Gotham Court, Essex St. facade

8-Hour Rager Underscores Frat Scourge of Gotham Court in Hell Square

Posted July 31, 2015 at 5:00 am

The inmates have taken control and the babysitter Nurse Ratched is nowhere to be found. The drunken frat compound that is Gotham Court certainly lived up to its reputation over the weekend. We’re hearing from folks in the vicinity that an apartment at 151 Essex Street held “one of the biggest deck parties of the […]

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How Arlene’s Grocery is Changing its Tune to Embrace Street Art

Posted July 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

Arlene’s Grocery celebrates two decades on Stanton Street this year. Considered one of the first modern live music clubs in the neighborhood, the establishment came to prominence in 1995 when the former bodega and butcher shop at 95 Stanton were combined to create the venue. It’s an establishment known more for its stage and musical […]

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Elusive Extell Refuses to Confirm Building Heights of One Manhattan Square, and Other Updates

Posted July 30, 2015 at 4:58 am

Extell Development Corp. and project management firm LendLease visited the community last night to discuss the two sky-scraping towers it’s constructing along the Lower East Side waterfront. The developer has committed to holding quarterly meetings to update the neighborhood on the latest info, and potentially allay the rampant fears in the aftermath. Local politicians and […]

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Illegal Chinatown Bus ‘Great Wall’ Departs Division Street

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Great Wall Bus Company, a thorn in the side of many in the community, is no longer running its illegal Chinatown bus business at 143 Division Street. Announcement printouts taped to the storefront indicate that their lease was not renewed, and that they’ve since moved to 94 Madison Street. Great Wall was often cited as […]

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Hotel Indigo Delays Hell Square Hotel to November 1; Scaffolding Completely Removed

Posted July 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

Milestones galore for the Orchard Hell Building, a development ten years in the making. A public parking garage debuted last week on its backside; and this week, all scaffolding and plywood removed from the project site for the first time since at least 2006. However, Hotel Indigo delayed its grand opening yet again. This time, […]

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Drexler’s Takes Over from Ella Lounge on Avenue A

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

The former Ella Lounge on Avenue A is headlong into renovations to become a new drinking den. Despite the dangling neon still in place above the doorway, remodeling has been fierce since late May when build-out began. The narrow bar at 9 Avenue A now belongs to Drexler’s. From what we understand, the 2,500 square-foot […]

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Extell Flip-Flops on 250 South Street, Reducing Height Back to 72 Stories

Posted July 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

Flip to the flop, you don’t stop… Extell Development Corp. has again flip-flopped its total building height for the One Manhattan Square development. An amendment was filed with the Department of Buildings on Thursday to scale the height back to 72 stories, much closer to what was in the original plan. This slight, yet sudden […]

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Amuse Wine Bar on Ludlow Street is for Sale

Posted July 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

Two years into its tenancy, Amuse Wine Bar is seemingly on the outs. It’s further proof that 121 Ludlow Street is a cursed address. A real estate listing appeared on Monday hawking the 1,800 square-foot wine bar as a “prime LES” opportunity. Based on the post, it’s apparent that these guys signed an unfavorable deal. […]

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Standoff - Jenifer Rajkumar vs. Gigi Li

Bear Witness: Gigi Li Accused of Election Fraud in Campaign for District Leader

Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

If you invest tiresome hours in Community Board meetings each month, one of the most important lessons learned is the proper collection of petition signatures. There is always an opportunity for fudged numbers or fake names, and some liquor license applicants take advantage. Therefore, it’s quite ironic to see that Chair Gigi Li is following suit […]


The new home of Spring Street Natural

Spring Street Natural Begins Work at New Kenmare Street Location

Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

It’s official… Spring Street Natural will decamp from its namesake location by the end of the year. The popular health-conscious eatery has been going strong since 1973, but spent three decades serving at the corner of Lafayette. Reason for the three-block shuffle is all too familiar – another rent refugee. Indeed, with an expiring lease […]

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