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8th Season of Hester Street Fair is Underway

Posted April 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

The eighth outing of the Hester Street Fair is now underway. Opening weekend was last week, which is a whole month earlier than the fair’s normally started in years prior. With this new season brings a new mission statement for the enterprise – “empowering pursuits of passion” – in hopes of promoting the exhibition to “emerging creative […]

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Billboard Operator ‘Lure Outdoor’ Takes Store Beside xCubicle on Essex Street

Posted April 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

xCubicle downsized its videogame repair shop last July, having shuffled over to the adjacent (and adjoining) space on Hester Street. The move was a concerted push to ditch the retail and refocus efforts on servicing equipment, the original vision of the business when it first got its start in 2008. The downsizing left behind a tiny, […]

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Nine Years on, ‘Delancey Wine’ will Move Down the Block

Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Delancey Wine, the nine-year-old liquor store abutting Seward Park, is upgrading. The business will soon move three doors down, leaving behind a cramped retail nook. Location of choice is one-half of the former Grand Tile Corp. warehouse, which was subdivided after the business relocated to Brooklyn at the end of last year. The State Liquor […]

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‘Char Sue’ Brings its ‘Reimagined’ Asian Food to Essex Street this Weekend

Posted April 13, 2017 at 5:12 am

Upper Essex Street is a few days from welcoming yet another restaurant to its ranks. Char Sue is just a couple days from debut. As previously reported, chef and co-owner Matt Rojas plans to serve a menu of “affordable” Asian food with a “Western twist,” plus craft beers, in a casual environment. Dishes include house […]

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Two Months After Closure, Boss Tweed’s Saloon Revived on Essex Street

Last modified April 12, 2017 at 11:48 pm

Meet the new boss. Tweed’s, that is. Boss Tweed’s Saloon reopened on Essex Street last weekend, nearly two months after an abrupt shutter. Yet, with a reimagined motif and different pedigree. It’s gone from happy hour dive to swanky lounge. Shortly after our closure report, we heard whispers that frat-pub Bar None took the reins […]

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Slumlord Indicted for Mortgage Fraud Scheme at 43 Essex Street, Faces 25 Years

Posted April 7, 2017 at 5:15 am

The dominoes continue to fall… Local slumlord Dean Galasso was indicted yesterday for six felony charges in a scheme to fraudulently obtain a multi-million dollar mortgage to buy 43 Essex Street (formerly home to G&S Sporting Goods), Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. He’s being charged with submitting bogus documents to a bank, including a phony […]

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Artist Ai Weiwi to Install Provocative Fences at Essex Street Market as Part of Citywide Project

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:10 am

Provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will construct more than 100 fences and installations around the Five Boroughs this fall as part of his “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” project, one of his largest to date. And the Lower East Side will benefit. The four-month artistic endeavor, which begins on October 12, was commissioned by the […]

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‘Protocinema’ Installation Takes Over Embattled G&S Sporting Goods Space on Essex Street

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

For the first time since G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side three years ago, 43 Essex Street boasts a new retail occupant, albeit temporary. It’s a pop-up gallery, naturally. Protocinema is not as it sounds, rather a roving arts program with dual headquarters in New York City and Istanbul. It now occupies a space […]

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‘Chillhouse’ Eases onto Essex Street, Serving Coffee and Massages

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:04 am

After months of planning and build-out, Chillhouse is now up and running on Essex Street. And already drawing crowds; the place was busy last night when we ambled past. The kitschy concept is a hybrid that pairs spa services with a small cafe menu (i.e. tavern parlor). Touted as the “modern path to total relaxation […]

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Alleged Neo-Nazi Behind Clockwork Attack Posts Bail, Released from Rikers Island Last Week

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

The alleged Neo-Nazi behind last month’s attack on twin brothers outside Clockwork Bar posted bail last week, and was released from Rikers Island. On February 11, a group of guys associated with the white supremacist gang, 211 Crew, were at Clockwork for an afterparty deejayed by lead singer of the right-wing “oi” band Lonewolf. They […]

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