Week in Review: December 24

Posted on: December 24th, 2011 at 11:12 am by

The origins of Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas, and the rise of Schmulka Bernstein’s on Essex [When Schmulka Bernstein’s Ruled Essex Street]

Meatpacking mavens behind Abe & Arthur’s are looking to open a club at 199 Bowery [EMM Group Pitches Nightlife Intentions at 199 Bowery]

HBO just canceled How to Make it in America, filmed almost exclusively on the Lower East Side [HBO Cancels How to Make it in America]

Coleman Playground skate park is getting a corporate makeover that will likely attract hipsters [Renderings for New Coleman Skate Park on Lower East Side]

A freshly-groomed Matisyahu played an intimate gig at the OpenHouse pop-up space on Mulberry Street [Matisyahu Pops Up at OpenHouse Gallery on Mulberry]

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