Seasonal Holiday Lighting Returns to Orchard Street this Week

Posted November 30, 2016 at 9:30 am

With Thanksgiving done, out come the season’s greetings. Like clockwork. The holiday lights were strung above the roadway along the length of Orchard Street Monday evening. As in years past, the decorative snowflake orbs are now suspended above each intersection between East Houston and Hester. This is the heart of the designated area under the jurisdiction of […]

Photo: Jake Dell

Katz’s Deli in Dekalb Market Hall Delayed Until ‘Spring 2017’

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:16 am

The teaser banners are up. Katz’s Deli will open its first satellite outpost in Brooklyn in just a few short months. The signage hanging at the future DeKalb Market Hall touts a spring 2017 launch. Their involvement in the 60,000 square-foot DeKalb project had been rumored for some time before owner Jake Dell confirmed the […]

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Flood Lights on Avenue C These Days Akin to Supermax Prison, Locals Argue

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:15 am

Alphabet City public housing along the FDR is lined with NYPD mobile flood lights. Just walk on by or travel southbound on the Drive and you’ll easily see the daylight-at-night conditions. It’s easily visible from blocks around. But what of the folks living in and around this area? One fed-up neighbor wrote to us about […]



Essex Crossing Unleashes Second Tower Crane into the LES Skyline

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:11 am

There are now two tower cranes situated at the southeast corner of Essex and Delancey Streets. The second one appeared over the holiday weekend and is crowding the lot. Both are tasked with the job of constructing the “Gateway” property for the Essex Crossing mega-development, and together dominate the Lower East Side skyline. Kneel before […]

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‘Fat Free Art’ Gallery Announced for Allen Street with Tats Cru Mural

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

It wouldn’t be the Lower East Side without another “gritty” showroom dedicated to street art. The latest entrant in this category is Fat Free Art, a spartant space that recently signed on to 102 Allen Street, formerly Center Space Gallery. Fat Free Art will christen the 950 square-foot ground floor on December 9 with a solo […]

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Dedication of Restored ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles in Astor Place Delayed Until Thursday

Posted November 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

For Jim Power, the culmination of his fight to keep his accomplished “Mosaic Trail” passing through Astor Place will have to wait a couple more days. Inclement weather today and tomorrow forced the Village Alliance business improvement district to postpone the dedication ceremony until Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm. Yet another hurdle that proves it wasn’t an […]

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NYU Acknowledges No One Can Afford Housing, Offers ‘Grandma’s Spare Room’ to Students

Posted November 29, 2016 at 5:13 am

New York University – the college and real estate behemoth – acknowledges that no one can really afford to attend anymore. Let alone dorm near the 4th Street “campus.” So it’s introduced a pilot program that pairs the young and the old with cheaper living quarters. “Grandma’s Spare Room,” as the name suggests, is an intergenerational […]

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Protesters Target Ivanka Trump with Candlelight Vigil Outside Kushner’s SoHo Building [PHOTOS]

Last modified November 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

Trump protesters last night assembled at the foot of the Puck Building to voice opposition to the president-elect, but specifically daughter, Ivanka Trump. Her husband-slumlord Jared Kushner developed the Puck Penthouses. An Instagram account called “Dear Ivanka,” product of the Halt Action Group, accuses her of profiting from “Trump’s racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic campaign.” The rally […]

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Serafina Rolls out the Red Carpet for its Rivington Street Opening

Posted November 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

It doesn’t get much tackier than this. Last night, Serafina literally rolled out the red carpet and photo backdrop for the opening of its Lower East Side location at 98 Rivington Street. Drum-and-bass music kept the crowd of insiders (not of the neighborhood) at bay. Also, note the “cocktails and pizza” neon lettering which seems […]

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Former Amato Opera House on the Bowery Gains Both Luxury Living and New Fire Escapes

Last modified November 29, 2016 at 8:05 am

The former Amato Opera House is now unrecognizable as its former self. With scaffolding dismantled – and lettering gone from the facade – the theater is reincarnated as luxury living. There are some visible additions to the 1899-era tenement, including fresh white paintjob, the new duplex penthouse, and external fire escape system currently undergoing installation. […]

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