Avenue C

Clayton’s Corner: At the Loisaida Festival on Avenue C [PHOTOS]

Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

Once again this past Memorial Day, the Loisaida Festival was in full force taking over Ave C from 6th Street to 12th Street. The annual event – founded in 1987 – is a way to get a taste of Hispanic culture: food, dancing, music, and of course, the streets filled with the local Hispanic residents. […]

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Flood Lights on Avenue C These Days Akin to Supermax Prison, Locals Argue

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:15 am

Alphabet City public housing along the FDR is lined with NYPD mobile flood lights. Just walk on by or travel southbound on the Drive and you’ll easily see the daylight-at-night conditions. It’s easily visible from blocks around. But what of the folks living in and around this area? One fed-up neighbor wrote to us about […]

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Monthly ‘Movies @ MoRUS’ Series Kicks Off Tonight

Posted February 18, 2016 at 11:12 am

Your Thursday night just got infinitely cooler, my friends. Starting this evening (February 18), the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (a.k.a. MoRUS) will host their Movies @ MoRUS series at 155 Avenue C. Going down every third Thursday of the month at 7pm, Movies @ MoRUS’ flick roster will showcase topics of social justice, political […]

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Reel to Reel: Somewhere Over the LES Rainbow

Posted January 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

The amount of talent that emerged from the Lower East Side throughout the decades is immeasurable. Astounding, really. We narrow it down to a handful of world-renowned songwriters and composers who hailed straight from the Lower. Of course, we had the Yiddish Broadway on 2nd Avenue; but did you know that, were it not for some […]

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Conviction Reached in Brutal Beating Death of Ruan Wen Hui Last Year

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Last week, justice came for the Hui family of Alphabet City. The man who killed 68-year-old Ruan Wen Hui in May 2014 was convicted and could likely pay dearly. Hui was a retired garment worker who lived on Avenue C and East Seventh Street with his wife. According to news reports at the time, he […]

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Adam Purple Memorial Planned for Saturday at LaPlaza Community Garden

Posted September 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

​Legendary guerrilla gardener Adam Purple died last week of a heart attack while biking across the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84. Locals have since organized a memorial service for Mr. Purple, planned for Saturday evening (September 26) in Alphabet City. It’ll be held at the LaPlaza Cultural Community Garden at Avenue C and East 9th Street, […]

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Why there was a Subway Entrance on Avenue C Yesterday

Posted July 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

Alphabet City was Brooklyn yesterday. For a brief period, at least. This realistic subway entrance appeared yesterday morning in the abandoned Mobil gas station that will soon sprout new development. Its placement was actually a filming prop for the CBS show Blue Bloods, which often films around the Lower East Side. Naturally. Several readers spotted […]

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Former LES Squat Umbrella House to Hold Open House of Rooftop Garden

Posted July 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

Sustainable green spaces on the Lower East Side are seemingly fewer and farther between, with developmental hysteria pushing out longtime residents and businesses left and right. But there’s still a beat or two left in the community, uniting with the intent to impact the neighborhood in a positive, perpetual manner. In this particular case, it’s the former LES squat Umbrella […]

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Take This Walking Tour to Learn About Surveillance Cameras Dotting the East Village

Posted June 16, 2015 at 5:06 am

Big Brother is most certainly watching your daily life in the East Village. Everyone knows surveillance cameras are everywhere these days, but when you actually see the tally, it’s pretty crazy. According to the latest (unofficial) count by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (aka MoRUS), there are roughly 1,275 in this area of Manhattan […]

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Lower East Sider Files Trademark Suit Against Kanye West Over ‘Loisaidas’ Movie

Posted April 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

Another local is going for the jugular over a trademark of a neighborhood designation. And he’s suing Kanye West. Lower East Side resident Michael Medina filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Kanye West and Damon Dash (who owns Poppington gallery on Orchard Street) over their episodic Loisaidas film. You see, Medina is part of a two-piece […]

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