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Why there was a Subway Entrance on Avenue C Yesterday

Posted July 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

Alphabet City was Brooklyn yesterday. For a brief period, at least. This realistic subway entrance appeared yesterday morning in the abandoned Mobil gas station that will soon sprout new development. Its placement was actually a filming prop for the CBS show Blue Bloods, which often films around the Lower East Side. Naturally. Several readers spotted […]

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Historic King Glassware Building on the Bowery Receives Rooftop Additions

Posted July 29, 2015 at 9:26 am

King Glassware operated on the Bowery for some eighty-one years, ending its run this past March. The building owner purportedly ran the supply business and decided to hang it up. Since the closure, however, renovations galore. Now some news that might anger local preservationists… The Department of Buildings recently issued permits for a job to convert […]

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Uncapped: RISE and Shine with an LES Original

Last modified July 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Ladies and Gents, featured in this week’s Uncapped is our very own Lower East Sider, RISE. We begin with a bio from his email to your eyes… I first became aware of graffiti or subway train scribbling with vivid colors and big characters when I was kid (6 or 7 yrs old) growing up in NYC. […]

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AnimalNY Blog is Put to Sleep After 12 Years Online

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:17 am

Notorious rabble-rouser Bucky Turco announced yesterday morning that his stint at Animal New York, the blog he founded twelve years ago, had officially concluded. Its relatively new online overlord – Woven Digital – suddenly decided to pull the plug. Turco insisted to Gawker that the cessation was at the behest of Woven and not his […]

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Aby Rosen Purchased Women’s Shelter on Lafayette Street, Seeks Flagship Retail Tenant

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Last fall, Aby Rosen hit the supermarket sweep, as it were, scooping up several properties across Manhattan for his RFR Realty portfolio. The spree even netted the iconic Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. Another property acquired around the same time was the active homeless women’s shelter at 348 Lafayette Street, purchased for $26 million. That […]

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Illegal Chinatown Bus ‘Great Wall’ Departs Division Street

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Great Wall Bus Company, a thorn in the side of many in the community, is no longer running its illegal Chinatown bus business at 143 Division Street. Announcement printouts taped to the storefront indicate that their lease was not renewed, and that they’ve since moved to 94 Madison Street. Great Wall was often cited as […]

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‘Eye for Art’ Gallery Opens Where Cafe de Nora Failed on Canal Street

Posted July 28, 2015 at 10:27 am

You might say Canal Street now has an eye for art. Most literally. Where the half-baked Cafe de Nora failed, a new art gallery is already up and running. There was a moment where it seemed as though the dining spot would stay, but the writing was on the wall (i.e. extended hiatus without explanation). So, […]

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Hotel Indigo Delays Hell Square Hotel to November 1; Scaffolding Completely Removed

Posted July 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

Milestones galore for the Orchard Hell Building, a development ten years in the making. A public parking garage debuted last week on its backside; and this week, all scaffolding and plywood removed from the project site for the first time since at least 2006. However, Hotel Indigo delayed its grand opening yet again. This time, […]

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Ugly Joie de Vivre Hotel at 50 Bowery Ascends to 20 Stories

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:19 am

The Grand Old Bank on the Bowery (i.e. the HSBC) is less so, trumped by Peter Poon’s ego. That new Joie de Vivre hotel rising at 50 Bowery is growing like a weed, having already ascended to a level of twenty stories (basically doubled its height in a month). The concrete superstructure is now visible […]

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Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ is Months Delayed, but Expected Soon

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:14 am

The Essex Street Market is still banking on city-implemented infrastructure, albeit temporary, to help solve its foot traffic woes. As previously reported, the Lower East Side BID is working with the Department of Transportation to implement a seasonal Street Seat outside the brick warehouse on Essex and Delancey. And, of course, it’s delayed. Its debut […]

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