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There’s an Info Session Tonight to Learn More About Affordable Housing within Essex Crossing

Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:12 am

With Essex Crossing demolition at full tilt, it was only a matter of time before the administrative powers involved with the project held an information session regarding the housing component. Indeed, this particular meeting pertains to affordable housing, and will attempt to explain housing qualification criteria and the application process. It will also shed light on former site tenants […]

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The New Museum’s Biennial ‘Ideas City Festival’ Begins Tomorrow

Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:12 am

The New Museum is once again bringing the biennial IDEAS CITY Festival back to the Bowery. This time the theme is “The Invisible City,” in which the festival will explore hot topics such as surveillance, citizenship, expression and suppression, and the basic, never-ending desire to be seen in the city. It’s a way of paying tribute to Italo Calvino’s […]

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Uncapped: Beneath the Paint with Alski, King of Corona

Last modified May 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

  Welcome to Uncapped! This week we welcome Alski from Queens.  This interview is short and sweet ’cause Alski has a whole podcast series that you need to check out after reading this. Thank you for joining us, brother. Let’s get it in. BOWERY BOOGIE: Would you consider yourself Veteran or Rookie? Legend or legend in […]

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New Clinton Street Baking Company Dining Room is Almost Ready

Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

Thirteen years in one place, the Clinton Street Baking Company is poised to stretch its proverbial legs with the new corner annex at East Houston. But not just yet. Wintertime predictions pegged the debut as sometime in March, but gut renovation is taking much longer than anticipated, it seems. Just a few weeks ago, there […]

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The Decades-Old Broome Street Firehouse is Now a Pile of Rubble

Posted May 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

It’s a theme repeated ad nauseum on this site. An historic structure on the Lower East Side reduced to rubble. Such is the case (again) with 185 Broome Street, the old firehouse building that dated (note, past tense) back to the 1930s. The tidal wave of Essex Crossing is crashing … and crushing. It only […]

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20 Photos from the (Very Different) Lower East Side of the 1980s [PHOTOS]

Posted May 26, 2015 at 5:19 am

Thirty-year Lower East Side resident Steve Butcher recently emailed us to share a trove of archival images of the “good old bad days.” The 88-shot collection – dating back to the early eighties and nineties – further illustrates a neighborhood almost unrecognizable (nay, unfathomable) to today’s residents. We see the context and character that preceded […]

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It’s Been 5 Years Since Cafe Colonial Shuttered

Posted May 26, 2015 at 5:10 am

It was exactly five years ago that Cafe Colonial concluded its run at 73 East Houston Street. The longtime favorite – here at the corner of Mulberry for fifteen years – shuttered back on May 25, 2010 thanks to tripled rent. And what could afford that but flashy boutique chain Rag & Bone? Rag & […]

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Street Artist GILF Notes the “Gentrification in Progress” at 190 Bowery

Posted May 26, 2015 at 5:08 am

Street artist GILF returned to the Lower East Side in the overnight hours to provide some illicit commentary to the iconic Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. For a brief period, the staircase was condoned off with her token “Gentrification in Progress” tape. Her goal with the exhibition is a discussion of the “rising rent […]

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DOH Implements New Lead Dust Procedures in Response to Mahfar Tenant Harassment

Last modified May 26, 2015 at 7:48 am

Those following the saga of Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) know that the controversial landlord subjected tenants to hazardous lead levels in at least two of his many Lower East Side Holdings. For instance, tests conducted by the Department of Health concluded that 102 Norfolk Street boasted 2,900 times the legal limit. The scary exposure became […]

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