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Prison Cell Bootcamp Studio ‘ConBody’ Debuts at 38 Delancey Street

Posted May 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

This cleaned-up con artist sure has a workout for you. Coss Marte – a former drug dealer who served four years of a seven-year sentence – returned to his native Lower East Side to open a new workout studio. CossAthletics debuted a couple months ago inside the condoplex at 38 Delancey Street (2nd floor) and immediately […]

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Chelsea’s CRG Gallery is Moving to Chrystie Street Next Fall

Posted May 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

It’s a total cliche at this point. Small Chelsea gallery wooed by the Lower East Side packs up the showroom and moves. This narrative has been repeated time and again the last decade. The latest art house to hop onto this proverbial bandwagon – CRG Gallery. CRG Gallery will soon reopen in 195 Chrystie Street. […]

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Talking CBGB, Punk, and Warhol with Photographer Bobby Grossman [INTERVIEW]

Posted May 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Most of my friends know that I’m a New York City history freak. I’ll probably annoy you when I walk down the street telling you the history of some random tenement on the corner of some random street in the LES. Lately, though, I’ve found myself reading numerous books on the 60s/70s/80s NYC music scene, […]

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On the Ground 7 Years Before the Essex Street Market Became a Reality [PHOTOS]

Posted May 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

In the coming years, each of the Essex Street Market buildings will fall to accommodate the new Essex Crossing mega-project. The facility was built seventy-five years ago to move the plethora of pushcarts indoors. The archival photo is dated sometime in 1933, seven years before the one-story commercial buildings were constructed by order of Mayor LaGuardia. […]

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

DayLife Presents ‘Lower EAT Side’ Sunday June 14

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:18 am

DayLife is once again kicking off the summer season with its annual outdoor LES celebration. This year’s event, sponsored by ConEd and G-Shock, is being called “Lower EAT Side.” We see what you did there. It may be a far cry from the Orchard Street pushcarts of yesteryear, but the Lower East Side BID and its semi-regular […]

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This Lower East Side Photographer Spent a Year Chronicling Local Can Collectors

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:15 am

Roughly nine years ago, we stumbled upon two elderly Chinese women reduced to fisticuffs while fighting over a can of refuse outside 88 Orchard Street. The two bottle collectors were battling over the rights to the cash-refundable contents within the trash. After the scuffle was broken up, both left the scene as if nothing happened. From that […]

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The ‘Grilled Cheese Incident’ Debuts Inside Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street is diversifying. Changing it up to stay relevant, perhaps. Another grilled cheese-specific operation is now underway here at 115 Essex. It’s called the Grilled Cheese Incident, a pop-up that banks heavily on the storied lore of Depression-era gangsters. The Grilled Cheese Incident was founded by fifth-generation NYC native Marc Lande as […]

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Tracing the Lower East Side Roots of Beckenstein’s [HISTORY]

Posted May 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

Manhattan’s Lower East Side has been called many things, but never a fashion center. Yet it is fashion in the form of inexpensive fabrics that lures shoppers to this neighborhood better known for blintzes than ball gowns. -New York Times; June 5, 1961. Between the ghost advertising and left-for-dead store signage, its remnants continue to […]

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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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