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Market NYC Returns to Little Italy with 10-Year Lease at 290 Mulberry Street

Posted November 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

​No more holiday pop-ups. The years-long search for a permanent commercial tenant at the undulating 290 Mulberry Street development concluded last week. A familiar face is returning to the block. Market NYC reportedly signed a ten-year lease for the ground level. Nirvanna Designs is SOL this season. The current plan is to be up and running at […]

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‘Active-Shooter Drill’ Conducted by NYC Emergency Responders on the Bowery Early this Morning

Last modified November 22, 2015 at 10:13 am

This is only a test. Dozens of emergency responders from the NYPD, FDNY, and Homeland Security descended upon the Bowery early this morning to conduct an “active-shooter” drill in the subway system. The Bowery stop on the JZ line. Police cordoned off the corner of Kenmare Street shortly while the activity transpired in the closed […]



Clueless New Businesses ‘PYT’ and ‘Mr. Purple’ Pervert Lower East Side History

Last modified November 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

There seems to be a new level of cluelessness in the neighborhood. It’s one thing to honor the past, or even nod to it in a cheeky or kitschy way. Such is life with “authentrification” as selling point. However, it’s another thing to reference the icons of the past, while completely missing the point. We […]

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Tanja Grunert Gallery Fades from Orchard Street Gallery Scene

Posted November 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

The gallery district of lower Orchard Street sustained a casualty last week. Tanja Grunert Gallery – which formerly included Klemens Gasser – is officially kaput. The team had relocated to 33A Orchard Street exactly two years ago as refugees from the Chelsea gallery scene. Guess the Lower East Side wasn’t as hospitable, either. A simple […]

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81 Bowery in 2013, Photo: Annie Ling

CB3 Backs Bill Providing Right to Counsel for Low-Income Tenants Facing Eviction

Posted November 20, 2015 at 5:17 am

There is an eight-month-old bill making its way through City Council that could help stem the rising tide of homelessness. At last count, more than 58,000 people are in the shelter system, according to a recent New York Times article, plus many more on the streets. By attacking one root cause – evictions – two […]

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260 Bowery, September 2015

260 Bowery Sells for $10M Ahead of 8-Story Luxury Condo Project

Posted November 20, 2015 at 5:13 am

Back in September, we broke news that 260 Bowery would be razed and redeveloped into 23,500 square-feet of luxury housing. Demolition permits were filed over the summer, and some preliminary takedown happened. Now, the pre-war building has been sold. It’s all part of the endeavor to drop an eight-story condo building with five units. The Commercial Observer […]

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Dimes Deli Marketplace Debuts on Division Street December 1

Posted November 20, 2015 at 5:10 am

Dimes Deli debuted in September where it all began two years ago. The homestead of 143 Division Street. However, the casual takeaway concept launched without its other half. That of the adjacent marketplace. Owners Sabrina De Sousa, Alissa Wagner, and Sophie Helsby taped vintage clippings to the other storefront at 143 Division last month while […]

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Xi’an Famous Foods Plots Little Italy Conquest with New Kenmare Street Location

Posted November 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

Write this down. The ten-year-old Xi’an Famous Foods empire is expanding its downtown presence. A new location is planned some four years after the East Broadway outpost shuttered. The popular, Flushing-based Chinese restaurant just announced its intentions for 66 Kenmare Street, an address that’s seen lots of action (i.e. commercial turnover) in the last year or so. […]

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Street Artist Adam Dare Heads Inside with ‘All About the Bunny’ Series at 212 Arts

Posted November 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

You may know him as the dude behind the ubiquitous iZombie graffiti stencils, “Fuck your phone, keep your head up.” Or the broken-hearted bunny that seems to surface on all sorts of neighborhood surfaces. Well, Brooklyn-born street artist Adam Dare is now heading indoors for a solo show over at 212 Arts (240 East 4th […]

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DDC Not Alerting Neighbors to Water Shutoffs for Rivington Street Work, Neighbors Say

Posted November 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

​The Department of Design and Construction is now seven months into its latest infrastructural project on the Lower East Side. This capital works job (#MED625) singled out several areas of concern for “water main replacements and distribution of water main extensions.” Three of said locales reside within the confines of Community Board 3. The largest […]

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