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Richard Gere Returns to the Lower East Side Today as a Homeless Man for ‘Time Out of Mind’

Posted April 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

Once again, the feature film Time Out of Mind will be filming in the neighborhood today. Richard Gere will likely be around to reprise his role as a homeless dude. Shooting will predominantly transpire in the immediate vicinity of the Essex Market. Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a homeless New Yorker who tries to reconnect with […]

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‘Party Monster’ Michael Alig Will be Released from Prison on May 5

Posted April 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

Back in January, it was the New York Post that reported notorious 90s club kid Michael Alig – convicted in the murder and dismemberment of drug dealer Angel Melendez – would be paroled very soon. Turns out that might happen as soon as early next month. Alig’s friend, and nightlife maven in his own right, Steve […]

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Russ & Daughters Neon Lights Debut at Orchard Street Cafe Space

Posted April 17, 2014 at 6:07 am

Since it’s arguably the best neon sign around these parts, many in the neighborhood had been patiently awaiting the arrival of another Russ & Daughters sign to light up the Lower East Side. That moment arrived a couple days ago at 127 Orchard Street where the new sixty-five-seat cafe is slated to debut in the […]

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Catch What’s Left of Motor City Bar on Ludlow Street Before It’s Replaced

Last modified April 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

The dearly departed Motor City Bar shuffled off this mortal coil on the final day of June last summer. It was an epic sendoff party that lasted a week, and included plenty of cheap beer and live music. A good portion of the space was stripped immediately after the demise, but silence quickly took hold […]

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EMM Group Cops $25K Plea Deal with SLA Regarding Numerous Violations at 199 Bowery

Posted April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

Mark Birnbaum had much to celebrate when a Finale customer ordered 200 bottles of champagne last weekend. Yet it wasn’t only that the single tab netted at least $60,000; he might actually get away scot free with a slap on the wrist. EMM Group will now pay the piper a fraction of that amount in […]

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Sean MacPherson’s Ludlow Hotel to Offer ‘Rockstar’ Suite and ‘Skybox Loft’

Last modified April 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Now in its final lap, the BD Hotels crew is starting to drip even more details about its latest Ludlow Hotel project. The Ludlow. Most of what we knew about this place until now focused on the incoming restaurant – the latest from the Torrisi team called Dirty French, which opens this summer and will […]

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10 Questions with Indie Outfit Detective Agency [INTERVIEW]

Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

Sometimes when you start a detective agency, a band is born. That’s about all you can dig up on the Seattle garage-pop foursome, Detective Agency. If that isn’t a testament to their sleuthing skillz, we don’t know what is. What we do know is they are cracking the musical code with super upbeat, gritty oldie-sounding […]

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In Which Biggie Stands Guard on Monroe Street

Last modified April 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

If you walk eastward on Monroe Street near the Manhattan Bridge, you’ll see it. A 22′ x 16′ banner billboard with an eye-grabbing photo of the Notorious B.I.G. with Twin Towers in the background. The image – shot by Chi Modu – was installed back in November as part of the ongoing “Uncategorized” street campaign […]

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Flowers on Essex Opens Stall Inside Essex Market

Posted April 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

We’ve said it before. Retail changes in the Essex Street Market are akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Despite the wishes of some in the community, the Essex Crossing project decided to construct a new (much larger) facility across the street, which will happen sometime in the next couple years. Anyway. A […]

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