14th Street

The City Should Recognize ‘International Clash Day,’ the Only Day that Matters

Posted February 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

What began as an impromptu quip on a local Seattle radio station in 2013 is now a full-fledged grassroots campaign. All in the name of The Clash, the only band that matters. Four years ago, a deejay at KEXP, an influential left-of-the-dial radio station, arbitrarily declared February 7 as “International Clash Day.” (The only day that […]

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Iconic Music Promoter Frank Wood Talks Beastie Boys, Bruce Springsteen, and the Grateful Dead [INTERVIEW]

Last modified April 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

The following is a guest post by Jack D’Isidoro When Frank Wood walks into Otto’s Shrunken Head, a hole-in-the-wall tiki bar on an empty stretch of 14th Street in the Lower East Side, he doesn’t even acknowledge me. Instead, he shuffles past with his cane, asks the woman behind the bar if he has any […]

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Today in LES History: Biggie is Arrested for Assault Outside the Palladium

Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

On this day in… 1996 – reports surfaced that rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Chris Wallace) and his friend Damian Butler were arrested for assaulting two autograph seekers after a performance by Faith Evans (Biggie’s then-wife) outside the former Palladium night club, 126 East 14th Street. The fans “had words” with the rapper before heading off […]

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Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue on 14th Street is Designated a Landmark

Posted October 29, 2014 at 6:02 am

Local activists kept the faith and a Lower East Side icon was saved. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and its supporters, the 150-year-old German Romanesque-style Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street is now officially designated a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission decreed the protective […]

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Dunkin Donuts’ Noisy HVAC Units on 14th Street Driving Neighbors Crazy

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

7-Eleven netted mainstream coverage a couple weeks ago for the wrong reasons. Since opening the controversial Alphabet City location on Avenue A last year, neighbors have been kept awake at all hours with its overactive air conditioning and refrigeration units. The narrative quickly became the type of grassroots story that eventually made it to the […]

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Artist Mark Panzarino Arrested for Chalking the Grounds of Union Square

Last modified May 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Chalk? Childhood past-time. Each piece with a lifespan of pretty much a couple days, or until it rains. It seems that despite the various chalkings of the Lower East Side as recently as last week, and also in tribute to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory for a decade, chalk artist Mark Panzarino was […]

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LPC Calendars Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue on 14th Street (Again)

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:09 am

The Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street has been in “landmark limbo” for almost five decades. Apparently the 150-year-old house of worship was calendared and considered for protection back in 1966, but for reasons unknown, the then fledgeling Landmarks Preservation Commission never voted. Only recently has the matter resurfaced, as the […]

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Reminiscing About Jackie Curtis and the Old East Village with Filmmaker Craig Highberger [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

The Lower East Side is famous for sprouting some pretty amazing people. Jackie Curtis, well known as a Warhol superstar, is one of them, and I recently had the opportunity to interview a very close friend of his, filmmaker Craig Highberger. He was a confidant who documented Curtis’ life for more than 30 years. What […]

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SantaCon ‘Handy’ Man at Duane Reade Exposed?

Posted December 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

Now in the third day of its news cycle, the handjob heard ’round the world shows no signs of slowing. As we first reported Monday morning, one SantaCon reveler thought it a great idea to get a handy in the Duane Reade at 14th and 3rd. The story quickly went viral (natch), reaching Gawker and […]

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In Which Santa Gets a Hand Job at Duane Reade

Posted December 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

Despite the weekend snowstorm, SantaCon nevertheless reared its red-capped head. Santas were seen slipping and sliding around the neighborhood screaming their bullshit. But one Boogie tipster alerted us to the holy grail, as it were, courtesy of John Wilson. The Santa you see in the window of this 14th Street Duane Reade (at 3rd Avenue) […]

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