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Ben Shaoul’s Hell Square Tower is Clad in Glazed Brick from a ‘Spanish Fishing Village’

Posted November 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

With Ben Shaoul’s Hell Square condo tower at 196 Orchard Street edging toward completion, press hype is starting to come out. The latest is a puff piece about how the architect, INC Architecture & Design, chose to include handmade “metallic-glazed brick” in the facade that evokes the “old-world character of glazed terra-cotta while also bringing […]

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Essex Crossing’s First Park Comes Into View on Broome Street

Posted November 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Here is an early glimpse of the new park plaza Essex Crossing is bringing to the Lower East Side. Behind the boards at Site 5 – aka 145 Clinton Street – bones of the outdoor infrastructure are now in place. According to the weekly email update from Delancey Street Associates, this “plaza work” includes “staging […]

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Two Bit’s Arcade on Essex Street Shuttered by Health Department Last Week

Posted November 20, 2017 at 5:02 am

Is it game over for Two Bit’s Retro Arcade? The Essex Street arcade has been noticeably silent all weekend in the aftermath of a city inspection. Department of Health inspectors paid a visit last Thursday and shut the place down, apparently for “operating without a permit.” (It’s the second such closure in Hell Square in […]

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September Wines Might Not be on Stanton Street Much Longer [Updated]

Last modified November 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm

[Updated Below] The Lower East Side appears poised to lose one of its cherished businesses in the coming months. Hell Square is eating its own. September Wines & Spirits – the local mom-and-pop situated at Ludlow and Stanton Streets – might soon depart the neighborhood after more than a dozen years on the block. There […]

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Here’s a Map Showing How the Lower East Side Voted in the City Council Election Last Week

Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:03 am

With more than a week having elapsed since the general election, the above map plots the results of the City Council District 1 race. It was a heated campaign that saw incumbent Margaret Chin fighting for her life against the upstart Christopher Marte. Chin defeated Marte by nearly 3,000 votes to secure a third term […]

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CB3 Takes Stand Against 3 Full Liquor Licenses in Hell Square

Posted November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Denials were in the air last night, as the Community Board 3 SLA subcommittee dropped the hammer on three particular applicants within earshot of Essex and Rivington Streets. This intersection is considered by many to be one of the most problematic in Hell Square (on weekends) thanks to a cacophony of bar-goers, bottlenecked traffic, and […]

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Dump Truck Hits and Critically Injures Pedestrian on Ridge Street [Updated]

Last modified November 16, 2017 at 7:25 am

A registered nurse riding her bike on Ridge Street was struck and critically injured by a dump truck last night, according to several scanners and tipsters on the scene. The 50-year-old woman was hit near the intersection of Ridge and Stanton Streets shortly after 10pm and was reportedly pinned beneath the vehicle for some time. […]

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Whynot Coffee Shutters Ahead of Una Pizza Napoletana Takeover on Orchard Street

Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Whynot Coffee on Orchard Street officially terminated operations over the weekend after a rocky four years on the block. Last night, movers were busy clearing out the enormous ground level space at 175 Orchard. It’s done. The paradox with Whynot, of course, is that it was forged in controversy over its quest for a full […]

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Gunpoint Mugging at Gompers Houses on Friday Night

Posted November 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

A resident at the Gompers Houses on Pitt Street was reportedly held up at gunpoint Friday night outside the door of his apartment, police said. One perp shadowed the man to the doorstep of his fifth floor apartment, where he allegedly observed the victim take cash from his pocket. The suspect apparently proceeded to the […]

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Macondo Looks Donezo on East Houston Street

Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

Macondo on East Houston appears to be down for the count. The restaurant closed for business yesterday – rather suddenly without notice – and the joint is already dismantled. Phone calls forward to the West Village outpost on Bank Street, which is still serving. Employees there noted that the Lower East Side hiatus is only […]

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