Netlix Comedy ‘Friends from College’ to Saturate Hell Square Today

Posted October 25, 2016 at 5:18 am

Hell Square being the frat party it is, it’s really only fitting that a Netflix show called Friends from College would film here. The shoot is happening today, right in the heart of it, from Allen to Essex between Delancey and East Houston. So, expect clogged streets, for sure. The husband-and-wife team of Nick Stoller (Neighbors, […]

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145 Ludlow Street Goes Nondo, Pitching a Penthouse at $16.5K

Posted October 25, 2016 at 5:14 am

For the first time in more than a decade, there is a building sitting at 145 Ludlow Street. Not for artists, though. You need some serious coin to live here. The luxury residence was conceived and constructed as condos, but the owner reportedly decided to go rental instead. The marketing copy is quick to remind […]

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Surveying the Anti-Trump Street Art Around the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted October 25, 2016 at 5:04 am

With just over two weeks until Election Day, anti-Trump sentiment is reaching all corners of the Lower East Side. The street is talking, so here’s some of the artwork that’s sprung up in the last week. More so after the Trump-Clinton debate two nights ago. And Con$umr is definitely leading the charge with the Banksy […]

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Serafina will Open its Ludlow Street Restaurant on November 16

Posted October 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

There it is. It’s official. Yellow teaser banners at 98 Rivington Street promise that Serafina will open on November 16. Quite a surprise, actually. Build-out of this Lower East Side location has been ongoing for months – seemingly secretly – with painted gates closed. The advertising signs didn’t arrive until a few days ago (and […]

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More than a Year Later, Cooking Gas Finally Restored to 43 Essex Street as Retail Hits the Market

Posted October 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

Things are finally looking up for 43 Essex Street, a Lower East Side tenement whose tenants are struggling with the nascent slumlord. Cooking gas was restored last week after more than year without hookup, making life livable again. The former G&S Sporting Goods, meanwhile, is officially down for the count. Even though the local boxing […]

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CoCo Bubble Tea Spot Opens in Last Low-Rise Strip on Delancey Street

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

Taj Gold, one of the last jewelry/pawn shops along the Delancey Street corridor, closed back in May. Its store canopy was pried from the building and its windows fully papered. The company had been on the block for more than a decade. And until last week, the space at 156 Delancey was a vacant mess […]

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‘Ocean’s Eight’ Total Takeover of the Lower East Side Today

Last modified October 24, 2016 at 7:15 am

The mystery of whether there would be yet another addition to the Ocean’s canon of heist films is now answered. There is an Ocean’s Eight on the way, if you can believe it; a spinoff of the original trilogy. And it’s filming in a large swath of Lower East Side territory today. Just check out the […]

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Owner of ‘Lower East Side’ Trademark Files Suit Against American Eagle

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:12 am

Robert G. Lopez continues to go for the jugular. The litigious apparel maker – owner of the Lower East Side trademark as it relates to clothing (LES Clothing Co.) – is again on the warpath. This time, it’s American Eagle that’s fallen victim. Lopez, often nicknamed a “trademark troll,” filed suit against the brand in the […]

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Year After Fire Displaced Dozens, 73 Monroe Street Reborn as Luxury Rentals

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

The five-story tenement at 73 Monroe Street is on the rebound more than a year after a second-floor blaze vacated the property and displaced dozens of tenants. Rehabilitation commenced several months ago and just recently wrapped, transforming the walkup into luxury rentals. In late May 2015, a fire sparked on the second floor and spread […]

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Site of Mass Displacement: A Chinatown Gentrified by Galleries [Op-Ed]

Last modified October 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm

The following was written by Liz Moy of the Chinatown Art Brigade. There is an ongoing perception that Manhattan’s Chinatown has stayed relatively the same throughout the years whilst other low-income neighborhoods of color have been overtaken by gentrification. Ask someone how Chinatown fares in an increasingly unaffordable city and they’ll likely say, at least […]

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