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Documentary About Streit’s Matzo Scores Festival Run Just Before the Lower East Side Departure

Posted January 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

The Streit’s Matzo factory only has a few months left on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood it called home for ninety years. After Passover – concluding April 11 – it’s all she wrote. In the end, it was filmmaker Michael Levine and producer Michael Green who chronicled the final years of the matzo-makers at […]

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Behold! The Essex Street Snowman Now Has a Twin

Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:16 am

The rather rotund Essex Street Snowman was sprayed with water, causing it to multiply like mogwai. Where there was once one, now two exist… Yes, there are now twin monstrous Essex Street Snowmen at the corner of Canal Street. In a quick change-up, the father-son team at the Chinese bodega created a second snow creature […]

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Mediterranean Bar Hopes to Nab Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:14 am

Looks like one hopeful restaurateur is interested in taking over the lower level of 154 Orchard Street. This address, of course, is the notorious previous home of Mission Chinese Food. The space comes with a terrible vermin problem and a backyard that is not legal (a death trap, even). Chef-owner Danny Bowien is still embroiled […]

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Straus Square Ready for $6.5M Safety Upgrade as Part of ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ Initiative

Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

In an overall bid to increase and implement “school safety” street improvements, the city will soon embark on a capital construction project to retool Straus Square in Chinatown/Lower East Side. The Department of Design and Construction is managing the $6.5 million push – dubbed “Safe Routes to Schools” – which includes changes such as reconstructing […]

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Macondo on East Houston Was Shuttered by the Taxman Yesterday, but Has Reopened

Last modified January 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Macondo on East Houston is kaput, six-and-a-half years after first opening. The taxman (i.e. tax compliance agent) came yesterday and seized its assets without warning. When we happened past the establishment later in the evening, the security gates were drawn and seizure documentation plastered across the facade. The State of New York is now the […]

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Two Dudes Bring the MTA’s ‘Courtesy Counts’ Etiquette Campaign to Life [VIDEO]

Posted January 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

The unwritten rules of subway etiquette seem fairly obvious; let off before you get on, relinquish your seat for someone who needs it, save nail clippers for the privacy of your own bathroom. Yet the “Courtesy Counts” campaign recently unleashed by the MTA suggests otherwise on these assumed understandings. New Yorkers Christian “CJ” Koegel and his partner […]

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Check Out this Time Lapse Footage of the LES During the Epic 2006 Snowstorm [VIDEO]

Posted January 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

The Tuesday morning quarterbacks gave Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo a raft of shit for shutting the city in response to the epic blizzard the wasn’t. It was supposed to have been the most catastrophic snow accumulation the city has seen in recent recorded history. In the end, we got up to seven inches, […]

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Report: Yonah Schimmel’s Says It’s Staying on East Houston

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Months of rumors to the contrary, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery is reportedly to remain at 137 East Houston. We have been hearing persistent chatter from locals about a possible closure and/or move since last November. Our latest intel had it that their landlord intended to boot the century-old lunch counter. “We’ve been here for over 100 […]

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Former Jones Diner Site on Lafayette Could Fetch $35M

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

May the Jones Diner rest in peace. Known for its intrusive advertecture in recent years, the vacant lot is now on the open market. The 5,500 square-foot sliver of land at the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Street (aka 363 Lafayette) is the latest “development site” in an area too rich for its britches. […]

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