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ABC No Rio Demolition Approved by the City Yesterday

Posted July 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

It’s another historic moment for ABC No Rio, currently in exile as it awaits its future. The city issued permits yesterday for the full demolition of the four-story tenement building at 156 Rivington Street, easily one of the last vestiges of Lower East Side punk. Until the wrecking crew is mobilized, however, ABC No Rio remains […]

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‘Gohan’ Japanese Restaurant Gets Ready to Open on Orchard Street

Last modified July 27, 2016 at 7:16 am

The token butcher paper was finally removed from the window of 14 Orchard Street this week. Japanese restaurant, Gohan, is almost ready for the big time. A crinkled printout had been teasing the arrival of Gohan for months. Now that logo is emblazoned with leafing on the front door. Gohan is a seven-table, forty-two-seat establishment that […]

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Amazon’s 1980s Throwback Series ‘Red Oaks’ is Filming on the Bowery Today

Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:18 am

Amazon’s coming-of-age comedy, Red Oaks, is taking over the Bowery environs today to shoot scenes for its upcoming second season. This area has seen a flurry of filming activity in recent months; expect more Haddad’s trailers to park up the thoroughfare. And Jennifer Grey. Red Oaks is a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s. A mashup […]

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Pies ‘n’ Thighs is Closing on Sunday After Less than Two Years on Canal Street

Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:09 am

This goose is cooked. Word on the block is that Pies ‘n’ Thighs is set to close its Lower East Side outpost later this week. A tipster tells us that staff was informed of the closure on Monday evening. The last day in business for the homestyle restaurant at 43 Canal Street is next Sunday. […]

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Looks Like ‘Black Tap’ and its Milkshakes will Try Where Quality Eats Failed on Ludlow Street

Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

One year into its reign, SoHo-based burger joint, Black Tap, is angling to open a new location on the Lower East Side. Its address of choice for the third outpost has been hotly contested lately – 177 Ludlow Street. Yep, owner Samy Mahfar is again reaching for the realm of foodie chains for his Hell Square […]

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Forest Whitaker’s Biopic About the ‘Roxanne Wars’ of 1980s Hip Hop is Filming on Orchard Street Today

Posted July 26, 2016 at 9:24 am

Hip-hop pioneer Roxanne Shante is getting the biopic treatment. A new film is in the works about the so-called “Roxanne Wars” of the 1980s in New York City. The feature – dubbed Roxanne, Roxanne for the popular U.T.F.O. B-side hit of same – chronicles Shante’s rise from 14-year-old MC to hip-hop gold all because of a […]

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Two Gigantic 60-Story Buildings Coming Soon to Crowded LES Waterfront

Posted July 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

As if the Lower East Side waterfront couldn’t get any more crowded, two more large scale developments are in the works. Both are in early stages, but could have serious ramifications for the Two Bridges neighborhood. Namely, the addition of some 2,100 new apartments. First up, the parking lot at Lands End II, which was […]

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Ben Shaoul Opens Sales Office for 196 Orchard Condos Inside the Orchard Hell Building

Posted July 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

Ben Shaoul and the Orchard Hell Building are now bedfellows. So to speak. It’s a match that makes sense. The so-called Sledgehammer chose one of the seemingly un-leasable ground-level commercial spaces as a sales office. A retail front to sell the new ten-story luxury development ascending at 196 Orchard. Teaser signage had promised as much […]

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Logan Hicks’ Multilayered Mural Underway on Bowery Graffiti Wall [PHOTOS]

Posted July 26, 2016 at 5:13 am

The Bowery Graffiti Wall is on to the next one this week. The acclaimed stencil artist Logan Hicks began work on his mural early yesterday morning. He and his assistants spent the day affixing various 3D-style cutouts to the one-story encasement. Rain be damned. The verdict thus far – easily one of the more intriguing, most […]

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Puck Fair and the BP Gas Station Are Now a Pile of Rubble Ahead of 7-Story Luxury Offices [PHOTOS]

Posted July 26, 2016 at 5:10 am

The buildings that previously housed Puck Fair and the BP gas station convenience store were collectively razed yesterday. Much of the initial gutting transpired over the last several weeks. And now both structures now sit as a pile of rubble and twisted metal. The perimeter of the project site pushed out in a big way, […]

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