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Last Look at SPURA Lots Before Essex Crossing Changes Everything [PHOTOS]

Posted January 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

Demolition for the Essex Crossing mega-project is slated to begin on Monday, forever changing the face of the Lower East Side and its heretofore low-level skyline. As previously reported, Site 2 at the corner of Essex and Delancey is the first parcel to receive knockdown treatment. The parking lot has already been cleared of vehicles, […]

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Gallery Conversion Underway for Old Living Room Space on Ludlow Street

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

The former Living Room space is amidst conversion to a dry use. After the failed bid by exiled drag bar Lucky Cheng’s to take 154 Ludlow Street, the Hell Square address is now forsaking nightlife altogether. Construction has already begun on the artsy replacement; a plywood shed and curbside dumpster are now part of the […]

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La Contenta Opening in the Old Saro Bistro Space Next Month

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

While residents grapple with the terrors of living under the thumb of Samy Mahfar, a new restaurant is opening in the commercial space of 102 Norfolk Street. As previously reported, a 14-seat Mexican joint called La Contenta Cocina de Barrio has taken the reins from Saro Bistro, which closed in April 2014 after a solid […]

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Joie de Vivre is the 22-Story Hotel Currently Rising at 50 Bowery

Last modified January 23, 2015 at 8:28 am

Progress is slow at Peter Poon’s monstrous new Lower East Side hotel development. Indeed, 50 Bowery remains a block-long crater, making slow strides to its eventual calling as a 22-story tower. Excavation and foundation work is clearly the order of business these days. Yet until now, a proper identity was never ascertained; only a working […]

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You Can Donate Blood at the 7th Precinct Today

Posted January 22, 2015 at 10:05 am

Now is your chance to drain some of that red stuff coursing through those veins for a good cause. The 7th Precinct is hosting a blood drive today from noon to 6pm. Appointment are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome, too. Full details are outlined in the flyer above.



Tokyobike Collaborates with New Balance; Returning Permanently to the Bowery in March

Posted January 22, 2015 at 5:19 am

Despite a Birchbox holiday pop-up to the contrary, Tokyobike is indeed staying put at 1 Prince Street. Permanently, we are told. Yes, the trendy bike manufacturer will officially mark its homecoming to the Bowery sometime in March 2015, according to an email from co-owner Dean DiSimone. It previously spent some five months at the address late […]

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SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen Jumps Ship to Become Medicaid Inspector General Under Gov. Cuomo

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

Just when the neighborhood began to develop a true rapport, the proverbial rug is pulled out. Currently in his second term, Governor Cuomo has been busy bolstering his ranks. Last week saw a third round of appointments to various state jobs and committee posts. According to a report in the New York Times, it appears […]

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The Allen Street Hotel is still stalled out

Park Avenue Developer Bids $33M for Long-Stalled Allen Street Hotel

Posted January 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

One midtown developer is willing to pay $33 million for the beleaguered Allen Street Hotel. Unless they’re outbid. Yes, the convoluted history of the Allen Street Hotel is taking another turn toward the unexpected. At a height of sixteen stories, this zombie property, the last of five Hell Square hotels to reach completion, has been […]

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Fire-Scorched Pinkberry on Spring Street Melts into Oblivion

Posted January 22, 2015 at 5:10 am

There’s some bloodletting to report on the faddy fro-yo front today. Two downtown locations of Pinkberry are apparently donezo. First. The embattled outpost at 41 Spring Street – which reopened six months ago after a fire-forced hiatus – just papered its windows and is no longer in service. Its business phone line is also terminated, […]

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