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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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Last Residential Holdouts in 400 Grand Street Pushed out by Essex Crossing

Last modified May 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

The freestanding tenement siblings at 400-402 Grand Street couldn’t stand a chance in the face of the game-changing Essex Crossing development. There’s just too much money at stake here. These two buildings have been ready for bulldozing since April 2014, when the city officially issued demolition permits to Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers […]

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TD Bank is Almost Ready to Debut in Zarin Building on Grand Street

Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:16 am

TD Bank is almost ready to unveil its new Lower East Side branch, the first official representation in the 10002 zip code. As previously reported, the corporate bank muscled into the ground level of 314-320 Grand Street, effectively forcing Zarin Fabrics to cede its longtime ground-level commercial space (new showroom is now on Orchard front). […]

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