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Clayton’s Corner: In the Ring with an Octogenarian Battling Trump

Posted March 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

What do you do when you turn 80-years-old?  If you are Anthony Haden-Guest you get into the boxing ring and duke it out. In the run-up to the big birthday bout, he sustained four broken ribs in an incident, and is also in line to surgically get sixteen teeth implants. He calls me up and says he […]

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Le Pain Quotidien Unveils its Second Bleecker Street Outpost

Posted February 17, 2017 at 5:13 am

Le Pain Quotidien just planted another flag downtown. The Belgian-style bakery is poised to open its umpteenth city location in the kink of Bleecker Street, where American Apparel previously outfitted NYU students. Now it’ll fatten them up. The teaser signage was recently scraped away to reveal the bi-level innards. No word just yet on opening […]


NoHo’s Shapiro Hardware Opens ‘Second Location’ on Great Jones Street [Updated]

Last modified January 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Shapiro Hardware has a new NoHo store.  While signs in the window 59 Bleecker Street announce a second outpost up the block at 7 Great Jones Street (formerly the Village Tannery), employees confirm what’s happening. This is a new home, and both will remain open until the “transition” is complete. That transition seems nebulous.  Three […]

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Sales Begin at Anna Wintour’s Bleecker Street Condo Nemesis

Last modified January 12, 2017 at 10:02 am

Despite the protestations of Vogue overlord Anna Wintour, the eight-story replacement building at 178 Bleecker Street is complete and ready for open wallets. Branded as Dolce Greenwich Village, the luxury development is taller than its neighbors on the block, and already boasting the requisite teaser signage geared toward the upper crust. Yep, it’s been a long nine […]

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Madam Geneva Transitions to ‘Ghost Donkey’ After 8 Years off the Bowery

Posted November 10, 2016 at 5:09 am

The rear cocktail den of Saxon + Parole, Madam Geneva, has been closed this week for “renovations.” Brown butcher paper hangs in the windows of 4 Bleecker Street, with a companion letter to that effect alerting would-be patrons. The closure is not permanent, though. The former Southeast Asia-themed bar will reopen tomorrow under a different […]

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See America’s First Play in a Lower East Side Boxing Ring

Last modified November 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

If the upcoming election has left you punch-drunk, this may give you some satirical respite. Peculiar Works Projects invites you to step into the ring with a first-ever adaptation of America’s first play. Quite literally. The political throw-down in question is Androboros: Villain of the State, originally written by New York’s colonial governor Robert Hunter in […]

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Punch Trump in the Face, then Register to Vote

Posted September 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

Overthrow Boxing gym just off the Bowery wants to knock out Donald Trump in a big way. By ballot, not bout. The Bleecker Street gym is getting out the vote by going mobile. Several weeks ago, they christened a cheeky “Knockout Trump” truck with the dual purpose of registering voters (#knockoutthevote2016) while offering a chance […]

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‘The Press Shop’ Plants a Flag at the Former Two Boots on Bleecker Street

Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:12 am

There is finally a replacement for the once-mighty Two Boots To Go-Go at 74 Bleecker Street (aka 640 Broadway), which was denied a lease renewal almost two years ago already. Signage hoisted last week announces the forthcoming arrival of the Press Shop. It’s a bit ambiguous at the moment, but it appears that sandwiches will be served here […]

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Watch the Eulogy at the NYC ‘Payphone Funeral’ [VIDEO]

Posted September 9, 2016 at 5:15 am

The payphone’s number was called with the arrival of LinkNYC technology. Each of these kiosks will, over the next couple years, gradually replace the remaining payphones dotting the landscape. Indeed, the city plans to install 4,550 hot-spots by July 2019. Nostalgists are in mourning. So much so, that one Nick Smatt orchestrated and produced a “funeral” […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Boxing with the ‘Empress’ of Bleecker Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

I know so much has changed around here, making it difficult to be enthusiastic about anything that follows the gentrification. But there are pockets where one can still find the kinds of fires and heat that used to make the old Lower East Side the action-driven place we remember. And for me, one of the […]

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