Grand Street

2-Way Traffic Returns to Grand Street as Water Main Project Concludes

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:17 am

Grand Street can finally breathe after more than five years of roadwork related to a trunk water main. Closer to home, the stranglehold between the Bowery and Essex Street, which began in February 2015, is “substantially complete,” according to the city. Pavement was resurfaced and striped over the last month. The only real remnant of […]

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A Night inside Hanksy’s Virtual Wonderland on Grand Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 17, 2016 at 5:10 am

Two weeks before Halloween, street artist Hanksy treated fans to a trick of the mind. Importing the Los Angeles iteration of his “Surplus Candy” exhibition to a virtual environment for three days only. Inside the now-gutted Shalom Chai pizzeria on Grand Street. Friday was opening night, boasting a deep line that queued around the block. But […]

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Hanksy’s Choose Your Own Adventure Virtual Art Show on Grand Street will Let You Relive ‘Surplus Candy LA’

Posted October 5, 2016 at 5:18 am

For Hanksy’s next trick, it’s an exhibit of an exhibit courtesy of virtual reality. The prolific street artist – who made a name for himself over the years by throwing up playful puns around the Lower East Side – will revisit his “Surplus Candy LA” event from last October. Next week, Hanksy will transform the […]

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‘Chinatown Art Brigade’ Takes a Stand with Anti-Gentrification Projections [INTERVIEW]

Last modified September 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

“Gentrification is Modern Colonialism,” read the illuminated stencil above the corner of Chrystie and Grand Streets. That was but one message that traveled through the neighborhood last Saturday night. These rather straightforward projections come courtesy of the Chinatown Art Brigade, which roams the namesake area armed with a light projector and a mantra of anti-gentrification. We […]

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‘Great Wall’ Chinese Restaurant on Grand Street Remains Closed for ‘Repairs’

Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:05 am

The long-running Great Wall Chinese takeout joint at 384 Grand Street has been closed since Labor Day. Ownership is working on some nebulous “repairs” to the space. Initial timetable to reopening was about a week. It’s already been three times that. This doesn’t appear to be a “get outta Dodge” type renovations trickery, though, as there’s […]

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The Pickle Guys Break Ground on New Shop Across the Street

Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Ready the brine barrels. The Pickle Guys are gearing up for the big move across the street. To ground level. The city issued building permits to the Pickle Guys two weeks ago to renovate 357 Grand Street, the former Grand Tax Center. The legal and accounting offices actually jumped two stores to the east, and […]

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After 2 Years of Water Main Work, Swath of Grand Street is Paved

Posted September 19, 2016 at 5:16 am

It was exactly two years ago that subterranean road maintenance along Grand Street crossed the Bowery. Since then, the seven-block stretch to Essex Street has been dominated by on-again-off-again roadwork. As previous reported, the capital works project (#MED609) – helmed by the Department of Design and Construction – upgrades the infrastructure beneath the roadway while […]

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Yuh-Line Niou Wins Primary to Become Sheldon Silver’s Replacement in 65th Assembly District

Posted September 14, 2016 at 5:03 am

The results are in, and it’s a monumental shift for the Lower East Side. Yuh-Line Niou, formerly chief of staff to Assembly member Ron Kim of Queens, was victorious in yesterday’s Democratic primary for the 65th Assembly District. Since the vote was a primary, the seat is not yet hers. Given that the area is […]

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Cast Your Vote for Sheldon Silver’s Albany Replacement Today

Last modified September 13, 2016 at 8:06 am

It’s come to this. Today is primary day to vote a replacement for the disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and unseat his handpicked successor, Assemblywoman Alice Cancel. Crowded the political field is. Opponents have been hustling and aggressively mailing instant trash for the last couple months. Jenifer Rajkumar, Paul Newell, Gigi Li, Yuh-Line, and Niou […]

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‘Saluggi’s East’ Pizzeria Bows on Grand Street, but Booze Only for Now

Posted September 12, 2016 at 5:07 am

The latest pizzeria to open below (or, technically on) Grand Street on the Lower East Side is fully operational. Tribeca-based Saluggi’s East debuted over the weekend, bringing with it another area option for brick oven pizza. The new location arrives a few weeks later than anticipated. However, the opening comes with a hitch. Con Edison apparently […]

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