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G&S Sporting Goods will Throw in the Towel on Wednesday After 77 Years on Essex Street

Posted November 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

The time has come to bid adieu to G&S Sporting Goods. After nearly eight decades at 43 Essex Street, the historic boxing store is set to close this Wednesday (November 19). While certainly upsetting and a total loss for the neighborhood, this news isn’t completely shocking. Owner Lenny Zerling, who suffered a stroke last year, […]

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Gourmet Burger Joint ‘Benson’s’ Hopes to Reverse the Curse of 179 Essex Street

Posted November 11, 2014 at 5:19 am

It was easy to see from the first. When Casa Humo took the torch from Bar Chevere at 179 Essex Street last December, the situation again seemed doomed. After all, this particular address is known for being cursed. At least six establishments have flirted with the commercial space in recent years. Well, the inevitable happened. […]

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Object-ify ‘Art Object’ Store Opens at 139 Essex Street

Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:10 am

Ever since the mobile outpost at 139 Essex folded last year, the north storefront has been a vacancy. For a while there, the address was bereft of activity. Patacon Pisao hadn’t yet opened, and this retail space was covered in newspaper clippings. Well, it too just crossed the finish line with a new lease on […]

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Restaurant Row Vet Looking to Open ‘The John Lamb’ at the Old Brannon’s on Essex Street

Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:06 am

A culinary veteran of Midtown’s Restaurant Row is headed to the Lower East Side. Joseph Valentine, whose FireBird Restaurant served theater-goers Russian food for over eight years until this summer – is gunning to open a new joint at 119 Essex Street. For those following at home, this address was previously Brannon’s, which still promises […]

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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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