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Writing ‘Custom Melodies’ with New Yorkers at Chinatown Soup on Orchard Street

Posted February 5, 2016 at 10:14 am

You may have heard of artist Grey Gersten and his “Custom Melodies” exhibit  – a successful interactive exercise in writing anonymous biographical songs by New Yorkers, which showcased at the Mmuseumm last year.  Well, now he’s taking those songs digitally, giving the tracks a more accessible and permanent home on the internet. We caught up with the man behind it all […]

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Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys Reopens Today with New Look and Menu

Posted February 5, 2016 at 9:31 am

​Under relatively new ownership, the updated Kossar’s Bialys is now less a warehouse bakery with retail afterthought, and more a proper New York City bagel shop. And it reopens to the public today. The bare-bones factory feel of the predecessor is gone, instead replaced with something cleaner and with vintage aesthetic. Feels like a hybrid […]

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Hanksy Hater Tags Trump Dump Mural on Orchard Street

Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:19 am

Of all Hanksy’s recent output, his Donald “Dump” Trump piece on Orchard Street certainly struck a chord. Perfect timing, really. After all, it is an election year, and anything Trump is newsworthy. The presidential hopeful and star of The Apprentice is trying to insult his way to the White House. So his head sits on […]

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CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery Hit with Stop-Work Order for Worksite Safety Issues

Last modified February 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

While the CitizenM hotel ascends to great heights (i.e. 19 stories) at 185 Bowery, it’s the neighbors who suffer most. Day in and day out, the congestion at the corner of Delancey disrupts not only sidewalk flow and sleep, but motor traffic. Blame constant blockages and deliveries. Well, the lack of oversight we’ve noted at […]

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Proposal for 348 Lafayette St.

LPC Rejects Aby Rosen’s Modifications to Former Women’s Shelter at 348 Lafayette

Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

​You may have noticed the orange fencing atop 348 Lafayette Street (aka 11 Bond). That’s an illustrative mockup of the rooftop addition proposed by real estate magnate Aby Rosen in his bid to convert the former 43-bed women’s shelter into a luxury commercial complex. You’ll recall that Rosen purchased the 1913-vintage building last summer for […]

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Katz’s Deli Shills Alongside Hannibal Buress in New Samsung Pay Commercial [VIDEO]

Last modified February 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

​While esteemed comedian Hannibal Buress was tapped to plug Samsung Pay, the real star here is Katz’s Deli. Such is the setting for the new commercial campaign. The shot opens with Buress crossing East Houston excited about grabbing a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s. When he takes out his phone for payment purposes, the staff has no […]

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Yuh-Line Niou and John Quinn of LES Dems, Photo: Facebook

Frontrunner for Silver’s Assembly Seat Ineligible to Run, Rivals Allege

Posted February 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

The race for the hotly-contested Assembly seat left vacant by the disgraced former speaker, Sheldon Silver (convicted on federal corruption charges), is intensifying. Contenders and their respective bases are running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Now comes word that one of the frontrunners for the 65th Assembly District vacancy might not […]

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Lowline Lab Partners with Essex Street Market for ‘Food Festival’

Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:15 am

Here’s a taste of synergy = Lowline + Essex Street Market + Lower East Side Partnership (nee BID). Later this month, the Lowline will partner with the Essex Street Market to create a “food festival.” The event takes place in the Lowline Lab at Essex, and is incorporated into the DayLife brand forged by the […]

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Branding for Lower East Side Partnership

Bye, BID: It’s Now Called the ‘Lower East Side Partnership’

Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

​The Lower East Side BID is going through a total brand and image reboot. Gears are in motion as we speak. Indeed, one need only peep the official website, which has been under construction the past few days. As the site header indicates, the local property owners’ club is to be called – wait for […]