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Nike-KITH Sneaker Emporium Rumored for Rehabbed Peace Pentagon on Lafayette Street

Posted April 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

Contrary to rumors that circulated the neighborhood last year, the former Peace Pentagon will not become luxury living. Nor will you recognize it once that five-story box is removed. The narrative here is a pivot from activism to consumerism. Specifically, sneakers. Permits issued by the Department of Buildings in late-December indicate that 337-339 Lafayette is […]

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Another Brawl outside The DL Engulfed Ludlow Street Last Night [VIDEO]

Last modified April 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

It’s painfully clear that The DL, reigning supreme as one of the Lower East Side’s worst nightlife offenders, still cannot control its crowds. Another brawl erupted last night shortly after 11pm, during one of its Sunday night events. If you’re keeping score, this incident transpired exactly one year after another such fight spilled from the establishment and […]

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Epstein’s Bar Revival Underway with 310 Bowery Bar Principal at the Helm

Posted April 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was bound to happen; Epstein’s Bar is making a comeback. Quiet since September 2015, the cornershop at 82 Stanton Street that previously housed Epstein’s Bar is revived. The security gates have been shuttered for the majority of that time, yet the last few weeks have seen increased activity; on separate occasions we spotted suits […]

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Reader Report: Pedestrian Hit by Car on Clinton Street [Updated]

Last modified April 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

A reader writes in to tell us that there was a “gnarly” accident involving on Clinton Street, near Henry, earlier this evening. Exact details are unclear at the moment, but we’re told that the accident “looked bad.” UPDATED: The initial tipster thought a cyclist was hit by a FedEx truck driver beside the two-way bike […]

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Draft Environmental Review Doesn’t Take into Account Effects of 3 LES Waterfront Super-Talls, CB3 Says

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Department of City Planning this month issued its initial review of the overall impact that three mega-developments on the Lower East Side waterfront – composed of 2,700 rentals and condos – will have on the surrounding community. The Land-Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 met this week to discuss the city’s assessment of the […]

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‘Swipe Swindlers’ Continue to Plague Commuters at East Broadway Station

Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

The so-called swipe swindlers continue to plague the East Broadway subway station. It’s a racket that’s been ongoing for years, and probably isn’t exclusive to the Lower East Side. It goes like this… You walk downstairs to the Metrocard machine to purchase a fare, but are greeted with an “out of order” message. A group […]

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Vegan Mexican Joint ‘JaJaJa’ Opens Friday on East Broadway

Posted April 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

The light board has been affixed to the facade of 162 East Broadway for months. Now, it’s lit up with the greeting, “Hola Chinatown! We see you.” This is how the plant-based newcomer JaJaJa is announcing itself to the Chinatown neighborhood it invaded. It opens to the public on Friday. JaJaJa (Plantas Mexicana) is a vegan […]

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‘Butcher Bar’ Bows this Week on Orchard Street

Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Three months ago, we first broke news that the Queens-based Butcher Bar was planning a Lower East Side smokehouse. Subsequent weeks brought small changes to the facade of 146 Orchard Street – a neon here, a velvet curtain and window leafing there. Its debut is now days away. Employees at the Astoria outpost tell us that […]

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Chef-Owner of ‘Pardon My French’ Died in a Motorcycle Accident Last Week

Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:11 am

Guilherme Barreto, the Brazilian chef behind Pardon My French in Alphabet City, died last Friday in a motorcycle accident in Delray Beach, Florida. He was 37. Chef Barreto graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and, according to a 2015 writeup in the Wall Street Journal, spent nearly two decades at a roster of top-rated restaurants, including […]

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Two Months After Closure, Boss Tweed’s Saloon Revived on Essex Street

Last modified April 12, 2017 at 11:48 pm

Meet the new boss. Tweed’s, that is. Boss Tweed’s Saloon reopened on Essex Street last weekend, nearly two months after an abrupt shutter. Yet, with a reimagined motif and different pedigree. It’s gone from happy hour dive to swanky lounge. Shortly after our closure report, we heard whispers that frat-pub Bar None took the reins […]

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