Webster Hall-Backed ‘Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge’ Gives up Bid for Chinatown

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Mul-bay went Mul-bust. That’s the word on the street, anyway. Just check out the new for rent signs that returned to the shuttered grates on 69 Mulberry Street. The Webster Hall-backed cocktail lounge met with entrenched community opposition almost from the get go. And it seemed that, at every turn, principals Lon Ballinger and Kenny […]

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Defective Benches in Allen Street Mall Receive Replacement Slats

Posted October 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

Yes, the Parks Department came through on broken promises over busted benches. The curve-shaped seating dotting the lower medians of the Allen Street Mall – basically left for dead – was finally remedied last week after more than a year of prodding. Prodding from both vocal community members and local politicians. The newer wood slats were installed, […]

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‘Ni’s Japanese Delicacies’ Joining New Japanese Restaurant at 14 Orchard Street

Posted October 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

Once Alexander Olch moves his tie shop to the corner, 14A Orchard Street will welcome a new eatery. Per our previous reports, Lovely Day owner Kazusa Jibiki is taking over the lease for the new concept, which we now learn is a Japanese joint. And it’ll feature a three-year veteran vendor of the Essex Street […]

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Rain or Brine: LES Pickle Day is Still on for Tomorrow

Last modified October 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

The weekend forecast can’t sour the festivities lined up for the Lower East Side Pickle Day. The show will go on as scheduled tomorrow, Sunday from 12 to 6pm. As previously mentioned, Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston will showcase more than fifteen local pickle vendors and 30+ restaurants serving up “pickle themed delicacies.” […]


New ‘Kitty’s a-Go-Go’ Snack Shop on Stanton Street Taps Snoop Dogg as Partner

Posted October 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

So, it turns out the Kitty’s Canteen offshoot in the adjacent retail at 11 Stanton Street boasts the Doggfather as partner. Indeed, Snoop Dogg (nay, Calvin Broadus Jr.), an early adoptor of the restaurant, now counts himself as co-owner with The Box’s Richard Kimmel on the tiny takeout joint. Dubbed Kitty’s a-Go-Go, this “light” version […]

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Former Ludlow Street Pizzeria Gets Some ‘Zing’ with New Rice Shop

Posted October 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

Within the last couple weeks, the former Via Tribunali pizzeria on Ludlow Street was completely disemboweled. Its token coal-fired oven smashed, with dining room in complete disarray. To that end, we had heard some chatter of late that a fast-food Greek spot would open in this spot. Not so. Get ready for some zing! Proprietor […]

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The ‘Secret’ Tunnel Beneath the 1909 Police Headquarters at 240 Centre Street

Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

One of the most beautiful architectural structures in all of New York City – no, not arguably – is the landmarked, Beaux Arts-style behemoth at 240 Centre Street. Long before its conversion to high-end condos in the mid-eighties, the facility functioned as police headquarters. (At least it’s still standing, even as a condo.) Below is a snippet […]

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‘Dudley’s Deli’ Announced for Former Guss’ Pickles on Orchard Street

Posted October 1, 2015 at 9:23 am

Dimes isn’t the only Lower East Side cafe doubling down on the “D” (for deli). Let’s head five blocks north. Two months after breaking the news, the Dudley’s expansion remains in the renovation phase. Crinkled brown paper is still the only sight at 87 Orchard Street, where the popular Australian eatery plans to install complementary […]

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The Metrograph Cinema (and Bookstore) on Ludlow Street Seeks Full Liquor License

Posted October 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

Across the street from the once mighty Loews Canal Theatre, the Metrograph cinema house hopes to inject the arts back into the neighborhood. Converting the old warehouse at 7-11 Ludlow Street is certainly an ambitious endeavor, born from the collective mind of tie peddler Alexander Olch, Lincoln Center programmer Jake Perlin, musician Joachim Kearns, and […]

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Shane Covey and Adam Elzer Planning to ‘Upstate’ Former Preserve 24 Space

Posted September 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

Deemed by many as a cursed space, 177 East Houston may soon be revived as another nightlife venue. This enormous L-shaped property at the corner of Allen Street was previously occupied by Preserve 24, a concept so kitschy and ambitious that it tripped over its own shadow. It lasted just barely one year at this address, […]

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