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Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

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‘Sam’s Fried Ice Cream’ Jumps Into Busy LES Scoop Scene with Orchard Street Shop

Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Lower East Side ice cream scene, having seen a bevy of activity this winter, just got another scoop, as it were. Orchard Street, behold Sam’s Fried Ice Cream. (No, not Sam the haberdasher.) In less than two weeks, the small business will christen the ground level of 37 Orchard Street, previously home to vintage […]

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Moscot’s Former Delancey Street HQ is Now in Ruins Ahead of 12-Story Redevelopment

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

The eighty-three-year-old building that housed Moscot for nearly as long (i.e. 75 years) is now obliterated. A wrecking crew tasked with erasing this history has been busy onsite the last month or so. As of yesterday afternoon, most of the structure is gone, including the frame. What remains are the bones and debris; a ghost […]

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Rumor: Sunshine Cinema to Sunset, as $31.5M Contract Nears Closing

Posted March 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two years after word first circulated that the Sunshine Cinema at 139-143 East Houston was being shopped on the market for $35 million, a buyer is allegedly under contract. The news arrives a few months after the president of Landmark Theaters, which operates the Sunshine, noted that transforming a theater into a high rise is […]

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That Time Chuck Berry Reviewed the Ramones, The Clash, and Sex Pistols

Posted March 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

“I only knew three chords, too,” Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at the age of 90, commented on the Ramones in an interview with the now-defunct Jet Lag zine. The year was 1980, and the publication picked the legendary guitarist’s brain about the new music at the time. Specifically, punk rock. It’s an interesting time capsule from […]

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‘Simply Hooked’ is One Inspection from Clinton Street Launch

Posted March 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Simply Hooked is simply one inspection from its maiden voyage. The Clinton Street fish-and-chips joint peeled away the white butcher paper from its windows not too long ago, and instead replaced with artwork of whales and sea life from students in the New Amsterdam School (62 Avenue B). Behind that veneer, the operation is basically ready […]

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At Rivington House, Soil Drilling Signals the Future [Updated]

Last modified March 20, 2017 at 11:44 am

This fifteen-foot Davey Drill arrived on Forsyth Street the other day. Situated directly outside Rivington House, its placement is the first real sign of forward progress toward condo redevelopment. Singular function – collection of soil samples ahead of any development. No construction is happening onsite, though. At least, not that we’ve noticed. A stop-work order […]

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CB3 Endorses New Public Bathrooms at ‘Stanton Storehouse’

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

What’s another two years when the community already waited three decades? Two years. That’s the estimated timeline for the Stanton Storehouse to finally return to the community, albeit partially. Community Board 3 last night approved the Parks Department proposal to convert part of the building into a public comfort station (which is a euphemism for […]

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Suspect Arrested in Connection to Brutal Orchard Street Beatdown

Posted March 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

One of the suspects involved in the vicious beating of a 24-year-old man on Orchard Street last week (March 10) was arrested by the 7th Precinct last night. Detectives arrested Nawang Choying, and charged him with felony gang assault, police said. The second perp involved in the fight is still at large, but was identified […]

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Alleged Neo-Nazi Behind Clockwork Attack Posts Bail, Released from Rikers Island Last Week

Last modified March 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm

The alleged Neo-Nazi behind last month’s attack on twin brothers outside Clockwork Bar posted bail last week, and was released from Rikers Island. On February 11, a group of guys associated with the white supremacist gang, 211 Crew, were at Clockwork for an afterparty deejayed by lead singer of the right-wing “oi” band Lonewolf. They […]

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