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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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The ‘Secret’ Tunnel Beneath the 1909 Police Headquarters at 240 Centre Street

Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

One of the most beautiful architectural structures in all of New York City – no, not arguably – is the landmarked, Beaux Arts-style behemoth at 240 Centre Street. Long before its conversion to high-end condos in the mid-eighties, the facility functioned as police headquarters. (At least it’s still standing, even as a condo.) Below is a snippet […]

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What Lies Beneath: The Buried Potter’s Fields of the Lower East Side [UPDATED]

Last modified November 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Please re-read the piece in it’s entirety. Send this to every councilman, congressman, preservation committee, the deep pocketed investors of Essex Crossing namely Taconic- hell, send this to the damn White House. Save the Lower East Side. Honor the people who came before us. Do not allow Essex Crossing and all the new development in the […]

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Take This Walking Tour to Learn About Surveillance Cameras Dotting the East Village

Posted June 16, 2015 at 5:06 am

Big Brother is most certainly watching your daily life in the East Village. Everyone knows surveillance cameras are everywhere these days, but when you actually see the tally, it’s pretty crazy. According to the latest (unofficial) count by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (aka MoRUS), there are roughly 1,275 in this area of Manhattan […]

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Tracing the Lower East Side Roots of Beckenstein’s [HISTORY]

Posted May 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

Manhattan’s Lower East Side has been called many things, but never a fashion center. Yet it is fashion in the form of inexpensive fabrics that lures shoppers to this neighborhood better known for blintzes than ball gowns. -New York Times; June 5, 1961. Between the ghost advertising and left-for-dead store signage, its remnants continue to […]

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You Must See Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’

Last modified May 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm

I’m just going to jump right into it. You have to go see Penny Arcade’s LONGING LASTS LONGER at Joe’s Pub. I went this past Monday night, and I really want to share it with all of you awesome people because I know that you would have as much fun as I did. Plus, considering […]

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Tenement Museum Replaces Tourist Information Board on Orchard Street; It’s Quickly Vandalized

Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

The Tenement Museum has been making headlines these last couple weeks. Mainly due to the crowdfunding campaign to help preserve and restore 97 Orchard Street. And now… That Tenement Museum tourist information board at the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets just received an upgrade. Last week, the Lower East Side institution swapped the signage […]

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