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Locals Are Sick of Skateboarders Grinding the Pier 35 Esplanade

Posted April 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Economic Development Corporation committed a surprising blunder with its design for the East River promenade near Rutgers Slip, at the entrance to Pier 35. And skateboarders are taking total advantage of the oversight. Upon its debut last year, the free open-air activity center beneath the FDR Drive quickly gained favor with the locals. Especially […]

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Plywood Now Surrounds Site 5 of Essex Crossing; Demolition of Firehouse Begins Next Week

Posted April 14, 2015 at 5:17 am

One by one the SPURA parcels are being boxed up and delivered to the developers of Essex Crossing. That historic firehouse sitting at 185 Broome Street is next to fall. It doesn’t matter that the 1930s-vintage building was here for decades; the (non-commissioned) landmark sits on development Site 5 and will be treated as such. […]

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Canadian Apparel Company ‘Roots’ is Opening a Store on Elizabeth Street

Posted April 14, 2015 at 5:13 am

The northern end of Elizabeth Street is quickly becoming a destination for boutique-sized outposts of mid-level corporate brands. Seriously. In the last couple years, we’ve seen the arrival of Wolverine Company Store, Schott, L’Agent (sub-label of Agent Provocateur), and TOMS Shoes. This quick succession of consumerism ultimately comes at the expense of high rents and […]

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Rumor: Nightlife Advocate Ariel Palitz is No Longer on Community Board 3

Posted April 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

Word on the street is that Ariel Palitz, who owned and operated Sutra on First Avenue for ten years, is no longer a sitting member of Community Board 3. Not due to any particular action, but rather, her inaction. The staunch nightlife advocate, previously on the SLA subcommittee, allegedly failed to submit re-application materials by […]

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Samy Mahfar Stooge Michel Pimienta is Harassing 22 Spring Street, Tenants Allege

Last modified April 14, 2015 at 7:36 am

It’s not just the purported gas tampering that worries residents of 22 Spring Street, but also a familiar threat. That bully Michel Pimienta is reportedly back at it… Michel Pimienta is/was the trusty tool in Samy Mahfar’s utility belt, helping the controversial landlord better capitalize on his acquisitions. He’s a hired hand on the front […]

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Dirty Gaga and the Albacore Affair: How One Street Cat Got a New Lease on Life in the LES

Posted April 13, 2015 at 10:19 am

Thousands of New Yorkers follow @bodegacatsofinstagram, others contribute to the hashtag #bodegacats, and newcomer @brooklynbodegacats is an artful twist on the topic. It’s no secret, we love our shop cats for many reasons. It can be hard as an animal lover not to worry about the welfare of some cats, as I have seen more […]

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The ‘Uprooted Flower Truck’ is a Roving Florist on Wheels

Last modified April 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Spring isn’t quite in full bloom, but local entrepreneurs Ashley Custer and Kristin Heckler are kickstarting it with a campaign to launch their latest endeavor – the Uprooted Flower Truck. In a convenience-driven (literally) city, the duo is offering an alternative service in the world of taco trucks and mobile post offices. They’ve created a vehicular “florist minus […]

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The City Sues to Shut Down 169 Bar After Instances of Underage Drinking

Posted April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

169 Bar is in trouble. Outspoken neighbors want it out, and as a result, the city has filed suit to make it so. Five months after two back-to-back instances of underage drinking, the lawsuit was officially filed with the New York Supreme Court April 7. It alleges that the classic watering hole allowed sales to […]

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Parker Posey Chosen for Judge Panel at the 2015 Lower East Side Film Festival

Posted April 13, 2015 at 5:19 am

The annual Lower East Side Film Festival returns this spring for its fifth season. A milestone. On this outing, organizers have tapped a number of high profile judges for its panel. Celebrity judges just added to the program include Parker Posey, Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), and film producer Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball). The […]

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Not Much Remains of the Southerly Essex Market Warehouse in Week 5 Demolition [PHOTOS]

Posted April 13, 2015 at 5:18 am

The northwest corner of the warehouse is all that remains of the Essex Street Market building on Site 2, south of Delancey. Its 75 years of history now resides in several piles of rubble scattered across the large development parcel, with a foundation visible. Once cleaned up, the lot will sprout the flagship building in the Essex […]

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