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Notes from CB3: Cochinita Dos Denied Full Liquor, Bikinis Denied Expansion

Last modified March 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

This month’s SLA agenda for Community Board 3 was rather light on the “big ticket” applicants. But last night’s subcommittee meeting was not without its drama. Herewith, a brief breakdown of the action. Gaia Lounge, 103 East 2nd Street This is the hookah bar that relocated from Temple of Ankh on Clinton Street, an establishment […]

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Cochinita Dos to Open Lower East Side Outpost at 49 Canal

Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:04 am

The easternmost sliver of Canal Street is truly starting to pop. While the Jarmulowsky Bank awaits its glorious return as an upscale Ace-managed hotel, its surroundings continue to follow suit. Catty corner to the iconic structure, a new Mexican joint is planned. One with ties to Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. 49 Canal Street, formerly Overseas Taste, […]

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JFK Restaurant Supply Moving Down the Block to 55 Canal Street

Posted February 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

When 55 Canal Street went on the open market in March 2012, the ground level anchor – Kinco Plumbing Supply - unsurprisingly moved away. The building later sold for $4.9 million. In the interim time period, the owners completely upscaled the exterior, installing a new glass-paneled facade, revamping the store itself, and giving the brickwork a […]

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Architect Michael Kang Brings ‘Be Hotel’ to 125 Canal Street

Posted February 13, 2014 at 5:17 am

For fifteen years, Grand Sichuan reigned supreme at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Hot pot fans mourned its closure in the spring of 2012, but held out hope that it might return. At the time, an outgoing message from the restaurant announced that the joint would reopen later that fall. That was not to […]

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Ad for boat passage, Photo: Eldridge St. Synagogue Archives

When Jarmulowsky’s Bank Helped with Immigrant Boat Passage; Plus the Legend of the Cupola

Posted February 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

The current hotel conversion of the iconic, Beaux Arts-style Jarmulowsky Bank Building at 54 Canal Street prompted a closer look at the roots of this 1912 landmark. It briefly housed a financial institution which became a proverbial backbone to the immigrant community of the Lower East Side. Owner Sender Jarmulowsky had been banking in the […]

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Photo: Municipal Archives

More on the Proposal to Restore the Iconic Cupola to the Jarmulowsky Bank Building

Posted February 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

The Jarmulowsky Bank Building will return to its former glory. That is, if Community Board 3 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission ultimately approve architect Ron Castellano’s designs to reinstate the signature cupola atop this Lower East Side icon. As part of the hotel underway at this address (54 Canal aka 9 Orchard), the hope is […]

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2013 Chinatown Lunar New Year / Photo: Better Chinatown U.S.A.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse

Posted January 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Plenty of celebration is loping Chinatown’s way. The 15th Annual Firecracker Ceremony, organized by the Better Chinatown Society, will have your ears ringing in the first day of the Chinese New Year – the year of the horse – over at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Giddy up! The partying continues a few days later with a parade and […]


Clandestine Chinatown Hotel with Gallery Front Busted on Canal Street

Last modified February 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Stroll by 171-173 Canal Street on any given day, and you wouldn’t think twice about the activity up above. Until now, the top floor of this five-story walkup hosted the so-called Collective Gallery, touted as a “very unconventional intimate space” utilized by a “collective of thirteen artists.” This is an unconventional space, alright, but only […]

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$920M Manhattan Bridge Rehab ‘Substantially Complete’ After Four Years of Work

Posted December 23, 2013 at 5:55 am

Four years and $920 million later, the rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge is now “substantially complete.” Crews will reportedly continue “final punchlist” work on the 1,470-foot-long span through the end of January. The reconstruction initiative (Contract #14) began in January 2010 with the goal of repairing and replacing “vital” elements along the East River crossing. […]

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Hanksy Pokes Fun at Mayor-Elect with ‘Buffalo Bill de Blasio’

Last modified November 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

Our Chinatown neighbors awoke this morning to a new Hanksy wheat-paste, which was a collaboration with artist Alex Pardee. This borderline NSFW is a mashup of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the crazy Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. It certainly put the lotion on its skin… In a statement, the street artist noted […]

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