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East Side Smoke Shop Opens on Houston Street

Posted April 28, 2016 at 5:13 am

​Where hookah was previously promised, a smoke shop of another kind just opened. The former home of A Little Wicked fashion boutique on East Houston Street is now selling bongs, hookahs, pipes, tobacco, and other bodega sundries. (Look in the windows.) Here now is the East Side Smoke Shop, a new dispensary that opened just […]

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Several Broome Street Restaurants Targeted in Late-night Burglaries this Week

Last modified May 3, 2016 at 12:13 am

There was a string of robberies near the corner of Orchard and Broome Streets early yesterday morning. Sources tell us that Kottu House, Dudleys, Erin McKenna’s Bakery (nee Babycakes), and Farmhouse were all burglarized in succession. These restaurants reside within one block of each other. Cops were on the scene at daybreak yesterday and were […]

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This 77-Story Residential Tower ups the Ante on the LES Waterfront; Locals Are Pissed

Last modified April 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

Extell is no longer the only game down on the Lower East Side waterfront. And, as usual, it’s at the expense of a low-income community. Last night was the rollout, and it certainly stirred up the hornet’s nest. First, some context. The parcel behind the former Pathmark Pharmacy will sprout a 77-story residential building courtesy […]

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‘Famous Nathan’ Bringing Taste of Coney Island to City Lore Gallery Tomorrow

Posted April 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

Get your hot dogs here! City Lore has added some more Coney Island programming to its lineup.  This time, the advocates for grassroots cultures are presenting a screening of the 2014 documentary Famous Nathan. Directed by famous Nathan’s grandson, Lloyd Handwerker, the film chronicles both the personal and public history of the iconic Brooklyn eatery, Nathan’s Famous of Coney Island. It […]

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First Look at the 12-Story Tower that Chased MOSCOT from its Old HQ on Delancey

Posted April 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

For four years, a twelve-story tower has been promised for the northeast corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets. The project is no closer to reality, but there are rudimentary renderings available that showcase the newcomer. Helm Equities (aka David Escava) purchased 118 Orchard Street (aka 86 Delancey) in 2012 for $4.8 million. This transaction was […]

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Wolfnights Closes for Renovations to Expand its Footprint

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:18 am

​Five-year-old Wolfnights closed down its corner restaurant at 99 Rivington Street for renovations this week. For real, though. Paper is in the windows and its marquee signage stripped from the exterior. The new-and-improved wrap joint should reopen, along with its nascent annex, come Friday. What’s strange about this job, however, is that the sidecar space – the […]

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DOB Issues Stop-Work Order After Crane Crashes Into 133 Essex Street

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:14 am

Mere hours after a cherry picker crane tipped, then crashed, into the sixth-floor window of 133 Essex Street, Department of Buildings dropped the hammer. The city agency issued a stop-work order Monday night due to a “failure to safeguard public and property.” No one was injured in the incident, but there were reportedly tenants in the […]

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Centre-fuge Public Art Project Announces Cycle 20 Artist Roster

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:11 am

​The Centre-fuge trailer on East First Street is ready for its springtime paint job. Cycle 20 of the popular art project is on its way, and should debut May 1. Artists represented in the next round of artwork are Adam Dare, Balu, Claw Money, K-nor, Resa,Rob Plater & Werc. Cycle 20 will be on view […]

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‘The Stand’ Moves Forward with Basement Comedy Club on the Bowery Despite Community Rejection

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

​Back in mid-December, we brought word that the ownership behind The Stand comedy club (Paul Italia) was eyeing the cavernous space below the corner of Bowery and Spring Street. However, the opposition turned out to ensure this didn’t happen. The applicant appeared before Community Board 2 in January to obtain approval for a full liquor […]

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On its Final Night, Streit’s Doc Aims for Added Screenings Across the City

Posted April 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

It seems the new documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, really struck a chord with local audiences. On the last day of its run at the Film Forum, filmmaker Michael Levine tells us that it’s been a great success. The screenings were all full. “Shows have been packed the last few days, which was […]

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