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Block Party at The Cast on Orchard Street Broken up with Aggressive Arrest [VIDEO]

Last modified June 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

An afternoon of music on Orchard Street was interrupted yesterday evening with two aggressive arrests. Rock-n-roll leather shop, The Cast, hosted its annual street party for “Make Music New York” that included performances by eight bands on Orchard Street, between Grand and Broome. The event began at noon, but by dusk, it was broken up, albeit temporarily, by police […]

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Rumor: Berkli Parc Closing Down on Saturday After 7 Years at Allen and Delancey

Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:09 am

Berkli Parc is reportedly ending operations this weekend after nearly seven years at the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets. We are told that the landlord bought out the remainder of the cafe’s lease, and that a fire sale is planned for Saturday. Circumstances around the closure aren’t confirmed, but we did hear unverified allegations […]

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Watch Mayor de Blasio’s Reaction to Rivington House Accusations at Town Hall Last Night [VIDEO]

Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was open season on Mayor de Blasio during last night’s “sold out” town hall assembly. Lower East Siders peppered Hizzoner with a barrage of questions and grievances related to myriad hyperlocal concerns. Councilwoman Margaret Chin served as moderator. And while many in the room saw opportunity for clarity, political challengers with a horse in […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Won’t Survive, Here’s Why

Last modified June 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

The fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, on the Lower East Side for 167 years, is coming down. And there isn’t much that can be salvaged. That was the determination presented to the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night, alongside news that the Department of Buildings already approves full demolition of the city-designated landmark. Structural […]

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City Partially Lifts Year-old Stop-Work Order at Rivington House

Posted June 20, 2017 at 5:17 am

Here we go… The Department of Buildings last week lifted, in part, the stop-work order on Rivington House. It was first issued by the city fourteen months ago, in the wake of the budding scandal revolving around the controversial deed lifting and subsequent condo flip. The partial rescind is causing concern amongst neighborhood activists and […]

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Protesting Rape Culture at the Bowery Mural Wall Yesterday [PHOTOS]

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:08 am

Father’s Day yesterday, during the late evening hours, more than a dozen activists sidled up to the recently whitewashed Bowery mural wall to protest previous artist, David Choe. Protestors organized to make a visual statement condemning Goldman Properties (property owner and curator) for alleged endorsement of “predatory rape culture by commissioning the work of a popular artist […]

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Black Tap LES Opens Today, Further Crowding Congested Ludlow Street

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Get ready, Hell Square denizens. Life on Ludlow Street might feel a bit more congested starting in a few hours. Black Tap LES is slated to debut at 177 Ludlow Street later this morning (one day earlier than expected). Last Thursday night was the obligatory “friends and family” launch, and the weekend was reportedly spent […]

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David Choe’s Mural at the Bowery Wall is Painted Over

Last modified June 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm

The controversial David Choe mural at the Bowery wall was painted over within the last 24 hours. It comes as Goldman Properties began facing mounting pressure from the community over commissioning artwork by a man who bragged about an alleged sexual assault in 2014. The Goldman firm has yet to comment on the selection, and, to […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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Here’s Your Chance to Bitch About Mayor de Blasio to His Face

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

City Hall announced yesterday that Mayor de Blasio will host a town hall event on the Lower East Side next week. So, if you have something to say, say it to his face. Officials note that all topics are candidates for discussion. Plus, commissioners and representatives from other city agencies will also be there for […]

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