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Political Support for Lunar New Year School Holiday Gains Momentum

Last modified January 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Kids throughout New York City are one step closer to an extra school year holiday. Today, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblyman Ron Kim will publicly vocalize their support for legislation to allow NYC to close schools in honor of the Lunar New Year. Truancy has been a real problem during […]

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Popular Chinese Hotpot Joint ’99 Favor Taste Restaurant’ Expands to 285 Grand Street

Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:06 am

The new glass box at 285 Grand Street touched down from outer-space one year ago. It arrived three years after that terrible fire consumed almost half the block, resulting in the destruction of two tenement buildings, the displacement of 200 residents, and the loss of an elderly Chinese man. But the fire-kissed properties have finally […]

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Missed Connection Post Revives Thoughts of Three-Day Marriage from 1989

Posted January 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

On the fair L Train is where one vexed New Yorker lays his scene. This well-scripted swan song found its way onto Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” a few days ago. And boy is it something. Allegedly married for three days back in ’89 to win a college bet, these two semi-lovebirds lost touch when Romeo had […]

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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.

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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 […]