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‘Baby Brasa’ will Begin Serving Peruvian Rotisserie on Allen Street Next Week

Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

The neons are burning at 129 Allen Street. Get ready for some Peruvian rotisserie. Baby Brasa is days from delivery. Upon opening next week – it’ll be a soft launch – Baby Brasa will offer an “intimate eating experience” via open-floor plan, in which chef and patron share the space. In this case, the culinary master […]

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Here’s One Potential Reimagining of the Allen Mall Bathhouse [PHOTOS]

Posted June 1, 2016 at 5:16 am

In a couple weeks, the city (i.e. Parks Department) is poised to release a Request for Proposals to reinvigorate the Allen Mall Bathhouse. The Lower East Side relic, constructed in the 1930s as a bathroom for riders of the Second Avenue El, has been vacant for nearly sixty years. Soon enough, though, the brick box will […]

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USA Shaolin Temple Moving to 102 Allen Street

Posted May 26, 2016 at 5:17 am

Photographer Alex Cao departed the second-floor loft at 102 Allen Street not too long ago. The studio had been a mainstay for over a decade, with images of pop-art framed in each of the windows. It’s all gone now, replaced with brown paper. The replacement is from left field. Here comes the twenty-two-year-old USA Shaolin […]

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Have You Seen Hektad’s Dice and Rubik’s Cubes Dotting Allen Street Mall?

Posted May 17, 2016 at 10:23 am

Every once in a while a public art piece just completely nails it. Like this latest effort by street artist Hektad. Dubbed “Project Play Me,” Hektad last week added some color to one of the many staging areas for the East Houston Reconstruction project. With a little bit of paint, the street artist transformed several […]

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Stalled Allen Street Hotel Sells in Auction for $30.75M; Moinian Father and Son Now Own Hotels Here

Posted May 11, 2016 at 5:11 am

After a drawn-out foreclosure process wrought with drama and years sitting vacant, the sixteen-story Allen Street Hotel is finally under new ownership. The properties comprising 139-141 Orchard Street sold in auction yesterday to real estate tycoon Morris Moinian and his partner Morry Kalimian of Elk Investors. The duo paid $30.75 million for the eyesore, and plans […]

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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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