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Assessing the Scorched Remains of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

The morning after the major 3-alarm fire that tore through Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street, the crisp air is silent but for the work of firefighters. That pungent stink of charred wood and smoke still fills the air blocks away. It’s in ruins. Fire crews worked through the night to ensure the blaze was […]

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Someone Junked their Plane on Delancey Street [Updated]

Last modified May 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm

The fuselage of a bombed-out plane is stashed in a Delancey Street parking lot primed for development. It’s not immediately clear why the plane is here, nor who who it belongs to, but there it sits, nonetheless. (And next to a trashed refrigerator, we might add.) Wings are clipped, and wheels removed; the cockpit and […]

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Clayton’s Corner: My New York, In Focus [PHOTOS]

Posted May 11, 2017 at 5:10 am

This is my New York, in focus. Just some shots around the neighborhood… …David Peel (RIP). At 9 Bleecker Street, during the Yippee Headquarters days. Aron Kay Pieman. David Peel, Buzzy Linhart, Mickey “The Pope of Dope” Cezar, Coco Crystal… …Jim “Mosaic Man” Power working on a new Robert Frank mosaic to go on an […]

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This is What the Eldridge Street Synagogue Looked Like Before its 20-year Restoration [PHOTOS]

Posted May 4, 2017 at 5:12 am

“It was as though the synagogue was held up by strings from heaven.” —Roberta Brandes Gratz, founder of the Eldridge Street Project Ten years have elapsed since the Eldridge Street Synagogue reopened in spectacular fashion. Hard to believe. The Lower East Side landmark, situated at the bottom of its namesake street, spent the prior two […]

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Here’s the Mangled Car from Fatal Williamsburg Bridge Crash that Killed Amanda Miner on 21st Birthday [PHOTOS]

Posted March 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is what’s left of the car that killed the birthday girl on the Williamsburg Bridge. Two weeks ago, Amanda Miner, an aspiring social worker who was out celebrating her 21st birthday, died in a horrific crash on the Williamsburg Bridge. Miner had been partying earlier in the evening with the driver, an off-duty traffic […]

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Sky High with the Eldridge Street Synagogue ‘Oculus’ Window Restoration [PHOTOS]

Posted March 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

The sky-high stained-glass window piercing the star-stamped ceiling of the Eldridge Street Synagogue is undergoing a full restoration. We’re told that the decorative glass of the so-called “Oculus” – an original relic dating back to 1887 – had dislodged from its lead frame that kept it in place all these years. Each section was then […]

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Clayton’s Corner: In the Ring with an Octogenarian Battling Trump

Posted March 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

What do you do when you turn 80-years-old?  If you are Anthony Haden-Guest you get into the boxing ring and duke it out. In the run-up to the big birthday bout, he sustained four broken ribs in an incident, and is also in line to surgically get sixteen teeth implants. He calls me up and says he […]

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The Streit’s Name is Obliterated from Rivington Street [PHOTOS]

Posted February 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

For the first time in some ninety years, the name Streit’s is no longer presiding over Rivington Street. The crowning letters of 154 Rivington, as well as the small branded stamp, are both gone. Demolished over the last several weeks ahead of condo construction. The delicious scent of baking matzo is now traded for must. […]

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New Division Street Snowman Challenges Essex Bodega for Area Domination [PHOTOS]

Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:11 am

Until yesterday afternoon, we figured the Essex Street Snowman had given up on the city. Such a mild winter is certainly no hospitable host to the neighborhood’s most popular weather mascot. The blanket of fresh powder that fell was enough for a prompt return. Along with some competition… Employees of the Chinese bodega at the […]

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Ringing in the Year of the Rooster with a (Firecracker) Bang [PHOTOS]

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:19 am

Saturday afternoon, Chinatown rang in the year of the Rooster with quite a bang. Literally. For the eighteenth year running, the Better Chinatown Society hosted the Firecracker Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, attracting hundreds to the Hester Playground inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. (Falling on the weekend certainly helped turnout.) The event featured traditional song and dance, […]

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