Swapping out the goods, Photo: Two Bridges Tower

Busted Exercise Equipment on East River Esplanade Finally Replaced by the City

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

It just wasn’t built to last, and now, reinforcements… Replacements for the heavily-used exercise equipment near the mouth of Pier 35 are finally here. Parks Department workers were spotted installing the new machines yesterday afternoon, much to the delight of locals. Indeed, it’s been a long time coming. Pretty much since debut in February 2015, […]

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Mark Fisher Fitness ‘Ninja Clubhouse’ Muscles Onto the Bowery

Posted November 21, 2016 at 5:17 am

The tech incubator otherwise known as 161 Bowery welcomes a new gym to its ranks today. A “ninja clubhouse” hailing from Hell’s Kitchen called Mark Fisher Fitness. The six-year-old gym first announced itself back in August with a teaser poster in the windows. Today’s official public launch is roughly two months behind schedule. Mark Fisher […]

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Nike Pissed off the Lower East Side and SoHo Communities in the Same Day

Posted November 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

It’s quite ironic that yesterday, within just a few hours, Nike was both feted and lambasted by our local government. Mere blocks from each other. While the Parks Department channeled its gratitude (i.e. kissed the ring) toward Nike for resurfacing the Stanton Street basketball courts with designs by street artist KAWS, City Council rallied to […]

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Nike Taps KAWS to Repaint Stanton Street Basketball Courts

Posted November 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Nike is embedded pretty deep on Stanton Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Its cash infusions over the years have helped both the soccer field (despite past turf problems) and basketball courts become some of the most heavily used in the area. And as of yesterday evening, the latter is latest to get a makeover. […]

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Dylan Rieder, Skater and Owner of ‘The Hunt,’ Memorialized with Skateboard Tribute on Canal Street

Posted October 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

Dylan Rieder, a professional skateboarder and model out of California, died two weeks ago after a two-year battle with Leukemia. He was 28. Rieder also co-owned the eclectic oddities shop at 27 Canal Street called The Hunt with fellow skateboarders Jake Lamagno and Steven Ditchkus. Which explains the brief closure and makeshift memorial that now sits outside the gate. […]

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Punch Trump in the Face, then Register to Vote

Posted September 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

Overthrow Boxing gym just off the Bowery wants to knock out Donald Trump in a big way. By ballot, not bout. The Bleecker Street gym is getting out the vote by going mobile. Several weeks ago, they christened a cheeky “Knockout Trump” truck with the dual purpose of registering voters (#knockoutthevote2016) while offering a chance […]

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Mott Street Cycles in Chinatown will Close Shop at the End of the Month

Posted September 9, 2016 at 5:12 am

After six years in Chinatown, Mott Street Cycles is closing shop. Final day in business on its namesake street is September 30. Everything in the store is on sale. “We are embarking on the newest journey for MSC,” owner Corey Ng noted in an Instagram post. “It’s been one hell of a ride and we […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Boxing with the ‘Empress’ of Bleecker Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

I know so much has changed around here, making it difficult to be enthusiastic about anything that follows the gentrification. But there are pockets where one can still find the kinds of fires and heat that used to make the old Lower East Side the action-driven place we remember. And for me, one of the […]

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Mark Fisher Fitness Opening ‘Ninja’ Clubhouse at 161 Bowery

Posted August 5, 2016 at 5:08 am

The burgeoning Bowery incubator will soon welcome a quirky new gym. As previously reported, Caspi Development is single-handedly seeking to create a Bowery tech sector with 135 and 161 Bowery. Both properties were converted into luxury offices for start-up tenants like Kik Interactive. Now the latter property is adding a boutique gym to its ranks. A […]

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That Public Squash Court in Hamilton Fish Park Might Take a Minute to Happen

Posted July 13, 2016 at 5:10 am

Plans to install a public squash court on the Lower East Side, a first of its kind in New York City – are not as final as previously believed. When we first brought word that the year-old Public Squash Foundation proposed an installation inside the Hamilton Fish Park on Pitt Street, feathers ruffled almost immediately. We […]

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