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Michael Shah Plans ‘Orchard Street Social’ Co-Working Space and Bar for Beckenstein’s Building

Posted May 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

Stanton Street Social, meet Orchard Street Social.​ Controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased the iconic “Beckenstein Building” at 130 Orchard Street last August for $28 million. The luxury rental property was quickly repositioned as “The Beckenstein,” and teamed up with Samy Mahfar’s Real New York brokerage for leasing. And now Shah is planning nightlife on the 5,000 […]

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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Sync Up With Ticketfly/Pandora

Posted May 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

Grabbing tickets for your favorite shows at two of New York City’s seminal music venues just got a little easier. Ticketing for the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge was just snagged by Ticketfly, which is a subsidiary of the long-running custom radio service, Pandora. Timing of the announcement is curious, as Bowery Presents is rumored to have sold […]

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As with David Bowie, the ‘Graffiti Room’ is Exploiting Prince’s Death for Sales

Posted May 2, 2016 at 9:32 am

Much like with David Bowie, the Graffiti Room restaurant is now capitalizing on the death of Prince. Its ad-art wall around the corner on Kenmare Street now boasts a mural of the departed artist, complete with purple paint splatter (rain) on the sidewalk below. As before, the issue is more the blatant advertisement of Graffiti […]

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El Luchador to Open Ludlow Street Location for Cinco de Mayo

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

El Luchador is a few days from debuting its new Lower East Side location. The grand opening celebration is set for Cinco de Mayo this Thursday. The popular taqueria revealed the news in a Facebook post. “We will be giving out one free chicken taco per person at our new location,” the announcement notes. There […]

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Amarcord Vintage Forced from SoHo After Purported 400% Increase in Rent

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:13 am

How many different ways (or number of times) can this same story be told – building sells, landlord hikes the rents to unaffordable levels, small businesses succumb as a result. We see this progression play out so often it’s scary. Amarcord Vintage is the latest commercial venture to fall victim to the disturbing trend. The sixteen-year-old […]

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DOT to Present Final Design of 2-Way Bike Lane on Chrystie Street Next Week

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:11 am

The game-changing proposal to install a protected two-way bike lane on Chrystie Street returns to Community Board 3 next week (May 10) for further consideration. The advisory body already approved the measure in March, but stipulated the Department of Transportation conduct further outreach with nearby stakeholders. Namely those living and/or working around Sara D. Roosevelt […]

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Soho House Pushes Back Opening of ‘Ludlow House’ to End of Month

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

Soho House is firing on all cylinders to complete the job on its Lower East Side outpost. There’s been a flurry of activity at 139 Ludlow Street – the Ludlow House – the last few weeks in order to reach the finish line, including sidewalk replacement, contractors pacing to and fro, and enormous curbside trash […]

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Billy Leroy (of Antiques Fame) Stars in ‘Bourek,’ Now Playing at Cinema Village

Posted April 30, 2016 at 9:48 am

​Billy Leroy is not dead, okay? He’s just not on the Bowery anymore. Billy Leroy, whose eponymous antiques business folded five years ago, has taken on acting. The current Baggage Battles star is a leading man in the new movie, Bourek. It’s an independent romantic comedy filmed predominantly in Greece, and now playing on the big […]

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New Sidewalks and Curbs Signal Some Semblance of Progress for East Houston Reconstruction Project

Posted April 29, 2016 at 9:29 am

​Since East Houston roadwork is nowhere near completion, we must relish the baby steps, as it were, of forward progress. Indeed. The first real noticeable change in months is now palpable along the battered corridor. New sidewalks on the south side. Over the last few weeks, contractors have poured new cement (i.e. “pigmented sidewalks”) and […]

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Chalk the LES this Sunday to Kick off the 3rd Annual Lower East Side History Month

Posted April 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

To kick off the third annual Lower East Side History Month, co-sponsors by FABnyc and Downtown Art are again planning a community chalking event for Sunday and Monday. A “chalk about town,” you might say. LES Stories, as the two-day event is called, encourages participants to sketch trivia, memories, or random musings about the neighborhood […]

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