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Decades-Old Poplar Tree in Liz Christy Garden Will Be Cut Down Imminently

Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Over the last few decades, it’s grown to become a bucolic tower in the Bowery skyline. Time’s almost up, though. The highly visible Poplar tree with Dragonclaw Ivy at the northeast corner of East Houston is at the end of its life. Estimates place its age at roughly forty years. According to the announcement posted […]

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About Those Cyclists Towing Flatbeds of Citi Bikes Around the City

Posted August 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

Perhaps you’ve witnessed this. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the proliferation of vest-wearing cyclists towing flatbeds of Citi Bikes. These bike trailers are everywhere, from the Lower East Side to midtown. And it’s always an eye-grabber; a WTF moment. According to Citi Bike brass, these new pedalers are actually part of the “rebalancing team,” whose […]

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Model and Essex Street Resident Ataui Deng Found Alive 12 Days After Vanishing

Posted August 19, 2014 at 9:50 am

Twenty-two-year-old supermodel Ataui Deng went missing twelve days ago, prompting a heated search that included a viral social media campaign. Even Rihanna tweeted about her disappearance. She had last been seen at the Attic nightclub in Hell’s Kitchen, but was found alive at “an area hospital” early this morning (1am). NYPD offers no additional information on […]

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Local Electeds Praise Enforcement of Intercity Chinatown Bus Regulations

Posted August 18, 2014 at 6:08 am

Elected officials are now happy to report that the NYPD and DOT are enforcing recently-forged regulations imposed upon the Chinatown bus industry. As previously reported, curbside bus operators citywide are now required to carry permits to pick up and drop off in NYC. Companies caught without permits, operating outside of approved zones, or straying from set schedules can […]

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‘Gatsby’ Hotel on Orchard is Overbuilt and Neighbors Worry About Its Open-Air ‘Arcade’

Posted August 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

Here is a street-level view of the notorious arcade in the forthcoming Gatsby hotel at 163 Orchard Street. It’s actually more like an atrium or sorts (albeit horizontal), exposed to the elements on both Orchard and Allen exposures. This second floor is now a flashpoint issue in Hell Square, and will likely to continue to be […]

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In Which the NYPD Tickets a Citi Biker on 2nd Avenue

Posted August 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

Cops are cracking down big time on bicyclists through the end of the month. It’s all part of “Operation Safe Cycle,” a two-week bicycle safety initiative by the NYPD. We watched it happen in the flesh. Walking down Second Avenue on Wednesday, the officer driving this unmarked Chevy Impala pulled over a cyclist who ran […]

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Cemusa Drops a Newsstand at Lafayette and East Houston

Posted August 13, 2014 at 6:03 am

Pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists converge to make the intersection of Lafayette and East Houston one of the busiest in the downtown environs. But, for whatever reason, the area hadn’t been earmarked for a newfangled newsstand. Until a couple weeks ago. Cemusa dropped another of its unsightly glass boxes at the northeast corner. Right outside the Bank […]

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Spider-Man Dildo Dangles from Eldridge Street Wire

Posted August 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

The collection of dangling sneakers (and dildo) had been removed from the intersection of Eldridge and Broome Streets last winter. It was a watershed moment of sorts for the neighborhood, given that there’s usually something hanging from the power lines here. Well, cue the return of a shiny (nay, veiny) new dildo. Except this time […]

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The DOT Activates 2 New Slow Zones Along the Bowery and East Houston

Posted August 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

The city just announced that three major downtown traffic arteries are to become DOT-imposed slow zones, two of which criss-cross the Lower East Side. Starting in November, the full length of Houston Street (West Street to Baruch Place) and the Bowery (Chatham to Cooper Square) will carry reduced speed limits. The “Arterial Slow Zones” program […]

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Reader Report: Gas Leak Detected on East Houston Yesterday

Posted July 31, 2014 at 10:10 am

The smell of gas in the air was quite pungent on East Houston yesterday evening. Emergency Con Edison crews and firefighters were busy in and around the corner of Eldridge Street. One resident theorized that the purported leakage was probably related to the constant construction in the vicinity. No word yet on the cause of […]