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This Jeep was Parked Beside the 2nd Avenue Explosion Site

Posted March 31, 2015 at 5:18 am

This Jeep was crushed in the aftermath of the explosion on Second Avenue last week. The vehicle was pulled from the debris and relocated a couple blocks south. Sitting on a cordoned-off stretch of pavement, it was on display the past couple days. CDs still in the sun visor, jacket in the trunk, and to-go […]

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Adel Atelier Hair Salon Vacates 96 Orchard Street for Midtown

Posted March 31, 2015 at 5:17 am

Adel Atelier is moving away from Orchard Street after a successful three-year tenancy. We are told that the salon, which collected various accolades and press mentions, will saddle up at the end of the month. Meaning, later today. Reason given for the departure is the need for more space. As such, Adele is relocating to […]

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Specialty Pencil Store ‘CW Pencil Enterprise’ Debuts on Forsyth Street

Posted March 31, 2015 at 5:10 am

Your standard-issue #2 pencil ain’t gonna cut it anymore. Not with a trendy pencil purveyor now slinging graphite on the Lower East Side. CW Pencil Enterprise – a small business founded by one Caroline Weaver in November 2014 – debuted earlier this month at 100a Forsyth Street. The CW brick-and-mortar boutique store is stocked with […]

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Recap: Hanksy Transforms Chase Bank for ‘Best of the Worst’

Posted March 30, 2015 at 10:02 am

For one night, the former Chase Bank on Delancey was an (alternative) art industry hotspot. Pun master Hanksy transformed the 12,000 square-foot commercial space into a carnival-esque show dubbed “Best of the Worst.” To use the word gallery as description would be a misnomer. Indeed, the soirée felt more like a high school rec-room party, […]

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Samy Mahfar was Issued Violations for Illegal ‘Gas Tapping’ at 22 Spring Street

Posted March 30, 2015 at 9:20 am

Of all the SMA Equities properties netting negative news lately, 22 Spring Street hasn’t even appeared as a blip on the proverbial radar. Until now, at least. The Little Italy tenement (near Elizabeth) is a recent acquisition, purchased by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar in October of last year for $8.5 million. It’s the same old […]

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Today in LES History: Helicopter Pioneer Igor Sikorsky Immigrates to the Neighborhood

Posted March 30, 2015 at 8:10 am

On this day in… 1919 – 30-year old, Russian-born aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky immigrated to the Lower East Side, where he taught fellow émigrés mathematics. Sikorsky designed the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft and the first airliner, as well as America’s first practical helicopter, utilizing a rotor configuration design still used today. Today in LES […]

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Ace Hotel Hit with Stop-Work Order for Conversion at 225 Bowery

Posted March 30, 2015 at 5:13 am

Let the renovations begin. Onsite work is intensifying at 223-225 Bowery where demolition contractors have been busy carting out debris amidst conversion to an Ace Hotel. This interior gut job of late is also joined by the hoisting of materials via flatbed cranes. As part of the new Ace Hotel project, property owners Omnia Group and […]

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How You Can Help Mariann Marlowe Rebuild Enz’s Rockabilly Store in the Wake of the 2nd Avenue Explosion

Posted March 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

We are all still reeling from last Thursday’s gas explosion in the East Village, which destroyed three buildings and devastated the neighborhood. Many favorite businesses are no longer there, and those still standing are trying their best to keep it that way. Enz’s Rockabilly store at 125 Second Avenue is located right next door to […]

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EMM Aborts Finale on the Bowery, Tao is Taking Over

Posted March 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

EMM Group washed its hands of the Bowery last week. But something bigger is on the way. Lower Eastpacking all the way. After three years of public deception, lawsuits, static from the State Liquor Authority, and non-stop quality of life issues for residents and neighbors alike, Finale and its EMM Group overlords are out. Rumors […]

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