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There is Now a Menorah Sitting in the Middle of Delancey Street

Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:39 am

More holiday cheer… For the third year running, a life-size menorah now sits in the Delancey median at Suffolk Street. All the bulbs are currently illuminated ahead of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, which begins Tuesday at sundown. The Lower East Side chapter of Chabad is responsible for the placement. To celebrate the “miracle of lights,” […]

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The 5th Precinct Officer and Tackled Cyclist Square off in the Mosh Pit [PHOTOS]

Posted November 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

Last week, we published an article about a 5th Precinct cop stationed on Canal Street who tackled a red-light-running cyclist after exiting the Manhattan Bridge bike path. The story went totally bonkers with all points of view recorded in the comments (86 and counting). However, was the response (i.e. use of force) proportional to the […]

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Thousands of Ferguson Protestors Stopped Traffic on the Lower East Side Last Night

Posted November 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

Traffic around downtown was terrible last night. Snarled not so much by those fleeing for Thanksgiving but the Michael Brown/Ferguson solidarity protests that snaked through the streets. People are friggin’ pissed about the lack of an indictment for police officer Darren Wilson. One band of protestors marched down the FDR and meandered through the streets of the […]

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Ticket Tackling, or How the NYPD Pulls Over Cyclists on Canal Street

Last modified November 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

This photo illustrates the extent to which the NYPD is cracking down on cyclists as part of the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” initiative. A 5th Precinct cruiser was stationed at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge this past Sunday to ticket as many bikers as possible coming from the span. You know, low-hanging fruit. Several cyclists fell victim […]

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An Englishman’s First Impressions of Lower East Side Nightlife [PHOTOS]

Posted November 3, 2014 at 6:09 am

Douglas Fenton is a designer and photographer from London … and a recent transplant to the Lower East Side. The bizarre figures prowling the streets of the Lower East Side on Halloween night served as a surreal introduction to the neighborhood’s after hours occurrences. “Luckily I had my camera in hand and captured my first impressions,” he […]

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Lulav Vendors Ready for Sukkot on Essex Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

The day after Yom Kippur traditionally kickstarts the bum-rush to the next Jewish holiday – Sukkot. As youngsters, our family would spirit down to the Lower East Side to pick up the Lulav and Etrog. Haggling with the Orthodox Jews on Essex Street who manned the tables that bustled with product. With the passage of […]

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The Tenement Museum Now Has a White Facade

Posted September 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

The Tenement Museum is amidst a facade facelift. White primer was brushed onto the wood exterior late last week, preparation for an inevitable paint job. The museum tells us that it’ll be “back looking like its circa 1915 self in a week or so.” Enjoy the white while it lasts.

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5 Polaroids Shot from an Orchard Street Rooftop on 9/11 [PHOTOS]

Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11. Longtime Lower East Sider Robin Page shot the following Polaroids from her Orchard Street rooftop that cloudless Tuesday morning, and recently shared with us.

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Happy Labor Day! [PHOTOS]

Last modified September 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This is historically recognized as the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. For most, Labor Day denotes the end of summer, the beginning of the school year, a much needed day off from work. And while all of that […]

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Sidewalk Sleeper Gets a Rude Awakening on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted August 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

For the last few nights, this man moved a living room onto the sidewalk at Bowery and Delancey. Included is what looks to be a hospital bed and chair used as nightstand. A pretty comfortable setup for him, but not so much for the local authorities. Especially given the rise in violence here in recent […]

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