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Henry Street Settlement To Hold Town Meeting About Future of the LES

Posted March 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Concerns of the state of the neighborhood are certainly on the rise. The impending SPURA plans, the bigwig developers throwing their dollars weight around to exploit the neighborhood’s character; it’s inevitably creating a bland corporate homogeneity. It’s also creating alarm. Mom and pops are being pushed out, both of their businesses and their residences, to […]

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’20 is Plenty’ Traffic Signs Posted on Stanton Street by Right of Way Guerrilla Safety Group

Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:06 am

At first sight, it’s fairly easy to mistake these new speed limit signs on Stanton Street for being legit. They aren’t. In fact, the fakeout traffic signage, forged by Road Traffic Signs over the weekend, was zip-tied to light poles outside the Lower East Side Preparatory High School by activists from Right of Way, a guerrilla […]

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Report: Subway Jumper Dies at 2nd Avenue Station Last Night

Last modified March 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

A reader writes in to say that a man allegedly jumped in front of a Brooklyn-bound train at the 2nd Avenue subway station. He reportedly died at the scene. Here is the dispatch. Last night a man was killed by a Brooklyn bound F train. It was an apparent suicide. Riders waiting on the platform […]

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East Houston Parcel Listed for $15M, Touted as ‘Prime’ Development Opportunity

Posted February 28, 2014 at 6:02 am

Rev up those bulldozers. You knew this was coming. A spacious lot (with generous air) at the southwest corner of East Houston and Clinton Streets is primed for some upscaling. At the moment, 287-291 East Houston is home to a two-story office for an accounting firm and an adjacent private parking lot (with garage door […]

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‘Wet Sex’ at Delancey/Essex Station

Last modified February 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

There’s been a “wet sex” epidemic in the Delancey Street subway station for over a week. Unchallenged. It’s a corruption of those ubiquitous “wet paint” signs that can only happen inside this particular stop. And it does. Often. Yet always funny.

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Service Restored to East Broadway Subway Escalator

Posted February 24, 2014 at 6:06 am

Mere hours after its illustrious debut inside the East Broadway subway station last week, the controversial escalator broke down. Apparently there was some sort of “electrical issue” which caused the mechanism to power down. It was certainly an embarrassing turn of events for the MTA, but no less fitting. Indeed, this 81-stair escalator became a […]

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Neighbors Demand Action to Renovate the East Broadway Subway Station

Posted February 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

East Broadway straphangers are still contending with overall station woes. It’s not just the incomplete escalator causing continuous gripes (local politicians are still pushing for that work to wrap). An outspoken group of neighbors demand an entire station overhaul for the beleaguered F stop, since it’s “the primary source of public transportation for a large […]

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Delancey Subway Station Receives ‘MTA Help Point’ Intercom

Posted February 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

The “MTA Help Point” technology was first unveiled three years ago, and implemented in two stations on the IRT line (23rd Street and Brooklyn Bridge). These glowing towers on subway platforms are part of a system-wide intercom network for passengers to access basic travel information or summon help during emergencies. By pressing the button, you […]

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Evicted Catherine Street Resident Abandons Dog; Rescuer Seeks Owner

Posted February 17, 2014 at 6:09 am

The former pit bull pet of an evicted Catherine Street resident on the Lower East Side is now in good hands. And she will not return the dog. Here’s why. Three years ago, almost to the day, one tenant at 20 Catherine was reportedly evicted from apartment 13B. While reasons for the boot are not […]

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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 […]