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Local Pols Respond to Steve Croman’s Deplorable Tenant Harassment Tactics

Posted August 1, 2014 at 6:09 am

Last week, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched a probe into the “potentially illegal tactics used by landlord Steven Croman, 47, to force rent-stabilized tenants out of their valuable apartments.” They’re looking into possible violations of both city and state statutes. In response to the far-reaching tenant harassment, local politicians naturally added their two cents to […]

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Classic El Sombrero Signage Probably Won’t Return to the Exterior of 108 Stanton Street

Posted August 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

Hate to burst the bubble, but the wonderfully classic El Sombrero signage will not return to the exterior of 108 Stanton Street when the reboot launches. The marquee is now a rustic wood flavor with evenly-spaced lighting. Before you reach for that tissue, though, take comfort in the knowledge that the faded relic hasn’t altogether […]

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Modern Fashion & Style Quits Orchard Street for Good

Posted August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

The stock of leather vendors on Orchard Street continues to freefall. Four months after Daniel’s Leather shuttered and relocated to Jersey, Modern Fashion & Style decided to call it quits. The store has been closed for over a month, its awning fabric cut out (usually the telltale sign). Not completely surprising, though. The retail unit […]

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205 Club on Chrystie Street Relaunches Under Ownership of Nolita House Vets

Posted August 1, 2014 at 5:32 am

Earlier this year, we broke news that the Rochelle’s team on Chrystie Street (aka 19 Stanton) was in financial straits. Fast forward six months; half its business is now under new ownership. 205 Club, a name that’s gone through so many friggin’ iterations the last decade, is now helmed by veterans of the recently-departed Nolita […]

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Reader Report: Gas Leak Detected on East Houston Yesterday

Posted July 31, 2014 at 10:10 am

The smell of gas in the air was quite pungent on East Houston yesterday evening. Emergency Con Edison crews and firefighters were busy in and around the corner of Eldridge Street. One resident theorized that the purported leakage was probably related to the constant construction in the vicinity. No word yet on the cause of […]

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M’Finda Kalunga Garden to Host Prison Art Pop-Up Show

Posted July 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

The confines of M’Finda Kalunga Garden is transforming into a pop-up gallery to display the works of local artists. In particular, formerly and currently incarcerated artists. Yup. Fury Young is spearheading the event;  he has literally sowed seeds there as a child, and is now planting further roots in the garden through local activism and art. From the mailbag: […]

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FC Bayern Munich Hosting Happy Hour at Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery

Last modified July 31, 2014 at 8:23 am

If World Cup withdrawal has gotten the best of you, there’s plenty of upcoming soccer action happening in the city to get you through the dry spell. Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery is holding an extended happy hour on August 1, to host the Bundesliga’s very own FC Bayern, following tonight’s match as part of […]

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‘SHNY’ on Suffolk Street Morphs Into New Cafe Called ‘Mr. Rapidan’

Last modified July 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

Some five months into its tenure at 116 Suffolk Street, Spreadhouse is changing its tune. Or should we say, taste. The short-lived SHNY “creative space” is no more, instead having morphed into a new cafe concept called “Mr. Rapidan.” The changeover was swift, happening just last week. Apparently Mr. Rapidan is pulling double duty, acting as […]

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Michael Shah’s Controversial Liquor License for Rochelle’s Renewed Without Community Input

Posted July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

The liquor license of Leave Rochelle Out of It is set to expire after today. Or so we thought. The license was mysteriously renewed without first appearing before Community Board 3 for input. As such, our research shows that Matt Levine remains listed as co-licensor for a business in which he has no ownership. Indeed, […]

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