Eldridge Street

May 2014

Jack Abramcyk’s ‘Cafe Bambi’ on Eldridge Street Proceeds Despite Community Backlash

Posted December 18, 2014 at 5:34 am

Jack Abramcyk and former Beatrice Inn doorman Simonez Wolf are together proceeding with plans for the Cafe Bambi project (nee “Chinolita”) on Eldridge Street. The bi-level bar-restaurant concept on the border of Chinatown, first brought to light last spring, is planned for the space previously occupied by Fen Yang Restaurant. A sign currently affixed to the […]

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Kenta Goto Angling to Open Izakaya Joint at the Old Zoe Space on Eldridge Street

Posted December 2, 2014 at 5:00 am

The casual Eldridge Street eatery, Zoe, closed last June after a three-year run. Loyal patrons were none too pleased about the decision, especially since the establishment proved itself a good neighbor. There was some local anxiety circulating about the identity of the inevitable successor, all while the business sought $175K in key cash. Six months […]

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Oshman Brothers Garment Shop Moves Further North on Eldridge Street

Posted November 13, 2014 at 6:09 am

Oshman Brothers just reached the end of its line at 88 Eldridge Street. Or should we say, thread. The longtime Lower East Side family business – currently under third generation ownership (announced on the awning) – recently relocated a couple blocks north. A leasing sign had held court outside the entrance for the better part […]

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Sea of Galilee Church on Eldridge Street Shows Off New Exterior After Decade-Long Rehabilitation

Posted November 11, 2014 at 6:04 am

From street view, the four-story Sea of Galilee Church at 166 Eldridge Street had been one of the most beautifully decrepit structrues on the Lower East Side. Its faded brick facade fell into disrepair over the last few decades, always appearing on the verge of collapse. That’s why the structure has been under the knife […]

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Owner of Malatesta in the West Village Bringing ‘Spaghetti Incident’ to Eldridge Street

Posted November 10, 2014 at 5:21 am

Family Recipe had been a critics’ darling ever since it bowed at 231 Eldridge Street back in 2011. Unfortunately, this love didn’t convert well enough into coinage, and Akiko Turnauer pulled the plug on the restaurant this past June. Well, residents worried about the possible replacement endeavor may offer a sigh of relief this morning. It appears […]

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New Landlord of 135-137 Eldridge Street Reportedly Harassing Longtime Chinese Tenants

Posted October 29, 2014 at 5:28 am

It’s open season on the Lower East Side for corruption. Another day, another rent regulated building targeted, purchased, and (allegedly) harassed into submission. The newest instance is near the southwest corner of Eldridge and Delancey, a block that continues on its trajectory of gentrification. What’s happening at 135-137 Eldridge is a textbook case of landlord […]

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Interpol Filmed Its Latest Music Video for ‘My Desire’ at Fontana’s

Posted October 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

Interpol grew up on the Lower East Side over a decade ago, graduating in the same class as rockers like The Strokes, Longwave, Ambulance LTD, and Stellastar. The dearly departed Luna Lounge was an early stage and proving ground. … So it’s nice to see the 2014 iteration of the foursome paying tribute to the […]

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Panade on Eldridge is Closed for ‘Restructuring’ and Will Focus on Catering

Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

Panade Puffs and Pastries – a fixture on Eldridge Street for years – is on a hiatus of sorts. The letter on its front door is perhaps the first sign of demise for the eight-year-old business. Despite assurances that “all is fine” during “restructuring” efforts,  we can’t help but believe the opposite. This more permanent break […]

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Zoe Restaurant Assets at 245 Eldridge Street Can Be Yours for $175k

Posted August 22, 2014 at 6:09 am

To many, Zoe was a comfortable neighborhood eatery, a rarity on the Lower East Side these days. It held court for nearly three years at 245 Eldridge Street, yet had been struggling of late. Much to the dismay of loyal patrons, the inevitable arrived, and eponymous owner Zoe Feigenbaum decided to close the joint in […]

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Sapphire Lounge Closes for Expected 3-Month Renovation Period

Posted August 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

You could call it the end of an era, cliche as it may be. The twenty-year-old Sapphire Lounge is now closed to undergo a planned remodeling. Saturday night was the sendoff party for the old space at 249 Eldridge Street. Owner Jahan Salarimatin tells us, “[We closed] Sapphire for soundproofing and revamping for 3 months.” […]

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