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Lakwena’s Instagram Shill at the Bowery Mural Wall is Bombed

London-based artist Lakwena teamed up with Instagram and Goldman Properties last summer to paint a “socially conscious” statement at the Bowery Mural Wall. Four months later, the kaleidescopic “KindComment” marketing stunt is receiving nothing of the kind. Since then, the space has pretty much devolved into disaster, as taggers galore made quick work. Over this […]

This ‘Sneaky Tavern’ Brings Tasty Kicks to 10Below on Allen Street

The rocky road requires proper footwear. That seems to be the ethos behind an interesting retail collaboration down at 132 Allen Street. It appears that specialty ice cream shop 10Below needs some help with the rent, so there is now a sneaker operation co-habitating the space. Five shelves of product and a glass case occupy […]

Exiled Tenants of 85 Bowery Can Stay an Extra Week in Brooklyn Hotel, Plan Opposition Rally

Seventy-five people lost their homes last Thursday in the latest chapter of a nasty dispute between tenants of 85 Bowery and their landlord Joseph Betesh. The court-ordered inspection resulted in a Department of Buildings determination that the main stairwell was not structurally sound, and required an immediate vacate order. The city also ordered Joseph Betesh […]

85 Bowery Landlord Responds to Vacate Order, Alleges Illegal Conversion of Apartments to SRO

The controversial landlord of two Chinatown tenements is now responding to the ongoing drama with the embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery. You’ll recall that last Thursday evening, as part of the ongoing legal case between the two parties, the State Supreme Court ordered an inspection of 85 Bowery. An alphabet soup of city agencies and […]

‘Spitzer’s Corner’ Closes for Renovations

For the first time in a long time, the southeast corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets is relatively quiet. Ten-year-old Spitzer’s Corner closed this week for a slight makeover. Signs announcing the onsite renovations appear in the doorway of the establishment. This is an expected development. As previously reported, hated Hell Square operator Rob Shamlian is […]