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Danny the Steward of Orchard Street Faces Eviction, Pleads for Help

Posted July 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

While Nathan might be the mayor of upper Orchard Street, south of the Delancey divide, that title belongs to a bearded man named Danny Coffey. You’ve definitely crossed paths with him, forever patrolling the block between Grand and Broome Streets, often whistling loudly to himself. Danny is now in a tough spot and seeks community […]

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Congee Bowery Converted to ‘Hot Pot Village’; Neighbors Worry About Unpermitted Crane

Posted July 25, 2017 at 5:09 am

The twelve-year-old Congee Bowery restaurant closed back in April for a concept tune-up. Now, three months later, the establishment is nearly ready to reopen, albeit delayed and with a new identity. Congee Bowery ditched the “traditional Chinese” fare and is henceforth Hot Pot Village. Menu and relaunch are still up in the air. In the meantime, […]

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About the 20-year-old Jersey Girl Locked Inside Boss Tweed’s Last Week

Posted July 24, 2017 at 5:11 am

Walk of shame. Bar rescue. These were the pithy opening shots of articles written about the incident in which a 20-year-old New Jersey girl passed out in the bathroom of Boss Tweed’s Saloon, and awoke early Friday morning locked behind shuttered gates. Therese Hipolito, 20, of Flemington, reportedly fell asleep on the bathroom floor before […]

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Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus

Posted July 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus. The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed […]

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Not a Done Deal: Pols Push City Planning to Deny Waterfront Supertalls in Two Bridges

Last modified July 21, 2017 at 7:56 am

Elected officials and vocal community leaders are rallying this morning against three new supertall towers poised to invade the Two Bridges coastline (10am, 80 Rutgers Slip). The group, which counts Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer, will reaffirm the position that the developments are not a done deal. It’s a stunt meant to […]

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Cops Nab Perp After 3 Failed Bank Robbery Attempts on the Lower East Side

Last modified July 20, 2017 at 7:16 am

The twenty-two-year-old perpetrator behind a trio of unsuccessful Lower East Side robbery attempts was nabbed yesterday, police said. His name is Richard Callison of Oradell, NJ.  The man, who donned a fisherman hat and sunglasses, first hit the Bank of America at Delancey and Ludlow Streets on Tuesday afternoon. He allegedly passed a note demanding […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Takes Shape with New ‘Skate Proof’ Street Surfacing

Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:40 am

Another baby step toward “calming” Straus Square. For the last several nights, a contractor crew has been preparing the tiny sliver of Canal Street between Rutgers and East Broadway for a new pedestrian plaza. Specifically, the granular rumble-strip coating and its adhesive were installed late last night, a surface meant to deter skateboarders from claiming the […]

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CB3 Puts its Foot Down Over Hell Square Liquor Licenses

Last modified July 18, 2017 at 8:29 am

Sitting seventeen stories up seemed like a strange location for the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3, but the meeting at Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel seemed appropriate all the same. One theme of the night was that the advisory body is taking a more serious stance on Hell Square license saturation. Let’s dive into some of […]

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Sartiano’s ‘Broken Coconut’ Health Eatery Stakes Claim to Former Other Music Space

Last modified July 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm

That a trendy health eatery would replace a music mecca is anathema. But it looks like it’s happening all the same. Word on the street is that the old Other Music is to be replaced by something called the Broken Coconut and with the uppity slogan, “Eat pretty.” Should we be surprised? When the brown butcher […]

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‘Cafe Henrie’ Seeks Extended Hours and Full Liquor Upgrade

Posted July 17, 2017 at 9:34 am

Cafe Henrie, the two-year-old eatery alongside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, seeks an upgrade of its liquor license to serve hard booze. Ownership also hopes to keep the 20-table establishment open until 2am daily. The pitch is not sitting well with some neighbors, though, including the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coaltion, which noted on its website, “Generally […]

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