Mason Dixon Gone; 133 Essex Shrouded in JR Plywood

Posted on: June 30th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The life of Lower East Side honkytonk Mason Dixon abruptly ended last month, predominantly thanks to the recent crackdown by the Seventh Precinct.  It was reported at the time that nightlife impresario Matt Levine, who once had a toehold on Eldridge Street, would be opening a new venture here at 133 Essex.  Community Board 3 took some issue with the liquor license transfer last month, and denied unless stipulations were met.

Gut renovations at 133 Essex Street have been the top priority since the closure.  The bull-rider neon signage was pried from the facade over the weekend, officially signaling the end.  By yesterday, a brand-spankin’ new plywood shed was erected and skinned with a familiar style of artwork.  From the look of it, seems French artist JR was pretty busy here as part of the Inside Out Project.  Another eyes-on-the-street wheat-paste for the neighborhood.

According to Eater, Levine’s restaurant will reportedly be more food-oriented, reducing bar size at the expense of a larger kitchen.  It’s a melting pot menu “influenced by the many cultures that make up the Lower East Side…German, Jewish, Irish, Italian.”

Recent Stories

pickle-day-6_wm
Scenes from the Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Yesterday afternoon was the annual Lower East Side Pickle Day. The crisp autumn weather drove throngs of tourists to Hell Square. The three-block stretch of Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston was jammed from noon to 5pm. So it wasn’t easy to purchase and/or consume any pickled goodness, unless patience for long lines is […]

Photo: Joan Vipper
Red Square Lenin Statue will Probably Return to the LES Skyline Next Month

The iconic statue of Vladimir Lenin that sat atop Red Square for 22 years has a new home. As first reported here last week, the communist leader will again greet the masses from the roof of 178 Norfolk across the street. The eighteen-foot Lenin will return to the skyline in short order. The Villager has it […]

raw-material-2
Black Tree on Orchard Street Rebounds as ‘Raw Material’

Christmas come early for team Black Tree. The sandwich shop closed its Orchard Street location earlier this month in anticipation of a December reboot. Well, chef-owner Sandy Dee Hall just reopened on Friday as something called Raw Material. And as the sandwich board notes, it’s in soft launch mode. Raw Material, according to the website, is […]

104delancey-new-allen-1_wm
‘The New Allen’ Moves to Samy Mahfar-donated Gallery Space on Delancey Street

SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) is headlong into its conversion of 104 Delancey into a multilevel gallery dedicated to “low brow” art. The storefront is now enveloped in paint, as street artists UR New York spent the weekend buffing and spray-painting the exterior. You’ll recall that property owner Samy Mahfar donated the available real estate […]

nom-wah-nolita
‘Nom Wah Nolita’ Lunch Counter Soft Opens at 10 Kenmare Street

While the eye of consumerism was trained on a three-block stretch of Orchard Street (i.e. Pickle Day), the iconic Nom Wah Tea Parlor quietly opened its new satellite store on Kenmare. For Nom Wah Nolita, the interval from announcement to commencement was barely a week. The new lunch counter is currently in soft launch mode […]