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Frank Franca Discusses the #helloicp Project on the Bowery [INTERVIEW]

Posted October 9, 2015 at 5:19 am

About a week ago, we noticed a new installation in the windows of 250 Bowery, aka the future home of the International Center of Photography. The eye-catching #helloicp installation was created by photographer and long time East Village resident, Frank Franca. We decided to meet with Franca and find out more about both the project […]

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Fair Warning: ‘The John Lamb’ at the 119 Orchard Hotel Has Nightclub Written All Over it

Posted October 9, 2015 at 5:18 am

Like all the hotels in Hell Square, 119 Orchard Street sure took its time. Construction has been terribly slow in recent years, thanks in large part to constant stop-work orders. Five years after SAS Property Management (aka Shimon Avadi) tore down the tenement building, the incomplete hotel at 119 Orchard Street has finally undergone the […]

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Uncapped: DG Through the Eyes of ELO

Posted October 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

We are changing gears this week. Still graff, but from a very different perspective. Uncapped readers, welcome ELO. She has offered us her version of DG’s beginning in graff and their life together. From her heart to your eyes. Get your tissues ready. For real. BOWERY BOOGIE: ELO, thank you for joining us. As best you can, tell us […]

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Metrograph Cinema Aims to Open on Ludlow Street in February 2016

Posted October 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

The much-anticipated Metrograph theater possesses all the proper traits to woo the Lower East Side. Cinema arts, check; bombastic claims of returning the glamor of cinema to New York City, check; bolstering neighborhood creativity, check. Throughout this months-long construction period, it doesn’t seem as though there will be any bureaucratic impediment to opening the 8,853 […]


Essex Dollar Plus is Out of Business After 4 Years in Gotham Court

Posted October 8, 2015 at 5:18 am

It would appear that Gotham Court is cleaning house. Some five months after Hubb NYC purchased the frat complex for $29.1 million, one of its more reliable retail tenants vanished. The no-frills Essex Dollar Plus officially called it quits last week after four years in business. The store space at 149 Essex has since been stripped […]

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Kevin Lyons Paints Kooky Monster Mural for Rag & Bone

Last modified October 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

The season turns, and with it the artwork on display at the Rag & Bone outpost just off the Bowery. Buff Monster’s prior output has been, well, buffed and a new artist in step to fill the void. Expounding on the overall monster-on-canvas theme – in time for Halloween, of course – graphic designer Kevin […]

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Rhone Apparel Opening Pop-Up Shop for its ‘Activewear’ Brand on Lafayette Street

Posted October 8, 2015 at 5:10 am

With the funky Bess boutique gone from SoHo, a replacement is found. A temporary one, at that. It took seven months, but there is now life anew at 298 Lafayette Street. Window wrapping on premise announces the imminent opening of a new temporary shop from Rhone Apparel. The brand specializes in athletic gear such as […]

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Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel Surpasses the Old Avalon Chrystie, Sports New Windows

Posted October 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

In just four months’ time, Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel handily muscled its way into the Lower East Side skyline. When we last caught up with this development, the superstructure had only reached a paltry two stories. As of this week, however, the new shadow-casting giant just surpassed the fourteen-story height of its immediate neighbor. It’s at […]

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HBO Wants to Film Scorsese/Jagger Series ‘Vinyl’ in Your Living Room

Posted October 7, 2015 at 10:33 am

If you live in the vicinity of 253 East Houston (at Suffolk), now is your chance to have your abode on the small screen. HBO sent its scouts to the Lower East Side this week with the goal of finding apartments for its highly-anticipated music series, Vinyl. The crew is specifically looking for an “apartment with […]

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