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Here’s What’s Open on the Lower East Side During the Blizzard [UPDATING]

Last modified January 26, 2015 at 7:07 pm

We’re keeping track of restaurants, bars, and other businesses that are open during this blizzard of 2015. The list is a work in progress that we’ll periodically update. At least you’ll be able to hit the gym and get a new tattoo before shoveling the sidewalk… Here’s what we have so far, in no particular […]

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Nearly 2 Feet of Snow is Coming, One Sanitation Worker Prepares

Last modified January 26, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Everyone is getting ready for the imminent snowstorm this week, which could dump nearly two feet of snow on New York City. Whole Foods is notoriously elbow-to-elbow busy with doomsday shoppers. Down at the Department of Sanitation silo of salt, preparations are underway to ensure supply is ample. Caught this lone bulldozer sitting atop an enormous […]

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Construction on East Houston will never end

M15 Bus Service Rerouted Thanks to Neverending Roadwork on East Houston

Posted January 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

The neverending clusterfuck of construction on East Houston apparently requires an army of machinery. At last count the embattled traffic artery now boasts eight backhoes and related equipment, positioned between Forsyth and Allen. In addition, a double wide shoulder was created outside the Sunshine Cinema. Such roadwork is wreaking havoc on traffic patterns with no end in […]

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Weekend Construction Continues at 100 Norfolk Without After-Hours Variance

Posted January 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

Lawlessness seems to thrive these days at the corner of Norfolk and Delancey Streets. On one hand, you’ve got controversial landlord Samy Mahfar who is converting #102 to luxury and already exposed tenants to toxic levels of lead dust; right next door at #100 is the 12-story cantilevered condo project by Adam America which commissions […]

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Demolition Likely for Provident Loan Society Building on East Houston; New Development on the Horizon

Posted January 26, 2015 at 5:10 am

It’s truly unfortunate when you discover that a particular architectural treasure is not officially landmarked and is then demolished for luxury living. This trend is endemic of the Lower East Side lately, its very character endangered. And we’re probably losing another. The latest victim of the onslaught is allegedly the Provident Loan Society building at the […]

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Last Look at SPURA Lots Before Essex Crossing Changes Everything [PHOTOS]

Posted January 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

Demolition for the Essex Crossing mega-project is slated to begin on Monday, forever changing the face of the Lower East Side and its heretofore low-level skyline. As previously reported, Site 2 at the corner of Essex and Delancey is the first parcel to receive knockdown treatment. The parking lot has already been cleared of vehicles, […]

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Visiting the Funky Ludlow Street Landscape of 1995 [VIDEO]

Last modified January 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

Let’s take a stroll down Ludlow Street circa 1995… The following snippet of footage is a glimpse of Ludlow Street “on the corner of East Houston and Katz’s Delicatessen” as filmed by Corey Shaff (narrated by Ronnie DeMonarco). “Planet Ludlow,” as it’s called, is essentially a four-minute tour of the block and its stock of […]

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Gallery Conversion Underway for Old Living Room Space on Ludlow Street

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

The former Living Room space is amidst conversion to a dry use. After the failed bid by exiled drag bar Lucky Cheng’s to take 154 Ludlow Street, the Hell Square address is now forsaking nightlife altogether. Construction has already begun on the artsy replacement; a plywood shed and curbside dumpster are now part of the […]

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La Contenta Opening in the Old Saro Bistro Space Next Month

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

While residents grapple with the terrors of living under the thumb of Samy Mahfar, a new restaurant is opening in the commercial space of 102 Norfolk Street. As previously reported, a 14-seat Mexican joint called La Contenta Cocina de Barrio has taken the reins from Saro Bistro, which closed in April 2014 after a solid […]

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