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Two Dudes Bring the MTA’s ‘Courtesy Counts’ Etiquette Campaign to Life [VIDEO]

Posted January 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

The unwritten rules of subway etiquette seem fairly obvious; let off before you get on, relinquish your seat for someone who needs it, save nail clippers for the privacy of your own bathroom. Yet the “Courtesy Counts” campaign recently unleashed by the MTA suggests otherwise on these assumed understandings. New Yorkers Christian “CJ” Koegel and his partner […]

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Report: Yonah Schimmel’s Says It’s Staying on East Houston

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Months of rumors to the contrary, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery is reportedly to remain at 137 East Houston. We have been hearing persistent chatter from locals about a possible closure and/or move since last November. Our latest intel had it that their landlord intended to boot the century-old lunch counter. “We’ve been here for over 100 […]

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Former Jones Diner Site on Lafayette Could Fetch $35M

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

May the Jones Diner rest in peace. Known for its intrusive advertecture in recent years, the vacant lot is now on the open market. The 5,500 square-foot sliver of land at the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Street (aka 363 Lafayette) is the latest “development site” in an area too rich for its britches. […]

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New Hot Pot Joint Angling for the Marly Building Supply Spot on Delancey

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Damn, that was quick. A month after Marly Building Supply dismantled its Delancey facility and vacated the Lower East Side, a noob is ready to take the torch. It should come as no surprise that it’s an eatery seeking a full liquor license. According to application materials submitted to Community Board 3, an establishment called […]

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An Update on the ‘Seth Cohen Project’ and How You Can Help This Seth Cohen Find Them All

Posted January 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

Since we first happened upon a flyer in the East Houston median last November, one city denizen named Seth Cohen has been catapulted to international fame. You see, this guy is on a hunt to find every possible Seth Cohen around the globe, the ambitious mission of his nascent “Seth Cohen Project.” So far, the endeavor […]

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A Glimpse of the Amato Opera House on the Bowery, Circa 1995 [VIDEO]

Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

A few days after unearthing his footage of Ludlow Street in 1995, Corey Shaff shares the following clip centered on the now-defunct Amato Opera House at 319 Bowery. Where the stage was allegedly smaller than the men’s room at the Met. It was initially produced for PBS that same year, but the public broadcasting channel decided the […]

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Disgraced Sheldon Silver to be Replaced as Assembly Speaker on Monday

Posted January 28, 2015 at 5:20 am

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Disgraced Assembly Speaker (and Grand Street stalwart) Sheldon Silver, currently facing criminal charges for accepting millions in bribes and kickbacks, is on the hot seat yet refuses to resign his political post. Nevertheless, according to the New York Times, Rochester-area assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle will take the reins as […]

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Subway to Debut Sixth 10002 Outpost on Clinton Street Next Week

Last modified January 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

The sixth Subway franchise within the confines of 10002 (not a typo) mere days from reality. Storefront signage was installed last week at 200 Clinton Street (corner of East Broadway), and teases the promise of breakfast all day (don’t forget, plastic bread). Word on the street is that it’ll open shop sometime next week. Just in […]

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The Essex Street Snowman Makes its First Appearance of 2015

Posted January 28, 2015 at 5:13 am

The Essex Street Snowman made his grand return to the Lower East Side yesterday. Once again, employees of the Chinese bodega at the corner of Canal spent much of yesterday afternoon gathering and amassing the gargantuan creature (and spraying water to freeze it in place). By evening, he was ready, at an approximate height of […]

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