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Empanada Mama Reopening Soon at Larger 95 Allen Street Location

Posted September 3, 2015 at 5:14 am

Empanada Mama is nearing the finish line down at 95 Allen Street. For the last five months, owner Socrates Nanas has been converting the dual storefronts previously occupied by Sorella (and Stellina). Debut was originally slated for June, so it’s now running some three months behind schedule. The two rooms are starting to come together, […]

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Baked by Melissa Just Quietly Opened a New SoHo Kiosk on Spring Street

Posted September 3, 2015 at 5:12 am

Without much fanfare, mini-cupcake empire Baked by Melissa just re-established itself in SoHo. The new neighborhood outpost debuted Monday afternoon at 63 Spring Street (aka 234 Lafayette), an address that’s seen quite an upheaval in the last year. This kiosk takes the torch from the OG location a few blocks westward, which closed last summer due […]

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Work Resumes in Basement of Embattled 210 Bowery

Posted September 3, 2015 at 5:11 am

Work has resumed at 210 Bowery, where a collapsed cellar wall last month destabilized the entire building, prompting emergency action by the city. Well, at least a slight resumption. It appears the Department of Buildings partially rescinded the full stop-work order that was in place since August 4. According to the paperwork, contractors are only […]

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Strung-Up Mutant Rats Likely an Attempt to Call Attention to NYCHA Infestation

Posted September 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

Monday morning, we posted a rather gruesome image of three rat carcasses strung from scaffolding outside the Baruch Houses. In fact, these were some of the biggest rats we’ve ever seen. The violent display, while gagworthy, was seemingly out of nowhere, and without context. A mystery on the FDR. Until now. The rat adornment was apparently […]

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145 Ludlow Street Shows Itself After 2 Years Under Wraps

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

With cranes, utility vehicles, pockmarked roads, and heavy clanking noise, Hell Square truly is living up to its name. Luckily, however, each of the foot-dragging developments in the vicinity are finally starting to wrap construction. Notably the Orchard Hell Building (i.e. Hotel Indigo) and, as of this week, the long-forgotten 145 Ludlow Street. You’ll recall that […]

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‘LESpace’ Pop-Up Incubator at Los Perros Locos is Donezo

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

It was exactly a year ago that Alex Mitow pulled the plug on the short-lived Los Perros Locos at 201 Allen Street. In the wake of this Colombian hot dog joint, the former proprietor instead transformed the store into “LESpace” – a food-based incubator space for pop-ups, chefs, etc. LESpace made the biggest splash with Polpo […]

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‘Delicious Deli’ Announces Itself as Newest Bodega on Eldridge Street

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:06 am

Here’s another case of loose infringement on the Lower East Side. While not quite the level of filching Mario for a pizza joint, the forthcoming Delicious Deli on Eldridge Street seems to lean a bit on the corporate competition for name recognition. That would be Dunkin Donuts. Nevertheless, the Delicious Deli is coming down the […]

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Notes from CB3: Arlene’s Grocery Renewed, Damion Luaiye Approved

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

The SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 met last night for the second time in as many weeks. A scheduling choice that left little time for recuperation. Nevertheless, applicants, board members, and media stocked the chairs for another night of dueling. The meeting itself was a bit more subdued than most, but still an all-night […]

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Preservationists Blast City Council for ‘Anti-Landmarking’ Bill

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Preservationists, mount up. The City Council is currently mulling over a bill that could have profound negative effects on the character of the city’s great architecture. “Intro 775,” as the legislation is called, essentially establishes “do or die” deadlines for landmark designations. Basically saying that, if certain timing parameters are not met, then historic sites […]

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