Under Fire, Gerber Group Responds to Criticism over ‘Mr. Purple’ in the Hotel Indigo [UPDATED]

Last modified November 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

​Under fire for naming its trendy rooftop hang after the late Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie), Gerber Group is certainly on a defensive footing at the Hotel Indigo. And it only just opened. Pretty much everyone in the community is calling them out on Mr. Purple. So much so, that it requires an official response […]

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Aborted Comeback: Subway Franchise Officially Closes on Essex Street

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:10 am

​So much for a comeback. Barely three months after Subway returned from a debilitating flood, its Essex Street sandwich shop is donezo. A short-lived recovery, to say the least. Marquee signage was pried from the facade last week and leasing info propped in the windows. It’s not entirely surprising that the second coming of Subway […]

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Spying the Expanded Dining Room of Clinton Street Baking Company Ahead of its Imminent Opening

Posted November 24, 2015 at 10:35 am

Clinton Street Baking Company is almost there. Debut of its new expansion is just around the corner. Literally and figuratively. The corner storefront at East Houston – formerly occupied by Min’s Market – has been officially branded, rounded, painted red, and accented with corrugated siding, further evoking that classic diner vibe. Dedicated menu boards are […]

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Steve Croman’s Threefold Increase in Rent Forces ‘BarBossa’ from Elizabeth Street After More than a Decade in Business

Posted November 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

For BarBossa, the end is here. That’s all she wrote. The longtime Brazilian-ish restaurant terminated its Little Italy presence after dinner service Sunday evening. Thus caps a dirty dozen years at 232 Elizabeth Street. A letter to the community is taped to the front door thanks the community for its patronage: Sunday, November 22 will […]

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Clueless New Businesses ‘PYT’ and ‘Mr. Purple’ Pervert Lower East Side History

Last modified November 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

There seems to be a new level of cluelessness in the neighborhood. It’s one thing to honor the past, or even nod to it in a cheeky or kitschy way. Such is life with “authentrification” as selling point. However, it’s another thing to reference the icons of the past, while completely missing the point. We […]

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Dimes Deli Marketplace Debuts on Division Street December 1

Posted November 20, 2015 at 5:10 am

Dimes Deli debuted in September where it all began two years ago. The homestead of 143 Division Street. However, the casual takeaway concept launched without its other half. That of the adjacent marketplace. Owners Sabrina De Sousa, Alissa Wagner, and Sophie Helsby taped vintage clippings to the other storefront at 143 Division last month while […]

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Xi’an Famous Foods Plots Little Italy Conquest with New Kenmare Street Location

Posted November 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

Write this down. The ten-year-old Xi’an Famous Foods empire is expanding its downtown presence. A new location is planned some four years after the East Broadway outpost shuttered. The popular, Flushing-based Chinese restaurant just announced its intentions for 66 Kenmare Street, an address that’s seen lots of action (i.e. commercial turnover) in the last year or so. […]

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‘Vandal’ Identified as Chris Santos-TAO Venture on the Bowery

Posted November 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

More than five months into renovations, the joint TAO-Chris Santos venture at 199 Bowery has finally been named. Behold, Vandal. As previously reported, Vandal takes a page from sister spot Beauty & Essex, and will include an up-front faux “gallery” entrance. The restaurant will seat some three hundred people across three dining rooms on the main level, and include […]

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Tops Hops Begins Construction on New ‘To Go’ Stall Inside the Essex Street Market

Last modified November 19, 2015 at 7:24 am

​In due course, the Essex Street Market will boast its first dedicated beer purveyor. Local favorite Top Hops Beer Shop over on Orchard is opening a dedicated “To Go” stall in the 75-year-old facility. And the plywood is already in place for construction. Top Hops recently signed a lease for the space formerly occupied by […]

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The Hotel on Rivington Plans ‘Full Renovation’ of Ground Level and Restaurant; Co-op Food & Drink Likely on the Outs

Posted November 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

It’s gonna be a quiet winter on Rivington Street. Well, potentially. For the umpteenth time in recent years, it seems the Hotel on Rivington is looking to change up its ground level nightlife operation. Co-op Food & Drink will soon go down for some surgery. Who knows whether it’ll return intact. Talk about a cursed space! […]

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