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Comfort Diner Begins Construction on Grand Street, Will Open Labor Day

Posted July 25, 2014 at 5:22 am

With its victory over Holy Schnitzel far in the rearview mirror, the Comfort Diner conversion is now underway down at 399 Grand Street. Build-out officially began inside the old Noah’s Ark Deli last Thursday, eradicating pretty much any trace of the predecessor business. Exterior branding remains intact, though. Owner Ira Freehof tells us that “the […]

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Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’ Returns to Grand Street Today

Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

For the second Monday in a row, Judd Apatow’s latest feature comedy – Trainwreck – will headquarter on the Lower East Side. And in the same spot, too. The requisite “no parking” signs have been placed within close proximity to the intersection of Orchard and Grand Streets. As previously reported, Trainwreck was written by foul-mouthed comedienne Amy […]

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Bargain Electronic Liquidation Happening Now on Grand Street

Posted July 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

This store at Grand and Eldridge is hilarious. Not since the departure of the produce market two years ago has a permanent tenant come forward. In the meantime, the second temporary store is here. It’s a so-called warehouse for “Electronics Liquidation,” complete with enough handwritten hype signage to remind you of old-school New York. The […]

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When the Essex Theatre Entertained the Masses on Grand Street [HISTORY]

Posted July 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

Today, the low-rise strip of Grand Street retail just east of Essex is predominantly home to a healthy mix of businesses. Both old and new, establishments such as Kossar’s Bialys, Doughnut Plant, and Pizza a Casa cater to tourists and locals alike. But many moons ago, this Seward Park retail complex housed the Essex Theatre. […]

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Smart Crew Graffiti Group ‘Skytagging’ New York City This Summer

Posted July 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

If you stayed local the last two Saturdays, you may have noticed a familiar tag in the skies above New York City. The street art posse Smart Crew hired some aircraft to “skytag” the area. According to a recent tweet, it’ll happen each weekend until the end of summer. And what was the inspiration behind […]

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Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’ is Filming on Grand Street Today

Posted July 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

Judd Apatow productions are no stranger to denizens of the Lower East Side. Girls certainly occupies a fair share of neighborhood real estate each year for filming purposes. Later today, though, Apatow will be near the corner of Allen and Grand Streets to direct scenes for his latest feature film, Trainwreck. Trainwreck was actually written […]

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Doughnut Plant Unveils 3-Story Signage at New Brooklyn Locale

Posted July 7, 2014 at 6:02 am

The photo above shows the first palpable evidence of the new Brooklyn outpost of Doughnut Plant. An enormous three-story banner now snakes up the spine of 245 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park. This Brooklyn location is the third for Doughnut Plant behind Chelsea Hotel and, of course, the OG on Grand Street. Launch is expected for sometime […]

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You Can Now Rent the Shalom Chai Pizzeria Space for $9,500 Per Month

Posted July 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

For Shalom Chai Pizza, closure is absolutely for real this time. The City Marshal paid a visit to Grand Street a couple weeks ago and seized the store on behalf of landlord Seward Park Co-op. Now the space is on the market. According to real estate listings, the 1,100 square-foot restaurant carries a price tag of $9,500 […]

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Doughnut Plant is Expanding to Prospect Heights

Posted June 5, 2014 at 10:07 am

Around this time last year, we heard some rather definitive chatter that the Doughnut Plant was scouting both the UES and UWS for a new store. While this location hasn’t come to fruition, an expansion across the East River will. Behold, Doughnut Plant Brooklyn, its newest outpost opening in Prospect Heights (245 Flatbush Avenue). The company […]

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Embattled Shalom Chai is Evicted from Grand Street Just Before Shabbos

Last modified May 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Looks like the saga of Shalom Chai Pizza on Grand Street is drawing to a close. The last full service Kosher (dairy) restaurant on the Lower East Side just closed its doors. Forcibly so. Shalom Chai – frequented predominantly by the local religious Jewish population – has been evicted from 359 Grand Street. The Seward […]

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