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EMM Group Closes The General on the Bowery; This Time It’s For Real

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It finally happened. The General closed to the public earlier this week. This time it’s for real. A call to the EMM Group hotline reveals that the bait-and-switch restaurant at 199 Bowery is no longer taking reservations, and will remain open for private events only. A source also brings word that “a manager cleaning out […]

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CBGB Film Festival Recap: ‘Riot on the Dance Floor’ and ‘Who the Fuck Is that Guy?’

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

We decided to skip the CBGB concert in Times Square this past weekend, where rumor has it, the bands took a two hour break mid-day, out of respect for people attending matinees that day – not very rock n’ roll of them, but then again, you don’t want to mess with those senior blue-haired matinee-goers, […]

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When Blues Traveler Got Its Start at the Nightingale Bar on 2nd Avenue [VIDEO]

Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

Before the old Nightingale at 213 Second Avenue became a swanky lounge, it was a simple dive bar that helped spawn the careers of both Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors. That tiny stage propelled these two jam bands into superstardom, at least for a fleeting few years in the early 1990s. The music video for “Defense […]

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Os Gemeos Mural on the Bowery is Back Behind the Plywood

Posted October 16, 2014 at 5:10 am

So much for the Os Gemeos mural remaining in public view on the Bowery. Contractors erected another perimeter fence on Monday as construction continues on the adjacent plot. The mural from 2009 had been re-unveiled in mid-September for a “limited time only.” Likely as a reminder that the graffiti wall was still relevant. That timeframe […]

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American Apparel Using the Force in New ‘Star Wars’ Window Display

Posted October 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

A short time ago, in a neighborhood so so close… American Apparel used the Force to bust open your wallet for large bills, just so you can fit in during the upcoming track meet. Seemingly in concert with ComicCon this past weekend, and the imminent arrival of Halloween, American Apparel is doing its part to […]

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Ace Hotel Will Add 3 Floors to Its ‘Faux Hostel’ at 225 Bowery

Last modified October 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

The new 200-room Ace Hotel on the Bowery is primed for a cosmetic change. A rooftop addition that flew under the radar. You’ll recall that the former Salvation Army building at 225 Bowery cashed out last spring, and relocated to Brooklyn. Omnia Group and the North Wind Group purchased the property for upwards of $30 […]

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Downtown Ghosts: The Lower East Side’s Day/Night Conflict

Last modified October 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

Richard Ocejo, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, just released a new book about the economic impact of bar proliferation on the Lower East Side. It’s called Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City. Ocejo will be part of a panel discussion on the […]

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Epstein’s Bar Under Fire for Operating Without Proper Certificate of Occupancy; May Close at the End of the Month

Posted October 14, 2014 at 5:29 am

A tipster sends along word that Epstein’s Bar is retroactively applying for a Certificate of Occupancy change of the zoning use. Translation = the establishment at 82 Stanton Street has been operating without valid paperwork for over a decade. It’ll reportedly close at the end of the month to get the building up to code. […]

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Darkroom on Ludlow Street Was Shuttered by Department of Health on Friday

Posted October 13, 2014 at 5:35 am

Rumors of a Darkroom demise at 165 Ludlow tend to bubble up every year or so, but usually don’t pan out. Indeed, people have been calling its death for a decade. The closest it came was when Michael Auerbach and James wanted to bring the Bodega concept here in 2012. That never happened. Anyway, we […]

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Neighborhood Opposition Turns Out to Deny New Cemusa Newsstand on the Bowery

Posted October 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

  One potential newsstand owner is exhausting efforts to install a Cemusa box on the Bowery mid-section. Precisely where so much change is happening. However, it might take a minute, since the surrounding community is largely against such placement. Last month, the applicant appeared before Community Board 2 to obtain blessings for a unit outside […]

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