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Anti-Extell Rally Planned This Morning to Oppose Gargantuan 56-Story Tower

Posted April 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

Chinatown and the Lower East Side are basically telling Extell to shove it. Extell chief Gary Barnett sure knows how to generate controversy. His bridge-eclipsing market-rate monolith at 250 South Street has become a lightning-rod issue among locals, who claim the resultant rush of gentrification will destroy the waterfront community. It’s a two-tower development that […]

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NYPD Horse Shit in Hell Square Keeps Piling Up

Posted April 28, 2015 at 5:14 am

Shit outta luck. The past four years, residents of Hell Square (and one block below Delancey) have been categorically dumped on. Quite literally. The mounds of manure from the weekend horse patrols are relentless. It’s a near 100% guarantee that the neighborhood will wake up Saturday and Sunday mornings to a heaping pile. That’s in addition […]

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Essex Crossing is Fed Up with Drivers Illegally Parking in the Closed Parking Lot on Site 1

Posted April 28, 2015 at 5:10 am

It’s Essex Crossing versus drivers who insist the municipal parking lot situated on SPURA Site 1 is a necessity. Responding to the influx of cars capitalizing on “free” spots, the Delancey Street Associates consortium last week installed a chain-link fence across the entrance to the lot. The exit was also left open to allow people […]

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Essex Market Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a Month of Festivities

Posted April 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

The second annual Lower East Side History Month is just a few days away. Yet this year, the celebration coincides nicely with the anniversary of a neighborhood institution. Yes, the Essex Street Market turns 75 years young in May. Certainly a milestone for a brick warehouse initially intended to house the Depression-era pushcarts. Throughout the […]

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Ratner’s on Delancey is Now a CityMD Urgent Care Facility

Posted April 27, 2015 at 9:21 am

From dairy to discount mattresses, and now urgent care, the former Ratner’s restaurant on Delancey Street has surely seen it all. Build-out finally concluded at the end of last week despite a previous stop-work order for dangerous site conditions. As of today, though, CityMD is now ready to serve the neighborhood. It’s the first CityMD […]

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Insomnia Cookies Opens its Orchard Street Dispensary Today

Posted April 27, 2015 at 5:18 am

Late night munchies options in Hell Square have just taken a turn for the sweet. Starting today, Insomnia Cookies will serve baked goods from 164 Orchard Street, previously home to Snack Dragon Taco Shack. The Lower East Side shop appears to allow over-the-counter walk-ins, but the company’s real bread and butter is the delivery service until 3am. […]

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The Southernmost Essex Street Market Building is Completely Demolished [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

The Essex Street Market celebrates its 75th birthday next month, but it will do so without one of its own. Three-quarters of a century later, the southernmost warehouse between Broome and Delancey is now completely gone, thanks to Essex Crossing. An open space to the sky. Here we are, week seven of demolition, and the […]

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Ben Shaoul’s 10-Story Condo Project Installs Demolition Scaffolding at Orchard and East Houston

Posted April 27, 2015 at 5:03 am

It’s fuckin’ happening. Over the weekend, a crew of contractors erected the requisite ironwork at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets, the precursor to demolition. The extent of carnage – and, frankly, size of the development parcel – is now perfectly drawn out. Indeed, the new sidewalk bridge sorta acts as a pseudo […]

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For Punjabi Deli, it's 5 years of roadwork at the doorstep

With Business Declining, Punjabi Grocery & Deli Fights DOT and CB3 for Taxi Relief Stand on East Houston

Last modified April 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

Punjabi Grocery & Deli can’t catch a break. The city, in its infinite wisdom, continues to steamroll the twenty-year-old Lower East Side mainstay. As a lifeblood for cabbies, this small sub-level pit stop has offered refuge since its inception on the block in 1994. The family-owned establishment is open 24 hours, making it an attractive […]

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