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Icon Realty Picks up Elizabeth Street Tenement that Martin Scorsese and Debbie Harry Backed for Landmarking

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

Hated landlord Icon Realty just picked up a tenement building on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy. A property that tenants have been trying to landmark for the last several months, and with support of Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese. So, definitely bad news on both fronts: for tenants and the preservation. The transaction is not […]

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The LES ‘100 Gates Project’ Reaches its Centennial Goal with Katz’s Deli Mural

Posted August 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

After two years of artwashing the Lower East Side, the 100 Gates Project reaches its namesake goal. And it’s only fitting the that 100th gate in the eponymous street art program appear on Katz’s Deli. Artist L’Amour Suprim was bestowed the honor, and spent yesterday decorating two of the restaurant’s shutters. Apparently there will be a party next […]

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When MooShoes Reopens, it’ll be with an All-Vegan Grocery Next Door

Posted August 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

Nine years after dropping anchor at 78 Orchard Street, MooShoes is currently undergoing a massive renovation. When the beloved vegan shoe store reopens, though, it’ll be a departure from what you remember. Something new altogether. The proverbial pivot. Passing by the store, it’s quite clear that the space is now bisected. Two separate business units. […]

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Clinton in the Crosshairs: 4 New Bars Aim to Open on Clinton Street

Posted August 22, 2016 at 9:29 am

Yep. You read it here first. There are three new bars, plus one restaurant expansion happening on a two-block stretch of Clinton Street. And all at once. Three-quarters of those businesses appear on the August SLA subcommittee agenda for Community Board 3, and will be heard by the advisory body tonight. 61 Clinton Street Speedy […]

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Four Years on, ‘Ghost’ Cocktail Bar No Longer Haunts Eldridge Street

Posted August 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

The artsy cocktail bar and lounge, Ghost on Eldridge, disappeared from its namesake street earlier this month. A note on its social media platforms says only, “gone fishing, catch you in the fall.” That’s not the full story, though; a return seems unlikely. The Woodward Gallery across the way opened Ghost at 132 Eldridge Street in March […]

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‘Ma Non Troppo’ Women’s Boutique Relocates to Former Macaron Shop on Stanton Street

Posted August 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

Clinton Street proved futile for Ma Non Troppo, so it’s on a westward march. Fleeing an address known for its retail turnover. Indeed, the trendy women’s boutique packed its bags earlier this month after less than a year in business, and will soon reopen at 101 Stanton Street. Signs at the new location promise an opening […]

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Here’s Your Chance to See Michael Cera on Ludlow Street

Last modified August 18, 2016 at 10:46 am

Fans of Michael Cera, it’s your time. The actor is scheduled to make an appearance at the Metrograph theater tonight, just before a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at 7:30pm. He’ll be introducing the “modern cult classic” to the small audience on Ludlow Street. The screening of Scott Pilgrim caps the weeklong film […]

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History Made: The First of Four New Essex Crossing Buildings Tops Out at 14 Stories

Posted August 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Essex Crossing just reached a milestone. The flag is mounted… For the first time in decades, since the federally-backed “slum clearance” of 1967 removed all trace of housing from the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, the skeleton of a new building sits on the corner of Clinton and Delancey Streets (aka 175 Delancey). The concrete superstructure officially […]

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Demolition Commences at 200-Year-Old Federal Row House on Grand Street

Posted August 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

Out comes the scaffolding. The centuries-old Federal row house at 355 Grand Street now has both feet in the grave, so to speak. Contractors arrived yesterday to begin assembling the iron bars ahead of imminent demolition activity. The absolute destruction of 355 Grand Street – located on this corner since the 1820s – has been more […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Boxing with the ‘Empress’ of Bleecker Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

I know so much has changed around here, making it difficult to be enthusiastic about anything that follows the gentrification. But there are pockets where one can still find the kinds of fires and heat that used to make the old Lower East Side the action-driven place we remember. And for me, one of the […]

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