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AAA Ichiban Sushi on Orchard Street Closes Ahead of Ben Shaoul Development

Posted October 24, 2014 at 5:25 am

The northeast corner of Orchard and East Houston is slowly giving up the ghost. As we’ve been reporting, controversial landlord Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul purchased the L-shaped low-rise strip and is gradually booting the businesses. We lost Bereket and Philly’s Cheese Steak over the summer; Taqueria will soon move up to St. Mark’s Place and received blessings from […]

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Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall are Missing Slats Due to Manufacturer Defect

Posted October 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

When the city revamped the Allen Street Mall a couple years ago, residents welcomed the spiffy new street furniture. Late-night conversation sessions or mahjong games are a common sight around here. Not to mention homeless pitching camp for cookouts. However, the equipment is proving fairly cheap and unreliable. Those curvy benches in the medians are […]

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Marilyn Louie Temporarily Closes Tiny Bowery Newsstand Due to Flooding

Posted October 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

Unfortunately for Marilyn Louie, when it rains, it poors. Literally. This time the weather proved itself an enemy, with downpours sidelining the business. Damn. The embattled newsstand owner – on the Bowery for thirty-eight years – seriously can’t catch a break. Heavy rainfall last week and its resultant flooding reportedly forced [Chinese language] the longtime newsstand […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Phase 1 of Pier 42 Park Plan

Last modified October 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

The revitalization and beautification of Pier 42 into public parkland is slowly advancing through the bureaucracy. Indeed, Community Board 3 last night heard and approved the final design for Phase 1 of the so-called master plan. Suits from both Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architects and the Parks Department presented to the Parks and Rec subcommittee in order […]

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Billy’s Antiques is Returning to the Lower East Side for One Day This Weekend

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:07 am

This Saturday (October 25), Billy LeRoy is reviving his antiques business for one day only. He’ll head down to Seward Park to pitch the big-top tent as part of the Hester Street Fair’s “Bedford + Bowery Bazaar,” the last event of the season. Billy Leroy’s eponymous antiques business on East Houston was a fixture of […]

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Orchard Hell Building Retail Units Ready to Rent; Neighbors Fear More Bars

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Pain in the ass would be the understatement of the decade with regard to the Orchard Hell Building. The last ten years of construction has caused both residential and commercial flight from the beleaguered stock of tenements. But for all its past pitfalls (of which there are many), the Hotel Indigo is working hard to […]

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Local Pols Fight for Tenants’ Rights at Samy Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street

Posted October 20, 2014 at 5:19 am

Local politicians are rallying around the plight of embattled tenants of 102 Norfolk Street. Those residential holdouts are living amidst unsafe conditions, thanks entirely to slumlord Samy Mahfar, who purchased the building last year for $11 million. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan BP Gale Brewer collectively sent a letter […]

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City Planting New Trees on Orchard Street Ahead of Revitalization

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

Orchard Street denizens south of Grand may have noticed the broken concrete along the sidewalks. Specific sections were targeted, then jackhammered into submission. So far, the rubble remains. What the eff is going on, you ask? These temporary pitfalls represent sites chosen for new trees, but the contractors didn’t follow protocol to clean up the […]

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Samy Mahfar Spent $5.25M to Acquire 113 Stanton Street

Last modified October 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

Samy Mahfar is now the proud owner of 113 Stanton Street. And the longtime residents couldn’t be more pissed. As we reported last month, the tenants anticipated the sale and already organized a defense force in anticipation of the likely luxury conversion. It took a few weeks for the purchase price to go live, though. […]

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CB3 Signals Support of Siempre Verde Garden, Shuns Proposed Development

Posted October 15, 2014 at 6:09 am

The Siempre Verde Garden spent the last month frantically rallying the troops against the goliath of luxury development. It was a grassroots full-court press – both through social media and in real life – that ultimately succeeded in netting nearly 1,000 signatures in opposition to the plans. What’s more, twelve other neighborhood gardens and a […]

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