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‘100 Gates Project’ on the Lower East Side Hosting Gallery Show this Saturday

Posted September 9, 2015 at 5:19 am

The 100 Gates Project officially kicked off last spring with a mural at the Avant Garde Vape Gallery on Grand Street. Since then, the frequency of paint jobs has been ticking ever upward. Mainly below the Delancey divide. They’re more than halfway there. By latest count, there are north of fifty pieces scattered across storefronts on the […]

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The Comfort Won’t be Reopening on Grand Street, After All

Posted September 8, 2015 at 5:10 am

The re-branded Comfort Diner on Grand Street packed its bags for a month-long vacation at the end of July. Seats were stacked, lights off, and menus removed from the entrance. Don’t believe the printout on its front door; the diner-cum-sports bar won’t be returning “after Labor Day.” Sudden closure for an extended timeframe is certainly […]

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Kossar’s Bialys to Close September 22 for Months-Long Renovation

Last modified September 8, 2015 at 8:56 am

Kossar’s Bialys is expected to close for repair work in a couple weeks, contrary to what was first disclosed this past May. Store employees confirm the extension, but are confused about the change. Either way, date set for renovations is now sometime after September 22, once the Jewish High Holidays conclude. Makes sense. The 79-year-old […]

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402 Grand Street is Gone; Demolition of 400 Grand is Next

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

As of this week, 400 Grand Street is the proverbial last man standing within the bounds of Essex Crossing real estate. But not for long. Demolition scaffolding is slowly snaking up its facade, a mere few days after the wrecking ball took out its conjoined sibling. That’s right. 402 Grand Street is gone from the […]

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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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