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Use this Website to Customize Your Optimal Lower East Side Street

Posted August 31, 2016 at 5:16 am

The Lower East Side Partnership wants to “reimagine” both Ludlow and Canal Streets because they’re “important and valuable corridors of the Lower East Side.” Just remember that reimagine is oftentimes a euphemism for upscale/gentrify. To achieve said goal, the business improvement district teamed up with Streetmix to create an online tool (nay, game) to customize the […]

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Fleeing SoHo, Westwood Gallery Gets up and Running on the Bowery

Posted August 31, 2016 at 5:08 am

The slow-boil transformation from restaurant supply shop to contemporary art gallery is now complete after six months. Westwood Gallery, a refugee from SoHo, is about ready on the Bowery. And it’s a move likely to keep up with cool. Westwood Gallery, known for exhibiting contemporary artists and photographers the last twenty-one years, took 6,000 square-feet […]

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Former Preserve 24 Spot on East Houston Finally Finds a Suitor in ‘Late Late’ Owner

Posted August 31, 2016 at 5:05 am

There hasn’t been much luck for the ice man whose drought continues. Maybe that will change with the latest nightlife suitor – the owner of the Late Late just across the street. It’s not a secret that the former Preserve 24 space at 177 East Houston is a cursed entity, perennially unable to attract a new […]

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Revised Proposal Sees Hotelier Hank Freid Bringing ‘Haven Rooftop’ to Holiday Inn on Delancey Street

Posted August 31, 2016 at 5:00 am

It’s back to square-one for the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street, which is trying everything in the playbook to install a fifty-table rooftop bar. The controversial proposal didn’t go over too well with Community Board 3 last month, during which dozens of residents (and the board) protested. After the denial, it appears that operators Joe Donagher […]

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Ainsworth Owner Looks to Impart ‘Clancey’ on Clinton Street

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:17 am

After a withdrawal last month, the new restaurant proposed for the old Yunnan Kitchen space on Clinton Street is back on the Community Board 3 agenda next month to pitch for full liquor. As previously reported, it’s a project by restaurateurs Todd Birnbaum and Dennis Bogart. Now that the applicants have submitted their proposal to […]

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With 7-Story Condo on the way, Death Finally Comes to the Last Garage on Kenmare Street

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:12 am

The last parking garage on Kenmare Street closed at the end of June and is already under the knife. Time has come. The gift box wrapping of nets and bars arrived last month, alongside announcements of the requisite rat baiting throughout the premises. After just a week of demolition activity, the the top floor is dismantled. […]

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Humping on the LES (or How the DOT Installed New Area Speed Bumps)

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

Two sidestreets on the Lower East Side are recipients of speed bumps this month. Rutgers Slip, just above South Street, acts as an exit ramp of sorts for motorists coming from the FDR Drive/South Street. Cars tend to speed away northbound after turning onto the narrow street. The new road hump should deter that. In […]

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Miller’s Near & Far Closes for Good on Rivington Street; ‘Hemlock Restaurant’ on the Way

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

It’s curtains for Miller’s Near & Far, thus concluding three years and change at 65 Rivington Street. The burger bar shuttered at the end of July, without much fanfare. Apparently that reboot one year ago wasn’t quite enough to sustain the bottom line. So, after sitting vacant for a month, the store is already accounted for. […]

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The Idea Distillery will ‘Give Curiosity a Home’ at Former COW Theater on Clinton Street

Posted August 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

Where two experimental theaters failed in a basement on Clinton Street, a new “home for curiosity” will soon take hold. Following in the footsteps of the COW Theater and Judith Malina’s legendary Living Theater before it. When we last revisited 21 Clinton Street, the enormous subterranean space was being peddled for $11,000 per month and key […]

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