- Featured / Barzinho Making a Comeback at 48 Hester Street
Barzinho Making a Comeback at 48 Hester Street
Posted on: January 24th, 2013 at 6:09 am by Elie
Last modified on: January 24, 2013 at 6:10 am
The purple marquee still reads “Information Overload,” an apparent reference to the signage clutter around Chinatown. A holdover from previous occupancy. Once upon a time – 2006, to be exact – 48 Hester Street hosted a backroom boutique showroom by Denise Williamson. Fast forward six years, and it’s now poised to become a Brazilian eatery.
For the last two months, contractors have been preparing the subtle storefront of 48 Hester for a mystery tenant. The windows were, and still remain covered with garbage bags; TVs illuminate the space at night; a Brazilian flag graces the interior. It is here that the onetime-popular Barzinho hangout will reportedly make a comeback…crosstown from its former Tribeca digs. Indeed, the restaurant first opened at 225 West Broadway in January 2010 but was evicted a little more than a year later (the dreaded Marshal’s notice).
Barzinho is listed to appear before the SLA committee of Community Board 3 to argue for a wine and beer license. With Brown and Orange out of the equation, this spot is well-positioned to clean up.
What did you think of Barzinho when it was still in operation?
Thirty-year Lower East Side resident Steve Butcher recently emailed us to share a trove of archival images of the “good old bad days.” The 88-shot collection – dating back to the early eighties and nineties – further illustrates a neighborhood almost unrecognizable (nay, unfathomable) to today’s residents. We see the context and character that preceded […]
It was exactly five years ago that Cafe Colonial concluded its run at 73 East Houston Street. The longtime favorite – here at the corner of Mulberry for fifteen years – shuttered back on May 25, 2010 thanks to tripled rent. And what could afford that but flashy boutique chain Rag & Bone? Rag & […]
Street artist GILF returned to the Lower East Side in the overnight hours to provide some illicit commentary to the iconic Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. For a brief period, the staircase was condoned off with her token “Gentrification in Progress” tape. Her goal with the exhibition is a discussion of the “rising rent […]
Those following the saga of Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) know that the controversial landlord subjected tenants to hazardous lead levels in at least two of his many Lower East Side Holdings. For instance, tests conducted by the Department of Health concluded that 102 Norfolk Street boasted 2,900 times the legal limit. The scary exposure became […]
The flashpoint local block association, LES Dwellers, are again at the forefront of controversy. This time, ire is directed toward the 7th Precinct Community Council for purported lack of transparency. The proverbial straw that broke the Hell Square back was cancellation of the scheduled public session at the last community affairs meeting on Wednesday. From the mailbag: […]
The wallspace beside the On Stellar Rays gallery is officially its own exhibition space. What began with a mural by RETNA one year ago is now a fully-fledged project with a revolving door of art programming. It’s called the “Rivington Wall,” courtesy of Parasol Projects. Artwork is scheduled to change every four to six weeks. […]
I’m just going to jump right into it. You have to go see Penny Arcade’s LONGING LASTS LONGER at Joe’s Pub. I went this past Monday night, and I really want to share it with all of you awesome people because I know that you would have as much fun as I did. Plus, considering […]
There’s another yarn bomber rocking the Lower East Side. Part Olek, part HOTTEA, fellow New Yorker London Kaye is adorning the outdoor surfaces of the city with her clever crocheting. One of her more recent pieces depicts a cartoonish Michael Peter Balzary, or, as most of the world know him – Flea. That’s right, the Red Hot Chili […]
It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]
The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]