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When Love is Found in the Halls of Community Board 3

Posted November 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

​They found love in a hopeless place. Community Board 3, that is. The Villager reports this week that former member Carlina Rivera, Legislative Director for Rosie Mendez and sitting member James Rogers, owner of LES vet Pushcart Coffee, just got hitched. Apparently the couple honeymooned in Turks and Caicos. In the weekly roundup, Scoopy also […]



Decapitation of Streit’s Matzo Factory Building on Rivington Street Nets DOB Approval

Posted November 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

It took about a month, but the Department of Buildings is finally on board with plans to decapitate the sizeable mid-section of the Streit’s Matzo Factory. The proposal – submitted by Cogswell Realty in October – received official approval yesterday. As previously reported, Cogswell will not only remove the upper floors of 150 Rivington Street, […]


290 Grand Street Won’t Be Recognizable After its Commercial Conversion

Posted November 5, 2015 at 5:12 am

​Lok Sing Chinese Restaurant closed earlier this year. No sooner did that happen than the rat bait posters make an appearance. The two-story building at the northeast corner of Eldridge Street is now amidst conversion to commercial usage. The owner forked over $814K to complete the job, according to the approved plan exam approved by […]



Extra Butter LES Hosting Herschel Supply’s ‘City Limitless’ Pop-Up Shop

Posted October 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

Extra Butter LES is entertaining another pop-up shop at its 125 Orchard Street digs. That annoying high-end hipster backpack brand Herschel Supply is at the helm of the latest creative enterprise, dubbed the “City Limitless Pop-Up Shop.” The artistic component was inspired by Herschel’s City Limitless online photo essay series, a project that compiled cityscapes from a local’s perspective. Crowd-sourced photog magazine, Street […]


NYPD 7th Precinct Goes Tomorrow Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted October 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

This weekend, the 7th Precinct is gathering the community and showing its support for a subject that hits close to home for many – Breast Cancer Awareness. In addition to food, activities, and information on cancer and prevention, a Hope Wall and Memorial/Survivor Tree will be placed in the Garden of Hope in front of the […]



Report: The Stanton Street Shul Was Burglarized this Week

Posted October 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

One of the only surviving tenement synagogues on the Lower East Side was burglarized earlier this week. The president of Stanton Street Shul – Rebecca Honig-Friedman – sent an email to its active congregants explaining the scope of the burglary. No one was injured, but there was some vandalism. Police from the 7th Precinct investigated […]


Scenes from the 9th Annual Harold Hunter Day Skate Jam [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hundreds rolled down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass Sunday afternoon to skate for the great. It was the ninth annual Harold Hunter Day at Coleman Skatepark, an all-ages skate jam paying tribute to the fallen soldier. As always, the event was sponsored by the Harold Hunter Foundation alongside skatewear brand DC. Harold Hunter Day was […]

Wen Ruan Hui and the accused, Jamie Pugh

Conviction Reached in Brutal Beating Death of Ruan Wen Hui Last Year

Posted September 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

Last week, justice came for the Hui family of Alphabet City. The man who killed 68-year-old Ruan Wen Hui in May 2014 was convicted and could likely pay dearly. Hui was a retired garment worker who lived on Avenue C and East Seventh Street with his wife. According to news reports at the time, he […]


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

Adam Purple, Legendary Guerrilla Gardener, Died Monday While Riding His Bike Across the Williamsburg Bridge

Posted September 16, 2015 at 5:16 am

The Lower East Side (via Brooklyn) lost one of its legends on Monday afternoon. Adam Purple, the notorious gardener who unsuccessfully fought the city to keep the Garden of Eden behind Stanton Street, died at the age of 84. He was riding a bike across the Williamsburg Bridge and subsequently suffered a fatal heart attack. He was found […]


More on the Fire that Took out a Rutgers Street Laundromat

Posted September 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

Shortly after 7am on Wednesday morning, a plume of smoke engulfed Rutgers Street. The laundromat near the corner of Madison Street – Emily’s (Love Beauty) Laundromat – caught fire. A brigade of firefighters arrived almost immediately; gawkers took pictures, some still in pajamas ready to leave if need be. Two hours later, the flames were extinguished. […]