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Sinking Sidewalk on Orchard Street a Continual Threat; This is How the City Reacts

Posted July 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

How deep must this corner pit sink before the city starts paying attention? For months, the sidewalk at Orchard and Delancey has been gradually dipping below street level. Torrential downpours and excessive heat certainly exacerbate the situation. Our last depth measurement came in at five inches, and by all accounts, a liability waiting to collect. […]

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Three Points and Ludlow Inn Begin Renovations Down at 1 Ludlow Street

Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:10 am

Months of silence on the ground level of 1 Ludlow Street recently concluded. The incoming bar-restaurant-speakeasy concept – dubbed Three Points and Ludlow Inn respectively – is now amidst full throttle renovations. Build-out has been underway the last few weeks behind closed doors. But now it’s headed outside; as of yesterday, a new sidewalk enclosure is affixed […]

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Looks Like Little Muenster is Closing Its Grilled Cheese Spot on Stanton Street

Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:07 am

While one grilled cheese joint begins business on Allen Street, another is sunsetting. Little Muenster is seemingly in the twilight of its tenure at 100 Stanton Street. Melted fortune, if you will. That much is clear by Misrahi’s tombstone signage sitting above the entryway. We reached out to the Little Muenster team for more information, but […]

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Abe’s Antiques on Stanton Street is a Set for ABC’s ‘Forever’

Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:03 am

Don’t get your hopes up; that’s not a real antiques store at the northeast corner of Suffolk and Stanton Streets. We’re told that Abe’s Antiques is simply masquerading as a retail setting for the upcoming ABC television series Forever. Apparently the filming crews will return to number 154 later this week to capture more scenes. For […]

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The Max Fish Cigarette Makes a Comeback, But Not in the Way You Think

Posted July 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

The iconic Max Fish marquee cigarette is most certainly making a comeback, as previously reported. But probably not in the way you think. In the Orchard Street reboot, the illuminated ornament now resides on the wall beside the entrance. With some glittery accompaniment. Placing the twenty-five-year-old piece indoors makes sense, though. Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus […]

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Lady of Grand’s Pick: 40 Years of Eileen’s Special Cheesecake [VIDEO]

Posted July 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake came from “very humble beginnings.”  Eileen’s mother passed away from breast cancer at age 49 and left her the recipe for this special dessert.  She then started making the dessert alone to help her through the mourning process. The very first customer was a deli in Queens.  17 Cleveland Place was no-man’s land […]

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Slumlord Steve Croman Under Investigation by State Attorney General

Last modified July 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm

It’s a victory (of sorts) for all tenants under the thumb of landlord harassment. Controversial slumlord Steve Croman and his posse are under investigation for illegal tactics in their portfolio of properties. It’s the same old story around the Lower East Side – boot the longtimers and convert to luxury. The Daily News had the […]

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‘Balvanera’ Opens at 152 Stanton Street Tomorrow Night

Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

With Azul Bistro now a footnote in the local history books, Balvanera is taking the torch of Argentinean cuisine at 152 Stanton Street. Paper curtains were summarily deposed from the windows of 152 Stanton last night. Balvanera – named for the neighborhood in Buenos Aires – is nearly there. We walked by the restaurant yesterday, and […]

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Waka Waka Arcade Incubator Opens on Clinton Street with ‘Killer Queen’ Game

Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:04 am

Our Muppet hero Fozzi Bear would likely get behind the latest retail occupant at 26 Clinton Street. As previously reported, Waka Waka is now open, and bringing with it a unique arcade-type experience to this address. But the concept is actually geared toward game developers. The centerpiece display in the otherwise empty store is “Killer […]

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