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Henry Street Settlement Breaks Ground on New Firehouse Facility it Acquired for $1

Posted November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Henry Street Settlement just entered the next phase of its push to redevelop an iconic Lower East Side firehouse. Work is now unofficially underway at the long-vacant, yet historic, 269 Henry Street. The nonprofit organization held a ceremonial groundbreak to mark the occasion on Friday afternoon. Actual construction is set to commence sometime in […]

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Police Investigate Fatal Hit-and-Run on Delancey Street this Morning

Last modified November 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

A wheelchair-bound homeless man was killed early this morning in a hit-and-run at Delancey and Clinton Streets. The 49-year-old victim – apparently “well known in the neighborhood” – was reportedly found at 3:30am with severe head trauma. Information about the driver or footage of the incident has yet to surface. Police are investigating the incident.

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‘A. Feibusch’ Might Get Unzipped from Allen Street as 2-Story Property Hits Market for $6M

Posted November 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s one of our favorite buildings in the area, and might meet the wrecking ball in the not-too-distant future. The A. Feibusch Corp. zipper supplier (aka Zipperstop) – located on the Lower East Side for over seventy years – is probably counting down the days. Indeed, a real estate listing just hit the market that […]

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Orchard Street Masquerades as 1970s Little Italy for Netflix ‘Irishman’ Film Shoot

Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

The quintessential Lower East Side intersection is temporarily masquerading as Little Italy. You may have noticed that the Tictail boutique is brandishing imposter signage and faux exterior as Umberto’s Clam House (circa 1970s). Or the E. Rossi Italy Music & Book Co. sign affixed 91 Orchard Street. The transformation, we’re told, is part of set dressing […]

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Contra Principal Might Revive ‘Una Pizza Napoletana’ Pizzeria on Orchard Street

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

Contra and Wildair principal Jeremiah Stone this week filed the application with Community Board 3 for his proposed Hell Square pizzeria. And some foodie circles are buzzing about what it could potentially mean for the neighborhood. The paperwork is somewhat light on details, but does include a sample menu with a header of “Una Pizza Napoletana.” […]

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PETA Staged a Protest Against Mice Exhibit at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted November 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

An exhibit on Orchard Street with live mice beneath the floor has PETA up in arms. For the last couple weeks, the popular four-year-old Castle Fitzjohns gallery at 98 Orchard Street has been showing “The Social Network,” an footpath installation showcasing live mice in the floor. It’s meant to explore notions of phobia. Per the […]

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Holiday Inn on Delancey Partially Housing Homeless without Neighborhood Notice, Residents Say [Updated]

Last modified November 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

[Updated below] The Holiday Inn on Delancey Street is now pulling double duty as a homeless shelter. Word came down the pike over the weekend that a small percentage of vacant rooms inside the four-year-old lodge has been housing the homeless since late last month. We further heard from upset neighbors who questioned why the area […]

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The Flight of the Conchords ‘Consulate’ Building on East Broadway is Demolished

Posted November 3, 2017 at 9:48 am

There is nothing left of 232 East Broadway, the 1960s-era building famously captured on the small screen as the New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords. Demolition is now in the final stage, with bulldozers and backhoes removing the dust and bones. The destruction and cleanup are together the first step in a protracted […]

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Andrea Cohen Brings ‘Bongo’ to Schiller’s Liquor Bar Vacancy on Rivington Street

Posted November 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

The corpse of Schiller’s Liquor Bar is still warm, yet a potential replacement is already in the making. One that will likely get the cocktail crowd going. Three months after the fourteen-year-old hangout ended its Lower East Side tenure, Andrea Cohen is angling to impart an outpost of Bongo at 131 Rivington Street. Application materials […]

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Gothamist and DNAinfo Just Shut Down!

Last modified November 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Crazy news this evening! Effective as of 5pm today, Gothamist (founded in 2002) and DNAinfo have both shut down for good. If you visit either website, a letter from billionaire CEO Joe Ricketts explains his decision to close both outlets. The closure puts 115 journalists out of work, according to the New York Times. They’ll […]