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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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Skate or Die: Longboard Loft on Allen Street Closes Shop at the End of the Month

Posted December 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

The four-year-old Longboard Loft is nearing the end of its lifespan at 132 Allen Street, as previously disclosed. Misrahi Realty tombstone signage has been sitting in the window since early November, while real estate listings continue to circulate. Escalating rents reportedly contributed to the demise of this successful small business. Below is the announcement from […]

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Felix Tailor Shop Departs Rivington Street, Reopens at 125 Allen

Posted December 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

Hell Square just lost a longtime tailor. Until last week, the Felix Tailor Shop held down the shoebox real estate at 97 Rivington for more than ten years. Outlasting most of its neighbors during this period of accelerated change. However, it’s already given up the lucrative retail footprint at the southwest corner of Ludlow Street. The handwritten […]

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‘Allen Street Cut & Shave’ to Take Over Former Ciao Bella Pizza Space

Posted December 14, 2015 at 5:19 am

Ciao Bella Pizzeria is long gone. Its former sub-level HQ at 127 Allen Street has been dormant for more than three years (“grandmas old-fashioned recipe”). And until last week, so was the mural on the roll down security gate. Post-closure, we thought for sure that the store would eventually reopen as a food/nightlife venue to […]

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Buddhist Temple Upgrading its Facility (or How Loho Pizza Never Panned Out)

Posted December 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Failure to launch would be the perfect description for one Chinatown restaurant that never was. Decade-old signage for Loho Pizzeria & Deli at 14 Allen Street (aka 61 Canal) still serves as a constant reminder of the sudden halt. In fact, until recently, garbage bags were forever in the windows. It’ll never open, though. What […]

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Jack Kirby Museum Returns to Native LES for 2-Week Pop-Up

Posted November 13, 2015 at 5:12 am

For the second time in as many years, the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center again joined forces with the miLES initiative for a storefront pop-up. This time, the show is more narrowly focused, highlighting Kirby’s illustrations of “heroic combat” in various comic books. For the next two weeks, the miLES incubator space at 103 […]

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Tiengarden’s Replacement is a New Ramen Shop Called Mr. Taka, Opening Thursday on Allen Street

Posted November 10, 2015 at 5:19 am

To be honest, it’s still kinda strange not having Tiengarden on the block anymore. Even after its trendy 2013 makeover into a glassy, antiseptic eatery. Nevertheless, the vegan establishment passed into history last spring after an impressive twenty years in business. Rent gouge was to blame – $10K per month. Now six months later, its […]

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