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Katz’s Copycat in Florida Changes Name After Legal Threats

Posted July 31, 2014 at 5:34 am

For the second time this season, Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side successfully fought off two would-be trademark thieves. That Katz’s copycat in Deerfield, Florida we told you about last month just surrendered. The two parties reportedly settled the dispute. The real deal’s owner Jake Dell told us, “they recognized that we were right […]

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6-Story Condo Building Planned for La Vie Site on East First Street

Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:39 am

La Vie Lounge shuttered last June after a controversial run at 64 East First Street. The nightclub had a long list of quality-of-life violations which pitted neighbors against it. Those on the block probably rejoiced, not only at its closure, but also that its entire history would be demolished. Permits for that were filed back […]

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Centre-fuge Debuts Cycle 14 Artwork on East 1st Street

Posted July 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

Participants in cycle 14 of the Centre-fuge public art project spent the last five days decorating the mid-block construction trailer. Its corrugated siding now carries the colorful aerosol artwork of Adam Kidder, Alexander Prosser, J. David McKenney, Jeromy Velasco, Master Moody Mutz, Nether, and Raquel Echanique. Our two favorites this time around are the “turtle terrarium” and […]

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The Max Fish Cigarette Makes a Comeback, But Not in the Way You Think

Posted July 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

The iconic Max Fish marquee cigarette is most certainly making a comeback, as previously reported. But probably not in the way you think. In the Orchard Street reboot, the illuminated ornament now resides on the wall beside the entrance. With some glittery accompaniment. Placing the twenty-five-year-old piece indoors makes sense, though. Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus […]

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Landlord Steve Croman Under Investigation by State Attorney General

Last modified July 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

It’s a victory (of sorts) for all tenants under the thumb of landlord harassment. Controversial slumlord Steve Croman and his posse are under investigation for illegal tactics in their portfolio of properties. It’s the same old story around the Lower East Side – boot the longtimers and convert to luxury. The Daily News had the […]

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At the Pink Building on Orchard Street, It’s a Mass Exodus Ahead of Retail Upscaling

Last modified July 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

You wouldn’t have realized it during the filming sesh for Trainwreck last week, but there’s a seismic shift happening at the iconic Pink Building. 321 Grand Street sold last summer for an unwieldy $27 million. Waterbridge Capital is the lucky owner, and now a year after its purchase, we’re starting to see the fallout. Plenty of changes, […]

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Comfort Diner Begins Construction on Grand Street, Will Open Labor Day

Posted July 25, 2014 at 5:22 am

With its victory over Holy Schnitzel far in the rearview mirror, the Comfort Diner conversion is now underway down at 399 Grand Street. Build-out officially began inside the old Noah’s Ark Deli last Thursday, eradicating pretty much any trace of the predecessor business. Exterior branding remains intact, though. Owner Ira Freehof tells us that “the […]

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MTA Begins First Step Toward Rehabilitating the East Broadway Subway Station

Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

Finally, some more good news out of the East Broadway F station. State Senator Squadron, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Speaker Sheldon Silver collectively made good on their promise. MTA workers were mobilized in force yesterday morning to repaint the dilapidated station. Neighbors were concerned about the potential presence of lead in the peeling paint. Tragic […]

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Cheeky Sandwiches Returns with Takeout and Delivery Service

Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:21 am

Cheeky Sandwiches returned this week after a Department of Health-mandated closure. The city agency shuttered the beloved lunch spot in mid-June, after which owner Din Yates decided to remodel the premises. Plans reportedly include opening the basement space for additional patron seating. Renovations are not yet complete, though. So, in the meantime, Cheeky Sandwiches is […]

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James Fuentes Gallery is Expanding Its Showroom on Delancey

Last modified July 23, 2014 at 10:01 am

The James Fuentes Gallery moved to 55 Delancey Street in the fall of 2010. It arrived an immigrant on the Lower East Side from the shores of St. James Place. Operating a subtle showroom the last four years, time has come for an expansion. It appears they’ve just annexed the adjancent space, previously home to […]

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