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Spaghetti Incident Will Open This Weekend on Eldridge Street

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

Call Axl Rose; the Spaghetti Incident is just days from happening at 231 Eldridge Street. We are told that the newcomer – in the works since November – opens to the public this weekend after a short period of friends-and-family gatherings. Emanuele Attala, the chef-owner of Malatesta and its sister restaurant Malaparte, just joined forces […]

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Lafayette Losses: Possible Bicycle Habitat Downsizing, 16 Handles and Iconic Cafe Close

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

The mid-section of Lafayette Street is apparently in transition. Three particular stores on the one block between Prince and Spring are undergoing a retail shift. Of particular note is Bicycle Habitat. The 27-year-old SoHo store is operating on an extension and currently negotiating a long-term lease in order to stay at its longtime HQ (244 […]

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Mama Spa on Allen Street is Looking to Flee

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

Mama Spa on Allen is on its way out. Just before its sixth anniversary on the Lower East Side, an oasis of calm is on the chopping block. The Mama Spa at 141 Allen Street is throwing in the towel, it seems. For the better part of the last year, a broker has been listing the […]

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‘Solivagant’ Carves Out Tiny Gallery Space at 53 Orchard Street

Posted May 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

The de facto Lower East Side gallery district that is Orchard Street has a unique addition to its ranks. (Diminishing returns, anybody?) As of this week, there is now a tiny exhibition window carved out of the Chinese restaurant supply business at 53 Orchard. The approximate dozen-square-foot “window dressing” is the achievement of Solivagant, an […]

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Extell Begins Pouring Foundation at 250 South Street Site; West 8 Rumored Involvement

Posted May 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

For months, Extell Development Corp. has been pounding pylons for the new two-tower project at 250 South Street. A patchwork of iron beams dots the site; the beginning of the end. And now comes the first concrete of the project thus far. The foundation pouring began yesterday. Meanwhile, the rhythmic staccatto of hammering is impossible […]

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Locals Decry Chinatown Rat Population with Flyer Campaign

Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:12 am

An urban etiquette campaign is underway to shame Chinatown residents into curbing the rat infestation, namely by tossing trash in the proper receptacles. An anonymous flyer distributer has been pasting these signs around the neighborhood. Each reads as follows: Dear Chinatown, Clean up your act! Trash = Rats Innocent puppies sniff and lick dead rats. […]

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Margaret Chin Calls on HPD to Transfer Lots to Siempre Verde Garden

Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:05 am

Political support for Siempre Verde Garden grows, with Councilwoman Margaret Chin leading the way. The L-shaped pocket park linking Stanton and Attorney Streets has been fighting to stay alive since 2012 when efforts to redevelop the plots into a five-story luxury building gained ground. There had been initial support for the measure from Community Board 3 that […]

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Last Residential Holdouts in 400 Grand Street Pushed out by Essex Crossing

Last modified May 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

The freestanding tenement siblings at 400-402 Grand Street couldn’t stand a chance in the face of the game-changing Essex Crossing development. There’s just too much money at stake here. These two buildings have been ready for bulldozing since April 2014, when the city officially issued demolition permits to Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers […]

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‘Balanced Pilates’ Opens its 2nd Studio at 17 Essex Today

Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

When word dropped earlier this year that a half-baked bar concept called Vote for Pedro wanted to open in the 400 square-foot sublevel space at 17 Essex Street, neighbors immediately mobilized to block the application. Both the Orchard Street Block Association and SPaCE posed a united front to ensure Community Board 3 delivered a denial. […]

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Damon Dash’s ‘Poppington’ Gallery is Finished Thanks to Visit from City Marshal

Posted May 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

Damon Dash is no longer pimping art on Orchard Street. For the headline-grabbing Poppington gallery, three years of showcasing street art at 60 Orchard Street just concluded. The owner of the commercial condo is now in possession after a visit by the city Marshal last week. Its pink-and-blue neons have been deposed, and the interior left […]

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