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New Shanty Residence Outside Former Bowery Lighting Store

Posted August 21, 2013 at 6:08 am

This Bowery bum has a comfy perch outside the former Lighting Library. The longstanding sidewalk bridge on the west side of the street created a perfect shelter for the unknown man, who quickly assembled a stack of cardboard boxes for some privacy. Behind those plastic curtains is a bed of cardboard boxes and bags of […]



Botanica Humorously Blames Toilet for Its 10-Day Hiatus

Posted August 20, 2013 at 6:10 am

As of yesterday, Botanica Bar at 47 East Houston is on a ten-day hiatus. To announce the temporary closure, ownership decided on some pithy signage, blaming the toilet. While the Botanica bathroom is by no means a gagworthy Trainspotting type (i.e. the worst), it’s still a rough one. Meanwhile, owner Mark Connell’s fancy upstairs bar […]


New ‘Wayfinder’ Sign Installed Outside Grand Street Subway Stop

Posted August 19, 2013 at 6:05 am

The WalkNYC wayfinding system debuted in Chinatown earlier this summer, with signposts installed in four highly trafficked areas


most current Robin flyer

Help Find Missing Artist Robin Putnam

Posted August 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Cindy and Doug Putnam are searching for their 25-year-old son Robin who dropped out of CA College of the Arts and disappeared about a year ago. They think he might be somewhere in New York City, and sent us this flyer to get the word out. If you have any info on his whereabouts, please take […]


Pet Island Opens at 363 Grand Street

Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

Even though the sign reads Kosher Bakery, it’s now just a misnomer. The Jewish bake shop, last of its kind on this part of the Lower East Side, threw in the towel last March. As reported in July, the replacement tenant at 363 Grand Street is a pet store called Pet Island, featuring groceries and […]



Sweet Grapes Wine Bar Becomes ‘Old Man Hustle’ on Essex Street

Posted August 7, 2013 at 6:00 am

At first we thought the so-called “old man hustle” was just a clever name for a happy hour special at the Sweet Grapes Wine Bar. Not so. In fact, that’s precisely the new identity of this Seward Park bar, a change which occurred within the last couple weeks. Still the same owners, though – the […]



NYPD Steps Up Biker Enforcement at Chrystie and Rivington

Posted August 2, 2013 at 6:15 am

It’s a normal occurrence of late. The 5th Precinct sends a detatchment of officers to the intersection of Chrystie and Rivington Street with the purpose of enforcing the rules of the road.


‘Girls’ Returns to the Bowery Today for Filming

Posted August 2, 2013 at 6:10 am

For the second time this week, HBO’s hit series Girls is returning to the neighborhood.



Orchard Hell Hole Returns with a Vengeance

Posted July 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

That Orchard hell hole we’ve been obsessing over is back from the dead.


Orchard Street Hell Hole Consumes 2 Parking Cones and a Biker

Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:05 am

Paging the “Pothole Gang,” get to Orchard and Broome stat.