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Juice Craze Hits Seward Park with ‘Juicery New York’ at 15 Essex

Posted August 27, 2014 at 6:05 am

The over-priced juice craze is spreading like wildfire across the city. Brands like Juice Press and Liquiteria are making huge strides in the retail game. Kinda like what fro-yo was a few years ago. Anyway. Two months after we first reported on its arrival, Juicery New York is now serving its namesake products in Seward […]

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Sunshine Hotel on the Bowery is Downsizing for Commercial Loft Conversion

Posted August 27, 2014 at 6:03 am

The Sunshine Hotel, one if the last operational flophouses on the Bowery, is downsizing. The SRO, which straddles three contiguous buildings near Stanton Street, will lose a third of its footprint to office space. Looks like Sunshine owner Roseann Carone finally got her wish to liquidate 241 Bowery. Six years ago the Department of Housing […]

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Brannon’s on Essex Closes for ‘Renovations’ After 10 Months

Posted August 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

Another potential loss for Essex Street. The writing is on the wall door. Comfort eatery Brannon’s at 119 Essex is now closed for the requisite “renovations.” To those following at home, that excuse oftentimes translates to death watch. The branded social media arm is quiet, and emails to owner Ron Brannon have gone unanswered. Brannon’s opened […]

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That Time Robin Williams Frequented Kim’s Video in 2001 [PHOTOS]

Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:22 am

Two tragedies of August 2014 – Robin Williams and Kim’s Video. Last night, the last iteration of the once-dominant Kim’s Video & Music empire shuttered for good. The asking rent on the store – located at 124 First Avenue – was jacked to $16,500. With this imminent closure in mind, as well as the stunning […]

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Muralist Maya Hayuk Sues Sara Bareilles and Coach for Copyright Infringement

Posted August 26, 2014 at 6:09 am

Pretty much everyone snaps photos of the Bowery graffiti wall. That’s a given. Not just newlyweds or OMG girls, either. Even multi platinum pop stars and fashion brands, who then exploit the imagery for commercial gain and get sued as a result. Yes, Sara Bareilles (and her label Sony/Epic) and Coach are the offending parties, […]

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Two Bit’s Retro Arcade on Essex Street Abruptly Closes for ‘Maintenance’

Posted August 26, 2014 at 6:03 am

It’s a sad day of purgatory for local gamers. All signs point to game over for Two Bit’s Retro Arcade at 153 Essex Street, but nothing is yet confirmed. Instead we’re left with a room full of cabinets and a window to tease. Roughly one week ago, the establishment closed with a handwritten note on the door […]

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135 Bowery Replacement Shows Off Its Shiny New Brickwork

Posted August 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Herewith, an update on that new construction that replaced the Federal-style rowhouse at 135 Bowery. The property is three years in the making, with construction having kickstarted roughly eight months ago after a lengthy holding pattern. Whatever might have remained of the original structure is no longer recognizable, if even there at all. Instead, we now […]

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Sixth Ward on Orchard Street Operates an Illegal Rear Yard, Neighbors Allege

Last modified August 26, 2014 at 8:12 am

Hair of the Dog might be considered one of the worst operators in Hell Square, but it’s neck-in-neck with the Sixth Ward up the street at 191 Orchard Street. Those are seemingly the sentiments of many residents living within earshot of the bar. At issue with the seven-year-old establishment is its 90-seat beer garden, which is […]

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The Visual Legacy of Legendary Lower East Side Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff [PHOTOS]

Posted August 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Lower East Side lost one of its most vibrant chroniclers this past week. Legendary photographer Rebecca Lepkoff passed away on August 17, a mere thirteen days after turning 98. Growing up at 60 Hester Street, Lepkoff acquired her first camera with money earned as a modern dancer at the 1939 World’s Fair. She was […]

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