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EMM Aborts Finale on the Bowery, Tao is Taking Over

Posted March 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

EMM Group washed its hands of the Bowery last week. But something bigger is on the way. Lower Eastpacking all the way. After three years of public deception, lawsuits, static from the State Liquor Authority, and non-stop quality of life issues for residents and neighbors alike, Finale and its EMM Group overlords are out. Rumors […]

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Faulty Boiler in 106 Rivington Cellar Has Neighbors Worried

Last modified March 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

The controversial commercial unit at 106 Rivington Street – an address that lives in infamy – is again in the news. And this time for something way more serious than a liquor license. Especially given the tragic gas-related explosion up on Second Avenue yesterday afternoon. We are told that emergency personnel responded to 106 Rivington […]

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Douma Pizza and International Playground Vacate Belleagured Stanton Street Block

Posted March 27, 2015 at 5:10 am

Making ends meet near the junction of Stanton and the Bowery is pretty difficult. We’ve reported on this trend in the past. Now, within the last month, two of the block’s commercial anchors have vanished. And neighbors, at that. International Playground and Douma Pizza. International Playground shuttered at the end of February, and consolidated with its […]

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‘Pizza Beach’ on its Way to the Former Derby Space on Orchard Street

Last modified March 26, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Ladies and gents, we might have a taker for Rob Shamlian’s embattled bar space at the corner of Orchard and Stanton Streets. The Derby (fka Tiny Fork) closed for good back in January, and advertised the business as for sale almost immediately. Looks like the controversial Martignetti brothers (Brinkley’s, East Pole) are grabbing the bait. According […]

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The John Lamb Restaurant Jumps from Essex Street to Unfinished Orchard Street Hotel

Posted March 26, 2015 at 5:17 am

The boutique hotel at 119 Orchard Street is still hobbling to the finish line after nearly five years of demolition and stop-start construction. We’ve had an unencumbered view of the facade for many moons, but it’s still an active project site. Now there is some progress to report regarding the ground level commercial unit, which […]

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‘Ice & Vice’ Artisanal Ice Cream Opening Outpost on East Broadway

Posted March 26, 2015 at 5:10 am

A former home of artisanal coffee will soon transition to high-end ice cream. The storefront in question is 221 East Broadway, former headquarters of Pushcart Coffee, which dead-ended a year ago. The space was a vacancy until now. Newcomer Ice & Vice just signed a ten-year lease for the 575 square-foot store; rent is $5,031 per […]

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Skater Pinball Hang Reciprocal Skateboards is Now Closed for Good

Posted March 25, 2015 at 9:13 am

Shitty news from the skateboard front. EV Grieve reports that Reciprocal Skateboards at 402 East 11th Street has shut down shop, after five-going-on-six years of residing in the East Village. The business closed over the weekend. It’s a fatality move on skaters and pinballers alike. Favorite haunts like this are an endangered species, becoming fewer and farther (read: Brooklyn) between, in a neighborhood going the way […]

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Wylie Dufresne’s Dad to Open BYGGYZ Sandwich Shop on Clinton Street

Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:18 am

Wylie Dufresne (and WD-50) may have departed Clinton Street, but his dad, Dewey, is entering the ever-evolving restaurant row. You read that right. The elder Dufresne is taking over the former bodega at 37-39 Clinton, John’s Deli, to unleash a long-delayed sandwich shop called BYGGYZ. Apparently this concept has been in the works for three […]

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Wassail Cider Bar Debuts on Orchard Street Today

Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

Wassail debuts in Hell Square today after seven months of prep work. And it’s a milestone of some sort. Indeed, the cider-centric bar at 162 Orchard Street doesn’t want you to forget that it’s the only such dedicated destination in New York City. The beverage list boasts an international variety of 80-100 different ciders served […]

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‘One and One’ Walked Away from Opening a New Bar in Preserve 24 Space

Posted March 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Looks like the former home of Preserve 24 on East Houston will continue to sit idle. Could this L-shaped property now be considered a cursed space? There was a brief moment back in December when the owners of One and One (founded 1998) – Terry Dunne and Paul O’Sullivan – were thisclose to opening another booze […]

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