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LES History Month 2015’s LES Stories; Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima

3rd Annual Lower East Side History Month is Announced for May

Posted January 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

With spring just around the corner (though, not without some snow first), so is the 3rd annual Lower East Side History Month. As in years prior, the event (sponsored by FABnyc and Downtown Art) is set to kickoff May 1, and will once again unite local businesses and organizations through celebrating the neighborhood’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. This […]

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Once "The Hill," the city is transforming this area into a pedestrian plaza

Revisiting the Shantytown ‘Hill’ of the Manhattan Bridge Approach

Posted January 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

Grandiose visions are currently in play for the offset northern section of the Manhattan Bridge approach.  The small wedge of property that serves the sole purpose of providing a bike lane for inter-borough commuters is being converted into the Forsyth Street Plaza, a capital works project bringing amenities like table seating, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, new trees, and […]

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Reel to Reel: Somewhere Over the LES Rainbow

Posted January 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

The amount of talent that emerged from the Lower East Side throughout the decades is immeasurable. Astounding, really. We narrow it down to a handful of world-renowned songwriters and composers who hailed straight from the Lower. Of course, we had the Yiddish Broadway on 2nd Avenue; but did you know that, were it not for some […]

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Adam Purple above his Garden of Eden, Photo: Harvey Wang

The Secret Dark Side of Adam Purple is Revealed

Last modified January 5, 2016 at 9:02 pm

With all the hoopla buzzing Hotel Indigo, the Gerber Group, and their decision to name Mr. Purple after late local legend Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie), a part of the story remained untold to the mainstream. That of an unsavory twin narrative of a man with a sordid, somewhat secret past of alleged sexual molestation […]

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St. Marks Is Dead: Upcoming Events

Posted December 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

Anarchists. Beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Revolutionaries. Our kind of people. Those who made it to New York City, most likely logged many hours on St. Marks Place. One of our favorite new books, St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, traces three blocks through more than three hundred years. Starting with the […]

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‘The Chintz Age’ and the Hyper-Gentrification of a New New York [REVIEW]

Posted December 1, 2015 at 9:23 am

As we New Yorkers know all too well, we are living in an era of hyper-gentrification. (In case you missed it, we report on this very topic on a daily basis.) Longtime residents have historically felt that the world is spinning too quickly and that, eventually, many of us will be pushed out of the […]

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Haunted History: Ghosts on the Shore of the Ear Inn

Posted October 30, 2015 at 10:31 am

This is a city with millions of stories, many of which belong to ghosts. The Ear Inn implores you to tell these tales if you see any such apparitions. The historic establishment at 326 Spring Street finds its way into countless haunted New York City tours and books. Being that the Ear Inn is considered one of the […]

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Haunted History: There’s Just Something Strange About Clinton Street

Posted October 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

2 signs? Man, everything about Clinton Street is curious. Haunted, even. Formerly known as Warren Street, Clinton Street was renamed in 1792 for George Clinton, a general in the Revolutionary War who was the first governor of New York State from 1777 to 1795, and again from 1801 to 1804. Clinton was also the Vice […]

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The Suspicious Explosion that Sidelined Kossar’s Bialys on Clinton Street [HISTORY]

Posted October 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

While Kossar’s Bakery remains shuttered for its requisite retail makeover, we thought it a good time to revisit a sordid episode in its decades-running history. A story to bide the time, if you will. Next year, the Lower East side bakery celebrates eighty years in business. Much of that history was made at its current address […]

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Danceteria: Memories, Reunions and the Loss of DJ Anita Sarko

Last modified October 26, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Danceteria has flooded social media recently. The onslaught began when a video of a late night low-budget 1980s TV commercial started circulating online, and culminated in the tragic death of famed DJ  Anita Sarko. Advertising the club, the commercial, edited by videographer Dee Cortex back in 1981, featured visuals of Danceteria flyers, hand colored by […]

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