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Voices of the Lower East Side Talk of Its Struggle to Survive

Last modified July 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The Lower East Side has been considered one of the eleven most endangered historic places since 2008. Truth. According to the National Trust of Historic Preservation: Few places in America can boast such a rich tapestry of history, culture and architecture as New York’s Lower East Side.  However, this legendary neighborhood—the first home for waves of […]

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Grilled Cheese Restaurant Opens at 188 Allen Street

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:09 am

That new grilled cheese restaurant-bar at 188 Allen Street is now open. Awnings have been unrolled and stools set at the various tables. Last identified as “Cheese Grille” by various Craigslist job listings, the manager inside said the business is still nameless, and informed us that the official christening should happen sometime next month. A […]

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The 9-Story Development Forcing Out Decades-Old Businesses at Bleecker and Lafayette

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

Last week, we broke news that the longstanding businesses at the northwest corner of Bleecker and Lafayette would depart for something big. Like the building in the above rendering, unearthed by Curbed yesterday. Nothing is on file yet with the DOB, but rumor has it that this new nine-story building is forthcoming. It’s believed the […]

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‘Beastie Boys Square’ Proponent Organizes Mural to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Since “Beastie Boys Square” didn’t happen, outspoken proponent LeRoy McCarthy has taken a different approach. Wolfnights is donating its Ludlow Street facade for a new celebratory mural. The artwork will pay tribute to both the hip-hop trio and their 1989 LP, which was released 25 years ago today. The album cover features the southwest corner […]

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RevJen’s Troll Museum is in Trouble; Here’s How You Can Help

Posted July 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

Lower East Side fixture RevJen – minister of the local avante garde – is struggling to preserve her unique attraction. The beloved Troll Museum inside 122 Orchard Street is threatened vis-a-vis her living situation. Since being fired from the Tenement Museum bookstore last year, RevJen has reportedly struggled to make ends meet. “Encroaching gentrification and […]

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MTA Begins First Step Toward Rehabilitating the East Broadway Subway Station

Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

Finally, some more good news out of the East Broadway F station. State Senator Squadron, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Speaker Sheldon Silver collectively made good on their promise. MTA workers were mobilized in force yesterday morning to repaint the dilapidated station. Neighbors were concerned about the potential presence of lead in the peeling paint. Tragic […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall Enclosure Removed; 2009 Os Gemeos Mural Visible

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

For the last few days, construction workers have dismantled the two-story paneled enclosure surrounding the Bowery graffiti wall. Now the original concrete slab – made famous by Keith Haring in summer 1982 – is publicly visible for the first time in five years. The Os Gemeos mural was the last commissioned piece before the art-vertecture […]

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Karl Fischer’s 255 Bowery Shows Its Skin for the First Time in 3 Years

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

Well, what have we here? Three years on, we finally have a view of Hot Karl’s steaming seven-story pile on the Bowery. The finger building at 255 Bowery was cloaked in a shroud of bars and netting for what seemed an eternity. That all changed on Monday. Yet while the facade is now fully visible, […]

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Tokyo Rebel Finds a New Home at 158 Allen Street

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

Where so many other boutiques have failed – most recently, Feltraiger – another is rolling the dice at 158 Allen Street. And a familiar face, at that. Alphabet City refugee Tokyo Rebel finally found a new permanent home. The five-year-old unique boutique opened its latest flagship store at 158 Allen on Tuesday afternoon. The event was […]

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