Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Takes Shape with New ‘Skate Proof’ Street Surfacing

Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:40 am

Another baby step toward “calming” Straus Square. For the last several nights, a contractor crew has been preparing the tiny sliver of Canal Street between Rutgers and East Broadway for a new pedestrian plaza. Specifically, the granular rumble-strip coating and its adhesive were installed late last night, a surface meant to deter skateboarders from claiming the […]

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Bowery Tenants Protest Harassment and Eviction Tactics of Slumlord Joseph Betesh

Posted July 19, 2017 at 5:11 am

Embattled rent regulated tenants at 83-85 Bowery are committed to fighting landlord Joseph Betesh. The Tenants Association there is holding a protest against Betesh later today to shine light on the displacement and alleged lack of repairs in the two tenements. Betesh purchased the adjacent tenements at 83-85 Bowery back in 2013 alongside ten other […]

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There was an Attempted Robbery at the Bank of America at Delancey and Ludlow Yesterday [Updated]

Last modified July 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

At roughly 5pm yesterday evening, the Bank of America branch at the northwest corner of Ludlow and Delancey Streets (anchoring the Ludlow Residence) was the site of an attempted robbery. Cops are looking for a white male wearing black t-shirt, light shorts, and a green fisherman hat, who allegedly passed the teller a note demanding money. […]

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Neighbors Bid Farewell to Cup & Saucer with Emotional Gate Tribute

Posted July 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Monday was supposed to have been the last day in business for Cup & Saucer. Unfortunately for those seeking a last meal that day, the rude surprise of a shuttered gate signaled the early end. By yesterday morning, an outpouring of tributes to the luncheonette arrived on the doorstep. Two pieces of neon orange oaktag […]

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Here’s What Really Happened in the Roach-Infested East Village Building that Made Headlines this Week

Posted July 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

The so-called hoarder heard ’round the world made headlines this weekend for an East Village apartment in shambles. After the tenant’s eviction – court proceedings reportedly dragged on for more than a year – the landlord hired exterminators to enter the scene, eradicate the roach infestation, and pick up everything from trash to dead animals. The super […]

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Big Reveal Begins at Tadao Ando’s 152 Elizabeth Street Condos

Posted July 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

Tadao Ando’s seven-story “jewel box” condo project in Little Italy topped out back in February. It’s now undressing. The network of netting and ironwork is starting to come down at 152 Elizabeth Street, revealing the spartan glass-and-concrete design. A large panel obstructing the new facade was removed over the last several days. With entry on […]

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CB3 Puts its Foot Down Over Hell Square Liquor Licenses

Last modified July 18, 2017 at 8:29 am

Sitting seventeen stories up seemed like a strange location for the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3, but the meeting at Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel seemed appropriate all the same. One theme of the night was that the advisory body is taking a more serious stance on Hell Square license saturation. Let’s dive into some of […]

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Sartiano’s ‘Broken Coconut’ Health Eatery Stakes Claim to Former Other Music Space

Last modified July 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm

That a trendy health eatery would replace a music mecca is anathema. But it looks like it’s happening all the same. Word on the street is that the old Other Music is to be replaced by something called the Broken Coconut and with the uppity slogan, “Eat pretty.” Should we be surprised? When the brown butcher […]

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‘Cafe Henrie’ Seeks Extended Hours and Full Liquor Upgrade

Posted July 17, 2017 at 9:34 am

Cafe Henrie, the two-year-old eatery alongside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, seeks an upgrade of its liquor license to serve hard booze. Ownership also hopes to keep the 20-table establishment open until 2am daily. The pitch is not sitting well with some neighbors, though, including the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coaltion, which noted on its website, “Generally […]

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Elements of 50-Foot Jarmulowsky Bank Cupola Make an Appearance

Last modified July 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

The Jarmulowsky Bank Building, previously wrapped in a blanket for winter, just received its crown. The bones of the cupola are here… It was In February 2014 when word first leaked that the Jarmulowsky Bank Building at Canal and Orchard Streets would see the return of its defining feature. The fifty-foot rooftop cupola that had […]

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