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The Donald Judd Foundation Offers a Glimpse into the History of a Different SoHo [HISTORY]

Posted May 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

New York City is made of neighborhoods, which, like many New Yorkers, are constantly changing and reinventing themselves. In today’s era of warp-speed hyper-gentrification, it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of what came before; but that only makes it seem all the more important. For more years than we care to admit, we have […]

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Jianbing Comes to the LES with ‘Bing Kitchen,’ Opening on Orchard Street Next Month

Last modified May 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Bing, bing. The Cast was booted – with steel toes, so to speak – in June 2015. The leather boutique spent five years in the shoebox commercial unit at 71 Orchard Street, but the new landlord (Malachite Group) shelled out $25.6 million, and that was the end of that. However, owner Chuck Guarino was able […]

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Watch the Shocking Brawl at The DL that Engulfed Ludlow Street [VIDEO]

Last modified May 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

​In case you really needed more evidence that The DL is a stain on the Lower East Side, peep the enclosed surveillance and eyewitness footage from a couple weeks ago. You may have heard about the violent street brawl outside 93 Ludlow Street, captured by camera on April 17, in which patrons fought with security […]

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VK Nagrani Transforms Bowery Coffee Space into New ‘Lodge’ at 87 East Houston

Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

One vintage purveyor is traded for another at 87 East Houston Street. Bowery Coffee and its sister antique shop B4 It Was Cool both bit the dust back in January 2015. Rent hike was the likely culprit, with one barista telling us at the time that the business “was no longer economically feasible.” Listings in the […]

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Michael Shah Plans ‘Orchard Street Social’ Co-Working Space and Bar for Beckenstein’s Building

Posted May 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

Stanton Street Social, meet Orchard Street Social.​ Controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased the iconic “Beckenstein Building” at 130 Orchard Street last August for $28 million. The luxury rental property was quickly repositioned as “The Beckenstein,” and teamed up with Samy Mahfar’s Real New York brokerage for leasing. And now Shah is planning nightlife on the 5,000 […]

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Soho House Pushes Back Opening of ‘Ludlow House’ to End of Month

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

Soho House is firing on all cylinders to complete the job on its Lower East Side outpost. There’s been a flurry of activity at 139 Ludlow Street – the Ludlow House – the last few weeks in order to reach the finish line, including sidewalk replacement, contractors pacing to and fro, and enormous curbside trash […]

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New Sidewalks and Curbs Signal Some Semblance of Progress for East Houston Reconstruction Project

Posted April 29, 2016 at 9:29 am

​Since East Houston roadwork is nowhere near completion, we must relish the baby steps, as it were, of forward progress. Indeed. The first real noticeable change in months is now palpable along the battered corridor. New sidewalks on the south side. Over the last few weeks, contractors have poured new cement (i.e. “pigmented sidewalks”) and […]

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A Reinvigorated Cake Shop Tries for a Return to Its Roots

Last modified April 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

Cake Shop is boarded up. What appears catastrophic at first – yes, it looks closed – is little more than house cleaning. It’s not going anywhere. At least not yet. After several years of well-documented struggles and the crowdfunding campaigns to assist, the eleven-year-old Cake Shop on Ludlow Street is turning the page on its […]

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Report: Chinese Man Viciously Beaten on East Broadway Last Week [VIDEO]

Last modified April 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

A Chinese man was viciously beaten outside Carol’s Bun restaurant at 139 East Broadway last week. The incident was captured on tape, and is spreading pretty quickly online. The footage is rather graphic. The incident wasn’t widely reported in the English press, but here’s what happened. According to a report in the Chinese-language NYPBBS, three […]

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This 77-Story Residential Tower ups the Ante on the LES Waterfront; Locals Are Pissed

Last modified April 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

Extell is no longer the only game down on the Lower East Side waterfront. And, as usual, it’s at the expense of a low-income community. Last night was the rollout, and it certainly stirred up the hornet’s nest. First, some context. The parcel behind the former Pathmark Pharmacy will sprout a 77-story residential building courtesy […]

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