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It’s Curtains for Sunshine Cinema, as City Approves Full Demolition

Posted November 10, 2017 at 5:09 am

The Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston – both the theater and its classic architecture – won’t last the winter. Plans to demolish the theater were filed with the city on Wednesday. That Davey Drill we spotted back in August was the first sign of demise… The full demolition proposed lay in stark contrast to the […]

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Macondo Looks Donezo on East Houston Street

Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

Macondo on East Houston appears to be down for the count. The restaurant closed for business yesterday – rather suddenly without notice – and the joint is already dismantled. Phone calls forward to the West Village outpost on Bank Street, which is still serving. Employees there noted that the Lower East Side hiatus is only […]

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Mayor de Blasio and CM Mendez Co-Hosting Town Hall Tonight

Posted October 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

‘Tis the season for town hall meetings. Tonight, Mayor Bill de Blasio and outgoing City Councilmember Rosie Mendez will co-host a town hall – this time with City Council District 2 denizens. The mayor sure is making the rounds this election year. This past June, Lower East Siders had a chance to lob questions at de Blasio and Councilmember […]

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East Houston Reconstruction Delayed Indefinitely, City Says

Posted October 4, 2017 at 5:11 am

Still years behind schedule, the East Houston Reconstruction Project won’t be ending anytime soon. This despite the completion of the eastern leg as well as prior assurances to the contrary. Earlier this summer, the expected completion date had been tagged as “by Labor Day,” according to the project bulletin board at Community Board 3. Labor […]

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Dueling Developments: Office Space Along East Houston Rises in a Big Way

Posted September 27, 2017 at 5:14 am

There are two commercial real estate developments advancing neck-and-neck along the northern border of SoHo. Both are progressing at quite a clip, and will no doubt further crowd the area. Let’s take a look… First up is 300 Lafayette, which bills itself as “cutting edge office & retail in historic SoHo.” As of this week, […]

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In What was American Apparel, ‘Dr Smood’ Health Eatery Debuts on East Houston

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:05 am

The doctor is now seeing patients. Customers, rather. Dr Smood, the health eatery that offers “smart food for a good mood,” opened the doors to its Lower East Side location this week. As you might expect, the new “organic boutique cafe” at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets carries with it an antiseptic […]

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Would You be in Favor of an ‘iZombie’ Texting-and-Walking Fine?

Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:13 am

It’s an iZombie epidemic. Walking along the city streets can oftentimes become a contact sport in itself while negotiating the hordes of inattentive text-walkers. (Street artist Adam Dare broached the topic with his popular “Fuck your phone, keep your head up” stencil.) Seriously, can a text not wait until the stop light; or just pull […]

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Coming Attractions: Soil Sampling as Sunshine Cinema Redevelopment Looms

Posted August 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

Outside the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, a preview of the future. Namely, the forthcoming redevelopment of the neighborhood movie house into upscale retail and commercial offices. This Davey Drill was spotted taking soil samples yesterday from beneath the sidewalk. Such testing usually signifies the preliminary step before larger construction action begins. East End […]

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Hotel East Houston Sells for $16.75M, Rechristened ‘Ridge Hotel’

Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:16 am

On the occasion of its tenth year in the neighborhood, the Hotel East Houston just changed hands. Former owner Jin Sup An (also behind the 36 Hudson Hotel) parted with the property two weeks ago for $16.75 million, according to public records. The transaction is about $5 million less than the asking price when the […]

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Of Course 287 East Houston Would Hold a ‘Topping Off Party’

Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:47 am

No, not a tops off party… The new 12-story condo development at 287 East Houston topped off last week. Its PR team is so giddy about the milestone that they’re throwing a “topping off party” to celebrate (aka promote the project). The private “breakfast-for-dinner” cocktail happy hour will be held tonight at the Clinton Street […]

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