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Rumor: A Century Later, Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes May Close Due to Rent Hike

Last modified January 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Not even a month into 2015, and already the high-profile Lower East Side closures are stacking up. The greats are fading. Streit’s Matzo obviously comes to mind, with fifth-generation ownership having sold the Rivington Street factory after 90 years on the block. That teary goodbye – and subsequent relocation to New Jersey – is planned […]

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Visiting the Funky Ludlow Street Landscape of 1995 [VIDEO]

Last modified January 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

Let’s take a stroll down Ludlow Street circa 1995… The following snippet of footage is a glimpse of Ludlow Street “on the corner of East Houston and Katz’s Delicatessen” as filmed by Corey Shaff (narrated by Ronnie DeMonarco). “Planet Ludlow,” as it’s called, is essentially a four-minute tour of the block and its stock of […]

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Joie de Vivre is the 22-Story Hotel Currently Rising at 50 Bowery

Last modified January 23, 2015 at 8:28 am

Progress is slow at Peter Poon’s monstrous new Lower East Side hotel development. Indeed, 50 Bowery remains a block-long crater, making slow strides to its eventual calling as a 22-story tower. Excavation and foundation work is clearly the order of business these days. Yet until now, a proper identity was never ascertained; only a working […]

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It Looks Like Bowlmor Lanes is Headed to Essex Crossing [UPDATED]

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Essex Crossing is getting a bowling alley. This much we learned last week, when the Delancey Street Associates consortium presented updated plans for Phase I of the overall project. Now we can reveal the operator. Sources close to the situation maintain that Bowlmor Lanes is the forthcoming ten-pin occupant, though our requests for confirmation have gone unanswered. The […]

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Report: Trapped Construction Worker Extricated from Hole on Grand Street

Last modified January 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

A construction worker at the foot of Seward Park found himself stuck in a hole not too long ago. According to “officials” quoted by PIX11, the man was briefly trapped in a worksite trench on Grand Street, buried up to his waist in sediment. FDNY Rescue and Collapse units and EMS Rescue Medics rushed to the […]

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Improvements Fast-Tracked for Neglected East Broadway Subway Station

Posted January 21, 2015 at 9:18 am

Finally, some positive news this morning for regular riders boarding the subway at the rather expansive East Broadway station. Word on the street is that the MTA is now fast-tracking two particular improvements that were heretofore on the horizon. We are told that Help Point kiosks and WiFi service will now arrive much sooner than the […]

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With Essex Crossing Looming, ‘Developer’s Dream’ 75 Essex Street Ups the Ask to $39M

Posted January 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

The big neighborhood news of late is the drop-load of renderings for Phase 1 of the Essex Crossing mega-project. Just like that, ten Lower East Side parcels, some previously vacant, will be completely redeveloped in the next decade. We had it on good authority in 2014 that Taconic Partners – part of the Delancey Street […]

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CB3 Overwhelmingly Approves Establishment of LES Community Gardens District

Posted January 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

Here ye, hear ye. It’s time for neighborhood gardens to receive their due and proper. Guerilla gardening and its punk DIY aesthetic are deeply rooted in the Lower East Side, thanks to the pioneering efforts Liz Christy. Often considered the mother of the movement, her eponymous garden at Bowery and East Houston was the first […]

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Infamous Fung Wah Bus Company Adds Signage to Canal Street Ahead of Its Homecoming

Posted January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

The infamous Fung Wah bus company is returning to Canal Street after nearly two years in exile. Back in March 2013, the federal government (i.e. Department of Transportation) revoked their permits due to an unsafe fleet that posed “imminent danger” to both drivers and passengers. At the time, two dozen vehicles were sidelined for various […]

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Dirt Candy Goes Big with Catchy Sequin Signage on Allen Street

Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:10 am

Dirt Candy officially planted its identity at 86 Allen Street over the weekend with some over-the-top storefront signage. The pink-and-black lettering stretches the length of the marquee and is composed of sequins, giving it that eye-grabbing fluttering effect. As for opening date, it’s still TBD, but likely by the end of the month. Chef-owner Amanda […]

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