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‘Broad City’ Season 3 Filming in Hell Square Today

Posted August 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

Fans of comedic duo Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson should take note. The hit Comedy Central show, Broad City, will be filming in Hell Square today. Neon laminates have been taped to street furniture along Rivington since last week. In this case, some trickery was employed to mask the production. “BCS” is listed as the […]

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Finger Tips: Why You Shouldn’t Pet the NYPD Horses in Hell Square

Posted August 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

More evidence of why the NYPD’s equine patrol unit in Hell Square is a bad idea. It’s not just the mounds of horse shit and smell of piss weekend mornings. The drunken petting zoo can also result in disfigurement. In this case, a presumably sloshed Swedish woman hanging at Max Fish last November – Pernilla Ekberg – asked an officer […]

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Milk & Honey Founder Sasha Petraske Found Dead in Upstate NY

Last modified August 24, 2015 at 7:32 am

Sasha Petraske – the cocktail maven who helped open the door to nightlife saturation on the Lower East Side – died on Friday in Hudson, New York. Wife Georgette Moger discovered his body. The cause and time of death are not known. Petraske was 42, and passed shortly after his mother. His founding of cocktail […]

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DOT Denies Yep Tour’s Permit for Madison Street Bus Stop

Posted August 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

Last week, we told you about Chinatown bus operator Yep Tour and its danger to both passengers and the Lower East Side in general. There had been two instances on the same Tuesday earlier this month that highlighted its problems – a hit-and-run in Philadelphia and an onboard fire in Charlotte. Closer to home, though, […]

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DOH Shutters Hana Japanese Cuisine on Rivington Street

Last modified August 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

Patrons of Hana Japanese Cuisine (aka Sushi Hana) at 111 Rivington Street won’t be happy with this news. The eatery was shuttered by the Department of Health last Tuesday after an inspection resulted in more than forty violation points. Mostly due to evidence of live rats and mice roaming (and probably feasting) on premise. A subsequent […]

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Rent Hike Forces Bicycle Habitat to Consolidate its Footprint on Lafayette Street

Posted August 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

The consolidation is happening. Bicycle Habitat is in fact downsizing its SoHo footprint, as previously reported. The 27-year-old shop has been on the outs since this past May. We learned at the time that the landlord of its longtime HQ at 242-244 Lafayette Street sought “sky high rents” for these two marquee spaces. While negotiations […]

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Eisner Brothers Really Doesn’t Want You Cutting Through the Driveway on Essex Street

Posted August 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

This bombed-out Saturn jalopy is parked beside the freestanding 75 Essex Street (Eisner Brothers) with the distinct purpose of deterrence. Deterrence against those pedestrians deprived of the old parking lot shortcut, and who would otherwise use the L-shaped alleyway as an alternative. The dead giveaway here is the lack of license plates and the rash […]

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Essex Street’s Big Apple Boxes Quietly Folds

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:18 am

Big Apple Boxes quietly folded a couple weeks ago. The space was cleared and vacated without explanation. When we called about the closure at the time, the owner (presumably) told us that the store was temporarily closed for “inventory.” That it would reopen in the coming days. False. Tombstone leasing signage now holds court at […]

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This Useless ‘Inutilious’ Store on Ludlow Street Sells Nothing

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

Inutilious is an obscure trivia word that essentially means “useless.” That’s the type of retail awaiting 151 Ludlow. Photographer Adrian Wilson will open a new store at 151 Ludlow Street in a couple weeks. Unlike its trendy predecessor, Portia & Manny, this quirky shop will sell nothing. A retailer that gives everything away. The Inutilious […]

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Burned-Out Remnants of Longtime SoHo Fruit Stand Removed 

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:07 am

There is no longer much evidence of the former Honest Boy Fruit Stand on East Houston Street, which closed in December 2014 after decades in business. In the wake of last month’s fire, its charred carcass – ironwork that apparently dates back to the 1950s – was finally pried from the facade (demolition permits were […]

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