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2nd Annual Lower East Side History Month is Announced for May

Posted February 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

After a successful maiden voyage last year, the Lower East Side History Month is set to return this May. As before, the goal is to unite a swath of local businesses and organizations in celebrating the neighborhood’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. This year will be anchored by three themes: “LES Heroines,” “Activism and Anarchy in the Lower […]

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Los Feliz Raided by the NYPD Last Night, Closed by Court Order [UPDATED]

Last modified February 26, 2015 at 10:08 am

Perhaps it was the flashpoint story in the New York Post yesterday about grassroots Hell Square activism. Or simply just another day at the office. Either way, controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian can’t be too thrilled this morning. Los Feliz was raided in an undercover op last night. Familiar territory for this club, which has […]

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Heritage Meat and Brooklyn Taco Vacate Essex Market; EDC Blamed for Lack of Foot Traffic

Last modified February 26, 2015 at 9:16 am

The Essex Street Market is reportedly experiencing a steep nosedive. While prospects of a shiny new location within Essex Crossing loom (across Delancey, in fact), businesses currently operating in the trusty old warehouse are suffering from lack of foot traffic. According to recent reports, three vendors have expired since 2015 began. Year-old Essex Flowers closes […]

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Mathieu Palombino’s 2nd Bowery Diner Replacement is French Spot ‘La Gamelle’

Posted February 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

In the Bowery Diner space, a familiar name will soon reappear. Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on Chez Jef last July. The pop-up culinary experiment had been in operation the four months previous. But the space itself at 241 Bowery has been sequestered under plywood for the interim period. The full-blown replacement – a French bistro concept – […]

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Busted Water Main Forces Taquitoria on Ludlow Street to Close

Posted February 26, 2015 at 5:08 am

The year-old Taquitoria at 168 Ludlow Street is out of commission until further notice. Blame the recent spat of tundra temperatures. Apparently a pipe burst in the building last week, causing flooding in the tiny late-night eatery. The handwritten sign in the window serves as announcement. A Facebook post reveals that Taquitoria will remain shuttered until […]

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When Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth Lived on Eldridge Street

Posted February 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

It had been an alt-rock marriage that was meant to last – Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. But it didn’t.

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New York Post Brands LES Dwellers as ‘Party Killers of the Lower East Side’

Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

Whether owner of the rowdy bar or simply the neighbor upstairs, think what you will of the LES Dwellers. Bottom line is, though, that this grassroots block association has grown fairly powerful (nay, prominent) in its first few years. Those who have taken advantage of the system, including members of Community Board 3 (i.e. David […]

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Grand Street Water Main Work Pushes Toward the Corner of Orchard Street

Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:15 am

Subterranean water main work along Grand Street pushed further eastward last week, much to the ire of locals. The front lines have now reached the beaches of Orchard Street. The dreaded chain-link holding pen is now stocked with the requisite collection construction sundries. As a result, two-way traffic is now relocated slightly to the south side […]

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Report: East Village Cheese Finds New Home on Avenue A

Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:14 am

Alarm bells sounded earlier this month when the blogosphere erupted over news that East Village Cheese would go belly up. The dairy shop – beloved by locals for both quality and affordability – was given the boot by landlord Urban Associates LLC so that the Duane Reade can expand its footprint. As if an enormous […]

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