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Touring the Creepy Abandoned Hospital Complex on Ellis Island [PHOTOS]

Posted April 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

Creepy. Cold. Intense. Haunted. All apt adjectives to describe the unused section of Ellis Island designated as ruins. It is on the south side of this national park – straddling the state lines of New York and New Jersey – that a maze-like collection of twenty-nine buildings sits. Rotting away from the inside out. Indeed, […]

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Contra Guys Will Open the Casual ‘Wildair’ on Orchard Street Next Month

Posted April 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

Around this time last year, Contra scored the go-ahead from Community Board 3 to open a casual, “creative American” restaurant at 94 Allen Street. It was to be a place more approachable than the OG spot. Those plans ultimately hit a dead-end (F18 Gallery opened there instead), though, and owners Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von […]

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Bluebird’s Alex Hall Swaps Rosella for Brunswick on Clinton Street

Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

This month in identity crises, one Lower East Side coffee shop has decided to change its name. Bluebird principal Alex Hall opened Rosella exactly one year ago at 23 Clinton Street. Competition here is fierce, given the number of java joints within spitting distance (that would be five). The Australian-born Hall ultimately decided to scrap […]

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After a Year of Inactivity, Ron English is the Next Artist to Paint the Bowery Graffiti Wall

Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

The mobile boom was rolled into place beside the freshly-constructed Bowery graffiti wall early yesterday morning. In covering this slab for years, this is the surest signal that a change of the guard is in the cards. Indeed, the next entrant is already at bat to paint a mural here. Acclaimed street artist Ron English has […]

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Insomnia Cookies to Replace Snack Dragon on Orchard Street

Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

It’s cookies for Hell Square. What was previously Snack Dragon Taco Shack on Orchard Street – out of commission for months – will soon serve late-night munchies of another sort. Baked desserts for those with the sweet tooth. That’s right. The requisite gut renovation and interior build-out began a couple weeks ago just as the […]

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Soon You’ll be Able to Check Your Instagram Feed in the Delancey/Essex Subway Station

Posted April 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

WiFi connectivity is coming to three Lower East Side subway stations on the IND and BMT lines. Sooner than you think, too. We are currently in phase 3 of the rollout, which includes connectivity to East Broadway, 2nd Avenue, and Delancey/Essex. A spokesperson for Transit Wireless – the contracted company to outfit the subway network […]

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This Ugly Copper Condo Tower is Proposed for 57 Orchard Street

Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

The re-imagining of the Ridley Department Store building (aka Pink Building) on Orchard Street has taken a sudden turn to development. Developer Continental Worsteds, working in tandem with property owner Orchard Street Equities LLC, is in the planning stages to eliminate the stout 57 Orchard and replace it with a monstrous beast of gentrification. YIMBY […]

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Melt Bakery Undergoing Makeover on Orchard Street

Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

Melt Bakery is approaching its third year as a standalone shop on Orchard Street. To mark the occasion, owners Julian Plyter and Kareem Ramady have gutted the store. It’s an attempt to “make the store a friendlier place” for customers. Much needed. This place always seems pretty cramped. The dessert shop released the following information […]

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New and Improved Graffiti Wall Unveiled on the Bowery

Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

There she is – the newly constructed Bowery Graffiti Wall, having shed its pesky plywood perimeter yesterday afternoon. A clean slate. Workers spent the last few months perfecting the high-profile, one-story canvas and installing the proper paneling. From our vantage point, it appears that replacement is a smidgen taller than its predecessor. And it looks […]

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