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When Love is Found in the Halls of Community Board 3

Posted November 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

​They found love in a hopeless place. Community Board 3, that is. The Villager reports this week that former member Carlina Rivera, Legislative Director for Rosie Mendez and sitting member James Rogers, owner of LES vet Pushcart Coffee, just got hitched. Apparently the couple honeymooned in Turks and Caicos. In the weekly roundup, Scoopy also […]



LES Holiday Pop-Up Shop on Grand Street will Feature Local Artists and Designers

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:18 am

The holidays are here! Yes, already. Anyway, to kick off the season of festivities, LES Pop-Up is bringing an “LES Holiday Pop-Up Shop” to the neighborhood. Its niche lies in products created and designed by local artists and designers; the intention is to serve and support the community while sustaining artists and creative folk in the immediate area. Additionally, said […]

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Under Fire, Gerber Group Responds to Criticism over ‘Mr. Purple’ in the Hotel Indigo [UPDATED]

Last modified November 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

​Under fire for naming its trendy rooftop hang after the late Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie), Gerber Group is certainly on a defensive footing at the Hotel Indigo. And it only just opened. Pretty much everyone in the community is calling them out on Mr. Purple. So much so, that it requires an official response […]

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Aborted Comeback: Subway Franchise Officially Closes on Essex Street

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:10 am

​So much for a comeback. Barely three months after Subway returned from a debilitating flood, its Essex Street sandwich shop is donezo. A short-lived recovery, to say the least. Marquee signage was pried from the facade last week and leasing info propped in the windows. It’s not entirely surprising that the second coming of Subway […]

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Spying the Expanded Dining Room of Clinton Street Baking Company Ahead of its Imminent Opening

Posted November 24, 2015 at 10:35 am

Clinton Street Baking Company is almost there. Debut of its new expansion is just around the corner. Literally and figuratively. The corner storefront at East Houston – formerly occupied by Min’s Market – has been officially branded, rounded, painted red, and accented with corrugated siding, further evoking that classic diner vibe. Dedicated menu boards are […]

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VolaVida Gallery Relocates to Partner with Avant Garde at 319 Grand Street

Posted November 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

VolaVida Gallery was down but apparently not out. The nascent street art showroom relocated to our neck of the woods from Alphabet City after some internal drama. Specifically, to the Pink Building at the corner of Grand and Orchard Streets. We are told that VolaVida just joined forces with the Avant Garde vape gallery/lounge, to share […]

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Pedestrian Struck by M22 Bus in Madison Street Crosswalk Yesterday

Posted November 24, 2015 at 5:18 am

A week after dozens of Lower East Siders vented frustrations with MTA bus service during a town hall, one of its drivers struck a 64-year-old pedestrian yesterday morning at the intersection of Madison and Jackson Streets. The unidentified victim was reportedly crossing southward when an M22 bus struck, and pinned him for an extended period of […]

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The Lower East Side Receives Its First BitCoin ATM in Delancey Street Bodega

Posted November 24, 2015 at 5:12 am

In which the Lower East Side receives its first official BitCoin dispenser. CoinSource, a leader in BitCoin ATMs (“BTM”), unveiled the first neighborhood machine yesterday inside 61 Delancey Street. The technology sits among the grocery shelving at the N&N Delancey Smoke Shop. From a recent press release that claims the LES as New York’s “trendiest neighborhood”: […]

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Steve Croman’s Threefold Increase in Rent Forces ‘BarBossa’ from Elizabeth Street After More than a Decade in Business

Posted November 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

For BarBossa, the end is here. That’s all she wrote. The longtime Brazilian-ish restaurant terminated its Little Italy presence after dinner service Sunday evening. Thus caps a dirty dozen years at 232 Elizabeth Street. A letter to the community is taped to the front door thanks the community for its patronage: Sunday, November 22 will […]

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