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Queens Creep Arrested for Attempted Rape on Stanton Street Last Week

Last modified July 25, 2016 at 7:34 am

Over the weekend, a Queens man was arrested for attempting to rape a 21-year-old woman who had passed out on a Stanton Street sidewalk last week. Sean Walker, 45, was collared by police in the 9th Precinct Friday morning, shortly after surveillance images were released to the public. Someone recognized him and alerted the authorities. The […]

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Balconies Painted Black as Lands End I Begins Metamorphosis to Luxe ‘275 South’

Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:18 am

The building formerly known as Lands End I is undergoing transformation before our very eyes. Rebranded earlier this spring as 275 South, the residential complex on the Lower East Side waterfront is turning to the dark side, so to speak. Take a look – a fraction of the south-facing balconies are now painted black. More […]

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Reader Report: 151-153 Ludlow Changes Hands, Fate of Stores Hangs in the Balance

Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:11 am

We spoke too soon. Local fans of free art might be sad to learn that the Inutlious Retailer won’t survive the summer. The fundraiser kickstarted earlier this month to help will rent was for naught. British photographer Adrian Wilson, the shop’s owner, explained in an email that his lease on 151 Ludlow Street terminates on […]

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The 2-Story Building that Replaced Billy’s Antiques is Finally Revealed

Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

Billy’s Antiques is now trumped by this new two-story brick building. Under construction for more than two years – plus the legal proceedings regarding six inches of real estate – the new 76 East Houston Street is finally ready for the public eye. The commercial-only building, composed completely of brick and with arched windows, was […]

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LES Stalwart ‘Classic Coffee Shop’ Temporarily Closes for Renovations

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:13 am

Well, this certainly isn’t the best way to start the day. The Classic Coffee Shop on Hester Street, the authentic luncheonette mainstay in the neighborhood for decades, is currently closed for renovations. Temporarily, though. This, according to a computer printout pasted to the shuttered gate. Despite the unease – these renovation notices are oftentimes a […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall Whitewashed for Logan Hicks Artwork Next Week

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:10 am

The Bowery Graffiti Wall is primed for its next act. Out came the whitewashers this week, painting over the remains of Futura’s ten-month-old mural. The one-story enclosure – the original concrete slab still sits intact with Os Gemeos art – is now a blank canvas for stencil artist Logan Hicks. There is also a portable […]

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City Seeks Proposals to Convert Allen Mall Bathhouse into Food Stand

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:09 am

Now’s your chance to convert an old Lower East Side shithouse into a food stand. That’s right; the city officially began its Request for Proposals (“RFP”) process last week in order to redevelop the relic bathhouse situated in the Allen Street Mall. The decades-old structure – constructed in the 1930s as a bathroom for riders […]

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Noho’s ‘Peace Pentagon’ Boxed up, Ready for Demolition

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Noho’s activist spirit is dead. Gone by way of luxury. The Peace Pentagon is about to follow. Demolition is nigh. Its longtime sidewalk bridge, a mainstay for several years, was deposed this week, yet quickly replaced. The borderline-unstable property is being boxed up in plywood as we speak. As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute […]

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As Development Heats Up, Landmarked Lower East Side Historic District Isn’t Any Closer to Happening

Posted July 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

With the city’s so-called “backlog” initiative firmly in the rearview, it’s time to refocus. You’ll recall that several local grassroots preservationists continue the battle to protect an historically-significant swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of area groups is pushing […]

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