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Living in District 1, It’s Time to Stop Being Indifferent [OP-ED]

Posted November 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

In a democracy, so the saying goes, the people get the government they deserve. Don’t we deserve better in District 1? Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was a cancer that spread throughout Lower Manhattan over the course of 40 years. His malfeasance eroded our vital democracy, carved up our district and turned out gerrymandered zombie […]

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Extell’s Affordable Tower Launches Lottery on the LES Waterfront

Last modified November 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

The housing lottery for Extell’s 229 Cherry Street is officially underway. The 13-story affordable housing property, situated next to behemoth One Manhattan Square, has earmarked 50% of its 204 units for neighborhood denizens. Criteria is as follows: studios will rent for $947 per month, and are eligible to people earning between $34,355 and $40,080; one-bedrooms […]

Scenes from Yesterday’s Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Last modified October 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

Yesterday afternoon, mere hours after a woman was shot nearby, the Lower East Side Pickle Day took up residence along the northern third of Orchard Street. Attracting throngs of tourists to Hell Square, as is the case each year. Even the Pickle Guys’ Grand Street location was jam-packed throughout the afternoon, handling the party overflow… The […]

Sampling the Lost Cuisine Found in ‘The German Jewish Cookbook’

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:16 am

In our current food-obsessed culture – especially in places like New York City – it seems that we are global food citizens. We have easy access to an endless variety of restaurants and specialty food stores, which enable us to explore foods from all over the world. And we can easily watch a multitude of […]

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‘Kopitiam’ to Depart Canal Street in Quest for Larger Space

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:06 am

It won’t be long before Kopitiam quits Canal Street. The Malaysian coffee shop, on the block since September 2015, is on the precipice of expansion. Ownership tells us that a move is in the works for Kopitiam, and that the new location will be “around the area.” They might also run a crowdfunding campaign to […]

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Community Leaders ‘Erase the Hate’ from Tagged East Broadway Synagogue

Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:07 am

At the end of last week, the historic Beth Hachasidim DePolen synagogue at 233 East Broadway was desecrated with KKK scrawls. The tag was briefly obstructed by paper until yesterday, when an impromptu rally assembled to “erase the hate” from the 113-year-old house of worship. Councilwoman Chin whitewashed the graffiti while a gaggle of press and […]

The Latest Battle in the City’s Rat War is a ‘Reduction Plan’ Pitched Tonight

Posted August 15, 2017 at 10:19 am

It’s that time of year again. A time when the city is at its breaking point from sweltering summer days; a time when restaurant refuse cooks in discarded garbage bags; a time when the vermin scamper out of the woodwork. While the two former plights can’t really be controlled, there are some steps that can […]

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As City Council Race Intensifies, Candidate Christopher Marte Holds Press Conference on Two Bridges Over-Development

Posted August 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

As momentum builds for the City Council District 1 seat, grassroots candidate Christopher Marte is taking it to the waterfront. Again. By way of press conference. Marte is expected to speak out on behalf of the neighborhood against the lack of proactive zoning and community engagement, which “has left the residents of Two Bridges facing a […]

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You Have Until Sunday to Grace Schiller’s Before it’s Gone

Posted August 11, 2017 at 5:14 am

You have three days to visit Schiller’s Liquor Bar before the Lower East Side restaurant closes for good.  Its last hurrah is Sunday, August 30. As previously reported, the fourteen-year-old bar has fallen victim to a substantial rent hike. Management announced the imminent closure back in May with an email blast explaining the situation. Schiller’s […]

276 Bowery Becomes Arlette Tebele’s Pop-Up Art Gallery

Posted August 9, 2017 at 5:09 am

When area stores go vacant, the trend is almost always to install a temporary gallery of some sort. Increase the exposure (i.e. eyeballs) on the property to draw attention and hopefully net a new tenant. And that’s exactly what’s happening over at 276 Bowery. Sunrise Rainbow Kitchen Supply vacated the large Bowery commercial space earlier […]

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