Delancey Street


Essex Crossing Lays Waste to Essex Street Market in Week 3 of Demolition [PHOTOS]

Posted March 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

As demolition activities enter a third week, the Essex Street Market warehouse south of Delancey is pretty much a pile of rubble and twisted metal. Little from the original structure remains, except for the 75-year-old iron skeleton. This temporary junkyard is SPURA site 2, the Essex Crossing parcel heralded by developers as “The Gateway” to […]

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Recap: Hanksy Transforms Chase Bank for ‘Best of the Worst’

Posted March 30, 2015 at 10:02 am

For one night, the former Chase Bank on Delancey was an (alternative) art industry hotspot. Pun master Hanksy transformed the 12,000 square-foot commercial space into a carnival-esque show dubbed “Best of the Worst.” To use the word gallery as description would be a misnomer. Indeed, the soirée felt more like a high school rec-room party, […]

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Prelude to Hanksy’s ‘Best of the Worst’ on Delancey Street

Posted March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

Hanksy and friends are almost finished transforming the spartan bank space at 104 Delancey into another funhouse for the “Best of the Worst” show. You wouldn’t even know that a Chase branch once operated in this spot. The whitebox nature of the space is redesigned, albeit temporarily. Promising to deliver a vibe akin to the […]

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Cemusa Installs Replacement Newsstand at Delancey and Clinton

Posted March 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

Back in November, a westbound drunk driver on Delancey Street reportedly rammed the local newsstand at the northwest corner of Clinton. The early-morning incident dislodged the Cemusa box from its sidewalk perch with ease, and the equipment was subsequently carted away. During the interim, its rectangular platform of concrete had been sitting exposed, a tripping […]

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Ratner's ghost signage, Photo: David Bellel

The Return of Ratner’s on Delancey Street

Last modified March 26, 2015 at 7:51 am

Well, sort of. Construction at the former Sleepy’s mattress center on Delancey Street uncovered some classic ghost signage. Of course, this location was previously the home of Ratner’s, the long-running kosher dairy restaurant that folded over a decade ago. Shadows of the once-illustrious red neon are now clearly visible, thanks to the removal of the […]

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Urgent Care Center to Open in Sleepy’s Mattress Space on Delancey

Last modified March 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Back in August, we filed a report on the closure of the Sleepy’s mattress outpost at 138 Delancey (formerly Ratner’s). The shutter lasted only until Labor Day, though, when the store reopened to capitalize on holiday sales. It would remain in business for the next six months, with the RKF leasing sign hanging in the […]

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Week 2 of Essex Street Market Demolition is Underway [PHOTOS]

Posted March 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

With full-on demolition now in its second week, not much remains of the Essex Street Market warehouse south of Delancey. Daily drilling and digging has reduced the 75-year-old building to its component brick. Before long, it’ll be another Lower East Side sandlot awaiting its multimillion-dollar payload. Only, this parcel – SPURA Site 2 – is […]

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Neighbors Contend The DL Operates Illegally by Hosting Lucky Cheng’s; Backlash Against Proposed Sidewalk Cafe

Posted March 16, 2015 at 5:14 am

Lucky Cheng’s became a refugee after its brief Times Square stint fizzled. The DL came to the rescue last year and installed the cabaret – most popular for bachelorette parties – on the second floor of the club complex. It even commands its own entrance around the corner at 93 Ludlow, and will likely remain […]

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‘Empanadas, Son’ Replaces Delancey Pizzeria; Joselito Folds

Posted March 12, 2015 at 5:13 am

The cubbyhole pizza joint at 174 Delancey didn’t last. It spent an extended period under construction, but only lasted a few months in the wild. Toward the end, its hours were fairly sporadic, and by last December, the store was on the market. We now have a taker. Empanadas, Son. Seriously, that’s the name (we […]

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Hanksy’s ‘Best of the Worst’ to Take Over Delancey Street on March 28

Last modified March 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Street artist Hanksy is going big; possibly further than the “Surplus Candy” show last year in an Alphabet City tenement. This time around, the pop culture satirist is transforming the former Chase bank on Delancey into another funhouse of sorts. “Best of the Worst” is the result, a two-day art event exhibiting a “slew of street art […]

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