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Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Realty is Confirmed as Buyer of Orchard-Houston Block of Real Estate

Posted September 2, 2014 at 5:33 am

While the city prepared the mass departure for Labor Day, some big news came to light regarding the imminent development of Orchard and East Houston. Rumors of its fate have been circulating since last year, but chatter is now at fever pitch. First, we learned that Katz’s Deli sold off their valuable air rights. Proprietor […]

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Breaking: Katz’s Deli Sells Its Air Rights But It’s Not Going Anywhere

Last modified August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

First, the great news. The future of Katz’s Deli is safe. Owner Jake Dell assures us that all is well, while simultaneously disclosing that the 126-year-old Jewish deli just sold off its valuable air rights. “I’m not going anywhere … now I can protect [Katz's],” the 27-year-old proprietor says. The timing of this release is […]

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Orchard Street Taqueria Eyes New Location as Development Looms

Last modified August 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

Get ready, folks. The northeast corner of Orchard and East Houston is about to become a construction zone for the forseeable future. Seriously, how much more fuckin’ decimation can this spot see? The writing was on the wall well before Bereket and Philly’s Cheese Steak ceased operations at the end of June. Rumblings of impending […]

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Local Musician Looking to Sell Eastside Sound Studio After 43 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted August 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

The long-running, and well-regarded, Eastside Sound recording studio is taking a final bow at 150 Forsyth Street. Owner Lou Holtzman – born and raised on the Lower East Side – recently put the business up for sale. Founded in 1972, this facility is considered one of the longest running studios in the city. According to […]

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Planks and Pitfalls: Journeying to the Abandoned Staten Island Ship Graveyard [PHOTOS]

Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

Arthur Kill Road. “Kill” is actually Dutch for “creek,” yet the way the traffic careens around the road’s tight curves at breakneck speeds suggests a modern relevancy. It’s the first of many obstacles in uncovering Staten Island’s historical treasure – the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard. Located on the western coast of the island, the “attraction” is a maritime marvel; a […]

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It’s Done: G&S Sporting Goods Space is Now Leasing

Posted August 27, 2014 at 5:06 am

The arrival of tombstone leasing signage above the storefront of 43 Essex Street wasn’t completely surprising. After all, we brought word back in April that G&S Sporting Goods - selling boxing gear on the Lower East Side for over seventy years – was indeed on the ropes. The shop stayed open through the summer, though, even […]

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Sixth Ward on Orchard Street Operates an Illegal Rear Yard, Neighbors Allege

Last modified August 26, 2014 at 8:12 am

Hair of the Dog might be considered one of the worst operators in Hell Square, but it’s neck-in-neck with the Sixth Ward up the street at 191 Orchard Street. Those are seemingly the sentiments of many residents living within earshot of the bar. At issue with the seven-year-old establishment is its 90-seat beer garden, which is […]

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1960s Filmmaker Asked Vagrants How They Liked the Bowery, and This is What They Said [VIDEO]

Posted August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

  Discovering archival footage of the Bowery is pretty much a rarity, so it’s easy to foam at the mouth when a new clip surfaces in cyberspace. Shot in the 1960s, “How Do you Like the Bowery” offers a microscopic look at the boulevard of broken dreams in its prime via man-on-street interviews. Simply put, […]

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Serge Hoyda Files Suit to Evict Preserve 24, Alleges ‘Per Se’ Vet Purchased the Assets

Last modified August 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

When it comes to nightlife failures on the Lower East Side, Preserve 24 easily ranks as one of the most epic in recent memory. The over-the-top bar-restaurant bit off way more than it could chew, and died on the vine two months ago. It mysteriously closed at the end of June for “remodeling with new […]

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Gov. Cuomo Subpoenas Marolda Properties for Tenant Harassment in Chinatown

Posted August 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

Public officials are finally recognizing the enemies besieging rent regulated tenants all around the Lower East Side and Chinatown. At least partially. While Steve Croman is investigated (and sued) for harassing rent-regulated tenants, another controversial landlord is in hot water. Marolda Properties is accused of similar tactics at three of its Chinatown properties, including ongoing […]

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