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EMM Group Cops $25K Plea Deal with SLA Regarding Numerous Violations at 199 Bowery

Posted April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

Mark Birnbaum had much to celebrate when a Finale customer ordered 200 bottles of champagne last weekend. Yet it wasn’t only that the single tab netted at least $60,000; he might actually get away scot free with a slap on the wrist. EMM Group will now pay the piper a fraction of that amount in […]

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10 Questions with Indie Outfit Detective Agency [INTERVIEW]

Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

Sometimes when you start a detective agency, a band is born. That’s about all you can dig up on the Seattle garage-pop foursome, Detective Agency. If that isn’t a testament to their sleuthing skillz, we don’t know what is. What we do know is they are cracking the musical code with super upbeat, gritty oldie-sounding […]

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In Which Biggie Stands Guard on Monroe Street

Last modified April 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

If you walk eastward on Monroe Street near the Manhattan Bridge, you’ll see it. A 22′ x 16′ banner billboard with an eye-grabbing photo of the Notorious B.I.G. with Twin Towers in the background. The image – shot by Chi Modu – was installed back in November as part of the ongoing “Uncategorized” street campaign […]

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Flowers on Essex Opens Stall Inside Essex Market

Posted April 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

We’ve said it before. Retail changes in the Essex Street Market are akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Despite the wishes of some in the community, the Essex Crossing project decided to construct a new (much larger) facility across the street, which will happen sometime in the next couple years. Anyway. A […]

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Yopparai Owners Set to Open ‘Azasu’ at 49 Clinton Street

Posted April 16, 2014 at 5:53 am

The Clerkenwell conversion at 49 Clinton Street to Kupersmith back in 2011 didn’t quite take. The restaurant struggled to find a footing in the local restaurant row, and subsequently folded after a year and a half in business. That freed up some valuable real estate, and the husband-wife team at Yopparai around the corner came a-callin. Owners […]

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5th Annual Hester Street Fair Opening Weekend Kicks Off April 26

Posted April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Back by popular demand is Spring the Hester Street Fair. Celebrating its fifth year, the fair’s returning to the two-day format. Opening weekend will again tout 60 vendors each day, of the vintage, foodie, and overall artisanal variety. Some newcomers of note include 80s and 90s thread shop La Petite Mort, the newest meat purveyor on […]

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Wallplay Debuts Intelligentsia Coffee Counter as Part of Jonathan Rosen’s “I Want” Gallery Show

Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

The sandwich board outside the Wallplay showroom on Orchard Street promises an experience that’s “better than Starbucks.” The confused or intrigued should note that the announcement – dropped Sunday morning – is related to the latest endeavor inside the former MOSCOT gallery space. It’s called “(Blank),” a permanent “concept counter” run by coffee entrepreneur Fabrizio […]

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Sinking Sidewalk at Orchard and Delancey Poses Danger to Pedestrians

Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Now here’s a corner just waiting for a sacrificial leg for a feast. The sidewalk outside Rox gallery – Delancey and Orchard – has been sinking for quite some time. At least the last six months. Of course, the terrible winter and recent spat of heavy rain couldn’t have helped matters much. The curb is […]

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Rothstein’s Hardware Finally Moves Out of 56 Clinton Street Ahead of 7-Story Development

Last modified April 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

Rothstein’s Hardware is officially gone from its longtime home at 56 Clinton Street. The mom-and-pop had been at this unique address for three decades, but forced to relocate thanks to a new seven-story development in the works. The OG store closed this weekend; henceforth, the business will sell goods from the larger footprint at 106 […]

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