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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 […]



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 […]



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 […]


The Bowery Mission Sheltering Hundreds During Cold Snap; No One Turned Away

Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

With the so-called polar vortex enveloping the city, the Bowery Mission is doing its part to keep the homeless warm. The historic faith-based charity at 227 Bowery is sheltering hundreds of those without, turning away no one. According to a report in the Christian Post, staff members prowl the streets nightly to ensure nobody is […]



Should the City Employ Piss Detectors for Subway Stations?

Posted January 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

The use of subway elevators and stairwells as a personal bathroom is undeniably an issue for cities all over the world. As vile as the public transit system can smell in New York, we can’t even begin to imagine how bad the stench must be during the dead of summer in southern metropolitan areas. Regardless, police […]

Moments before a Duane Reade handy, Photo: John Wilson

SantaCon ‘Handy’ Man at Duane Reade Exposed?

Posted December 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

Now in the third day of its news cycle, the handjob heard ’round the world shows no signs of slowing. As we first reported Monday morning, one SantaCon reveler thought it a great idea to get a handy in the Duane Reade at 14th and 3rd. The story quickly went viral (natch), reaching Gawker and […]


Moments before a Duane Reade handy, Photo: John Wilson

In Which Santa Gets a Hand Job at Duane Reade

Posted December 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

Despite the weekend snowstorm, SantaCon nevertheless reared its red-capped head. Santas were seen slipping and sliding around the neighborhood screaming their bullshit. But one Boogie tipster alerted us to the holy grail, as it were, courtesy of John Wilson. The Santa you see in the window of this 14th Street Duane Reade (at 3rd Avenue) […]



Tonight: Seminar on Rent Stabilization Around the East Village and Lower East Side

Posted December 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

Those wanting to learn more about rent stabilization and the like should take note. Tonight (6pm-8pm), The Actors Fund, Cooper Square Committee, Fourth Arts Block, and La MaMa present a two-hour seminar that addresses rent stabilization and privately-owned, government subsidized housing city-wide. There will be a particular focus on artist housing within the Lower East Side/East […]



Dollar Pizza and Bike Shop for 174 Delancey Street

Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:05 am

Platinum Properties has yet to unload 174 Delancey Street from its portfolio. The two-building package was put on the market last July for $8 million; it’s since been reduced to $7.25 million. In the meantime, the refurbished glitzy ground level retail spaces are now occupied. The east store of 174 Delancey is a new bike […]


Today is Also the First Day of Chanukah, Oy Vey!

Posted November 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Chanukah and Thanksgiving! Probably not again in our lifetimes. From Chanukah was declared a Jewish national holiday 2,178 years ago. Thanksgiving was declared a national American holiday on the last Thursday of every November by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Before then, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different dates in different states, so we won’t count […]