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Pile On: Essex Crossing Hammers First Foundation Elements in Place at Site 2

Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

It’s the moment we’ve not been waiting for. The Gateway to Essex Crossing, as it were, just started to take shape. Its bones, at least. Here and now, the first few building blocks of what will ultimately comprise ten years of construction headaches along Delancey Street. Those twin, five-story pile drivers (and four backhoes) sitting within […]

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Angry Neighbors Question Profiteering Tennis Instructor Bryn Bryant Over Seward Park Tennis School

Posted August 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

One tennis teacher has his balls all over Seward Park, pissing off (on?) the neighbors. An instructor named Bryn Bryant reportedly convinced the Seward Park High School to grant one of its three in-demand tennis courts to his business during the summer months. Locals are understandably upset that a third of the public space in […]

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Lowline Files Permits to Transform Vacant Essex Market Building Into ‘Lowline Lab’

Posted August 25, 2015 at 5:10 am

Already three years deep, the Lowline – that subterranean park seemingly polarizing the Lower East Side – continues its quest to take over the old trolley terminal beneath Delancey. Or, rather approval. Earlier this summer, a Kickstarter campaign was organized to collect funds for the ongoing “Lowline Lab” that will help the team test various […]

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Eisner Brothers Really Doesn’t Want You Cutting Through the Driveway on Essex Street

Posted August 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

This bombed-out Saturn jalopy is parked beside the freestanding 75 Essex Street (Eisner Brothers) with the distinct purpose of deterrence. Deterrence against those pedestrians deprived of the old parking lot shortcut, and who would otherwise use the L-shaped alleyway as an alternative. The dead giveaway here is the lack of license plates and the rash […]

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Essex Street’s Big Apple Boxes Quietly Folds

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:18 am

Big Apple Boxes quietly folded a couple weeks ago. The space was cleared and vacated without explanation. When we called about the closure at the time, the owner (presumably) told us that the store was temporarily closed for “inventory.” That it would reopen in the coming days. False. Tombstone leasing signage now holds court at […]

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Subway Sandwich Shop Reopens on Essex Street 6 Months After Flood

Posted August 19, 2015 at 9:23 am

The three-and-a-half-year-old Subway franchise at 153 Essex Street has returned from the dead. Resurrected some six months after a flood in the building sidelined the operation. The store remained closed since February (nay, Februany), with its crinkled storefront announcement (“Your Subway is temporarily closed”) of the incident holding court. Subway opened at 153 Essex Street […]

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Gotham Court Terrace Party Sparks Fire on 2nd Floor, Management is Mum

Last modified August 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

From the files of Gotham Court (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex), we have more egregious evidence typifying the unchecked partying at the frat compound. First up, the photo below portrays a bro splayed across the parapet in reasonable danger of falling. Neighbors relayed the image as well as a reminder of how similar actions resulted in a […]

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Vic’s Pizza Departing Essex Street After 45 Years in Business; New Development Looms

Last modified August 3, 2015 at 10:30 am

Housecleaning has begun at 355 Grand Street, the endangered non-landmarked landmark. The wave of luxury living is breaking here, and both ground floor businesses were given the boot; a gold-plated boot, at that. Interboro Properties purchased the historic corner row-house back in December for $4 million. But there is still some time. Flowers Cafe, on […]

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8-Hour Rager Underscores Frat Scourge of Gotham Court in Hell Square

Posted July 31, 2015 at 5:00 am

The inmates have taken control and the babysitter Nurse Ratched is nowhere to be found. The drunken frat compound that is Gotham Court certainly lived up to its reputation over the weekend. We’re hearing from folks in the vicinity that an apartment at 151 Essex Street held “one of the biggest deck parties of the […]

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Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ is Months Delayed, but Expected Soon

Posted July 28, 2015 at 5:14 am

The Essex Street Market is still banking on city-implemented infrastructure, albeit temporary, to help solve its foot traffic woes. As previously reported, the Lower East Side BID is working with the Department of Transportation to implement a seasonal Street Seat outside the brick warehouse on Essex and Delancey. And, of course, it’s delayed. Its debut […]

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