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The Idea Distillery will ‘Give Curiosity a Home’ at Former COW Theater on Clinton Street

Posted August 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

Where two experimental theaters failed in a basement on Clinton Street, a new “home for curiosity” will soon take hold. Following in the footsteps of the COW Theater and Judith Malina’s legendary Living Theater before it. When we last revisited 21 Clinton Street, the enormous subterranean space was being peddled for $11,000 per month and key […]

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Jianbing Newcomer ‘Bing Kitchen’ on Orchard Street Sidelined Due to ‘Water Damage’

Posted August 29, 2016 at 5:17 am

Bing Kitchen is off to a rocky start on Orchard Street. The snack shop newcomer, which specializes in the Chinese street-cart staple “Jianbing,” has been closed for the last week due to ambiguous “water damage” on-premise. That much is made clear via handwritten sign on the front door. While the “tomorrow” timeline was crossed out, ownership […]

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In Which a Hell Square Egg Toss Turns Violent

Posted August 26, 2016 at 5:17 am

There is a sense among some that Hell Square is regressing to its former violent self after a brief period of baby-step progress. No more, claim neighbors in the DMZ. Case in point was a rowdy incident this past Monday night (late) involving a crew of revelers outside the Hotel Indigo. A tipster tells us that […]

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St. Jerome’s on Rivington Street is Dead, for Real This Time

Posted August 26, 2016 at 5:09 am

Okay, so now it’s really happened. Again. The reincarnated St. Jerome’s on Rivington Street – also known as Rivington F+B – is officially kaput. This past Wednesday was its final night in business. The gates are now shuttered for good, capping a decade (including a year-long hiatus) for the establishment. The closure follows two months […]

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MTA Brushes off Vehement Local Opposition to ‘Gracias Mama’ Entrance on Rutgers Street

Posted August 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

The MTA sees nothing wrong with having a restaurant entrance mere feet from a bustling subway station. Specifically that of Gracias Mama, whose principals (Koorosh Bakhtiar and Nima Garos) are trying to alter their method of operation, which could become a harbinger of overcrowding in a small area. The bold choice to move the front […]

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Long-Dormant ‘Le Lupanar’ Reborn as ‘Prestige Cafe & Deli’ 

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:10 am

Holy shit. The long-vacant Le Lupanar space on Essex Street is being gutted. The commercial space at 103 Essex Street has been collecting dust since the business shuttered five years ago. Leasing signs on the security gates had become the norm here ever since. The closest the address came to occupancy was the short-lived asset sales […]

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Milkshake Mavens ‘Black Tap’ will Further Exacerbate Ludlow Street Congestion, CB3 Argues

Posted August 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

The milkshake mavens at Black Tap scored approval last night from Community Board 3 for beer-wine at 177 Ludlow Street. Whether they take the deal or not, however, is another story. As previously reported, Joe Isidori and partner Christopher Barish seek a beer-wine complement to the burgers and shakes at Black Tap LES. We learned that […]

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When MooShoes Reopens, it’ll be with an All-Vegan Grocery Next Door

Posted August 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

Nine years after dropping anchor at 78 Orchard Street, MooShoes is currently undergoing a massive renovation. When the beloved vegan shoe store reopens, though, it’ll be a departure from what you remember. Something new altogether. The proverbial pivot. Passing by the store, it’s quite clear that the space is now bisected. Two separate business units. […]

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Clinton in the Crosshairs: 4 New Bars Aim to Open on Clinton Street

Posted August 22, 2016 at 9:29 am

Yep. You read it here first. There are three new bars, plus one restaurant expansion happening on a two-block stretch of Clinton Street. And all at once. Three-quarters of those businesses appear on the August SLA subcommittee agenda for Community Board 3, and will be heard by the advisory body tonight. 61 Clinton Street Speedy […]

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Former Essex Street Market Butcher Jeffrey Ruhalter Died Last Week at 60

Posted August 22, 2016 at 5:11 am

Sad news. Jeffrey Ruhalter, the beloved butcher who held court in the Essex Street Market for decades, passed away last Wednesday from cancer. He was 60. The grieving family released the following statement. Sylvia and Allen Ruhalter, their daughter Francine Levine, cousins, nieces, and nephews and friends mourn the loss of our beloved Jeffrey Richard […]

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