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Spying the Street Art Inside the New TAO-Chris Santos ‘Vandal’ Project on the Bowery

Posted December 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

This co-opting of street art to sell gentrification and upscale living is out of control. It’s clear the show is over when clueless institutions like the Hotel Indigo hire “artists in residence”; or real estate nimrods plan insensitive parties in the South Bronx with graffiti and bullet-riddles vehicles front-and-center; or when nightlife bigwigs at the […]

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Brooklyn’s Brunswick Cafe Shutters Clinton Street Location

Posted December 1, 2015 at 5:12 am

First Rosella, then Brunswick; both failures within two years on Clinton Street. Bluebird principal Alex Hall, who’s also behind both Java joints, is done with 23 Clinton Street. His latest cafe concept – Brooklyn import Brunswick – failed to gain traction with the Lower East Side community. The establishment is now officially closed after barely […]

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Disgraced Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Convicted on All Corruption Charges

Posted December 1, 2015 at 5:10 am

Disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, hailing from the Grand Street political block of the Lower East Side, was found guilty yesterday in the ongoing federal corruption trial. The jury convicted the crooked 71-year-old politician on seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. He’s now forced to forfeit his seat in the […]

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Yep Tour, a Textbook Case of Illegal Chinatown Bus Operations

Posted November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

Yep Tour illegally operates a Chinatown bus route out of the Lower East Side. We’ve seen this before. As previously disclosed, the company does carry a permit with the Department of Transportation, but it was issued with the Brooklyn location in mind (6010 8th Avenue). Their egregious actions around the neighborhood are rarely in check […]

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100 Gates Project Reaches 75% Completion Milestone on the Lower East Side

Posted November 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

​The widely-lauded 100 Gates Project on the Lower East Side is nearing its namesake goal. In fact, the pace of painting is picking up. The skinny: the 100 Gates Project just crossed the 75% mark. We’re told that more than 75 roll-down gates have been sheathed in murals since the campaign began last summer. Moreover, […]

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Pinche Taqueria Quits Noho Location After 3-Year Stint

Posted November 30, 2015 at 5:18 am

​No mas. The last Pinche Taqueria – which, at its height boasted three taco stands – is through for the night. Curtains. Its final day of service at 333 Lafayette Street – the largest locale – was a couple weeks ago, thanks to a purported rent hike. Meanwhile, brokers from Winick didn’t waste any time […]

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Vic’s Pizza Closing Tonight After 45 Years on Essex Street; Luxury Living Coming Soon

Posted November 30, 2015 at 5:12 am

Vic’s Pizza follows the lead of Flowers Cafe and will serve its last slice tonight (8pm) after more four decades on the Lower East Side. That’s two mom-and-pops shoved aside yet again, all in the name of that gold rush mentality. Both closures were expected, though, with plans of demolition and replacement revealed last spring. […]

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Kapowski’s by Moscow 57 Goes Dark After Only 2 Months on Delancey Street

Posted November 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

Kapowski’s went kapow last week. 168 Delancey Street is now dormant. Owner Ellen Kaye had teamed up with Barramundi principal Tony Powe back in the summertime to reinvent the concept. They brought in chef Nikita Ponomarev to help with the “Russian and Central Asian small plate” menu. The brief reinvention owed itself to the seven […]

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November 2015

Permits Filed for 12-Story Tumor Atop Provident Loan Society Building East Houston Street

Posted November 30, 2015 at 4:45 am

Here it comes. The Provident Loan Society building on East Houston Street is one step closer to sprouting a twelve-story (120-foot) tumor. Owners Elsa and Dunnie Lai together filed paperwork for the $15 million project with the Department of Buildings ten days ago. As previously reported, plans call for a 41,000 square-foot transformation of the un-protected Provident Loan […]

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