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Happy Independence Day!

Posted July 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

You might be too sun-burnt to read this. Or you’re at a BBQ, a picnic, the beach – something summertime awesome. So here are a few quick pics to remind you that the United States of America has been basking in this glorious holiday since 1776, the year the Committee of Five approved the Declaration of […]

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CVS Will Debut Its New Location on East Houston July 5

Posted July 1, 2014 at 6:11 am

CVS is finally ready to unveil its new block-long pharmacy at 42-56 East Houston Street. The plywood curtain was lifted yesterday to reveal a fresh brick facade, and new window scheme. Their token illuminated signage is also bolted to the marquee in four different places. You know, just in case you forget where you are. […]

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Feds Seek 7-Month Sentence for LulzSec Hacker and Lower East Sider ‘Sabu’

Posted May 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Anarchism and the Lower East Side go hand in hand, so should we be super surprised that one of the most notorious hackers of our day operated from within the Jacob Riis Houses on Avenue D? You’ll recall that in June 2011, hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, an unemployed father of two, was caught by the […]

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Three LES Settlement Houses Host ‘Don’t Be a Bully’ Contest

Posted May 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

There’s no question that bullying is a tough matter, but what can we do to help better understand it? And how can we turn such negativity into something positive? Healthfirst has teamed up with NYC Arts Cypher and The Association of Latino Business Owners and Residents (ALBOR) to sponsor the “Don’t Be a Bully” contest. […]

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Russ & Daughters Cafe Probably Opening on May 7; Neons Switched On

Posted April 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Russ & Daughters is a week out from opening its hotly-anticipated cafe at 127 Orchard Street. A store worker tells our tipster that May 7 is the target date, “God willing.” Meanwhile, the trademark red-and-green neon signage on Allen Street was switched on last week, and has been burning bright ever since. Day and night. There […]

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EMM Group Cops $25K Plea Deal with SLA Regarding Numerous Violations at 199 Bowery

Posted April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

Mark Birnbaum had much to celebrate when a Finale customer ordered 200 bottles of champagne last weekend. Yet it wasn’t only that the single tab netted at least $60,000; he might actually get away scot free with a slap on the wrist. EMM Group will now pay the piper a fraction of that amount in […]

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Rare ‘Tetrad’ Total Lunar Eclipse Schedule Begins Tonight with Blood Moon

Posted April 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

Thanks to unavoidable light pollution, star-gazing is somewhat of a difficulty within the city limits. Unless you’re Felton Davis (sidewalk stargazer), the average dweller can’t see clearly; those on the Lower East Side have a better view, but it’s nothing great. But late tonight is a big astronomical event that all can behold. There will […]

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Richard Gere Will Play a Homeless Man on Clinton Street Today for ‘Time Out of Mind’

Posted April 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

After spending a day filming scenes in the East Village, production on Time Out of Mind continues today south of the Mason Dixon Line Houston into the Lower East Side. The Oren Moverman-directed drama will block traffic in and around the intersection of Clinton and Stanton Streets. Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a […]

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10 Years of the Chalk Project’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Tributes

Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:06 am

Each year on March 25, the names of 146 people are chalked onto the streets of the Manhattan, but mainly the Lower East Side. These are the identities of the doomed garment workers (mostly teenaged young women) who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. The citywide memorial project, now it its tenth year, […]

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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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