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It Looks Like Bowlmor Lanes is Headed to Essex Crossing [UPDATED]

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Essex Crossing is getting a bowling alley. This much we learned last week, when the Delancey Street Associates consortium presented updated plans for Phase I of the overall project. Now we can reveal the operator. Sources close to the situation maintain that Bowlmor Lanes is the forthcoming ten-pin occupant, though our requests for confirmation have gone unanswered. The […]

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Report: Trapped Construction Worker Extricated from Hole on Grand Street

Last modified January 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

A construction worker at the foot of Seward Park found himself stuck in a hole not too long ago. According to “officials” quoted by PIX11, the man was briefly trapped in a worksite trench on Grand Street, buried up to his waist in sediment. FDNY Rescue and Collapse units and EMS Rescue Medics rushed to the […]

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Forever Filming ‘Forever’ on the Lower East Side

Posted January 21, 2015 at 10:21 am

Forever filming Forever on the Lower East Side. Take 859. The ABC series is slated to resume its normal occupation of Suffolk Street today to film scenes at the faux Abe’s Antiques shop. This is the eponymous place of employment for a main character in the show (Abe Morgan). Remember that the set was constructed here at 154 […]

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Improvements Fast-Tracked for Neglected East Broadway Subway Station

Posted January 21, 2015 at 9:18 am

Finally, some positive news this morning for regular riders boarding the subway at the rather expansive East Broadway station. Word on the street is that the MTA is now fast-tracking two particular improvements that were heretofore on the horizon. We are told that Help Point kiosks and WiFi service will now arrive much sooner than the […]

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East Village Wine & Liquors is Days from Reopening at New Clinton Street Locale

Posted January 21, 2015 at 5:17 am

East Village Wine & Liquors closed its Stanton Street headquarters over the holidays after roughly a ten-year tenancy. Signage is deposed from the storefront and the security gates are shuttered. Worry not, though. The long-running Lower East Side liquor store – a misnomer of a business – is moving around the corner to 80-82 Clinton […]

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Shin Gallery Opens a New Project Space Around the Corner on Orchard Street

Posted January 21, 2015 at 5:12 am

What first appeared as a depository for discarded paint rags and other junk is actually a burgeoning art gallery. Half the footprint of the old Sheila’s Decorating space on Orchard Street (they’re now headquartered at Joe’s Fabrics) has been annexed by the Shin showroom at the corner of Grand. The sidecar gallery is a so-called […]

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Manitoba’s is Crowdfunding to Pay Settlement and Stay Alive on Avenue B

Last modified January 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

Manitoba’s is the very type of establishment that is fading from the greater Lower East Side. A no-frills dive bar with good tunes and edgy vibe that doesn’t rely on pay-for-play crap like Urban Daddy. Unfortunately, like so many others, the watering hole is threatened. As first reported by EV Grieve last week, Handsome Dick’s […]

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With Essex Crossing Looming, ‘Developer’s Dream’ 75 Essex Street Ups the Ask to $39M

Posted January 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

The big neighborhood news of late is the drop-load of renderings for Phase 1 of the Essex Crossing mega-project. Just like that, ten Lower East Side parcels, some previously vacant, will be completely redeveloped in the next decade. We had it on good authority in 2014 that Taconic Partners – part of the Delancey Street […]

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‘Crime’ Takes Hold of the Lower East Side for HBO

Posted January 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

Crime is coming to the Lower East Side today. As in the new HBO miniseries currently in production. Two different areas are selected for the shoot, including Hell Square and the streets beside the Manhattan Bridge entrance. The eight-hour program – born as an unaired pilot starring the late James Gandolfini – is a New […]

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CB3 Overwhelmingly Approves Establishment of LES Community Gardens District

Posted January 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

Here ye, hear ye. It’s time for neighborhood gardens to receive their due and proper. Guerilla gardening and its punk DIY aesthetic are deeply rooted in the Lower East Side, thanks to the pioneering efforts Liz Christy. Often considered the mother of the movement, her eponymous garden at Bowery and East Houston was the first […]

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