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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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Rogue Cones Redux: Allen Street Gets Protected Bike Lane

Posted November 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

It’s not only Chrystie Street. More rogue cones were added last week to another known danger zone. For cyclists. The aptly-named Transformation Department is at it again. Fresh off raising more than $2,500 for its project (already exceeding the initial goal), the anonymous advocacy group is back on the streets increasing the safety of current bike lanes. […]

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Bustin’s Longboard Loft Skate Shop at 132 Allen Street Placed on the Market

Posted November 9, 2015 at 5:15 am

Today comes news that the Lower East Side will soon lose a skate shop. Brooklyn-based skateboard company, Bustin Boards, will soon terminate its four-year-old retail concept at 132 Allen Street. That’s right, the Longboard Loft now operates on borrowed time. One need only peer into the windows to see the tombstone signage holding court. Thanks […]

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Parks Department Clips the Glut of Bikes from Allen Street Mall Fences

Posted November 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

If you had a bike locked to the fence along the Allen Street Mall north of Delancey Street, there’s a good chance it’s gone. Forever. In a show of force, the Parks Department chose yesterday as the day of enforcement in the median parkway. Workers broke out the angle grinders and bolt cutters to remove […]

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The Allen Street Deli Folds After 5 Years in Business

Posted November 4, 2015 at 5:15 am

It’s curtains for the Allen Street Deli, a reliable neighborhood standby. The five-year-old bodega at 203 Allen quietly closed over the weekend, having cleared out its proverbial locker. A message painted on the window announced the shutter. The first cracks in the business seemingly appeared last January. At the time, word on the street was the […]

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Bluestockings Bookstore Raises More Than $37K to Stay on LES; Renovation to Follow Next Month

Posted October 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Bluestockings is one of the last “feminist bookstores” in the country (there are 13). In fact, it’s pretty much the only bookstore on the Lower East Side. The sixteen-year-old, left-leaning institution is committed to staying in the neighborhood, having recently re-upped the lease at 172 Allen Street. But costs of maintaining the business have skyrocketed. […]

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