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Uncapped: RISE and Shine with an LES Original

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:18 am

Ladies and Gents, featured in this week’s Uncapped is our very own Lower East Sider, RISE. We begin with a bio from his email to your eyes… I first became aware of Graffiti or subway train scribbling with vivid colors and big characters when I was kid (6 or 7 yrs old) growing up in NYC. […]

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AnimalNY Blog is Put to Sleep After 12 Years Online

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:17 am

Notorious rabble-rouser Bucky Turco announced yesterday morning that his stint at Animal New York, the blog he founded twelve years ago, had officially concluded. Its relatively new online overlord – Woven Digital – suddenly decided to pull the plug. Turco insisted to Gawker that the cessation was at the behest of Woven and not his […]

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Aby Rosen Purchased Women’s Shelter on Lafayette Street, Seeks Flagship Retail Tenant

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Last fall, Aby Rosen hit the supermarket sweep, as it were, scooping up several properties across Manhattan for his RFR Realty portfolio. The spree even netted the iconic Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. Another property acquired around the same time was the active homeless women’s shelter at 348 Lafayette Street, purchased for $26 million. That […]

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‘Eye for Art’ Gallery Opens Where Cafe de Nora Failed on Canal Street

Posted July 28, 2015 at 10:27 am

You might say Canal Street now has an eye for art. Most literally. Where the half-baked Cafe de Nora failed, a new art gallery is already up and running. There was a moment where it seemed as though the dining spot would stay, but the writing was on the wall (i.e. extended hiatus without explanation). So, […]

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Hotel Indigo Delays Hell Square Hotel to November 1; Scaffolding Completely Removed

Posted July 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

Milestones galore for the Orchard Hell Building, a development ten years in the making. A public parking garage debuted last week on its backside; and this week, all scaffolding and plywood removed from the project site for the first time since at least 2006. However, Hotel Indigo delayed its grand opening yet again. This time, […]

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Ugly Joie de Vivre Hotel at 50 Bowery Ascends to 20 Stories

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:19 am

The Grand Old Bank on the Bowery (i.e. the HSBC) is less so, trumped by Peter Poon’s ego. That new Joie de Vivre hotel rising at 50 Bowery is growing like a weed, having already ascended to a level of twenty stories (basically doubled its height in a month). The concrete superstructure is now visible […]

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Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ is Months Delayed, but Expected Soon

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:14 am

The Essex Street Market is still banking on city-implemented infrastructure, albeit temporary, to help solve its foot traffic woes. As previously reported, the Lower East Side BID is working with the Department of Transportation to implement a seasonal Street Seat outside the brick warehouse on Essex and Delancey. And, of course, it’s delayed. Its debut […]

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The ‘Booker and Dax’ Workspace on Eldridge Street is Kaput

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:10 am

Time to put away the beakers and bunsen burners. The Booker and Dax Lower East Side workshop is no more. Three years after its inception, tombstone leasing signage above the entrance confirms the closure. Booker and Dax proprietor Dave Arnold opened the 700 square-foot lab space at 54 Eldridge Street in the summer of 2012. […]

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Drexler’s Takes Over from Ella Lounge on Avenue A

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

The former Ella Lounge on Avenue A is headlong into renovations to become a new drinking den. Despite the dangling neon still in place above the doorway, remodeling has been fierce since late May when build-out began. The narrow bar at 9 Avenue A now belongs to Drexler’s. From what we understand, the 2,500 square-foot […]

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