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Someone Shot Paintballs at Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad on East Houston

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:18 am

The brief respite from Justin Bieber’s bod (which may or may not be Photoshopped) in NoHo came to an end earlier this week. Calvin Klein hoisted the second in the series of ad banners at its token spot above East Houston, this after days of indecision. And the haters have apparently come out of the […]

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This Photographer Followed One Family on Ludlow Street for 12 Years

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:15 am

Photographer Thomas Holton didn’t grow up in Chinatown, but felt a strong connection to the neighborhood. His grandparents had lived there, and he always saw it as more than a tourist destination. While spending a few months in 2002 accompanying a housing advocate who worked in the area, Holton met the Lam family, a couple […]

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Looking at the Lack of Substantial Progress at Pier 35 [PHOTOS]

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:10 am

2015 saw the deliverance of a mostly-complete East River Esplanade at Rutgers Slip. Exercise equipment, basketball courts, and bocce sandboxes were all unveiled a year ago. But not really for the adjacent pier, which was supposed have wrapped by now. The first concrete progress (pun intended) of the future Pier 35 is now visible, albeit […]

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Pile Driving Efforts for Extell’s 72-Story Tower at 250 South Street in Full Swing; Neighbors Worried About Noise

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm

The Extell Development Company is knee-deep in the pile driving phase of its monstrous two-tower development at 250 South Street (Sauron and Saruman?). It’s the beginning of what promises to to be years of riverside construction. Ever since materials and equipment were mobilized to the Pathmark-killing project site, the earthquake-style rumbling from pylon installation has been constant. […]

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Another Leather Vendor to Shutter on Orchard Street

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

It’s an ongoing bloodbath in this former bargain district… The second coming of Giuseppe Uomo on Orchard Street is concluding. Curtains for the leather vendor that’s been operating here for the last four years. Handwritten signs at the entrance inform patrons that the store is closing. The original Giuseppe Uomo shop at 130 Orchard vacated […]

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In Response to New Public School Holidays, Margaret Chin Calls for Lunar New Year Consideration

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

With the year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat having just begun, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is still fighting for the Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are now considered official Public School Holidays (i.e. days off). While acknowledging the news, Chin, for her part, […]

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Los Feliz Reopens After Being Raided by the 7th Precinct Last Week

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

Los Feliz is back open on Ludlow Street. The 7th Precinct raided Rob Shamlian’s four-year-old establishment last week on a “nuisance and abatement” bust. Some are speculating it’s underage serving. This full-court police press arrived on a rather quiet Thursday evening. It remained closed in the interim. But shielded itself from the proverbial egg on […]

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Check Out the Oldest Surviving Footage of NYC [VIDEO]

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

Definitely check out the following video currently making the rounds… Yestervid compiled the alleged “oldest surviving footage of recognizable parts of New York City,” and stitched together an easily-digestible clip. Each of the twenty-eight snippets is accompanied by graphics indicating map coordinates of the shooting locations. Dates of the captured video range from 1896 to […]

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Looking ‘Down Orchard Street’ for the Remaining Bargain District Vendors [VIDEO]

Posted March 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

This one tugs at the heart strings, especially since those old-school “callers” are damn near gone. You know, those relentless men hawking their wares (mostly leather) on Orchard Street. Local filmmakers Courtney Fathom Sell and Louis Ressy have been chronicling the discount leather businesses’ fight for survival these last few years. The duo made a “portrait […]

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