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Chalk the LES this Sunday to Kick off the 3rd Annual Lower East Side History Month

Posted April 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

To kick off the third annual Lower East Side History Month, co-sponsors by FABnyc and Downtown Art are again planning a community chalking event for Sunday and Monday. A “chalk about town,” you might say. LES Stories, as the two-day event is called, encourages participants to sketch trivia, memories, or random musings about the neighborhood […]

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The Bowery Gets 11 New Cherry Blossom Trees

Posted April 25, 2016 at 5:19 am

While not quite the same level as in our nation’s capital, the Chinatown Bowery has a Cherry Blossom Festival of its own. Right in the shadow of Confucius Plaza. The festivities went down this past Saturday. The day before, local electeds spent Earth Day last week planting some new trees along the green Bowery median by the […]

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NEKST Loyalist ‘Fixes’ Erased Tag on 190 Bowery 

Posted April 20, 2016 at 10:22 am

The Germania Bank Building is undergoing commercial conversion and its longstanding sheath of graffiti and street art is threatened. For the last several weeks, owner RFR Realty (Aby Rosen) has been testing erasure methods to potentially sanitize 190 Bowery. Power-washing and fancy removal panels. This resulted in the desecration two weeks ago of the NEKST […]

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It’s Lights Out for ‘Oggi Lighting’ Longtimer on the Bowery

Posted April 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

It’s lights out for another Bowery stalwart. Oggi Lighting at the southwest corner of Kenmare Street is going out of business. The loss marks another blow to the lighting district, which has been hemorrhaging business for years. A large yellow sign in the window of 166 Bowery announces the forthcoming closure and requisite clearance sale. […]

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Ongoing Tenant Harassment on the Bowery Sparks Rally Against Landlord Joseph Betesh

Posted April 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

​Embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery are still struggling against their landlord of three years, Joseph Betesh. The Dr. Jay’s magnate purchased these adjacent tenements back in 2013 alongside ten other Bowery buildings in a blockbuster portfolio deal valued at $62 million. It didn’t take long for the alleged harassment to begin. Holdout tenants subsequently organized […]

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Google Translate Enlists Big-Wig Chefs for ‘Small World’ Pop-Up Restaurant on the Bowery

Posted April 12, 2016 at 5:10 am

Google Translate is celebrating its tenth birthday with a Lower East Side pop-up. The company nabbed the Old Bowery Station space at 168 Bowery for a four-day stint this weekend, celebrating with dinners cooked by local restaurateurs. Each night, a different chef “headliner” will cook a three-course menu. Service is further supported by other “friends” […]

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Opening Day of Ramones Exhibit at Queens Museum [RECAP]

Last modified April 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Yesterday afternoon, the Queens Museum turned into a mosh pit. The official opening of “Hey Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk” kicked off with four hours of live bands in the middle of the museum. Thousands of museum-goers stopped by, many sporting the Ramones uniform of a motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans and […]

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Hey! Ho! Let’s Go … to the Ramones Exhibit at the Queens Museum

Posted April 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

Unless you liked spending time in elevators or supermarkets, the music scene in the mid-70s was not terribly exciting. Mainstream radio specialized in “Lite FM” tunes and bubblegum pop songs. Concerts were headlined by “arena rock” bands, specializing in 30 minute drum solos. During this time, there was also nothing terribly exciting going on in […]

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Your First Look at the Luxury Development that Eliminated 200 Years of Bowery History

Posted April 8, 2016 at 5:12 am

That’s all she wrote. Two months after the death shroud appeared, 138-142 Bowery is gone. A stinging sight of scattered debris and open air. Pulverized to usher in an age of luxury residence on the site. Gone is the sidewalk bridge, carted away yesterday. Per previous reports, these three structures were sold to Emmut Properties as […]

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Emmut Properties Plans Another 8-Story Development (Condo/Hotel) at Bowery and Broome

Posted April 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

With all the recent talk of Emmut Properties on the Bowery these days it’s disheartening to learn of plans in store for the southeast corner of Broome Street. The heart of the endangered lighting district. The Hell’s Kitchen-based developer acquired the three-story building at 331-337 Broome (aka 151-153 Bowery) back in March 2014. And unlike their […]

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