Widening Allen Street in 1931, Photo: KJJ

What Life was Like at Broome and Allen During the 1930s [PHOTOS]

Last modified May 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

With wheels in motion to co-name the corner of Broome and Allen Streets “Hy Genee Way,” and the advent of the second annual Greek Jewish Festival this Sunday, it’s time for an appreciation. An appreciation of the block through the eyes of the Kehila Kedosha Janina – for which Genee was longtime president and local […]

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Experiential Luxury Home Retailer ‘Pirch’ Debuts SoHo Flagship this Weekend

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:18 am

One of the largest buildings on the southeastern fringe of SoHo – 200 Lafayette Street – just got a significant retail makeover. San Diego-based luxury home retailer Pirch recently completed renovation on the monstrous corner spot, its first in the northeast (i.e. flagship). It had been under the knife for about a year. Pirch is an […]

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Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ Finally Sees the Light of Day Ahead of Saturday’s Block Party

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:12 am

Ahead of the now-annual Essex Street Market anniversary block party on Saturday – the institution turns 76 this year during Lower East Side History Month – that newfangled “Street Seat” is finally seeing the light of day. The wooden platform was installed curbside yesterday afternoon on the east side of Essex Street. Desired goal is for […]

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Original Home of Roumanian-American Synagogue on Hester Street Sells to Brazilian Developer for $5.9M

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

The original home of the First Roumanian-American Synagogue at 70 Hester Street (designed by Frederick Jenth in 1881) finally sold this month after an extended period on the open market. A few years after the first listings first surfaced, Brazil-based real estate developer Eduardo de Souza Ramos of Cerfco Participações acquired the three-story building for $5.9 million. […]

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Rumor: Soho House Acquires Comfort Inn at 136 Ludlow for $16M

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

Soho House is making a huge splash on the Lower East Side. The high-end members only club muscled its way onto Ludlow Street, purchased the former Nieberg Funeral Home (#139), then made sure it wasn’t landmarked by the city. Current plans are to open the swanky spot – named Ludlow House – by the end […]

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These Dead Piglets Were Discarded on Essex Street

Posted May 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

You may want to avert your eyes. Here’s a scattering of lifeless fetal pigs left for, well, dead curbside outside Seward Park High School Sunday morning (Essex and Grand). It was a disgusting display for passersby, and remained as such for hours until trash pickup. Several Redditors responded to the thread, and suggested that these […]

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Falling Concrete from Essex Crossing Site 6 Damages Passing Car

Last modified May 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

Down at Essex Crossing, it’s clear that Site 6 is winning the race. The parcel at the southeast corner of Delancey and Clinton Streets is pushing up big time. Superstructure is at four stories and counting. But moving fast sometimes comes at a cost; not just the skyline, either. Walking down Clinton Street yesterday afternoon […]

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Derek Eller Gallery Debuts in Former Broome Street Garage

Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:15 am

The garage to gallery metamorphosis at 300 Broome Street is complete (for the most part). Where tune-ups and flats were fixed, a bland white-box showroom now entertains the wealthy. As expected, the nineteen-year-old Derek Eller Gallery jumped cross-town from Chelsea to open at this old Chinese auto mechanic. Its inaugural exhibition in the new space […]

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Thor Equities Picks up Former Patricia Field Store for $8.2M

Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:11 am

Thor Equities is now the rightful owner of the retail space at 306 Bowery. In doing so, the billion-dollar-barons have an even larger toe-hold on the Lower East Side. Joe Sitt and company shelled out a wallet-busting $8.2 million for the 6,700 square-foot location (ground + basement). “The Bowery is continuing its transformation into one […]

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As Another Section of East River Esplanade Nears Groundbreak, Locals Push to Keep the Skateboarders Out

Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Already three years behind schedule, the so-called “Package 4” of the East River Esplanade is back on track. Severe delays were reportedly much ado about archaic infrastructure beneath South Street and the lack of dry subterranean space, according to the Economic Development Corporation. City officials provided a status update to Community Board 3 last week […]

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