Yep Tour, a Textbook Case of Illegal Chinatown Bus Operations

Posted November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

Yep Tour illegally operates a Chinatown bus route out of the Lower East Side. We’ve seen this before. As previously disclosed, the company does carry a permit with the Department of Transportation, but it was issued with the Brooklyn location in mind (6010 8th Avenue). Their egregious actions around the neighborhood are rarely in check […]

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Permits Filed for 12-Story Tumor Atop Provident Loan Society Building East Houston Street

Posted November 30, 2015 at 4:45 am

Here it comes. The Provident Loan Society building on East Houston Street is one step closer to sprouting a twelve-story (120-foot) tumor. Owners Elsa and Dunnie Lai together filed paperwork for the $15 million project with the Department of Buildings ten days ago. As previously reported, plans call for a 41,000 square-foot transformation of the un-protected Provident Loan […]

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Suspected East River Park Rapist Paul Niles Turns Himself in

Posted November 29, 2015 at 8:28 am

The man accused of raping and robbing a 26-year-old jogger in East River Park on Wednesday evening was arrested yesterday afternoon. Suspected rapist, 28-year-old Brooklyn resident Paul Niles, turned himself in  to police and faces charges of first-degree rape, second-degree robbery, and third-degree identity theft. Per the NYPD: The victim was jogging in East River Park, in […]


Suspected rapist Paul Niles

East River Park Rape Suspect Identified as Paul Niles, Police Still in Pursuit

Last modified November 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

Police identified the suspect behind the rape of a 26-year-old woman in East River Park Wednesday evening. 28-year-old Paul Niles, described as being a 5’9″ male weighing 200 pounds, remains at large with NYPD still in pursuit. His purported usage of the victim’s credit card at a nearby bodega after the crime is likely what […]



NYPD Releases Surveillance Footage of East River Park Rapist

Last modified November 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

Cops last night released surveillance footage of the man suspected of raping a 26-year-old woman in East River Park Wednesday evening. The account of the crime is as follows, per the NYPD: The victim was jogging in East River Park, in the vicinity of Cherry Street when the suspect, on a bicycle, approached her and motioned […]


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26-Year-Old Jogger Raped in East River Park Last Night, Police Searching for Suspect

Last modified November 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

  Police are currently scouring the neighborhood for the man responsible for a rape in East River Park last night. On the eve of Thanksgiving. According to ABC News, a 26-year-old was jogging the foot-bridge to the park by Jackson Street at around 7:30 when the perp approached and attacked. The victim tried to run […]



Judge Denies Developers’ Motion to Dismiss in Children’s Magical Garden Lawsuit

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

​There’s some positive pre-holiday news coming from the Children’s Magical Garden. The ongoing lawsuit against developers regarding a third of the parkland – first levied last year – is moving forward. A motion to dismiss by the defendant was denied. First, though, a quick recap of the situation on the ground. Since 1985, the Children’s […]

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Spying the Expanded Dining Room of Clinton Street Baking Company Ahead of its Imminent Opening

Posted November 24, 2015 at 10:35 am

Clinton Street Baking Company is almost there. Debut of its new expansion is just around the corner. Literally and figuratively. The corner storefront at East Houston – formerly occupied by Min’s Market – has been officially branded, rounded, painted red, and accented with corrugated siding, further evoking that classic diner vibe. Dedicated menu boards are […]

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7-story Boutique Hotel Shows off its Yellowness on Broome Street

Posted November 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

That unneeded boutique hotel down at Allen and Broome Streets just hit the three-year mark. A milestone, to say the least. To mark the occasion and its recent capping at seven stories, the replacement building at 263 Broome now shimmers yellow. Tacky is probably the most appropriate word. These yellow spotlights were activated beneath the […]

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Gutted Fish: This 3-Block Stretch of Grand Street is Becoming the Latest Gallery District

Last modified November 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

The easternmost section of Chinatown Grand Street, typically bounded by Allen and the Bowery, is threatened. It would appear that real estate carpetbaggers want this area to gentrify as quickly as possible. The pieces are now falling into place, with brokers pitching this as the new gallery district. A westward extension of what already happened […]

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