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Laces Out: Payless is Closing Delancey Street Store After 6 Years

Posted February 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Payless ShoeSource is a goner. The six-year-old store at 130 Delancey Street – inside the big-box base of the Blue condo – is closing in short order. Discount signs in the windows announce the closure and requisite sale, employing the tagline, “closing here but open near.” (The nearest location is 34th Street.) Payless has apparently […]

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Phase 2 of Essex Crossing will Break Ground in June with More Affordable Housing

Last modified February 17, 2017 at 8:34 am

Essex Crossing is firing on all burners. Full throttle. Two of the four new buildings are topped out, with the balance reaching skyward each day; the 24-story “Gateway” (Site 2) and 242 Broome Street condos (Site 1) are currently sporting some major heft. But this is a rolling process, and, recent progress notwithstanding, sights are […]

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Getting Acquainted with the Wall of Glass on the LES Waterfront

Last modified February 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Two of three waterfront developers offered an informational session last night regarding the wall of glass planned for the coastline. Starrett Development and L+M Development/CIM Group respectively presented highlights of 259 Clinton Street and 260 South Street to the Land Use subcommittee of Community Board 3. There was a subtle feeling of defeat detectable in the […]

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Known White Supremacist DJ’d the After-Party at Clockwork Bar that Turned Violent [Updated]

Last modified February 16, 2017 at 12:01 am

It turns out the 211 Crew was reportedly hanging out at Clockwork on Saturday night for an after-party, and a known skinhead was on the turntables. In its press statement this week, bar owner Frank Scotto condemned the subsequent attack on two Columbia grad students (siblings), noting that Clockwork is not a place for this […]

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Blame Stetzer and CB3 for Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge,’ Neighbors Argue

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

The good news from last Monday night is that Community Board 3 voted to deny the Mazaar Lounge a renewal for its full liquor license, even if only advisory. Yet, getting to that point created a contentious situation that pitted controversial block association LES Dwellers against the District Manager Susan Stetzer and the SLA subcommittee. As the video […]

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Under New Ownership, Rebranded 249 Broome Street Now Has Some ‘Sparkle’

Posted February 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

Hell Square retailer Yaf Sparkle has a new home south of the Delancey divide, one that’s seen quite a bit of activity, both physical and legal, in the last year. Under new ownership, 249 Broome Street emerged from its extended renovation period a couple months ago. The result is a rebranded property – upscaled, you […]

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Prosperity Dumpling Replacement ‘East Dumpling’ is Finally Open on Eldridge Street

Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

The former home of Prosperity Dumpling is finally delivering on its promise. Ever since April 2016, 46 Eldridge Street has been teasing the arrival of East Dumpling with an eye-catching green canopy. All revved up with no place to go, as it were. Now, nearly a year later, the dumpling dispensary is open for business. Similarly […]

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Black Tap Build-Out Begins on Ludlow Street, as Neighbors Remain Leery of Overcrowding

Last modified February 9, 2017 at 7:52 am

And so it begins. Black Tap officially commenced construction activities at its new Hell Square home. Token brown paper appeared in the windows of 177 Ludlow Street last week, obscuring the storefront for the duration. If the schedule is met, the burger joint is on course for an opening sometime this summer. As previously reported, […]

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Checking out ‘Trapizzino,’ the Roman Street Food Spot Opening on Orchard Street

Posted February 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

Where kebabs and pizza were once served, a restaurant dedicated to another popular “Roman street food” will soon open. It’s only a matter of weeks, apparently. As first reported here, principal Luca Vincenzini and partner Nick Hatsatouris will together impart a quick-serve snack shop at 144 Orchard Street called Trapizzino. A majority of the plywood shed […]

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Hell Square Problem ‘Mazaar Lounge’ Returns for Liquor License Renewal Hearing Tonight

Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:39 am

Problematic Hell Square haunt, Mazaar Lounge, returns to Community Board 3 tonight for its liquor license renewal. Ownership had withdrawn the application at the eleventh-hour last month. This maneuver is oftentimes a tactic employed to wear down opposition. Controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir will stand tall […]

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