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Billy’s Antiques is Returning to the Lower East Side for One Day This Weekend

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:07 am

This Saturday (October 25), Billy LeRoy is reviving his antiques business for one day only. He’ll head down to Seward Park to pitch the big-top tent as part of the Hester Street Fair’s “Bedford + Bowery Bazaar,” the last event of the season. Billy Leroy’s eponymous antiques business on East Houston was a fixture of […]

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Tijuana Picnic Opens Next Week on Essex Street; Here’s a Look Inside

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:04 am

While not readily apparent, the old Laugh Lounge space at 151 Essex Street is almost completely transformed. Behind those bombed-out windows the tables are set, with Tijuana Picnic nearly ready to begin service. Word on the street is that the Mexican/Asian fusion establishment – under construction since May 2013 – opens next week. Tijuana Picnic […]

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Comfort Diner is Opening on Grand Street Later This Week

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

It was around this time last year – the Jewish high holidays – that Noah’s Ark kosher deli closed in observance. Never to reopen, despite some assurances to the contrary. Holy Schnitzel subsequently made a run for the establishment yet ultimately was passed over for the Comfort Diner. For the Midtown-based diner, the pin in […]

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‘Miriam Friedlander Way’ is Dedicated on East 6th Street for the Former Councilwoman and Activist

Posted October 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

For eighteen years, Miriam Friedlander represented Council District 2 and was a fierce advocate for the community. She served as Councilmember from 1974 to 1991, tenaciously fighting for the rights of women, tenants and the LGBT community. In fact, it was under her tenure that City Council adopted the unisex “Councilmember” moniker. And now her […]

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Masses Turn Out for Annual Pickle Day on Orchard Street Yesterday [PHOTOS]

Posted October 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

A deluge of humanity descended upon Orchard Street yesterday afternoon for the annual Pickle Day festivities. Easily thousands flooded the neighborhood to partake of the pickles and brine. As with other DayLife Sundays, the Lower East Side BID rolled out the puscharts and unrolled the AstroTurf carpeting. Child prodigy DJ Kai Song was on the […]

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Orchard Hell Building Retail Units Ready to Rent; Neighbors Fear More Bars

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Pain in the ass would be the understatement of the decade with regard to the Orchard Hell Building. The last ten years of construction has caused both residential and commercial flight from the beleaguered stock of tenements. But for all its past pitfalls (of which there are many), the Hotel Indigo is working hard to […]

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Report: CBGB Festival Will Expand to Fort Lauderdale in 2015

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

Known more for altercockers than punk rockers, Fort Lauderdale doesn’t usually register on the scale of music hotbeds. Nevertheless, the annual CBGB Festival – having just finished its third outing – is planning a southern spinoff sometime next year. Details on the expansion remain paltry at best, but the local Sun Sentinel reports that “Fort Lauderdale’s […]

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Local Pols Fight for Tenants’ Rights at Samy Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street

Posted October 20, 2014 at 5:19 am

Local politicians are rallying around the plight of embattled tenants of 102 Norfolk Street. Those residential holdouts are living amidst unsafe conditions, thanks entirely to slumlord Samy Mahfar, who purchased the building last year for $11 million. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan BP Gale Brewer collectively sent a letter […]

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EMM Group Closes The General on the Bowery; This Time It’s For Real

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It finally happened. The General closed to the public earlier this week. This time it’s for real. A call to the EMM Group hotline reveals that the bait-and-switch restaurant at 199 Bowery is no longer taking reservations, and will remain open for private events only. A source also brings word that “a manager cleaning out […]

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