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Scenes from the Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Posted September 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

Yesterday afternoon was the annual Lower East Side Pickle Day. The crisp autumn weather drove throngs of tourists to Hell Square. The three-block stretch of Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston was jammed from noon to 5pm. So it wasn’t easy to purchase and/or consume any pickled goodness, unless patience for long lines is […]

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Black Tree on Orchard Street Rebounds as ‘Raw Material’

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

Christmas come early for team Black Tree. The sandwich shop closed its Orchard Street location earlier this month in anticipation of a December reboot. Well, chef-owner Sandy Dee Hall just reopened on Friday as something called Raw Material. And as the sandwich board notes, it’s in soft launch mode. Raw Material, according to the website, is […]

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‘The New Allen’ Moves to Samy Mahfar-donated Gallery Space on Delancey Street

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:17 am

SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) is headlong into its conversion of 104 Delancey into a multilevel gallery dedicated to “low brow” art. The storefront is now enveloped in paint, as street artists UR New York spent the weekend buffing and spray-painting the exterior. You’ll recall that property owner Samy Mahfar donated the available real estate […]

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‘Nom Wah Nolita’ Lunch Counter Soft Opens at 10 Kenmare Street

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:08 am

While the eye of consumerism was trained on a three-block stretch of Orchard Street (i.e. Pickle Day), the iconic Nom Wah Tea Parlor quietly opened its new satellite store on Kenmare. For Nom Wah Nolita, the interval from announcement to commencement was barely a week. The new lunch counter is currently in soft launch mode […]

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Second of Four New Essex Crossing Towers Tops Out at 15 Stories

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

For the first time in almost fifty years, the vacant lots along Delancey Street are buzzing with new life. Yep. It’s milestones galore for the Essex Crossing mega-project this month, construction of which is progressing rather steadily. Now, another. A month after the senior housing tower was capped at Site 6, its neighbor across the street […]

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11 Things You Need to Know about the Lowline’s $83M Underground Park

Posted September 23, 2016 at 9:28 am

City officials announced their full support of the $83 million Lowline project back in July, some five years after its conception. The backing came as the bureacracy created a dog-and-pony show to try and elicit proposals for the 60,000 square-foot vacant trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street. The Lowline was the only proposal (naturally), and now […]

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Bruce Springsteen will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Next Week for ‘Born to Run’ Book Signing

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:18 am

Bruce Springsteen last week announced a fall book tour to promote his forthcoming memoir, Born to Run. The nine-date outing commences – not surprisingly – at a Barnes & Noble in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey on September 27. The day of release. The Boss then heads to Union Square the next day, and […]

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After 14 Years of Cafe El Portal, Pink ‘Pietro Nolita’ Takes Over at 174 Elizabeth Street

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:09 am

With one longtime restaurant gone, another takes its place at 174 Elizabeth Street. The much-loved Cafe El Portal on Elizabeth Street quietly closed its doors back in May. Chef-owner Gloria Arteaga decided to end operations after fourteen years on the block. (It opened shortly after 9/11.) Unlike the gas issues that forced closure in 2015, […]

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Revisiting the ‘Rebel Cultures’ Photographed by Janette Beckman [RECAP]

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:06 am

Our regular readers know that we love to cover the early punk, new wave and hip hop music scenes in New York City. Most people who were around during the early days, were also obsessed with the bands coming out of the UK. This reporter remembers going to East Village record stores (remember when there […]

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