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Holy Schnitzel Wants 4th Outpost at Former Noah’s Ark Deli; Seward Park Co-op Votes Next Week

Posted March 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

In less than a week, the Seward Park Co-op board will vote on whether to keep 399 Grand Street Kosher. The space has been a vacancy ever since Noah’s Ark Deli shuttered just before the High Holidays last year. Many residents of the complex are supporting the measure, and took to creating an online petition, […]

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Governor Al Smith Walks Us Through the Lower East Side of 1945 [VIDEO]

Last modified March 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

With all this talk about gentrification (i.e. Spike Lee), I thought it would be appropriate to journey back in time to Lower Manhattan in 1945. The following borderline-propaganda footage is narrated by Al Smith, a significant, but largely under-recognized New York politician from the Lower East Side. Elected governor for four terms in New York, […]

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Preparations for 'Essex Crossing' on Grand St.

Signs of SPURA Development: Drilling for Soil Samples at 400 Grand Street

Posted February 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

While groundbreak on the new Essex Crossing megaproject is still a year from reality, we now have the first outward indications of future development. Stationed beside the doomed 400-402 Grand Street yesterday morning was what appeared to be a Davey Drill rig, presumably to collect soil samples. This drilling typically transpires before any large-scale construction […]

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Noah's Ark Deli closed after the 2013 high holidays

Petition Underway to Bring Kosher Restaurant to Former Noah’s Ark Space on Grand Street

Posted February 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

While the telltale tombstone continues to sit pretty inside the window of the former Noah’s Ark Deli on Grand Street, the religious locals most affected by the closure of the Kosher (meat) restaurant are getting restless. If not downright hungry. So a group of Seward Park residents have created an online petition to ameliorate the […]

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Popular Chinese Hotpot Joint ’99 Favor Taste Restaurant’ Expands to 285 Grand Street

Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:06 am

The new glass box at 285 Grand Street touched down from outer-space one year ago. It arrived three years after that terrible fire consumed almost half the block, resulting in the destruction of two tenement buildings, the displacement of 200 residents, and the loss of an elderly Chinese man. But the fire-kissed properties have finally […]



Ost Cafe Expands to Grand Street and is Now Serving

Posted January 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

Ost Cafe, which currently maintains a presence on East 12th Street, is expanding its holdings. The java joint just opened an outpost in the Federal-style townhouse at 511 Grand Street (landmarked in 2007), formerly occupied by Wing Hing restaurant. Service began yesterday morning at 7:30 am. Unlike the East Village incarnation, though, wine will not […]

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2013 Chinatown Lunar New Year / Photo: Better Chinatown U.S.A.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse

Posted January 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Plenty of celebration is loping Chinatown’s way. The 15th Annual Firecracker Ceremony, organized by the Better Chinatown Society, will have your ears ringing in the first day of the Chinese New Year – the year of the horse – over at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Giddy up! The partying continues a few days later with a parade and […]


Zarin Fabrics Building at 314 Grand Still for Sale, Price Chopped to $29.5M

Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:22 am

Amster Family Investments, current owner of the block-long building housing Zarin Fabrics, is apparently having trouble finding a customer. The Massey Knakal brokerage placed 314-320 Grand Street on the open market last summer for a whopping $32.7 million, as first reported here. In the interim seven months, neither onsite banners nor online listings baited a […]

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Kossar’s Bialys is Now Rolling on Shabbos Open for Saturday Service

Posted January 2, 2014 at 6:01 am

Lots of changes on the Kosher front of the Lower East Side these days. Modernization. In just the last year alone we lost Noah’s Ark Deli and the East Broadway Kosher Bakery. And now, under new ownership, Kossar’s Bialys at 367 Grand Street is forgoing the traditional observance of shabbos. Opening for business on Saturdays is […]

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Appreciating the Holiday Windows at Frank’s Bike Shop on Grand Street [PHOTOS]

Posted December 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

Christmas Eve is upon us. Let’s take a moment to admire Frank’s Bike Shop and its awesome holiday window display. Forget hoofing it to midtown, this shit is certainly worthy. Behind those huge windows of the Grand Street bike outpost resides a serene holiday scene – an O-gauge train set surrounded by various model houses […]

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