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Complaints Mounting Against the Makeshift Shelter of the Allen Street Mall

Last modified September 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

That nighttime cookout in the Allen Street Mall was part of a larger trend. A group of presumably destitute men and women has been camping out in the median since the early part of summer. At all hours of the day you can find evidence of the occupation, from dozers on the bench to piles of […]



The Bowery Doesn’t Have Many Cemusa Newsstands, But Will Soon Gain Another

Posted September 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Bowery itself is rather bereft of Cemusa newsstands, all of which are easily counted on one hand. In fact, not accounting for side streets, there are only three such sidewalk businesses from Cooper to Chatham Square – northeast corner of Bleecker, at Bayard, and Marilyn Louie’s cramped quarters at Pell Street. But this reality […]



In Which a Half-Naked Man Walks Down the Bowery with Only a Speedo

Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:19 am

Nothing like seeing a half-naked man strolling down the Bowery in 85-degree heat. This pigtailed pedestrian ambled southward on the Bowery yesterday afternoon with naught but a skimpy Speedo. Not quite the full monty, of course, but nevertheless a stunt that had guys and girls gawking in awe. It even elicited cat-calls and shouts of […]



Robber Rips Away Chrystie Street Storefront to Steal ATM

Posted September 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

There was no such beginner’s luck for juice cafe/bubble tea newcomer 1st Stop at the southwest corner of Chrystie and Hester. Yesterday morning, a robber reportedly tried to make off with the storefront ATM. Discreet would not be the proper adjective for this attempted heist, though. A couple of witnesses at the scene told us […]


Decades-Old Poplar Tree in Liz Christy Garden Will Be Cut Down Imminently

Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Over the last few decades, it’s grown to become a bucolic tower in the Bowery skyline. Time’s almost up, though. The highly visible Poplar tree with Dragonclaw Ivy at the northeast corner of East Houston is at the end of its life. Estimates place its age at roughly forty years. According to the announcement posted […]


Citi Bike trailer tow, St. Mark's Place

About Those Cyclists Towing Flatbeds of Citi Bikes Around the City

Posted August 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

Perhaps you’ve witnessed this. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the proliferation of vest-wearing cyclists towing flatbeds of Citi Bikes. These bike trailers are everywhere, from the Lower East Side to midtown. And it’s always an eye-grabber; a WTF moment. According to Citi Bike brass, these new pedalers are actually part of the “rebalancing team,” whose […]

Photo: Ajak Deng

Model and Essex Street Resident Ataui Deng Found Alive 12 Days After Vanishing

Posted August 19, 2014 at 9:50 am

Twenty-two-year-old supermodel Ataui Deng went missing twelve days ago, prompting a heated search that included a viral social media campaign. Even Rihanna tweeted about her disappearance. She had last been seen at the Attic nightclub in Hell’s Kitchen, but was found alive at “an area hospital” early this morning (1am). NYPD offers no additional information on […]



‘Gatsby’ Hotel on Orchard is Overbuilt and Neighbors Worry About Its Open-Air ‘Arcade’

Posted August 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

Here is a street-level view of the notorious arcade in the forthcoming Gatsby hotel at 163 Orchard Street. It’s actually more like an atrium or sorts (albeit horizontal), exposed to the elements on both Orchard and Allen exposures. This second floor is now a flashpoint issue in Hell Square, and will likely to continue to be […]


Cemusa Drops a Newsstand at Lafayette and East Houston

Posted August 13, 2014 at 6:03 am

Pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists converge to make the intersection of Lafayette and East Houston one of the busiest in the downtown environs. But, for whatever reason, the area hadn’t been earmarked for a newfangled newsstand. Until a couple weeks ago. Cemusa dropped another of its unsightly glass boxes at the northeast corner. Right outside the Bank […]

The Spiderman Dildo on Eldridge St.

Spider-Man Dildo Dangles from Eldridge Street Wire

Posted August 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

The collection of dangling sneakers (and dildo) had been removed from the intersection of Eldridge and Broome Streets last winter. It was a watershed moment of sorts for the neighborhood, given that there’s usually something hanging from the power lines here. Well, cue the return of a shiny (nay, veiny) new dildo. Except this time […]