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The Cat’s Meow: A First Look at the Meow Parlour on Hester Street

Posted December 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

Here is the first public view of the highly-anticipated Meow Parlour at 46 Hester Street. The brown window shades were removed over the weekend to reveal the hype within. Block lettering sitting front-and-center announces the imminent arrival with an all-caps “MEOW.” Online reservations to hang out with the rescue kitties went live last week, presumably as […]

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‘Meow Parlour’ on Hester Street is Your Best Chance to Play with Cats in Cafe Setting

Posted November 14, 2014 at 5:48 am

Catching up on some news from yesterday. A permanent cat cafe is coming to the Lower East Side. Yes, this is now a thing. It was only a matter of time before this happened, especially after the success of the Purina pop-up at 168 Bowery over the summer. Meow Parlour, born and bred by Christina […]

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‘The Sill’ Chose 84 Hester Street to Sling Upscale House Plants

Posted October 29, 2014 at 6:09 am

Mei Sin Deli & Grocery at the southwest corner of Allen and Hester Streets was a frequent target of the city. On numerous occasions throughout the years, the Chinese bodega at 84 Hester (aka 37 Allen) was shut down for various transgressions. Usually, we are told, due to illegally selling cigarettes from North Carolina. It […]

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Barzinho Reopened on Hester Street This Week

Posted September 11, 2014 at 6:03 am

False alarm. Barzinho is still serving its Brazilian fare at 48 Hester Street. Barzinho owner Leo Funderburk cleared the air regarding the week-long closure of the restaurant. Apparently he was vacationing in Rio and closed up shop without any notice. They also changed up some of the interior. However, having just reopened, Barzinho must now […]

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Reader Report: Brazilian Hang ‘Barzinho’ Calls it Quits After Almost 2 Years on Hester Street

Posted September 4, 2014 at 5:35 am

Much like the original Tribeca incarnation, the Barzinho Lower East Side reboot didn’t fare well, either. Five months shy of two years at 48 Hester Street, the shoebox Brazilian eatery is now reportedly down for the count. A Boogie tipster tells us that closure transpired sometime last week. We hear the former restaurant has since been gutted; […]

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Robber Rips Away Chrystie Street Storefront to Steal ATM

Posted September 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

There was no such beginner’s luck for juice cafe/bubble tea newcomer 1st Stop at the southwest corner of Chrystie and Hester. Yesterday morning, a robber reportedly tried to make off with the storefront ATM. Discreet would not be the proper adjective for this attempted heist, though. A couple of witnesses at the scene told us […]

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The Visual Legacy of Legendary Lower East Side Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff [PHOTOS]

Posted August 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Lower East Side lost one of its most vibrant chroniclers this past week. Legendary photographer Rebecca Lepkoff passed away on August 17, a mere thirteen days after turning 98. Growing up at 60 Hester Street, Lepkoff acquired her first camera with money earned as a modern dancer at the 1939 World’s Fair. She was […]

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5th Annual Hester Street Fair Opening Weekend Kicks Off April 26

Posted April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Back by popular demand is Spring the Hester Street Fair. Celebrating its fifth year, the fair’s returning to the two-day format. Opening weekend will again tout 60 vendors each day, of the vintage, foodie, and overall artisanal variety. Some newcomers of note include 80s and 90s thread shop La Petite Mort, the newest meat purveyor on […]

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Rent Hike Forces Chinatown Advocacy Group ‘CAAAV’ to Move Across Hester Street

Posted January 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ready the trucks, CAAAV is on the move… The leasing sign hangs in the front window clear as day. After a two-year stint, 46 Hester Street is no longer the headquarters for CAAAV (“Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence). They’re not moving too far, though. A spokesman for the grassroots Chinese advocacy group notes that the new […]

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Remodeled 70 Hester Street Will Include ‘Nibbles Cafe,’ Retailer, and Gallery

Posted December 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

No more B.B. Muhlfelder. No more silhouettes in the dark. No more shingled canopy. Renovations at 70 Hester Street – site of the OG First Roumanian-American Congregation – killed all that. Instead, we have a retail facade of floor-to-ceiling glass in anticipation of new cafe and gallery tenants. Former owner Pearl Fiefer Goldman sold the […]

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