Behind an Eldridge Street Gate is this “Peek Hole” Gallery

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:18 am

Chinatown has a unique gallery on its hands. Rather than some glass-faced store with white walls and little art, this two-month-old showroom resides behind shuttered security gates at 113b Eldridge Street. Take a peek through the holes in the grate to view the exhibit, which is an elaborate display of candles. A shrine of sorts, […]

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Seven-Story Luxury Addition to 242 Elizabeth Street is Underway

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:12 am

Over at 242 Elizabeth Street, demolition and re-construction has finally commenced on the seven-story replacement structure. It’s been a couple of years, so let’s just recap the situation here. Architect Ron Ervolino, artist and principal of the Ervolino Group, purchased the one-story brick box in 2007 for $2.8 million. He then proceeded to sit on […]

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Nearing 19 Stories, CitizenM Finally Makes Plans to Meet with Nervous Neighbors on the Bowery

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:11 am

The CitizenM hotel superstructure has already reached the halfway point of its controversial ascension. Upon its eventual completion – originally slated for winter 2016 – this eyesore will sit nineteen stories above the Bowery and boast approximately 300 hotel rooms. And until this point, there has been little to no community outreach from the developer, […]

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Essex Street Market Attendance Woes in the Rearview?

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

In March 2015, vendors operating within the Essex Street Market went DEFCON-2 over foot traffic woes and apparent lack of overall management acumen by the city, whose Economic Development Corporation is in charge. Now, however, it seems like everything is peachy inside the 76-year-old facility; a full 180 from last year’s dire assessment. What changed, you […]

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David Simon’s HBO Porn Drama ‘The Deuce’ Filming on Rivington Street Today

Posted June 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

Recent HBO programming has a hard-on for the Lower East Side. It’s not just the seventies period piece Vinyl which recently scouted the neighborhood, but also porn drama The Deuce. Correct. The new show – centered on the porn industry that encapsulated Times Square in the 1970s – will film scenes on Rivington Street today. Standard “no […]

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Kenny Scharf Paints New Gate Murals at TOTAH Gallery on Stanton Street

Posted June 16, 2016 at 5:16 am

The TOTAH Gallery – a newcomer on the Lower East Side arts scene – is making a big splash with its latest exhibition. Ownership tapped the creative muscle of iconic street artist Kenny Scharf for a one-day-only party that kicks off tonight. Scharf spent the last couple days painting murals on the twin security gates […]

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The Annual ‘Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival’ is this Sunday

Posted June 16, 2016 at 5:12 am

Get your mah jongg tiles ready; the annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival is hitting the Lower East Side this Sunday. The block party, now in its 17th iteration, is ready to dole out frothy beverages that are neither egg nor cream, along with myriad diverse activities and food celebrating the unique diversity of the neighborhood. If you’ll […]

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Luzzo’s Pizza has a New Pizza Nook Inside 310 Bowery Bar

Last modified June 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

Last month, local chain Luzzo’s Pizza quietly debuted a new outpost on the Bowery. Not standalone, though. The restaurant now operates a minuscule satellite in the front entrance of newcomer 310 Bowery Bar. A symbiotic relationship. The setup is a smaller replica of itself. The oven abuts the front window of 310 Bowery Bar, flanked […]

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Cantilevering Begins at 12-Story 100 Norfolk Street Condos

Posted June 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

And let the cantilevering begin. Not since the Blue building has one piece of architecture so polarized a block. Now on its eastern flank, another eyesore with which to contend. Under construction the last year and change, the glassy new development at 100 Norfolk Street is starting to really take shape. Crews have been assembling […]

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‘Baby Brasa’ will Begin Serving Peruvian Rotisserie on Allen Street Next Week

Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

The neons are burning at 129 Allen Street. Get ready for some Peruvian rotisserie. Baby Brasa is days from delivery. Upon opening next week – it’ll be a soft launch – Baby Brasa will offer an “intimate eating experience” via open-floor plan, in which chef and patron share the space. In this case, the culinary master […]

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