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Peels on the Bowery Abruptly Shutters; Josh Pickard and Andrew Carmellini Rumored as Replacements

Posted January 23, 2014 at 6:12 am

Peels abruptly shuttered yesterday after two-and-a-half years serving at 325 Bowery. Principals William Tigertt and Taavo Somer told Grub St that they’ve “decided to turn the restaurant over to the landlord.” In a statement, the business partners thanked their loyal customers for the “years of support and memories.” Meanwhile, Eater is rumormongering that Josh Pickard […]

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‘Welcome to Manhattan’ Signs Changed to Reflect Mayor de Blasio

Posted January 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

Mayor de Blasio is officially emblazoned on the street. It took three weeks to finally happen, but the DOT finally swapped out the welcome signage at the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges to reflect the new administration. The change in traffic markers happened within the last couple days.

2013 Chinatown Lunar New Year / Photo: Better Chinatown U.S.A.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse

Posted January 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Plenty of celebration is loping Chinatown’s way. The 15th Annual Firecracker Ceremony, organized by the Better Chinatown Society, will have your ears ringing in the first day of the Chinese New Year – the year of the horse – over at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Giddy up! The partying continues a few days later with a parade and […]

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Orchard Street Dug Up as Part of East Houston Reconstruction Project

Posted January 16, 2014 at 6:05 am

The East Houston reconstruction project – now in its ninth year – refuses to let up. As the weeks pass, the vehicles inch ever eastward toward the river. Infrastructural repairs are now underway at the corner of Orchard Street, where surgery has already begun to “install and connect the new trunk water main.” The procedure […]

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Injured East Village Farm and Grocery Florist Akkas Ali Dies

Posted January 15, 2014 at 6:07 am

Former East Village Farm and Grocery worker Akkas Ali, fighting for his life since the summertime, passed away two weeks ago. The 63-year-old had suffered massive brain injuries after the car accident, losing his memory and recognition of loved ones. The sad news was revealed by CB3 board member Chad Marlow before the transportation subcommittee meeting […]

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KISS Shills for John Varvatos Spring 2014 Collection

Posted January 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

We were never ardent KISS fans, but the sight of the rock stars joining John Varvatos for his Spring 2014 collection just doesn’t sit right. And, what’s more, the washed up brand ambassadors performed the hallowed CBGB space Varvatos calls home. Ordinarily it shouldn’t be a problem, though. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley stop at […]

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Reward Posters Surface for 2003 Orchard Street Murder of Burke O’Brien

Last modified January 13, 2014 at 9:19 am

Exactly eleven years ago, 25-year-old Chicago native Burke O’Brien arrived in Manhattan to start a new job at Bank of America. A week later, after a night of partying, he was shot to death while returning to his sister’s apartment at 75 Orchard Street. The assailant fired a round into his chest after an alleged […]

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The Bowery Mission Sheltering Hundreds During Cold Snap; No One Turned Away

Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

With the so-called polar vortex enveloping the city, the Bowery Mission is doing its part to keep the homeless warm. The historic faith-based charity at 227 Bowery is sheltering hundreds of those without, turning away no one. According to a report in the Christian Post, staff members prowl the streets nightly to ensure nobody is […]

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Should the City Employ Piss Detectors for Subway Stations?

Posted January 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

The use of subway elevators and stairwells as a personal bathroom is undeniably an issue for cities all over the world. As vile as the public transit system can smell in New York, we can’t even begin to imagine how bad the stench must be during the dead of summer in southern metropolitan areas. Regardless, police […]

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SantaCon ‘Handy’ Man at Duane Reade Exposed?

Posted December 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

Now in the third day of its news cycle, the handjob heard ’round the world shows no signs of slowing. As we first reported Monday morning, one SantaCon reveler thought it a great idea to get a handy in the Duane Reade at 14th and 3rd. The story quickly went viral (natch), reaching Gawker and […]

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