Rendering composite of Ben Shaoul and 196 Orchard St, Photo: Real Deal

Big Real Estate Plots Area Domination with ‘LES is More’ Summit at the Sunshine Cinema

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

“L.E.S. is more.” This cringeworthy slogan, a played-out play-on-words, has long been co-opted by the real estate industry in order to sell the Lower East Side. Closer to home, the Lower East Side Partnership, whose singular mission is to increase property values for the area stakeholders, also employs the phrase.  Now, big real estate is holding […]

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Busted Exercise Equipment on East River Esplanade Finally Replaced by the City

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

It just wasn’t built to last, and now, reinforcements… Replacements for the heavily-used exercise equipment near the mouth of Pier 35 are finally here. Parks Department workers were spotted installing the new machines yesterday afternoon, much to the delight of locals. Indeed, it’s been a long time coming. Pretty much since debut in February 2015, […]

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Yep Tour Chinatown Buses Seized, Forced to Pay $15K in Fines

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Opposition continues to mount in the ongoing battle against illegally operating intercity buses. Back in November, the CB3 Transportation subcommittee denied Yep Tour a permit to operate on Pike Street and East Broadway, as it would set a dangerous precedent for other unchecked bus companies. The motion to deny carried, though Yep Tour nevertheless stayed classy in admitting […]

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The Fat Radish Changes it up with New Lunch Concept and Pintail Coffee

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:19 am

Change is afoot in the Fat Radish empire. The modern British eatery at 17 Orchard Street is set to dish out a new “lunch concept,” and duly welcomes executive chef Nick Wilber back into the fold, to work alongside head chef Jared Dowling. Owners Ben Towill and Phil Winser had previously relocated Wilber to their Upper East Side […]

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‘Birdhouse Repo’ Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford to Live in NYC Anymore

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

To live in New York City is so expensive, even the birds can’t afford it. This truth is the creative mojo behind a new temporary art project coming to First Park this month. The incoming sculpture, aptly entitled “Birdhouse Repo,” is the work of city native Aaron Schraeter. Simple yet brilliant, his goal was political […]

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MooShoes Full Service Vegan Grocery Opens at the End of the Month on Orchard Street

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:10 am

MooShoes reopened back in September with a totally new look. The popular cruelty-free shoe shop divided its retail space at 78 Orchard Street, and is now getting into the food game. Quite literally narrowing the retail shopping experience allowed ownership to introduce Orchard Grocer, as we first reported. The full service vegan grocery will feature […]

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With the Debut of ‘S’zen Mixology Lounge’ this Week, Another THOR Spot for Embattled Hell Square

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Embattled neighbors call it one of the most problematic operators dotting Hell Square. One that seemingly gets away with everything. Somehow the Hotel on Rivington continues to open (and close) new establishments on-premise without the benefit of public scrutiny. The latest future grievance to arrive is a second-floor nightspot dubbed S’zen Mixology Lounge (i.e. scene + zen). […]

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Bandit in Klondike Hat Knocks Off 2 Chase Bank in Chinatown 

Posted January 16, 2017 at 5:12 am

For the second time since Christmas, a Chase Bank on the Bowery has been knocked off. Police are looking for a man in a “Klondike hat” as lead suspect in both robberies, the latest of which transpired on Thursday. The perp visited Chase Bank at 2 Bowery on Thursday at around 1:51pm, and slipped a […]

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Apparently the Junkies and Bowery Bums are Annoying Patrons at Whole Foods

Posted January 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

For years, the second floor of the Bowery Whole Foods has been a veritable hangout for all walks of life, from the upper crust to the homeless and downtrodden. Specifically the area around the corner from the artisanal cafe counters – on the Chrystie Street front – which houses a gaggle of tables and chairs. […]

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Pedestrian Ramp Construction Around the LES is Complete

Posted January 13, 2017 at 5:17 am

  Much of that curbside construction around the neighborhood that commenced last spring is finally wrapping up. This week, the DDC completed its installation of twenty-one new ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps, plus fourteen new catch basins to improve stormwater drainage, at intersections in Manhattan neighborhoods south of 23rd Street.  It was reportedly no easy feat, as all of the ramps were […]

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