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LES Stalwart ‘Classic Coffee Shop’ Temporarily Closes for Renovations

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:13 am

Well, this certainly isn’t the best way to start the day. The Classic Coffee Shop on Hester Street, the authentic luncheonette mainstay in the neighborhood for decades, is currently closed for renovations. Temporarily, though. This, according to a computer printout pasted to the shuttered gate. Despite the unease – these renovation notices are oftentimes a […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall Whitewashed for Logan Hicks Artwork Next Week

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:10 am

The Bowery Graffiti Wall is primed for its next act. Out came the whitewashers this week, painting over the remains of Futura’s ten-month-old mural. The one-story enclosure – the original concrete slab still sits intact with Os Gemeos art – is now a blank canvas for stencil artist Logan Hicks. There is also a portable […]

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City Seeks Proposals to Convert Allen Mall Bathhouse into Food Stand

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:09 am

Now’s your chance to convert an old Lower East Side shithouse into a food stand. That’s right; the city officially began its Request for Proposals (“RFP”) process last week in order to redevelop the relic bathhouse situated in the Allen Street Mall. The decades-old structure – constructed in the 1930s as a bathroom for riders […]

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As Development Heats Up, Landmarked Lower East Side Historic District Isn’t Any Closer to Happening

Posted July 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

With the city’s so-called “backlog” initiative firmly in the rearview, it’s time to refocus. You’ll recall that several local grassroots preservationists continue the battle to protect an historically-significant swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of area groups is pushing […]

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A Tribute Mural of Keith Haring was Just Painted on Kenmare Street

Posted July 21, 2016 at 5:19 am

Keith Haring’s likeness is now emblazoned on a Little Italy corner. L’asso Pizza, long a champion of street art on its corner walls, hired several artists last week to redecorate the premises. On the Kenmare Street facade, it’s Mr. Haring in black and white, accompanied by his trademark “radiant” characters, that receive the mural treatment. […]

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Rivington House Activists Reject Mayor’s Proposed Compensation, Demand ‘Care not Condos’

Posted July 21, 2016 at 5:12 am

Grassroots group, Neighbors to Save Rivington House, released the following press release this week in response to the Department of Investigation findings over the Rivington House debacle. The organization is led by Kathleen Webster, who is also part of the Sara D. Roosevelt Coalition. From the mailbag: Neighbors To Save Rivington House is grateful to […]

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With ‘Li-Li’s’ Bar Donezo, Vegan Fashion Brand ‘Vaute NYC’ Moves to 114 Stanton Street

Posted July 21, 2016 at 5:06 am

As nightlife dries up on part of Stanton Street, fashion takes hold. Li-Li’s deubted at 112 Stanton Street back in December. It wasn’t really on anyone’s radar, which is probably why it’s now down for the count. This so-called restaurant dedicated to French fusion fare hasn’t been open for consecutive months. The security gates firmly in […]

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Your First Peek Inside ‘Little Canal’ Soon to Open at 26 Canal Street

Posted July 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Take a peek. That there is the interior of the newest Chinatown eatery, Little Canal. Under construction for seven months already, paper window treatments had obscured its identity until now. And judging by the progress within, a grand opening at 26 Canal Street can’t be too far off. As previously reported, local photographer Jereme Barnas […]

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New Traffic Signal and Crossing Unveiled in Dangerous Intersection of South Street at Clinton

Posted July 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

Another treacherous waterfront intersection is soon to be safer. Last week, the Department of Transportation finally installed a traffic signal and protected crosswalk where South Street meets Clinton Street. The light is not yet active, though. A garbage bag covers the unit for the time being. The new traffic configuration is part of the overall […]

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