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CBGB after its closure in 2006

Report: CBGB Festival Will Expand to Fort Lauderdale in 2015

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

Known more for altercockers than punk rockers, Fort Lauderdale doesn’t usually register on the scale of music hotbeds. Nevertheless, the annual CBGB Festival – having just finished its third outing – is planning a southern spinoff sometime next year. Details on the expansion remain paltry at best, but the local Sun Sentinel reports that “Fort Lauderdale’s […]

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EMM Group Closes The General on the Bowery; This Time It’s For Real

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It finally happened. The General closed to the public earlier this week. This time it’s for real. A call to the EMM Group hotline reveals that the bait-and-switch restaurant at 199 Bowery is no longer taking reservations, and will remain open for private events only. A source also brings word that “a manager cleaning out […]

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CBGB Film Festival Recap: ‘Riot on the Dance Floor’ and ‘Who the Fuck Is that Guy?’

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

We decided to skip the CBGB concert in Times Square this past weekend, where rumor has it, the bands took a two hour break mid-day, out of respect for people attending matinees that day – not very rock n’ roll of them, but then again, you don’t want to mess with those senior blue-haired matinee-goers, […]

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Bowery Whole Foods Opens ‘BBQ’ Sandwich Shop to Replace Yuji Ramen

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:10 am

Popular fast-casual food stand, Yuji Ramen, vacated the Bowery Whole Foods over the summer. Chef-owner Yuji Haraguchi pulled the plug and decided to combine the concept into his new Williamsburg restaurant Okonomi. Its departure left a vacancy on the second floor, which was just recently filled. Whole Foods vertically integrated, and installed its “latest food […]

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Os Gemeos Mural on the Bowery is Back Behind the Plywood

Posted October 16, 2014 at 5:10 am

So much for the Os Gemeos mural remaining in public view on the Bowery. Contractors erected another perimeter fence on Monday as construction continues on the adjacent plot. The mural from 2009 had been re-unveiled in mid-September for a “limited time only.” Likely as a reminder that the graffiti wall was still relevant. That timeframe […]

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Ace Hotel Will Add 3 Floors to Its ‘Faux Hostel’ at 225 Bowery

Last modified October 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

The new 200-room Ace Hotel on the Bowery is primed for a cosmetic change. A rooftop addition that flew under the radar. You’ll recall that the former Salvation Army building at 225 Bowery cashed out last spring, and relocated to Brooklyn. Omnia Group and the North Wind Group purchased the property for upwards of $30 […]

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Downtown Ghosts: The Lower East Side’s Day/Night Conflict

Last modified October 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

Richard Ocejo, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, just released a new book about the economic impact of bar proliferation on the Lower East Side. It’s called Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City. Ocejo will be part of a panel discussion on the […]

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Neighborhood Opposition Turns Out to Deny New Cemusa Newsstand on the Bowery

Posted October 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

  One potential newsstand owner is exhausting efforts to install a Cemusa box on the Bowery mid-section. Precisely where so much change is happening. However, it might take a minute, since the surrounding community is largely against such placement. Last month, the applicant appeared before Community Board 2 to obtain blessings for a unit outside […]

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Cherche Midi Installs Pinstriped Blue Canopy

Posted October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

For its first few months in business, Cherche Midi operated rather naked; without its retractable awning. This sprung hope in some that the sidewalk cafe situation from the previous Pulino’s incarnation might not return. Doesn’t seem so. A new pinstriped blue canopy system arrived last week. Just in time for the advent of colder weather. […]

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Rumor: Duane Reade to Take Over EMM Group’s 199 Bowery

Last modified October 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm

It’s no secret that EMM Group is struggling to maintain the success of The General and Finale on the Bowery. Co-owner Mark Birnbaum even admitted to the State Liquor Authority that his bait-and-switch club complex “has been a disaster for us.” We also noted last month that the “restaurant” front to the club stooped to offer Groupon meals […]

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