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Commercial Construction Full Throttle, Another Subway Entrance at Broadway-Lafayette Closes

Posted September 13, 2016 at 5:09 am

Call it a tale of two worksites. The two commercial projects on East Houston Street bordering SoHo are following a near-identical trajectory. Both broke ground at roughly the same time; both thrust a reconfigured traffic and pedestrian flow onto the neighborhood; and both forced subway entrances to close, albeit temporarily. Starting today, a second entrance […]

Basement Heist on Orchard Street Yields $20K in Loot for Suspected Burglars

Posted August 29, 2016 at 5:09 am

This heist is straight out of the movies. Earlier this month, two burglars broke through a basement wall on Orchard Street to steal $20,000 from a local real estate company. On August 18, the brazen crooks snipped the cellar padlock of a neighboring business at 4pm in order to gain access to the basement, police […]

The Falafel Shop on Rivington Takes a ‘Maintenance’ Break, Should Return Next Week

Posted August 26, 2016 at 9:37 am

You may have noticed that the Falafel Shop on Rivington Street wasn’t open all week. An explanation as to why didn’t actually materialize until yesterday. According to a laminate on the shuttered gate, the popular four-year-old Mediterranean joint closed for routine “maintenance,” but should reopen “middle of next week. Eyal Tov founded the Falafel Shop […]

The City is About to Screw the LES Waterfront Again with this 1,000-Foot Tower

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:41 pm

The city will screw the Lower East Side waterfront by allowing this 1,000-foot tower to proceed. Indeed, the Department of City Planning reversed course this week, and will now hear the case for this monstrosity. This despite the ongoing litigation over the contested few parcels on the backside of Extell’s One Manhattan Square. It’s certainly a […]

Hell Square Bodega Wars Heat up with ‘Legacy Gourmet Deli’ on Essex Street

Posted August 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

Shots fired. The bodega wars within the confines of Hell Square are heating up. The Subway franchise location at 153 Essex Street (i.e. Gotham Court) folded last fall after a bumpy few years in business. A six-month dormancy period followed, but was relatively short-lived. Legacy Gourmet Deli is next to bat in this mixed-use complex, […]

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City Hosting ‘Rat Academy’ to School Residents About Infestation and Prevention

Posted August 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

In a never-ending battle of humans versus rodents, the city is kicking it up a notch by bringing awareness to the masses. They did this a year ago, and it must have struck a chord, because it’s back – only this time with a catchier name. Council Member Corey Johnson and the NYC Department of Health and […]

‘National Night Out Against Crime’ Happening on East Broadway This Afternoon

Posted August 2, 2016 at 5:05 am

It must be the first Tuesday in August, as the annual National Night Out Against Crime is happening. The annual event, a community awareness initiative sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, aims to garner and promote “police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.” This year’s 7th Precinct outing is headquartered on the […]

The Classic Coffee Shop Reopens on Hester Street

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

The local diner classic is back. The Classic Coffee Shop reopened yesterday after its week-long renovation period. The sign on 56 Hester Street alerting customers to its summer cleaning was definitely a scare. As was the cluttered space – in a state of total disarray – on Tuesday evening. After all, we’re all too familiar […]

Tonight is the Vote for Gigi Li’s Replacement as CB3 Chair

Posted June 28, 2016 at 5:17 am

Community Board 3 nominations have been in since late last month. The fifty members of the advisory body will pick their next leader – the Chairperson seat – at the full board meeting tonight. (The public has no say in the matter.) For the last several years, its been Gigi Li atop the heap. Stepping […]

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Retail Space at Annabelle Selldorf’s Bowery Condo Hits the Market

Posted June 28, 2016 at 5:13 am

It took five days after sales went live this month for a buyer to snap up the 4,000 square-foot penthouse atop Annabelle Selldorf’s 13-story Bowery condo. The literal crown jewel is currently under contract for a whopping $17 million, which annihilates records for the area. Two weeks later, the 8,439 square-foot retail space in the base […]

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