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Load Out: Fontana’s Bar Will Close Shop in March After a Dirty Dozen on Eldridge Street

Posted January 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

By now you’ve seen, you’ve heard. Fontana’s at 105 Eldridge Street will end its impressive tenure in just a couple months. Sometime in March. The bar and performance venue – long a welcoming stage for small-time artists – has been on the block for a dozen years. Proprietors Holly Ferrari, Mary Finn, and Deannie Wheeler together […]

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Hanksy Lampoons Bill Cosby with New Wheat-Paste

Posted January 4, 2016 at 11:05 am

It’s a new year for Bill Cosby, and he’s still in a world of shit. The disgraced comedian was charged last week with drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. Hanksy enters the conversation with another wheat-paste mug of Bill Cosby with the caption, “New year, new me.” This will be the […]

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Reader Report: Landlord Continues to Harass Chinese Tenants at 135-137 Eldridge Street

Posted December 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

​A year later, the alleged tenant harassment at 135-137 Eldridge Street shows no sign of abating. Case in point – we’re told that a few residents were allegedly served 30-day lease termination notices before Thanksgiving due to ambiguous “repair work.” Essentially made homeless at a time when the spotlight focuses to those in need. To […]

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Chat Up ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Lyricist at the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Last modified December 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm

The timeless Broadway production Fiddler on the Roof is returning to the big stage, and with it, its legendary lyricist to the Lower East Side. Sheldon Harnick, the man who penned soundtrack favorites such as “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “If I Were a Rich Man,” plans to discuss some behind-the-scenes experiences of the musical masterpiece at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. It’ll be […]

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Prosperity Dumpling Won’t Reopen on Eldridge Street, Yet Likely Moving to Little Italy

Posted November 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

It’s already been nearly three months an infamous back alley prep counter felled Chinatown classic Prosperity Dumpling. A neighbor snapped a photo of the Eldridge Street dim sum operation – which also showed rats running free – and that was the end of that. The Department of Health showed up same day for an inspection […]

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Inside Cafe Noir Owner’s Eldridge Street Mansion, on the Market for $12M

Last modified November 7, 2015 at 10:53 pm

​We told you last week that restaurateur Georges Forgeois is selling his pad at 170 Eldridge Street. Signs advertising the sale have been onsite for as long, but the property officially hit the market this week for $12 million. Built in 1820, the three-story “townhouse” at 170 Eldridge originally functioned as a carriage house and stable […]

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Cafe Noir Owner Georges Forgeois Puts 170 Eldridge on the Market for $12M

Posted October 30, 2015 at 5:17 am

Georges Forgeois, the well-regarded downtown restaurateur, is looking to exit his longtime Lower East Side pad. 170 Eldridge Street now sits on the open market, positioned as the perfect opportunity for a single-family home. New real estate signage arrived onsite earlier this week. The three-story townhouse is located on the block dutifully nicknamed “God’s Corner,” […]

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Woody Allen Just Transformed Eldridge Street for His New Film

Last modified September 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Woody Allen has just transformed lower Eldridge Street into his own version of Chinatown. Circa 1930s, judging by the prop cars parked curbside. Storefronts are also masquerading for the day, including a 99-cent shop playing the part of a Chop Suey joint. It’s all part of his latest feature film – more than 40 in […]

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Woody Allen is Filming His Newest Movie in Chinatown Today

Posted September 18, 2015 at 5:16 am

Here he comes. Woody Allen is in the neighborhood today to film scenes for his latest feature. Looks like production will occupy the stretch of pavement in and around Eldridge and East Broadway. So far, the new movie is running with the working title of “WASP.” It’s an acronym for the “Woody Allen Summer Project.” Much […]

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Sapphire Lounge Reopens as the ‘Rumpus Room’ After Year of Renovation

Posted September 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

Over two decades into its run, the Sapphire Lounge won’t be returning as its former self on Eldridge Street. Instead, owner Jahan Salarimatin and partner Gabriel Levy have a new joint venture up the proverbial sleeve. Rumpus Room—the British euphemism for a children’s playroom – is apparently opening this week specifically to capitalize on Fashion Week. […]

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