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400-402 Grand Street Receives Death Shroud from Essex Crossing

Posted August 18, 2015 at 5:15 am

For so long, the twin tenements of 400-402 Grand Street stood tall as a middle finger to the SPURA clearance of yore. But the glory days are over. The bulldozer of Essex Crossing is already moving across three of the ten Lower East Side lots. As such, demolition isn’t too far off for these two. […]

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Parks Department Replaces Turf at ‘Lion’s Gate’ Soccer Field on Grand Street

Last modified August 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

The well-worn soccer fields of the Lower East Side are finally getting some attention this season. At least the two located in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. For weeks, long tubes of rubber have been stacked outside the Parks Department facility on Broome Street. And occasionally in the back end of the sunken court (aka “The […]

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Flowers Cafe is on Vacation Until Monday; Luxury Development Looms

Last modified July 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

Flowers Cafe is currently on vacation, but it’s not permanent. At least not yet. The sign on the front door promises a resumption in service on Monday (August 3). This quirky cafe is a favorite among locals for being a no-frills recharging station. Its very existence is threatened, though. The property owner – Interboro Properties […]

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Demolition of 400-402 Grand Street Begins, Because Essex Crossing

Posted July 20, 2015 at 5:18 am

Time has come today … For the demolition of two more buildings to make way for the beast of burden that is Essex Crossing. Over a year after the requisite permits were issued by the Department of Buildings, the tenement twins at 400-402 Grand Street are finally meeting their maker, so to speak. Up went […]

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200 Year-Old Grand Street Row House Will Likely be Demolished for 6-Story Condo Building

Posted July 15, 2015 at 5:10 am

Another local Federal-style row house is on death watch. This time it’s 355 Grand Street, a two-hundred-year-old building which houses both Flowers Cafe and Vic’s Pizza. Jenny Lai of Brooklyn-based Interboro Properties purchased the historic corner row-house back in December for $4 million, which is $500K less than the initial ask. Now the gears are […]

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TD Bank Sheds its Plywood at Zarin Building on Grand Street

Posted June 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

As one independent business founders (i.e. The Cast) at the Zarin building on Grand Street, a corporate behemoth is on the verge of moving in. Nine months on, the new storefront at 314-320 Grand Street has been delivered. No more one-story plywood shed; the tattered construction site additive was finally pried from the facade late […]

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Comfort Diner on Grand Street Sheds the ‘Diner’ and Becomes Another Bar-Restaurant

Posted June 18, 2015 at 5:15 am

The Comfort Diner is seemingly on the ropes. Seven months into its Lower East Side run, it’s diversifying to stay afloat. Even hosting the occasional photography exhibit or the like. In fact, it’s no longer deemed a “diner,” but a “restaurant & bar.” This is precisely what neighbors predicted would happen, a moderate-level bait-and-switch. The […]

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What You Need to Know About the Forthcoming Grand Street Ferry Landing

Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

In the wake of the mayor’s announcement of the East River ferry expansion this past February, the EDC finally visited the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night to unveil a more detailed plan for the $55 million project. And, yes, the proverbial elephant in the room was addressed. Despite the vociferous efforts of […]

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Y Gallery Relocates to the Pink Building on Grand Street

Posted June 8, 2015 at 5:11 am

The Y Gallery is again on the move, having recently secured its third home in four years. Two weeks ago, the sub-level gallery at 165 Orchard Street relocated to an upstairs location further downtown below Delancey. The Pink Building (once known as Ridley’s Department Store), to be exact. The smallish showroom now resides on the […]

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This Lower East Side Photographer Spent a Year Chronicling Local Can Collectors

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:15 am

Roughly nine years ago, we stumbled upon two elderly Chinese women reduced to fisticuffs while fighting over a can of refuse outside 88 Orchard Street. The two bottle collectors were battling over the rights to the cash-refundable contents within the trash. After the scuffle was broken up, both left the scene as if nothing happened. From that […]

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