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Noho’s ‘Peace Pentagon’ Boxed up, Ready for Demolition

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Noho’s activist spirit is dead. Gone by way of luxury. The Peace Pentagon is about to follow. Demolition is nigh. Its longtime sidewalk bridge, a mainstay for several years, was deposed this week, yet quickly replaced. The borderline-unstable property is being boxed up in plywood as we speak. As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute […]

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As Development Heats Up, Landmarked Lower East Side Historic District Isn’t Any Closer to Happening

Posted July 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

With the city’s so-called “backlog” initiative firmly in the rearview, it’s time to refocus. You’ll recall that several local grassroots preservationists continue the battle to protect an historically-significant swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of area groups is pushing […]

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Your First Peek Inside ‘Little Canal’ Soon to Open at 26 Canal Street

Posted July 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Take a peek. That there is the interior of the newest Chinatown eatery, Little Canal. Under construction for seven months already, paper window treatments had obscured its identity until now. And judging by the progress within, a grand opening at 26 Canal Street can’t be too far off. As previously reported, local photographer Jereme Barnas […]

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New Traffic Signal and Crossing Unveiled in Dangerous Intersection of South Street at Clinton

Posted July 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

Another treacherous waterfront intersection is soon to be safer. Last week, the Department of Transportation finally installed a traffic signal and protected crosswalk where South Street meets Clinton Street. The light is not yet active, though. A garbage bag covers the unit for the time being. The new traffic configuration is part of the overall […]

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First Look at ‘The John Lamb’ Nightspot at Orchard Street’s Sago Hotel

Posted July 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

And here you thought it would never happen. The John Lamb is opening soon at the relatively new Sago Hotel on Orchard Street. It’s been a long time coming for principal Joseph Valentine, who’s been threatening this farm-to-table restaurant concept for nearly two years already. Teaser signage was posted in the windows of 119 Orchard […]

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DOT Finally Installed Mid-Block Crossing and Traffic Signal on Clinton Street

Posted July 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

By now, you’ve probably noticed the installation of a mid-block crosswalk on Clinton Street between Grand and East Broadway. The zebra and the accompanying traffic signal was a years-running battle for Seward Park locals eager to see safer streets on the proverbial doorstep. Operational since several weeks ago, both the signal and crosswalk seem to […]

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Struggling Cake Shop Looks to Sell the Cafe, but Keep the Basement Live Venue

Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Anytime Cake Shop is in the news these days, it’s usually negative – about their ongoing financial struggles or how investors are sought to keep things afloat. And this time is no exception. For one reason or another, the business model simply isn’t working. Now in its eleventh year, Cake Shop is looking to sell […]

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DDC Project Underway to Install ‘Complex Pedestrian Ramps’ Around the LES

Posted July 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

Over the last couple months, you may have noticed how several Lower East Side street corners are completely dug up. The sudden work – there wasn’t much notice to the community – is part of an ongoing capital works project (#HWP2013MX) by the Department of Design and Construction described as “installing complex pedestrian ramps at […]

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The Lowline Just Cleared a Major Hurdle Toward Opening in 4 Years, but Not Everyone is Thrilled About it

Posted July 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

City officials yesterday evening announced their full support of the $90 million Lowline project, some five years after its conception. As previously reported, the proposed tech-savvy park will reside in the old trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street (and visible in the Essex Street subway station). The announcement came during the Community Board 3 meeting meant to address […]

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Tenement Museum Begins its 10K Square-Foot Expansion into 103 Orchard Street

Posted July 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Since last week, a team of workers has been constructing a mess of scaffolding around 103 Orchard Street. This property, of course, is owned by the Tenement Museum, and houses the Sadie Samuelson Levy Visitors Center on the ground level. But now the Lower East Side institution is expanding its footprint. This is not a […]

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