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Prosperity Dumpling Shuttered by DOH a Day After Back Alley Kitchen Exposed

Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

It only took a day for the Department of Health to shutter Prosperity Dumping over its back alley kitchen activities. Inspectors paid a visit yesterday afternoon and closed the joint. The move came after photos surfaced earlier this week showing the shady food prep in action, complete with cameos of resident rats. Standing out front, […]

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Damion Luaiye Will Replace the Experimental Cocktail Club with ‘Et Al’ on Chrystie Street

Posted August 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Experimental Cocktail Club was seemingly just that. A three-year experiment. The upscale drinking den will soon conclude its three-year engagement at 191 Chrystie Street this month. Neighbors shouldn’t get too comfortable, as a replacement is already waiting in the wings. Requisite handbills announcing the liquor license application for Community Board 3 are now stapled to […]

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Angry Neighbors Question Profiteering Tennis Instructor Bryn Bryant Over Seward Park Tennis School

Posted August 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

One tennis teacher has his balls all over Seward Park, pissing off (on?) the neighbors. An instructor named Bryn Bryant reportedly convinced the Seward Park High School to grant one of its three in-demand tennis courts to his business during the summer months. Locals are understandably upset that a third of the public space in […]

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Ace Hotel on the Bowery Slapped with 2 More Stop-Work Orders for its Shady Underpinning Work

Posted August 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

With 210 Bowery stopped firmly in its tracks due to structural instability, the Ace Hotel conversion across the street is similarly under close scrutiny by the city. A day after the partial collapse during excavation for an elevator shaft at 210 Bowery, the Department of Buildings paid a visit to the future Ace Hotel. Allegedly working […]

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Metrograph Cinema Opens Next Year on Lower Ludlow Street

Posted August 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

One month ago, we exclusively broke word that fashion retailer Alexander Olch, known in these parts for selling ties at 14 Orchard Street, is opening an ambitious new movie theater project for the Lower East Side. Metrograph, as it’s called, has been in the works for many months at 7-11 Ludlow Street. The 5,400 square-foot warehouse is […]

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Finger Tips: Why You Shouldn’t Pet the NYPD Horses in Hell Square

Posted August 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

More evidence of why the NYPD’s equine patrol unit in Hell Square is a bad idea. It’s not just the mounds of horse shit and smell of piss weekend mornings. The drunken petting zoo can also result in disfigurement. In this case, a presumably sloshed Swedish woman hanging at Max Fish last November – Pernilla Ekberg – asked an officer […]

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Rent Hike Forces Bicycle Habitat to Consolidate its Footprint on Lafayette Street

Posted August 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

The consolidation is happening. Bicycle Habitat is in fact downsizing its SoHo footprint, as previously reported. The 27-year-old shop has been on the outs since this past May. We learned at the time that the landlord of its longtime HQ at 242-244 Lafayette Street sought “sky high rents” for these two marquee spaces. While negotiations […]

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Eisner Brothers Really Doesn’t Want You Cutting Through the Driveway on Essex Street

Posted August 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

This bombed-out Saturn jalopy is parked beside the freestanding 75 Essex Street (Eisner Brothers) with the distinct purpose of deterrence. Deterrence against those pedestrians deprived of the old parking lot shortcut, and who would otherwise use the L-shaped alleyway as an alternative. The dead giveaway here is the lack of license plates and the rash […]

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Still Under Renovation, Retail at 190 Bowery is Going for $2.2M

Last modified August 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

Developer Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) is polishing his new Bowery gem. As we speak, both interior and exterior modifications are afoot at 190 Bowery. Hence, the corner-hogging sidewalk bridge and plywood fencing ringing the perimeter. Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the job back in May. As previously reported, architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners joined […]

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Uncapped: From the Rotten Core of the Big Apple with Zephyr

Posted August 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

We’ve mentioned before that graffiti is a 2,000 year old pastime (at least); it’s been found in tombs in Ancient Egypt. But some might say that graff as we know it today started in New York City during the “Golden Age” with this man and his crew. The west wind himself, Zephyr. BOWERY BOOGIE: Thanks again […]

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