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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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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 […]

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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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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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