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Why You Should Start Listening to Grace Love [REVIEW]

Posted August 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

She’s called Seattle’s “First Lady of Soul.” And with cause. Grace Love – who spent the last few years in New York City – has the pipes to match. She and her backing band, the True Loves, are on the up-and-up, and you should start listening. Last week, the chanteuse returned to the Lower East […]

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Someone Killed These Huge Mutant Rats and Strung Them from Scaffolding

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

We’re gonna need a bigger glue trap… Yes, this image sent from a tipster certainly lends credence to the colloquial phrase “rats the size of dogs.” Here on the Lower East Side. Take a moment from your busy routine and scope out this scariness. These enormous river rats were strung up and humiliated over the […]

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‘VapeYa’ Brings Vaping Craze to Hell Square

Posted August 31, 2015 at 5:16 am

Call it a proliferation of puffing. It finally happened. Hell Square now has its first fully-fledged vape shop. Yep, the store at 166 Orchard Street swapped the pics for puffs. A month after Anastasia Photo moved around the corner, VapeYa has already taken control. Build-out has been underway for the last few weeks behind the […]

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NYU Langone Medical Center Inks 40K Square-Feet in Essex Crossing

Posted August 31, 2015 at 5:12 am

The NYU Langone Medical Center is the latest big name to ink a real estate deal with the Essex Crossing mega-project. 40,000 square-feet of space, in fact. Its construction will reportedly occupy SPURA Site 6 on Clinton Street, located adjacent to the Seward Park Extension (aka 154 Broome). This new medical facility will be called […]

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Read Prosperity Dumpling’s Full DOH Closure Report

Posted August 31, 2015 at 5:10 am

The aerial image of a tenement alleyway behind 46 Eldridge Street was the proverbial shot heard round the internet last week. In an instant, Prosperity Dumpling, whose back-alley kitchen was exposed, went from critical darling to up-shit’s-creek. The dumpling counter shuttered on Thursday, a day after a city inspection. The Department of Health pounced immediately. […]

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Silver Monuments Departing the LES After More than 60 Years in Business

Last modified August 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

And so it goes, the last gravestone business on the Lower East Side is leaving. We knew eventually the day would come when Silver Monument Works would depart, but are in mourning nonetheless. Oh, that awesome antique store signage. Neighborhood documentarian Clayton Patterson informs us that owner Murray Silver is gearing up for a move […]

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Rice Noodle Cart Returns to Rutgers Street After Hiatus

Posted August 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

As roadwork eases in Straus Square, a morning institution returns to Rutgers Street. The uber-popular Chinese “Rice Noodle Cart” – long a mainstay at the corner of East Broadway – resumed service on Wednesday morning. Its designated sidewalk square had been gobbled up as part of the staging area for the reconstruction of Straus Square, […]

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Reader Report: Bartender Tackles Female Patron on Chrystie Street, Cops Look the Other Way

Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:18 am

Looks like the Experimental Cocktail Club will be ending on a controversial note (Et Al is taking over). A reader tipped us off to an incident that went down on Wednesday night (10:30pm) in which a female patron was allegedly manhandled and forcibly removed by a male bartender. The exact circumstances of her removal are […]

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Pile On: Essex Crossing Hammers First Foundation Elements in Place at Site 2

Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

It’s the moment we’ve not been waiting for. The Gateway to Essex Crossing, as it were, just started to take shape. Its bones, at least. Here and now, the first few building blocks of what will ultimately comprise ten years of construction headaches along Delancey Street. Those twin, five-story pile drivers (and four backhoes) sitting within […]

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‘Killion’ Opens Flagship Menswear Boutique on Orchard Street

Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:10 am

It took five months of searching, but the old Mastihashop space at 145 Orchard Street is now active again. Another upscale clothier just announced itself. With blinding neons. Killion is now on the dance floor. Earlier this week, Killion installed white lights on location. The boutique specializes in “modern menswear.” It offers a “sophisticated selection […]

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