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Watch the Beastie Boys Freestyle Down Orchard Street in 1986 MTV Spot [VIDEO]

Posted March 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. That feat happened thirty years ago, in March 1987, barely four months after its release. Coming off this anniversary, it’s only fitting to revisit this classic MTV plug from 1986. It’s a quick, thirty-second freestyle while walking down what […]

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Health Department Shutters Serafina Ludlow 4 Months into Operations [UPDATED]

Last modified March 27, 2017 at 8:39 am

Several local brunch seekers pointed out that the four-month-old Serafina satellite at Ludlow and Rivington Streets was closed for business this weekend. Mysteriously, and without any notice or letter to patrons. Since the main line to the restaurant rang forever, we phoned other Serafina locations for more detail. Apparently there are some ambiguous “issues” to resolve, […]

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Homeless Man with Lengthy Rap Sheet Arrested for Lower East Side Rape Attempt

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

The creep behind the attempted rape on the Lower East Side earlier this month has been arrested, police said. The alleged perpetrator is 41-year-old Robert Adames, a homeless man with a lengthy rap sheet. He is accused of following a woman to her home at 139 Norfolk Street just past midnight on midnight March 3, […]

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‘The John Lamb’ Tanks After Six Months in Orchard Street’s Sago Hotel

Posted March 27, 2017 at 5:04 am

The John Lamb tanked, and is now permanently out of commission after less than a year. Lights are off and furniture left for dead. We’re told proprietor Joseph Valentine ended operations a week and a half ago. Thus concludes three years of planning – including the potential opening on Essex Street – and a paltry six […]

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Here’s the Mangled Car from Fatal Williamsburg Bridge Crash that Killed Amanda Miner on 21st Birthday [PHOTOS]

Posted March 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is what’s left of the car that killed the birthday girl on the Williamsburg Bridge. Two weeks ago, Amanda Miner, an aspiring social worker who was out celebrating her 21st birthday, died in a horrific crash on the Williamsburg Bridge. Miner had been partying earlier in the evening with the driver, an off-duty traffic […]

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300 Lafayette Bills itself as ‘Cutting Edge’ with New Ad Banners

Last modified March 27, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Alive for many months, the project site at 300 Lafayette Street is finally ready to go big on the hype. Banners pimping the new seven-story commercial building were affixed to the sidewalk bridge earlier this month, promising “cutting edge.” Hard to believe it’s already been a year since the BP gas station at the corner of […]

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‘Da Falafel Guys’ Coming to Rivington Street, Forged from the Remains of the Falafel Shop

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:09 am

The retail reanimation of 127 Rivington Street includes a bizarro version of its former self. Seven months later, no longer known as the Falafel Shop, the tiny store is now home to something called Da Falafel Guys. The signage and offering are nearly identical to the predecessor, but it’s under different ownership. Da Falafel Guys […]

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Dick-Faced Trump Paster Appears at Hanksy’s ‘Dump Trump’ Wall on Orchard Street

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:07 am

It was a beacon of anti-Trumpism for more than a year. Until this past January when Hanksy’s Dump Trump Mural was whitewashed. The narrative at the time suggested that the building owners received a letter from the city last summer to clean up this shit or face fines. But the real reason was that they […]

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Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

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New Condo-Hotel on the Bowery Ascends Halfway to 8 Stories

Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:16 am

Now that the centuries-old Federal-style houses are a footnote in the pages of local history, the next chapter is foisted upon us. It’s been a few months since our last progress report on the status of the historically significant 138-142 Bowery development site. In that time, activity has been swift. The forthcoming condo-hotel has already […]

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