It’s no real secret that contraband (and violence) arrives aboard incoming Chinatown buses. Local media has widely reported the influx of weapons and criminals into the Lower East Side. Remember that it was only a year ago that authorities conducted the largest gun raid in NYC history, seizing 254 weapons that came here via these […]

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Parking Lot at 170 Suffolk is Being Converted to Gallery and Residential Duplex

Posted October 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

The mysterious garage-slash-scrapyard beside 170 Suffolk Street is presently undergoing massive change. For years, green brick and security gate warned of its nature as an “active driveway.” No longer. Property owner Michele Cohen filed permits with the Department of Buildings back in June to construct a two-story mixed-use building. The new structure will house “two […]

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Hidden Os Gemeos Mural from 2009 Returns to the Bowery Graffiti Wall

Posted October 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Yesterday evening, the Bowery graffiti wall reverted to its circa 2009 state. Property owner Goldman Properties re-unveiled the Os Gemeos mural that has been obscured for the last five years. Scaffolding and blue tarps fell away to reveal that the color is still very much intact. The artwork of twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo will […]

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Mayor de Blasio Signing Landlord Harassment Bill Into Law Today

Posted September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

City Council unanimously approved a bill last week that strengthens penalties for landlords guilty of harassing tenants. Momentum is with the little guy, it seems, as Mayor de Blasio will sign the bill into law later this afternoon with a public ceremony. As previously reported, maximum penalty for offenders is increased from $5,000 per residential […]

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Rat Castle Condo on Ludlow Street Shows Off New Facade

Posted September 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

It’s still hard to believe that the Rat Castle (aka 179 Ludlow Street) is finally debuting on the Lower East Side. The infamous seven-story development had been rotting away before our very eyes since 2006, but was resurrected around this time last year. Now the full slate of ironwork is coming down for the first time in nearly a […]

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Kosher Cafe Chosen to Replace Shalom Chai on Grand Street, Ending Hopes of Alex Raij and Eder Montero

Posted September 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

Kosher is the comeback kid down on Grand Street. Much of the neighborhood believed that the Seward Park Co-op board had telegraphed its latest play at the former Shalom Chai pizzeria at 357 Grand. Restaurateurs Alex Raij and Eder Montero were seemingly a shoe-in to replace the longtime Kosher eatery, having secured approval from Community […]

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It’ll Cost Upwards of $800k to Live Inside the Cantilevered Condo at 100 Norfolk Street

Posted September 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

100 Norfolk Street has yet to rise above its tattered plywood perimeter, yet its housing stock is already on the open market. The cantilevered mess of condos destined for this site are solely for the upper crust. Sales of the thirty homes went live yesterday, as did the official website. The eyesore proposed for 100 […]

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Fire Engine Tire Exploded on Delancey Yesterday Injuring 3 and Shattering Store Windows

Posted September 30, 2014 at 6:02 am

Three pedestrians sustained minor injuries yesterday afternoon on Delancey Street when a fire engine blew a tire. The force from the explosion also shattered the window of Sneak Jeans near the corner of Clinton. The FDNY Ladder Company 18 truck had pulled onto the curb ahead of a building inspection when the tire exploded. All three […]

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Why Chinatown Will Continue to Function as a Bus Terminal

Posted September 30, 2014 at 5:24 am

“Chinatown Bus enforcement is a top priority,” CO Captain Joseph Simonetti of the 7th Precinct acknowledged at this month’s community affairs meeting. His remark was timely given the recent hoopla over the gas-guzzling issue, also a platform priority for the year-old SPaCE block association. Recall that August 15 was the much-ballyhooed date that the 7th […]

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