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Only 3 Months Until that ‘Artistic’ Pile of Rubbish is Removed from Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted May 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

Standing at the northern entrance of Sara D. Roosevelt Park and looking toward the basketball courts, August can’t come soon enough. Even though summer and the advent of permanent warm weather is right on the doorstep. Yes, this is when those unsightly rubbish heaps will be removed from the entrance. Artist Jarrod Beck first installed […]

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LPC Approves Modifications to Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery; Graffiti Layer Will Stay

Posted May 6, 2015 at 5:17 am

The Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery is heading full throttle into the next stage of its lifespan. Over six months after Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) purchased the 1898-vintage landmark for $55 million, plans for exterior modifications and reversion to commercial zoning met enthusiastic approval from both Community Board 2 (last month) and the Landmarks […]

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Starr Restaurant Group Bid for Bowery Bunker Steakhouse Doesn’t Look Good

Posted May 6, 2015 at 5:16 am

If the new real estate signage in the windows of 222 Bowery is any indication, Starr Restaurant Group may have hit a dead end. You’ll recall that restaurateurs Joe Carroll and Stephen Starr had been battling both the community and city in order to open an “approachable” steakhouse here at the “Bunker” building. The proposal would […]

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Thor Equities Snaps Up 176 Bowery (Plus Billboard) for $10.2M

Posted May 6, 2015 at 5:10 am

Thor Equities continues its invasion at the confluence of Bowery and Delancey. For the second time in seven months, the behemoth real estate firm has beefed up its holdings at this intersection. Joseph Sitt’s empire recently purchased 176 Bowery for a cool $10.2 million. This is one of the more visible buildings in the area, […]

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Cafe Katja Briefly Considers 37 Canal Street; Starbucks Looking Likely 

Posted May 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

Cafe Katja kills it. Business always seems brisk at its Orchard Street restaurant, a fixture on the block for the last eight years. Its recent expansion into 75 Orchard certainly helped. And now one-half of the ownership is hoping to open a new establishment in the near future. The first inkling of evidence surfaced last […]

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Rutgers Slip is Co-named ‘Frank T. Modica Way’ for Local Advocate

Posted May 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

As of this week, Rutgers Slip between South and Cherry Street now carries a shared identity. The short waterfront block has been co-named in honor of Frank T. Modica, a staunch local advocate who passed away in September 2013 at the age of 81. “We were determined to remember him with a lasting public tribute […]

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Six Years Later, Locals Calling for Completion of Allen Street Mall Upgrades

Posted May 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

The Allen Street Mall – those eight segments of median running from South Street to East Houston – has come a long way in the last decade. Essentially beat up and left for dead, the Department of Transportation finally took notice that changes were needed, and began implementing upgrades six years ago. Project plans were […]

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Iconic Local Street Artist Lee Quiñones Featured at Nicole Klagsbrun Pop-Up Gallery on Grand Street

Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:19 am

Longtime gallerist Nicole Klagsbrun is stepping outside the Chelsea orbit to dip toes into the Lower East Side gallery scene. The longtime gallerist, who operates a showroom on West 26th Street, just launched a pop-up installation at 291 Grand Street. Beside the open-air Chinese markets in a corner building perennialy seeking pop-ups. Rather fittingly, the pop-up […]

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Tenement Museum Replaces Tourist Information Board on Orchard Street; It’s Quickly Vandalized

Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

The Tenement Museum has been making headlines these last couple weeks. Mainly due to the crowdfunding campaign to help preserve and restore 97 Orchard Street. And now… That Tenement Museum tourist information board at the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets just received an upgrade. Last week, the Lower East Side institution swapped the signage […]

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