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Controversial Landlord Samy Mahfar Closes on 113 Stanton Street

Posted September 25, 2014 at 5:57 am

Here we go again. Controversial landlord Samy Mahfar officially closed on 113 Stanton Street Tuesday, as expected. The victorious owner – under the SM Stanton LLC corporate shell – dropped an undisclosed sum to acquire the five-story tenement building. Tenants are legitimately pissed, as you might imagine. And why not? Just look at the track […]

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When Leonard Cohen’s ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ Was Stolen from 179 Stanton Street

Posted September 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

New York is cold, but I like where I’m living / There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening. -Leonard Cohen, “Famous Blue Raincoat” This softly-spoken lyrical couplet opens the classic Leonard Cohen ballad, “Famous Blue Raincoat,” which originally appeared on his third effort, Songs of Love and Hate (1971). But why is the storied […]

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Pamela Barsky is Moving Her Workspace to 17 Essex Street

Posted September 24, 2014 at 6:09 am

In May 2013, the Urban Cricket hopped to the Lower East Side and settled alongside like-minded designer Pamela Barsky at 29 Essex Street. Both brands share the commercial footprint as studio and store for their unique fashion sundries. Now, eighteen months later, we are told Ms. Barsky is moving “part of her operation” to a […]

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Flight of the Conchords Fave ‘Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant’ is Out of Business

Posted September 24, 2014 at 6:04 am

Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant shuttered last week (September 16) after a City Marshal paid a visit and seized the joint. Now the security gates of 165 East Broadway are shut and a new leasing sign hangs above. The restaurant was the archetypal budget Chinatown eatery – cheap eats with a helping of rude service. Reviews […]

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Showtime’s ‘The Affair’ is Filming in Little Italy Today

Last modified September 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

Remember Agent McNulty from The Wire? Well, it’s quite possible that he’ll be in Little Italy today filming scenes for a new Showtime series called The Affair. The standard “no parking” signs currently dot the neighborhood for the shooting activities. The new program stars Dominic West, Joshua Jackson, and Maura Tierney. The New York Times […]

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City Council Passes Bill to Publicly Shame Landlords Who Harass Tenants

Posted September 24, 2014 at 5:22 am

For the most egregious slumlords out there, consequences are finally starting to snowball. City Council is now paying attention to the plight of tenants that must contend with harassment by speculative landlords. Those who make life a living hell in order to boot tenants and raise rents. Think Samy Mahfar, Steve Croman, Ben Shaoul, and […]

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The Tenement Museum Now Has a White Facade

Posted September 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

The Tenement Museum is amidst a facade facelift. White primer was brushed onto the wood exterior late last week, preparation for an inevitable paint job. The museum tells us that it’ll be “back looking like its circa 1915 self in a week or so.” Enjoy the white while it lasts.

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Trippin’ Balls in Chinatown on a Monday Morning [VIDEO]

Posted September 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

Boogie tipster DoubleShift sends along this hilarious video shot yesterday morning. It’s a total WTF moment in which we watch a group of restless folks in Straus Square completely bombed out of their gourd. Best guess is that they’re all tripping on something pretty groovy. One dude is humping a trash can while another woman […]

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Allo Darlin’ Has ‘Bright Eyes’ On New Single

Posted September 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

Allo Darlin’ has been kickin’ out the twee pop jams for a handful of years now. The London-based foursome’s sunny disposition is beyond lovely thanks in part to the charm of Aussie singer Elizabeth Morris (she rocks the ukulele and guitar, too!) She and her bandmates — bassist (and fellow Australian) Bill Botting, guitarist Paul […]

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Mission Chinese Food Finds Inspiration from Nine Inch Nails for Its Lower East Side Comeback

Posted September 23, 2014 at 6:08 am

Creative inspiration is sometimes borne from the most unlikely of sources. For Mission Chinese Food that spark ignited with Nine Inch Nails (the hand that feeds?) and Phillip Glass. In a new piece for Vice’s Munchies blog, Mission Chinese chef Angela Dimayuga divulges her creative influences, introduces a new salad dish, and provides a sneak […]

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