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Sanitation workers clipped a granny cart of cans on Grand, Photo: @shadinyc

Department of Sanitation Now Seizing Carts of Cans and Bottles?

Posted November 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

The sight is as common on the streets of Chinatown as loogie-hocking pedestrians. Older Chinese women rummaging through garbage bags to snatch cans and bottles for a payday. Many of the collectors work at night, and often bring along their children. It’s a hyper-competitive climate that can get ugly.  We once witnessed two ladies battling […]

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339 Grand Street Designated a Landmark Yesterday; Tammany Hall, Too

Posted October 30, 2013 at 6:00 am

Two years of back-and-forth with the LPC regarding 339 Grand Street culminated in a victory yesterday for local preservationists. The Federal-style row house – a structure that dates back to 1832 (completed 1833) – was easily designated a city landmark by Commission Chairman Tierney. “This understated row house, by far the most intact of the […]

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LPC Considers Landmarking 339 Grand Street Row House Today

Posted October 29, 2013 at 5:40 am

There is hope for the home of Ideal Hosiery…at least for local preservationists. Thanks to grassroots pressure from the likes of Friends of the Lower East Side, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is set [PDF] to hear the case for 339 Grand Street today. Again; it’s the second time the body is hearing the case in as […]

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Noah’s Ark Deli on Grand is Officially Kaput

Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

Noah’s Ark Deli joins the long, albeit distinguished list of fallen Lower East Side Jewish joints. It was the last full-service kosher restaurant in the neighborhood. Other delis, like Katz’s, are merely kosher-style. Despite numerous promises to the contrary by front office workers, the ten-year-old eatery is kaput. Their situation down at 399 Grand Street […]

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The Museum and Dancehall that Once Occupied 345-347 Grand Street

Posted October 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

My first attempt at researching the cast iron beauty at 345 Grand Street brought me to an interesting blog called Coretalks.com. With the aide of the blog owner and my research, Ladies and Gents, let’s polka to 1887, the year, according to the Department of Buildings, 345 Grand was erected. I’ll lead. The author of […]

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Noah’s Ark Deli Still Closed, Promises to Reopen at Month’s End

Posted October 3, 2013 at 6:02 am

It’ll be yet another dark month at Grand Street, where Noah’s Ark Deli has been closed since the Jewish holidays began in early September. The sidewalk sukkah came and went, but still no reopening. This despite a sign in the window that promised September 28 as the date. Religious residents seem pissed. Just the other […]

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A View of Bombed-Out SPURA in 1979 [PHOTOS]

Posted September 24, 2013 at 6:10 am

Speaking of SPURA re-development, check out this stunning shot captured during those halcyon days of 1979 (or thereabouts) by Ralph Mendez. It’s an aerial view of Seward Park looking westward, with the intersection of Grand and Clinton Streets in the foreground. The backside of the freestanding Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk is also quite visible. […]

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‘SPaCE’ – A New Seward Park Block Association Forms

Last modified August 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm

More Lower East Siders are organizing, specifically around the Seward Park section of the neighborhood. Flyers in the vicinity call on residents to join a new block association called SPaCE (“Seward Park to Canal street East”). But its proposed reach is a bit bigger than a block – from Orchard on the west to Pitt […]

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From Stoves to Hosiery: A Look at 339 Grand Street

Last modified September 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Ideal Hosiery. Look at you. Your perseverance through the centuries is inspirational. We’ve chronicled this classic structure at 339 Grand Street over the years. Today, this 1832 (yes, you read that right) Federal row-house still has its dormer and lintels intact, the pitched roof and original brick. The interior has undergone many alterations, but seriously? 1832.  […]

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Noah’s Ark Deli Says It Will Reopen at the End of the Month

Posted September 19, 2013 at 6:00 am

The dwindling Jewish Lower East Side east of Essex could be losing a rock of a food haven. Or, shall we say, ark. Noah’s Ark Deli closed before Rosh Hashanah earlier this month, and hasn’t reopened its doors since. Panic spread through the Jewish community. However, our calls to the Teaneck HQ reveal that the […]

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