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5 Arrested in Connection to the Fatal Second Avenue Explosion, Including Landlord [UPDATED]

Last modified February 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Justice is coming. Nearly a year later, the city is finally charging those responsible in the deadly Second Avenue Explosion last March. Five people were arrested this week in connection with the blast – building owners Maria Hrynenko and her son, Michael, plumber Jerry Inonandis, and general contractor Dilber Kukic are each charged with second degree […]

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Extell’s 80-Story Behemoth on South Street Ascends Past Plywood Threshold

Posted February 11, 2016 at 9:28 am

​Down at the Extell waterfront site – aka One Manhattan Square – the first real sign of doom is now visible. Supports have just crossed the plywood threshold. Indeed, the pile-driving ceased and superstructure construction is no longer relegated to the depths of the pit. We now see the beginning of the end. The building currently boasts […]

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Germania Bank Building Shows off New Windows on the Bowery

Posted February 11, 2016 at 5:19 am

​The Germania Bank Building is another leap closer to its sanitized vision. Most of the progress at 190 Bowery is hidden behind construction materials. Until this week, when half its scaffolding was carted away. It took some three months, but all the replacement window glass is now in place. Down on street level – the Spring […]

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After 16 Months, Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street Wants to Cash Out

Last modified February 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Sixteen months after debut, the Lower East Side outpost of Galli Restaurant is apparently on the rocks. Just like Rouge Wine Bar down the block. Proprietor Michael Forrest, the Board Chair of the Lower East Side Partnership (nee BID) who also happens to own 98 Rivington Street, just placed the space on the open market. Listings to […]

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‘Peace Pentagon’ Stores on Lafayette Street Vacated Ahead of Demolition and Redevelopment 

Posted February 11, 2016 at 5:12 am

Earlier this month, the historic Peace Pentagon on Lafayette Street was given its final marching orders. Namely, that all ground-level stores must vacate by the end of the month. Just like that, a handful of small businesses are forced out. Blame multi-millionaire real estate baron Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty), who purchased the long-troubled property […]

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CB3 Supports Co-Naming Broome Street Block for Former President of Kehila Kedosha Janina

Posted February 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

Forever deemed the smelliest block in all of Manhattan, the northwest corner of Broome and Allen Streets is getting a makeover. In name only. Gears are now in motion to bestow a more palatable designation. One that is way more honorable – street co-naming for a former pillar of the community. That’s right, “Hy Genee […]

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Happn is the Swipe-Right of Dating Apps

Last modified February 11, 2016 at 8:32 am

You took the F train to 2nd Avenue and came across the match of your dreams. For a fleeting moment you considered saying something, but couldn’t choose the words. Later that evening, you’re kicking yourself for doing nothing. Now Happn is there to help. Rather than swiping forever on Tinder or perusing your local Craigslist […]

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Chelsea’s Danziger Gallery Relocates to LES, Takes Over from Christian Berst on Rivington Street

Posted February 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

Barely a year after its October 2014 debut, the Christian Berst Art Brut gallery on Rivington Street is gone. It threw in the proverbial towel just before the new year. The Compass brokerage banner briefly sat in the window as tombstone. The commercial unit – 2,200 square-feet across five rooms – was officially listed at […]

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In Which an LES Dollar Store Becomes Host to ‘Bookshop’ for Badlands Unlimited

Posted February 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

The non-descript Y.P. dollar store on Rutgers Street is what you might expect. A below-grade discount shop that stocks all the usual Chinatown essentials, from toiletries to secrond-rate electronic components. And, as of last week, books from publisher Badlands Unlimited. Mr. and Mrs. Yu have operated Y.P. for years. It’s a reliable standby on the […]

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