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‘Perfect Picnic’ Trades One Basement for Another in Move to Allen Street

Last modified April 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

​The Perfect Picnic just traded its cellar digs on Ludlow Street for another underground spot a few blocks to the west. Indeed, after four years in Hell Square, proprietor Wendy Weston relocated her prefab picnic-in-a-bag business to the basement of 81 Allen Street. Much like the previous location, beneath the sidewalk hatches is a room […]

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More Lower East Side Streets are Getting Milled and Paved this Week

Posted April 18, 2016 at 5:15 am

This is the month of milling here on the Lower East Side. Several more local streets are going under the proverbial knife this week for repaving. The following roads, among others, will be categorically scraped and grated into submission this week. Resurfacing will eventually follow, but never soon enough. Anticipated completion date is April 29. […]

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Troubled Allen Street Hotel Back on the Auction Block After Years of Arrested Development

Posted April 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

The last of the Hell Square towers to cross the finish line – the sixteen-story Allen Street Hotel – is again on the auction block. A zombie ready for rebirth. For the second time since January 2015, the creditor that seized the property from D.A.B. Group (aka Ben Zhavian) during bankruptcy proceedings seeks a buyer to finally […]

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After 12+ Years, It’s Curtains for ‘People Lounge’ on Allen Street

Posted April 1, 2016 at 5:17 am

Catching up on closures… Today we bring word that People Kitchen & Lounge is down for the count. It joins longtime neighbor Rayuela high in the sky. The trendy Allen Street cocktail den faded from the scene last month after more than a dozen years on the block. Though its fate was not abundantly clear […]

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‘Moemen’ Fast Food Mediterranean Restaurant Now Open on Allen Street

Posted March 18, 2016 at 5:12 am

Five months of promises culminated in the opening yesterday of the Moemen King. The new Mediterranean snack shop, which replaced Los Perros Locos at 201 Allen Street, had been under construction since last October. The menu includes selections you might expect. Hummus platters, falafel sandwiches, and grilled fare (Shawarma, kebabs). Price points skew toward the […]

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DEEPCOVER Arrives on Allen Street with Collection of Vintage Gear

Posted March 8, 2016 at 10:48 am

​With the arrival of Deepcover on the Lower East Side, shopping for vintage wares from the 1990s forms a perfect triangle. Between the aforementioned, Procell on Delancey, and La Petit Mort on Orchard Street, there’s certainly enough nostalgia apparel to go around. And to make you feel just a tad old. Deepcover opened last month in a […]

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Time to Celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Monkey

Posted February 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

It’s time to ring in the Year of the Monkey! The Lunar New Year is here, and with it, plenty of celebration swinging throughout lower Manhattan. This year marks the 17th annual Lunar New Year’s Parade and Firecracker Ceremony for Chinatown. As in years prior, the festivities will commence with the Firecracker Ceremony, today at 11am […]

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City to Release RFP for Allen Street Mall Bathhouse Conversion

Posted January 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

The stout brick building sits in the Allen Street Mall, a deteriorating reminder of a nearly-forgotten past. The bathhouse dates back to the 1930s, and was originally constructed to service passengers on the Second Avenue El. These public restrooms had a short life, and went dark in the early 1950s after the elevated tracks were […]

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Meet LESter, the 7-Foot Snowgirl of Allen Street

Posted January 25, 2016 at 5:18 am

Sorry, Essex Street Snowman, you’ve been deposed. The Blizzard of 2016 (aka Jonas) birthed a new snow creature this year. Behold, “LESter,” the Snowgirl of the Lower East Side. (Note the gender.) She’s approximately seven feet tall, an Aquarius, loves strolls along the Allen Street Mall, and dudes with carrot noses. A discarded Con Edison […]

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This is What the Updated Bluestockings Bookstore will Look Like

Posted January 6, 2016 at 5:00 am

On the heels of an uber-successful crowdfunding campaign this fall, Bluestockings Bookstore is just about ready for its tune-up. The sixteen-year-old “feminist bookstore” – one of the last in the country – raised $37,630 for interior modifications and to help with the re-upped lease at 172 Allen Street. Time to spend it. As previously reported, […]

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