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New Bodega Opens in Joon Cleaners Space on East Broadway

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:19 am

​The former Joon Cleaners at 219 East Broadway finally has a replacement, three years after the death of its owner. Those evergreen leasing signs above the storefront were deposed weeks ago, as a new bodega is set to open here. Behind that new security gate system, ownership had gradually prepared the space; shelving is now […]

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Carolina Sarria Boutique Opening at 149 Ludlow Street

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:14 am

Blessed Peacemakers relinquished control of 149 Ludlow Street in the summer of 2014. It was a tough run for the boutique, considering its entire two-years of existence were spent behind a business-killing shield of plywood and scaffolding. Seriously, construction on the block had a sidewalk bridge here for some four years. Until a couple months […]

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Shakeup at Pearl & Ash: Kitchen Changes and Renovations

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:10 am

You may have seen those trendy garbage bag curtains hanging in the windows of Pearl & Ash the last couple days. The restaurant is not closing, but retooling after a recent shakeup in the kitchen. (The first cracks of uncertainty.) Former executive chef Richard Kuo left the business and has already been replaced. Managing partners […]

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Identify All the Vanished Businesses in this Jeffrey Lewis Album Art [CONTEST]

Last modified October 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Here’s a contest for you… Local “antifolk” hero Jeffrey Lewis, an East Village native and frequent Sidewalk Cafe performer, has another record coming out at the end of the month. Dubbed Manhattan, the long-player has some pretty cool cover art (designed by Lewis) that resembles a comic strip. The illustration includes depictions of 27 no-longer-existing Manhattan businesses and other […]

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Photo: Steven Menendez

Ghosts in the Playhouse: ‘Sisters’ Follies’ Tribute to 100 Years of Abrons Playhouse [RECAP]

Posted October 5, 2015 at 10:32 am

Halloween is quickly approaching and we’ll probably come across a fair share of ghost stories. But how about a musical ghost story? Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of the Abrons’ Playhouse, Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds is a “spooktacular” directed and designed by Basil Twist (Arias With A Twist, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Symphonie Fantastique) […]

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Defective Benches in Allen Street Mall Receive Replacement Slats

Posted October 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

Yes, the Parks Department came through on broken promises over busted benches. The curve-shaped seating dotting the lower medians of the Allen Street Mall – basically left for dead – was finally remedied last week after more than a year of prodding. Prodding from both vocal community members and local politicians. The newer wood slats were installed, […]

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Katz’s Deli Sketch on SNL Lampoons Famous ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Orgasm Scene [VIDEO]

Posted October 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

Saturday night saw the premiere of Saturday Night Live, thus lifting the curtain on the forty-first season. One sketch in particular stands apart. A sketch centered at Katz’s Deli, the Lower East Side institution that often figures prominently in the open credit roll. Three of the female lead actresses – Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, and […]

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Lower East Side Pickle Festival Attracts (and Feeds) the Hordes [PHOTOS]

Posted October 5, 2015 at 5:19 am

The annual Lower East Side Pickle Day certainly lucked out with the weather yesterday, especially after a stormy weekend. Come rain or brine, it was gonna happen. Thousands flocked to Orchard Street in the afternoon from all corners of the Tri-state to feast on pickles and other foodie selections. That is, if you had the patience […]

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Forsyth Street Plaza Tree Removal Closes One Lane of Inbound Traffic on Manhattan Bridge

Posted October 5, 2015 at 5:10 am

​Thanks to a new capital works project currently underway, the small grove of trees at the base of the Manhattan Bridge will soon meet the wood chipper. The cut-down is part of the overall Forsyth Street Plaza Project (#HWPLZ008M) which aims to become a “High Line” of sorts for the Lower East Side. There’s been […]

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