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Defective Allen Street Mall Benches to Receive Upgrades Starting Today

Posted September 28, 2015 at 5:12 am

More than a year later, the New York City Parks Department is finally coming through on promises for the Allen Street Mall. Namely, the issue of those defective iron benches dotting the six renovated medians between Delancey and South Streets. (Still no updates for beleaguered medians north of Delancey, though.) When we first exposed the […]

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A Replacement is Found for the Departed Tiengarden Vegan Restaurant on Allen Street

Posted September 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Dead in the grave for a mere four months, the departed vegan eatery Tiengarden still maintains a ghostly presence at Allen Street. Taking the form of window leafing. Yet not for long. There is already a new restaurant concept vying for the space. As of this week, the Misrahi Realty tombstone signage is deposed, replaced […]

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Help ‘Bluestockings Bookstore’ Stay on the Lower East Side

Posted September 23, 2015 at 5:16 am

Bluestockings Bookstore is one of the few eclectic businesses left that manages to tread water during this tidal wave of hyper-gentrification. It’s operated on the Lower East Side for nearly two decades – 16 years, to be precise – pushing left-leaning literature on topics such as feminism, queer and gender studies, global capitalism, climate & […]

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Allen Street Hotel Lambasted by CB3 in Bid for Extension to Complete Project

Posted September 10, 2015 at 4:51 am

The Allen Street Hotel is a convoluted clusterfuck that’s more than eight years in the making. We’ve seen it all – everything from foreclosure and property sales to owner Ben Zhavian allegedly threatening the creditor’s lawyer with rape. It snuck onto the scene in the eleventh hour before the 2008 zoning took hold, and slyly […]

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Empanada Mama Reopening Soon at Larger 95 Allen Street Location

Posted September 3, 2015 at 5:14 am

Empanada Mama is nearing the finish line down at 95 Allen Street. For the last five months, owner Socrates Nanas has been converting the dual storefronts previously occupied by Sorella (and Stellina). Debut was originally slated for June, so it’s now running some three months behind schedule. The two rooms are starting to come together, […]

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‘LESpace’ Pop-Up Incubator at Los Perros Locos is Donezo

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

It was exactly a year ago that Alex Mitow pulled the plug on the short-lived Los Perros Locos at 201 Allen Street. In the wake of this Colombian hot dog joint, the former proprietor instead transformed the store into “LESpace” – a food-based incubator space for pop-ups, chefs, etc. LESpace made the biggest splash with Polpo […]

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Why You Should Start Listening to Grace Love [REVIEW]

Posted August 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

She’s called Seattle’s “First Lady of Soul.” And with cause. Grace Love – who spent the last few years in New York City – has the pipes to match. She and her backing band, the True Loves, are on the up-and-up, and you should start listening. Last week, the chanteuse returned to the Lower East […]

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TBD Gallery Goes Belly Up on Allen Street

Posted August 26, 2015 at 5:17 am

TBD is now DOA. The gallery has officially terminated its tenure at 97 Allen Street. If you’re keeping score, that’s nine months at this location before the shutter. There is no indication as of yet that the showroom relocated; seems permanent. The TBD showroom debuted in November 2014. We caught one of its more popular […]

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Replacement Slats for Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall to Arrive Next Month

Last modified August 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

A true fix, albeit belated, is reportedly on the way for the seatless benches dotting the Allen Street Mall. The update from Parks Department this week is that we should expect a remedy next month. “Replacement slats have been ordered and are expected by the end of September,” the city agency noted in a tweet […]

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Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall Remain Without Remedy

Posted August 11, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Allen Street Mall still suffers from absolute neglect. Respite nowhere in sight. Nothing new, really. Just look at the benches dotting the median from Delancey to South Street. Wood slats on most of the iron benches are either broken or gone altogether, leaving assless seating for those who pass. Locals have since taken to […]

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