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DIY: Make Your Own Future Band Flyers for ABC No Rio’s Final Exhibit

Posted May 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

You know all of those wouldn’t-it-be-great band names that you’ve come up with when you are in a slightly “altered” state? Here’s your chance to create that band. Well, sort of. ABC No Rio has been the host for many a hardcore punk band in the past. But their makeshift creative space, carved out of […]

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City Marshal Comes for Calexico 9 Months After Closure; Croman Wants $12,500 for the Space

Posted May 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

For the first time in forever, the roll-down security gates are open at 153 Rivington Street. The shutters have been perennially – more or less – closed since Calexico faded from the commercial landscape last July. Pasted to the window is the familiar computer-printed City Marshal seizure notice. The order was issued last week; better […]

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Shopping the Essex Street Market in 1969 [PHOTOS]

Posted May 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

This month marks the 76th anniversary of the Essex Street Market. With three years left until the collection of warehouse buildings is cleared for the opulence of Essex Crossing, it’s important to remember the history being left behind. These one-story brick structures were built by order of Mayor LaGuardia in 1940, with the purpose of […]

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The COW Theater on Clinton Street Closes Next Week, Space Now up for Grabs

Posted May 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

The successor to the Living Theatre is poised to meet the same fate. Three-and-a-half years after opening at 21 Clinton Street, The COW Theater (“Celebration of Whimsy”) is closing for good at the end of the month. Curtains. Just after the holiday weekend. News of its closure was first circulated to members and supporters earlier this […]

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171 Bowery ‘Development Site’ Hits the Market for $12.5M

Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

“OBEY the future; Join the most exciting avenue in NYC.” That’s the proclamation from a new real estate listing circulating for 171 Bowery. The four-story tenement building, located just south of Delancey Street (and across from the ascending CitizenM monstrosity), is now on the open market as a $12.5 million “development site.” Jan Sasson of the […]

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Clayton’s Corner: The 1980s, Lest We Forget [PHOTOS]

Posted May 24, 2016 at 9:26 am

The 1980s, lest we forget… On the one hand we tend to over-romanticize how wonderful the old Lower East Side was. Fact is, it was dangerous, dirty, and often with poor living conditions. There was a blur between the good guys and bad guys; a number of cops were as deeply involved in the illegal […]

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Extell’s ‘One Manhattan Square’ Project Pegged for Q3 2019 Completion

Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

One Manhattan Square, the eighty-story skyscraper (823 feet) on South Street brought to you by Extell Development Corp. is on track for completion in the third quarter of 2019. At a construction rate of approximately one floor every three days, plus the enclosure and fit-out, the project is still more than three years from out. Domestic […]

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Visiting the Intersection of Hardcore Punk and Architecture at ABC No Rio

Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

Before the interwebs and before PayPal, if you wanted to hear an underground band or read a fanzine about them, you did it the old-fashioned way: sending an envelope with a check or cash to the band’s address. More often than not, the address on that envelope was the home of one of the band […]

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Bounced Between 2 Slumlords, ‘Las Venus’ Flees the LES After More than 20 Years

Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

One of the most controversial landlords on the Lower East Side – SMA Equities – finally gets its way at 113 Stanton Street. Vintage furniture shop Las Venus – on the Lower East Side for some two decades – is now gone from the commercial space. Just call it a tale of two terrors. First, with Ben […]

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Allen Mall Bathhouse Begins Asbestos Abatement Ahead of RFP for Snack Stand Conversion

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Holy shit! For the first time in Lord knows how long, there’s finally some definitive movement inside the decades-old Allen Mall Bathhouse. Stop the presses. Yesterday morning, several contractors were seen clearing out the former bathroom stall. Asbestos abatement activities, according to the men working the job. This is a watershed moment, undoubtedly the opening […]

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