‘Vote for Pedro’ is a Mexican Eatery Vying for 17 Essex Street

Posted March 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

Contain your liger’s excitement, for a thin slice of Napoleon Dynamite is headed to Seward Park. Translation = another restaurant is angling to open in this once-storied district of Judaica. Just a few doors north of the forthcoming Salvadoran restaurant Cabalito, a Mexican restaurant is currently in the infant stage of development. Working title of […]

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CB3 Resoundingly Demands DOT to Halt New Chinatown Bus Permits

Posted March 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

The downtown bus depot that is Chinatown is divided. On the one side, bus business is flourishing thanks to an overcapacity Port Authority terminal; on the other, embattled residents who are sick of the dangers and quality-of-life nuisance. Only in the last year or so has the issue gained traction with city government. Now this. […]

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Mahfar Tenants at 113 Stanton Street Sue SMA Equities for Toxic Lead Levels 200 Times Legal Limit (Plus Asbestos)

Posted March 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

Oh, shit. Here we go again. For the second time in the last few years, battle-hardened tenants of an SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) property on the Lower East Side are taking legal action. Those dwelling in 113 Stanton Street filed a lawsuit against the controversial landlord in New York City Housing Court on February […]

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Plywood Fence Arrives at Essex Market Buildings for Demolition Ahead of Essex Crossing

Last modified March 3, 2015 at 8:32 pm

It begins… The first plywood fence of the Essex Crossing mega-project just arrived, with the rear parking lot of 115 Delancey Street now cordoned off. Demolition of the one-story warehouse building is slated to commence early next week – likely Monday – and kick off more than a decade of dust and (additional) noise in […]

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Rumor: SoHo House Buys Libation Building On Ludlow Street for $12.5M

Posted February 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

Rumor has it SoHo House just increased its Lower East Side holdings. SoHo House is still in the infant stage of converting the majestic 139 Ludlow Street to its newest members-only outpost. Demolition teams are inside on the regular, basically drilling the old foundation and pouring the new. It’s a huge job. A rooftop addition (what […]

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Former Home of G&S Sporting Goods on Essex Street Sells for $6.9M

Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

G&S Sporting Goods concluded its 77-year run on Essex Street at the end of 2014. News of its demise first arrived a year ago, but the store limped on until November. Its departure was another sad loss of mom-and-pop culture in an area swiftly becoming another extension of luxury. By the end of December, 43 […]

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Protect Your Possessions from Your Destructive Kids

Posted February 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

Even if your children are angels 98% of the time, it only takes that other 2% to do some damage to your home. Maybe they decide to draw themselves a bath, and leave the water running, flooding your apartment as well as your downstairs neighbors’. They may try to flush their stuffed Nemo doll down […]


California Man Nabbed for String of Recent Larcenies on Ludlow Street

Posted February 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

A man connected to a string of local larcenies of late was apprehended by the 7th Precinct early Sunday morning, and later put under arrest. The unidentified California crook was nabbed after allegedly hitting Libation on Saturday evening. That job followed a week after reportedly robbing personal items from patrons at SakaMai, Hotel Chantelle, and […]

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Owner Randy Rodriguez, Photo: Cabalito

Salvadoran Restaurant ‘Cabalito’ Opening Soon at 13 Essex Street

Last modified February 23, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Looks like that Cafe Grumpy downsizing we told you about a couple weeks ago is permanent. The minuscule four-year-old outpost forfeited its foothold on the south store of 13 Essex, which previously functioned as the in-house bakery. After a brief stint as pet adoption center over Valentine’s Day, the sidecar space is to become a […]

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99 Suffolk Street Listed for $26M; Elements Preschool Takes Over Ground Level

Posted February 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Lower East Side Montessori School on Suffolk Street is calling it quits in the coming months. We hear that a new facility called Elements Preschool is currently in the process of taking over the space, and converting it into a “learning center” with a strong “emphasis on learning outside of the traditional classroom.” The […]

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