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Seward Park Conservancy Forms with the Goal of Ending the Neglect

Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:04 am

It was the first permanent, municipally-built playground in the United States, yet Seward Park receives little love outside the history books. What began a project by the Outdoor Recreation League (Lillian Wald and Charles Stover) to get kids off the streets was eventually snatched up by the City of New York. Rarely is this past […]

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Billy’s Antiques is Returning to the Lower East Side for One Day This Weekend

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:07 am

This Saturday (October 25), Billy LeRoy is reviving his antiques business for one day only. He’ll head down to Seward Park to pitch the big-top tent as part of the Hester Street Fair’s “Bedford + Bowery Bazaar,” the last event of the season. Billy Leroy’s eponymous antiques business on East Houston was a fixture of […]

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Tijuana Picnic Opens Next Week on Essex Street; Here’s a Look Inside

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:04 am

While not readily apparent, the old Laugh Lounge space at 151 Essex Street is almost completely transformed. Behind those bombed-out windows the tables are set, with Tijuana Picnic nearly ready to begin service. Word on the street is that the Mexican/Asian fusion establishment – under construction since May 2013 – opens next week. Tijuana Picnic […]

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‘Blue Bloods’ Season 5 Filming on Essex Street Today

Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

For some five years, CBS, among others, has routinely employed the Lower East Side as backdrop in its production of Blue Bloods. This current fifth season is certainly no exception. Having already premiered a couple weeks ago, the show is again in the neighborhood today. You may wanna steer clear of lower Essex Street for most […]

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Lulav Vendors Ready for Sukkot on Essex Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

The day after Yom Kippur traditionally kickstarts the bum-rush to the next Jewish holiday – Sukkot. As youngsters, our family would spirit down to the Lower East Side to pick up the Lulav and Etrog. Haggling with the Orthodox Jews on Essex Street who manned the tables that bustled with product. With the passage of […]

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Grub Street Food Festival Returns to Hester Fair on Sunday

Posted October 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

Save your appetite. The now annual Grub Street Food Festival is back this Sunday at the corner of Hester and Essex.  As usual, the event piggybacks off the Hester Street Fair. The vendor lineup is huge and instead of listing them all here, you can check them out HERE. Some names I have heard of, […]

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Reader Report: Chinatown Bus Route Includes Illicit Cigarette Drop-off

Posted October 1, 2014 at 6:10 am

It’s no real secret that contraband (and violence) arrives aboard incoming Chinatown buses. Local media has widely reported the influx of weapons and criminals into the Lower East Side. Remember that it was only a year ago that authorities conducted the largest gun raid in NYC history, seizing 254 weapons that came here via these […]

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Pamela Barsky is Moving Her Workspace to 17 Essex Street

Posted September 24, 2014 at 6:09 am

In May 2013, the Urban Cricket hopped to the Lower East Side and settled alongside like-minded designer Pamela Barsky at 29 Essex Street. Both brands share the commercial footprint as studio and store for their unique fashion sundries. Now, eighteen months later, we are told Ms. Barsky is moving “part of her operation” to a […]

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Patacon Pisao Opens on Essex Street After Months in Limbo

Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

To anyone frequenting the environs of Essex, it would appear that Patacon Pisao was left for dead. The interior teased the masses for the better part of the last six months without incident (including a mural by artist Joseph Meloy). Not to mention, those yellow neons have also been in place, albeit switched off. Not […]

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Two Bit’s Retro Arcade Reopens on Essex Street After Brief Closure

Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:05 am

The game’s not up, it seems. Two Bit’s pumped in another quarter to continue playing at 153 Essex Street. That’s right, gamers. The year-old retro arcade bar reopened right before the holiday weekend after a week-long recess. Two Bit’s closed unexpectedly two weeks ago for the second time in three months. It was another instance […]

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