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Hester Street Ice Cream Social This Weekend

Last modified July 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

The Hester Street Fair is fully backing the 1984 designation by President Ronald Reagan, that July would be National Ice Cream Month, and more specifically, that the third Sunday of the month would be National Ice Cream Day. Who are we to get in the way of presidential-decreed holidays? The fair is showing their solidarity for this celebration by hosting the […]

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Garrett Wasserman’s ‘Lower East Side Story’ on Essex Street Attracts Hate

Posted July 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

Many in the neighborhood took offense to the hunky dory “Lower East Side Story” mural that street artist Garrett Wasserman (aka “People”) painted on Essex Street last month. Especially since he overwrote local Marty Mar’s piece (possibly by accident). Clayton Patterson, who lives right next door (for the time being), wrote that “For us, and […]

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Take a Peek Inside ‘Tijuana Picnic’ on Essex, the Latest from Acme/Indochine Team

Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

What was once dubbed “South Central” on Essex Street is now rechristened Tijuana Picnic. The Laugh Lounge successor is the brainchild of Jean-Marc Houmard and Hui Chi Lee, both vets of Indochine and Acme. Chef Alex Lopez is importing a fusion cuisine that mixes the palates of Mexico and Southeast Asia. And while the disheveled […]

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Councilwoman Margaret Chin Pushing for Affordable Housing to Replace Parking Garage on Essex Street

Posted July 9, 2014 at 6:02 am

The city is currently amidst an unneeded $5.8 million renovation of the municipal parking garage straddling Ludlow and Essex Streets. But that’s not stopping Councilwoman Margaret Chin from her continued lobbying for affordable housing on this spot. The land-use division of City Council argues that the garage could still be developed into a 90-unit apartment building. […]

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Seward Park Cop Shooter Still at Large Two Years Later

Posted July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

It’s been two years and nary a lead in the case of the highly-publicized cop shooting at the Seward Park Extension on Essex Street. As is customary in police precincts, reward posters surfaced around the building on the anniversary day, still offering prize money of $32,000 for information. The on-the-run shooter is described as a […]

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SLA Moves to Revoke Liquor License from Sons of Essex, Rochelle’s, and BFB Highline

Last modified June 26, 2014 at 8:11 am

The ongoing public fight between former partners Matt Levine and controversial landlord Michael Shah (DelShah Capital) has just taken an interesting twist. While the $20 million lawsuit rages in the background, the State Liquor Authority is finally taking Michael Shah to task over his numerous nightlife operations downtown. It took a year for them to […]

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Clayton’s Corner: What is the True ‘Lower East Side Story’ Behind the Mural?

Last modified June 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

The last mural beside my front door on Essex Street was done by local Hispanic artist Marty Mar, and was supposed to remain in this location. This relatively new artist pictured above – Garrett Wasserman (aka “People”) – was supposed to paint a mural in one of the smaller areas. “Lower East Side Story” is […]

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’100 Gates Project’ Aims to Paint Lower East Side Storefronts

Posted June 19, 2014 at 6:06 am

An ambitious grassroots effort is currently underway to bring more street art to the Lower East Side. Spearheading the campaign is local skater and entrepreneur Billy Rohan, who hopes to sheath one hundred store security gates south of Houston Street (between Allen and Essex). The program is aptly called the “100 Gates Project.” The real estate […]

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New Juice Bar ‘The Juicery’ Opening at 15 Essex Street

Posted June 18, 2014 at 6:03 am

As Homie’s Wonderland gets on its feet, the adjoining storefront at 15 Essex Street is making similar strides. Except that it won’t be a white-box boutique for “streetwear.” Instead, you can expect a new juice bar to begin serving here in the near future. Build-out is well underway, and we are told that something called […]

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New Legislation Introduced to Fine Restaurants that Don’t Clean Leaky Garbage

Posted June 12, 2014 at 6:05 am

For city restaurants, those ubiquitous trash tributaries feeding the rivers of curbside sludge might soon become a violation. That’s right. If City Council has its way, those establishment that don’t clean liquid waste (e.g. grease, cooking oil) outside their premises will be fined. The end-game here is really to curb the ever-growing rat populations that […]

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