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Examining Gigi Li’s Community Board 3 Reign of Shame [OP-ED]

Posted July 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

This is the second installment of a two-part editorial written by Erin Harvey. The last-minute decision to throw Gigi Li in the race to unseat Jenifer Rajkumar as District Leader reeks of Sheldon Silver’s desperation and Councilwoman Chin’s petty vindictiveness. Should Gigi Li somehow pull off a victory for the unpaid position, it would come […]

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‘Taco Recipes’ Restaurant Coming Soon to Essex Street

Posted June 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

23 Essex Street – across from Seward Park – is an address that now carries two ethnic restaurants in its base. We touched upon newcomer Sam’s Spring Roll, which began serving its namesake menu last week. And now another. Taco Recipes is coming to the dance floor; its signage was hoisted yesterday. Little is known, […]

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Revived from the Dead, ‘Unforgettable’ Filming on Essex Street Today

Posted June 29, 2015 at 10:09 am

The troubled police procedural Unforgettable is back in production as we speak, and will be filming scenes on the Lower East Side today. Those obligatory “no parking” signs cordon off the area surrounding East Houston and Essex Streets. Unforgettable has been rather, well, forgettable. CBS canceled the show twice during its four-year run. Cable network […]

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Sam’s Spring Roll Opens on Essex Street

Posted June 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

Sam’s Spring Roll rocked the boat last December in its bid for the north store of 23 Essex Street. Nevertheless, it didn’t hinder the push to completion. In fact, the “bar” is now fully operational, having debuted last week, and already with the requisite Yelp shills. The four-table establishment is billed as more of a […]

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Beauty & Essex is Confirmed to Open a Las Vegas Annex

Last modified June 26, 2015 at 7:36 am

Looks like those rumors of Beauty & Essex taking on Sin City are becoming a reality. It’s confirmed that acclaimed restaurateur Chris Santos, with the backing of the TAO Group, is expanding his posh culinary empire to fall in line with the other high profile celebrity eateries out there. The Lower East Side’s epicurean destination will open its outpost at the Cosmopolitan luxury […]

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NYC Cult Classic ‘Last Dragon’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Screening Next Week

Posted June 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

Sho’nuff, the NYC cult classic Last Dragon is returning to theaters for limited engagement. Tribeca Cinemas on Varick Street is screening the so-bad-it’s-good Berry Gordy film for one night only to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. (The anniversary actually happened in March) As we’ve previously noted, Last Dragon filmed scenes around the Lower East Side, including a […]

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On the Ground 7 Years Before the Essex Street Market Became a Reality [PHOTOS]

Posted May 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

In the coming years, each of the Essex Street Market buildings will fall to accommodate the new Essex Crossing mega-project. The facility was built seventy-five years ago to move the plethora of pushcarts indoors. The archival photo is dated sometime in 1933, seven years before the one-story commercial buildings were constructed by order of Mayor LaGuardia. […]

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The ‘Grilled Cheese Incident’ Debuts Inside Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street

Last modified May 30, 2015 at 8:24 am

Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street is diversifying. Changing it up to stay relevant, perhaps. Another grilled cheese-specific operation is now underway here at 115 Essex. It’s called the Grilled Cheese Incident, a pop-up that banks heavily on the storied lore of Depression-era gangsters. The Grilled Cheese Incident was founded by fifth-generation NYC native Marc Lande as […]

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Slumlord of 43 Essex Street Notches Stop-work and Partial Vacate Orders

Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

Earlier this month – about a week after tenants filed a harassment lawsuit against Paul Galasso – the controversial new landlord of 43 Essex was slapped with a full stop-work order. According to department of Buildings records, the compulsory halt in activity is due to illegal construction, namely un-permitted plumbing and electrical work. And on […]

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‘Balanced Pilates’ Opens its 2nd Studio at 17 Essex Today

Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

When word dropped earlier this year that a half-baked bar concept called Vote for Pedro wanted to open in the 400 square-foot sublevel space at 17 Essex Street, neighbors immediately mobilized to block the application. Both the Orchard Street Block Association and SPaCE posed a united front to ensure Community Board 3 delivered a denial. […]

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