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Masses Turn Out for Annual Pickle Day on Orchard Street Yesterday [PHOTOS]

Posted October 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

A deluge of humanity descended upon Orchard Street yesterday afternoon for the annual Pickle Day festivities. Easily thousands flooded the neighborhood to partake of the pickles and brine. As with other DayLife Sundays, the Lower East Side BID rolled out the puscharts and unrolled the AstroTurf carpeting. Child prodigy DJ Kai Song was on the […]

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EMM Group Closes The General on the Bowery; This Time It’s For Real

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It finally happened. The General closed to the public earlier this week. This time it’s for real. A call to the EMM Group hotline reveals that the bait-and-switch restaurant at 199 Bowery is no longer taking reservations, and will remain open for private events only. A source also brings word that “a manager cleaning out […]

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Bowery Whole Foods Opens ‘BBQ’ Sandwich Shop to Replace Yuji Ramen

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:10 am

Popular fast-casual food stand, Yuji Ramen, vacated the Bowery Whole Foods over the summer. Chef-owner Yuji Haraguchi pulled the plug and decided to combine the concept into his new Williamsburg restaurant Okonomi. Its departure left a vacancy on the second floor, which was just recently filled. Whole Foods vertically integrated, and installed its “latest food […]

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Dunkin Donuts’ Noisy HVAC Units on 14th Street Driving Neighbors Crazy

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

7-Eleven netted mainstream coverage a couple weeks ago for the wrong reasons. Since opening the controversial Alphabet City location on Avenue A last year, neighbors have been kept awake at all hours with its overactive air conditioning and refrigeration units. The narrative quickly became the type of grassroots story that eventually made it to the […]

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Los Perros Locos on Allen Street Morphs Into ‘LESpace’ Pop-Up for Chefs and Artists

Posted October 16, 2014 at 6:04 am

Colombian hot dog joint Los Perros Locos ended its two-year run at back in August. Owner Alex Mitow announced at the time that 201 Allen Street would “undergo a rapid transformation” into a food-based incubator space for pop-ups, chefs, artists, etc. The promise has been fulfilled. As previously reported, Mitow paired up with miLES to launch LESpace, […]

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A Peek Inside the New Dirt Candy Location on Allen Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

As previously reported, 86 Allen Street is undergoing a 180-degree metamorphosis. Heretofore an outpost for Chinatown bus operators, proprietor-chef Amanda Cohen is knee-deep in transforming the storefront into the flagship location for her uber-popular veggie joint Dirt Candy. The OG location – based in the East Village since 2008 – closed for good on August […]

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Downtown Ghosts: The Lower East Side’s Day/Night Conflict

Last modified October 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

Richard Ocejo, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, just released a new book about the economic impact of bar proliferation on the Lower East Side. It’s called Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City. Ocejo will be part of a panel discussion on the […]

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The Living Room to Reopen in New Williamsburg Space Just in Time for CMJ

Posted October 14, 2014 at 6:09 am

With CMJ music festival just a week out, the Living Room sure picked an appropriate time to return. Its new home is not on the Lower East Side, though. As previously reported, the beloved venue – a sixteen-year neighborhood veteran – was forced from 154 Ludlow Street last year, only to settle across the river. […]

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Fatta Cuckoo Trims Its Service for Two Months Ahead of ‘Renovations’

Last modified October 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

Leah Tinari’s Fatta Cuckoo is amidst a period of transition. Yet very much below the radar. The casual restaurant at 63 Clinton Street recently ceased its weekday operations, instead focusing on weekend dinner and “Drunch” service. This new arrangement is in place for at least the next two months, ahead of some unspecified “renovations” and […]

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Epstein’s Bar Under Fire for Operating Without Proper Certificate of Occupancy; May Close at the End of the Month

Posted October 14, 2014 at 5:29 am

A tipster sends along word that Epstein’s Bar is retroactively applying for a Certificate of Occupancy change of the zoning use. Translation = the establishment at 82 Stanton Street has been operating without valid paperwork for over a decade. It’ll reportedly close at the end of the month to get the building up to code. […]

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