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‘Little Canal’ Unveils its Cafe Storefront on Canal Street

Posted May 20, 2016 at 5:17 am

After a short five-month renovation period, the Little Canal cafe at the corner of Canal and Rutgers Streets is nearly complete. The plywood shed was dismantled and removed yesterday afternoon to reveal the converted storefront. Ultimately, two ground-floor spaces comprising 26 Canal were combined to create Little Canal. The Daylight Grocery Store, which recently moved […]

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Interpol-Wu Tang Supergroup Banks & Steelz Opens Orchard Street Pop-Up

Posted May 20, 2016 at 5:12 am

Rap-rock seems to be enjoying a brief resurgence this season. Heavy on the news that three-fourths of Rage Against the Machine will join Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real to form Prophets of Rage, another supergroup of sorts has entered the fray. Interpol frontman Paul Banks joined forces with Wu Tang Clan’s RZA for a […]

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Lands End I Rebranded ‘275 South’ with Luxury Amenities and Remodeled Apartments

Posted May 20, 2016 at 5:11 am

It’s no longer Land’s End I. That designation is over. Hereafter, you are to call it simply 275 South. After all, it needs to fit its description as a “modernist 19-story full-service apartment rental building in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.” Fresh off boasting about the exterior makeover coming to 275 […]

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Allen Mall Bathhouse Begins Asbestos Abatement Ahead of RFP for Snack Stand Conversion

Posted May 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

Holy shit! For the first time in Lord knows how long, there’s finally some definitive movement inside the decades-old Allen Mall Bathhouse. Stop the presses. Yesterday morning, several contractors were seen clearing out the former bathroom stall. Asbestos abatement activities, according to the men working the job. This is a watershed moment, undoubtedly the opening […]

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What Life was Like at Broome and Allen During the 1930s [PHOTOS]

Last modified May 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

With wheels in motion to co-name the corner of Broome and Allen Streets “Hy Genee Way,” and the advent of the second annual Greek Jewish Festival this Sunday, it’s time for an appreciation. An appreciation of the block through the eyes of the Kehila Kedosha Janina – for which Genee was longtime president and local […]

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Experiential Luxury Home Retailer ‘Pirch’ Debuts SoHo Flagship this Weekend

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:18 am

One of the largest buildings on the southeastern fringe of SoHo – 200 Lafayette Street – just got a significant retail makeover. San Diego-based luxury home retailer Pirch recently completed renovation on the monstrous corner spot, its first in the northeast (i.e. flagship). It had been under the knife for about a year. Pirch is an […]

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Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ Finally Sees the Light of Day Ahead of Saturday’s Block Party

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:12 am

Ahead of the now-annual Essex Street Market anniversary block party on Saturday – the institution turns 76 this year during Lower East Side History Month – that newfangled “Street Seat” is finally seeing the light of day. The wooden platform was installed curbside yesterday afternoon on the east side of Essex Street. Desired goal is for […]

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Original Home of Roumanian-American Synagogue on Hester Street Sells to Brazilian Developer for $5.9M

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

The original home of the First Roumanian-American Synagogue at 70 Hester Street (designed by Frederick Jenth in 1881) finally sold this month after an extended period on the open market. A few years after the first listings first surfaced, Brazil-based real estate developer Eduardo de Souza Ramos of Cerfco Participações acquired the three-story building for $5.9 million. […]

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Rumor: Soho House Acquires Comfort Inn at 136 Ludlow for $16M

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

Soho House is making a huge splash on the Lower East Side. The high-end members only club muscled its way onto Ludlow Street, purchased the former Nieberg Funeral Home (#139), then made sure it wasn’t landmarked by the city. Current plans are to open the swanky spot – named Ludlow House – by the end […]

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These Dead Piglets Were Discarded on Essex Street

Posted May 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

You may want to avert your eyes. Here’s a scattering of lifeless fetal pigs left for, well, dead curbside outside Seward Park High School Sunday morning (Essex and Grand). It was a disgusting display for passersby, and remained as such for hours until trash pickup. Several Redditors responded to the thread, and suggested that these […]

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