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4th Street between Avenues A and B, Photo: Clayton Patterson

Clayton’s Corner: The 1980s, Lest We Forget [PHOTOS]

Posted May 24, 2016 at 9:26 am

The 1980s, lest we forget… On the one hand we tend to over-romanticize how wonderful the old Lower East Side was. Fact is, it was dangerous, dirty, and often with poor living conditions. There was a blur between the good guys and bad guys; a number of cops were as deeply involved in the illegal […]

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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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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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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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East Houston St. in 1933, Photo: Municipal Archives

Before the Stranglehold of Gas Stations at Lafayette and East Houston, Circa 1933 [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

One of the longest continuously operated gas stations south of 14th Street closes for good on April 14. As previously reported, the BP station on Lafayette Street will soon give way to seven stories of luxury office space. It had been some sort of petrol outpost since the 1930s. And with different operators, from Gulf to […]

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This Subway Romeo Seeks Kinky Party Girl Juliet in Epic Tear-Tab Flyer

Posted March 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

Some dude named Malik, who’s employed and loves trips to Coney Island, seeks a companion who likes to get down. This week, the so-called “subway Romeo” pasted tear-tab flyers around the IND line seeking love. We spotted this on the uptown D. The handwritten bills are long-winded dating advertisements, and a source of moderate entertainment. […]

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Photo: Pastor Bob Subjenski

Deli, Wine, and Candy: How One Photo Captures Classic LES Stores at Their Height [HISTORY]

Last modified March 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm

This photo from 1954 perfectly encapsulates the immigrant Lower East Side of the middle twentieth century. Everything about it is great, from the legendary businesses to the peddlers and fedora-wearing elder photobombing the foreground. You’re looking at the northwest corner of Rivington and Essex Streets. Bernstein’s Delicatessen (#110) is sandwiched between Lipschutz Kosher Wines (#112) […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Wolfpack and the Hound [PHOTOS]

Posted February 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

Mukunda Angulo. Posing on Ludlow Street with friend. One of six siblings highlighted in the acclaimed documentary, The Wolfpack, by director Crystal Moselle. What made these kids different is that their father confined them to their apartment for 14 years. The movie has been well received by a wide audience. Spring Blitz. Sammy’s Spring Roll […]

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Convicted Crook Sheldon Silver Stocks up on Raisin Bran at LES Rite Aid

Posted February 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

Conviction on federal corruption charges isn’t stopping the disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from purchasing the essentials. Local Lower East Sider Steve Hernandez spotted the crooked politician shopping inside Rite Aid yesterday afternoon, notably stocking up on four boxes of Raisin Bran (Kellogg’s, not Post). Waiting on line with the best of ’em. Silver is headed […]

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Revisiting Sheldon Silver’s Family Hardware Store on Essex Street [HISTORY]

Posted February 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

​These days, 19 Essex Street is home to Frank’s Chop Shop and ground-level office space. Back in the day, however, this storefront was the headquarters of Sheldon Silver’s family business. Sheldon Silver, the disgraced former Assembly Speaker who was recently convicted on federal corruption charges, was born and raised on the Lower East Side. He […]

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