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‘Soy’ is Leaving the Lower East Side After 15 Years

Posted April 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

Slurp up while you still can. Popular Japanese eatery, Soy, is leaving the Lower East Side after fifteen years in business. Last day on Suffolk Street is Saturday (April 29). A “Grand Closing” banner is strung above the entrance. Etsuko Kizawa, founding chef and owner of the comfort food spot, is relocating operations upstate to […]

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LES Community Group Slams CM Chin for Colluding with Developers, Demands She Step Down

Last modified April 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is demanding that Councilwoman Margaret Chin step down. The grassroots organization, which counts more than a dozen other local groups in its ranks, claims that the politician is firmly in the pocket of big-money developers. That’s not a stretch, either. One need only have attended […]

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12-Story Cantilevered Condo at 100 Norfolk Undresses to Reveal its Glass

Last modified April 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

‘Tis the season for disrobing … for several neighborhood project sites. The latest is the 12-story cantilevered condo development at 100 Norfolk Street, which began the piecemeal removal of scaffolding yesterday. Underway since early 2013, the multimillion-dollar residential development rivals its neighbor Blue for most assaulting on the eyes. (Guess that’s what happens when there’s “little […]

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Nike-KITH Sneaker Emporium Rumored for Rehabbed Peace Pentagon on Lafayette Street

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 8:32 am

Contrary to rumors that circulated the neighborhood last year, the former Peace Pentagon will not become luxury living. Nor will you recognize it once that five-story box is removed. The narrative here is a pivot from activism to consumerism. Specifically, sneakers. Permits issued by the Department of Buildings in late-December indicate that 337-339 Lafayette is […]

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Another Brawl outside The DL Engulfed Ludlow Street Last Night [VIDEO]

Last modified April 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

It’s painfully clear that The DL, reigning supreme as one of the Lower East Side’s worst nightlife offenders, still cannot control its crowds. Another brawl erupted last night shortly after 11pm, during one of its Sunday night events. If you’re keeping score, this incident transpired exactly one year after another such fight spilled from the establishment and […]

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Epstein’s Bar Revival Underway with 310 Bowery Bar Principal at the Helm

Posted April 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was bound to happen; Epstein’s Bar is making a comeback. Quiet since September 2015, the cornershop at 82 Stanton Street that previously housed Epstein’s Bar is revived. The security gates have been shuttered for the majority of that time, yet the last few weeks have seen increased activity; on separate occasions we spotted suits […]

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Reader Report: Pedestrian Hit by Car on Clinton Street [Updated]

Last modified April 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

A reader writes in to tell us that there was a “gnarly” accident involving on Clinton Street, near Henry, earlier this evening. Exact details are unclear at the moment, but we’re told that the accident “looked bad.” UPDATED: The initial tipster thought a cyclist was hit by a FedEx truck driver beside the two-way bike […]

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Draft Environmental Review Doesn’t Take into Account Effects of 3 LES Waterfront Super-Talls, CB3 Says

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Department of City Planning this month issued its initial review of the overall impact that three mega-developments on the Lower East Side waterfront – composed of 2,700 rentals and condos – will have on the surrounding community. The Land-Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 met this week to discuss the city’s assessment of the […]

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‘Yokoya Ramen’ Opened on Allen Street this Week

Posted April 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Another noodle joint just joined the ranks of upper Allen Street. Thanks to branded canopy and illuminated signage, we’ve known for months. Yokoya Ramen is here. Yokoya Ramen opened earlier this week, and occupies the small square-footage that previously hosted the Allen Street Deli. It’s the second of three ramen vendors to plant roots on […]

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‘Swipe Swindlers’ Continue to Plague Commuters at East Broadway Station

Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

The so-called swipe swindlers continue to plague the East Broadway subway station. It’s a racket that’s been ongoing for years, and probably isn’t exclusive to the Lower East Side. It goes like this… You walk downstairs to the Metrocard machine to purchase a fare, but are greeted with an “out of order” message. A group […]

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