Contra Guys Will Open the Casual ‘Wildair’ on Orchard Street Next Month

Posted April 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

Around this time last year, Contra scored the go-ahead from Community Board 3 to open a casual, “creative American” restaurant at 94 Allen Street. It was to be a place more approachable than the OG spot. Those plans ultimately hit a dead-end (F18 Gallery opened there instead), though, and owners Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von […]

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Bluebird’s Alex Hall Swaps Rosella for Brunswick on Clinton Street

Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

This month in identity crises, one Lower East Side coffee shop has decided to change its name. Bluebird principal Alex Hall opened Rosella exactly one year ago at 23 Clinton Street. Competition here is fierce, given the number of java joints within spitting distance (that would be five). The Australian-born Hall ultimately decided to scrap […]

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Insomnia Cookies to Replace Snack Dragon on Orchard Street

Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

It’s cookies for Hell Square. What was previously Snack Dragon Taco Shack on Orchard Street – out of commission for months – will soon serve late-night munchies of another sort. Baked desserts for those with the sweet tooth. That’s right. The requisite gut renovation and interior build-out began a couple weeks ago just as the […]

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Melt Bakery Undergoing Makeover on Orchard Street

Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

Melt Bakery is approaching its third year as a standalone shop on Orchard Street. To mark the occasion, owners Julian Plyter and Kareem Ramady have gutted the store. It’s an attempt to “make the store a friendlier place” for customers. Much needed. This place always seems pretty cramped. The dessert shop released the following information […]

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Benson’s Burger Joint Opens Today, Seeks to Break the Curse of 179 Essex

Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:17 am

The cursed north store of 179 Essex Street now hosts its latest nightlife entrant. Casa Humo wine bar finally went dark at the end of 2014, a short-lived affair that barely a year at this address. Its closure was expected. As reported back in November, another hopeful in a long line of failed businesses is rolling […]

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Skal in better times, July 2014

Rumor: Starbucks is Eyeing Skal Space on Canal Street

Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

There’s a pretty nasty rumor wafting through the Seward Park environs… The eastern terminus of Canal Street – where the Lower East Side and Chinatown intermingle – has a huge target on its back. Old news, really. Brokers are swarming, allegedly dubbing this trapezoidal area the hottest in Manhattan. That’s certainly no surprise, having already […]

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‘Greek Jewish Festival’ to Celebrate Heritage and Community on Broome Street Next Month

Posted April 15, 2015 at 9:31 am

For a neighborhood that figures prominently into the DNA of American Jewry, only pockets of this past remain on the Lower East Side. Yes, there are still a few active synagogues and yeshivas, but Judaica shops and Kosher businesses are pretty much non-existent at this point. So with Lower East Side History Month just two […]

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169 Bar Strikes Back, Claims NYPD Underage Operation was ‘Unlawful’ Due to Fake ID

Last modified April 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

When news broke that the city filed suit against 169 Bar over alleged underage drinking, the internet almost broke. The flood gates of commentary were opened (57+ comments), and out came the trolls and those who are standing up for the beloved establishment. The lawsuit – filed in New York Supreme Court last week – alleges that 169 […]

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Sutra's Ariel Palitz, Photo: Blackbook

Rumor: Nightlife Advocate Ariel Palitz is No Longer on Community Board 3

Posted April 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

Word on the street is that Ariel Palitz, who owned and operated Sutra on First Avenue for ten years, is no longer a sitting member of Community Board 3. Not due to any particular action, but rather, her inaction. The staunch nightlife advocate, previously on the SLA subcommittee, allegedly failed to submit re-application materials by […]

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The City Sues to Shut Down 169 Bar After Instances of Underage Drinking

Posted April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

169 Bar is in trouble. Outspoken neighbors want it out, and as a result, the city has filed suit to make it so. Five months after two back-to-back instances of underage drinking, the lawsuit was officially filed with the New York Supreme Court April 7. It alleges that the classic watering hole allowed sales to […]

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