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Katz’s Deli Files DOB Permits to Fix Basement Space Ruined in Water Main Rupture

Posted August 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

It’s been a tough summer for the iconic Katz’s Deli, which fell victim to a nasty water main break back in June. Rupture of the 1959 pipe – likely related to the never-ending East Houston rehabilitation project – literally broke the roadway and caused massive flooding in their basement. Moreover, the sidewalk out front caved […]

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Ricky’s Opening a Halloween Outpost at 250 East Houston

Posted August 20, 2014 at 6:08 am

It’s the time of the season for pop-up Halloween stores; two months early, mind you. In due course, the Lower East Side will welcome a temporary Halloween outpost courtesy of Ricky’s. Signage was just installed in the windows of 250 East Houston, which previously hosted Sleepy’s before its move next door. This particular location in […]

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Mini Davey Drills Spotted Inside Bereket and Philly’s Ahead of Rumored Large-Scale Development

Posted August 8, 2014 at 6:02 am

It’s coming. In case you needed even more evidence that the low-rise strip of retail at the northeast corner of Orchard and East Houston is doomed, check this out. Mini Davey Drills were stationed inside both Bereket and Philly’s Cheese Steak yesterday to collect soil samples ahead of the inevitable ground break. Larger drill equipment […]

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Reader Report: Gas Leak Detected on East Houston Yesterday

Posted July 31, 2014 at 10:10 am

The smell of gas in the air was quite pungent on East Houston yesterday evening. Emergency Con Edison crews and firefighters were busy in and around the corner of Eldridge Street. One resident theorized that the purported leakage was probably related to the constant construction in the vicinity. No word yet on the cause of […]

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Katz’s Copycat in Florida Changes Name After Legal Threats

Posted July 31, 2014 at 5:34 am

For the second time this season, Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side successfully fought off two would-be trademark thieves. That Katz’s copycat in Deerfield, Florida we told you about last month just surrendered. The two parties reportedly settled the dispute. The real deal’s owner Jake Dell told us, “they recognized that we were right […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall Enclosure Removed; 2009 Os Gemeos Mural Visible

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

For the last few days, construction workers have dismantled the two-story paneled enclosure surrounding the Bowery graffiti wall. Now the original concrete slab – made famous by Keith Haring in summer 1982 – is publicly visible for the first time in five years. The Os Gemeos mural was the last commissioned piece before the art-vertecture […]

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The Bowery Graffiti Wall is Being Torn Apart Right Now

Posted July 22, 2014 at 5:54 am

As construction progresses at 76 East Houston, the adjacent graffiti wall suffers. That two-story paneled enclosure of the original concrete slab is currently being stripped of its artwork (that of Cope2). You can easily view the damage from behind the sidewalk bridge or via the gratuitous blogger portals. Shattered pieces of the mural now litter the […]

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Army & Navy Bags Adds New Canopy on East Houston Store

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

Eleven months ago, the Lower East Side nearly lost one of its treasures. Army & Navy Bags at East Houston almost met its doom last August after the landlord nearly tripled the rent. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, and the forty-year-old business was able to negotiate a relatively favorable price of “just under double” the previous amount. […]

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Lucky’s Famous Burgers May Soon Close; Empanada Mama Rumored as Replacement

Last modified July 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm

We’ve been hearing lots of chatter that Lucky’s Famous Burgers may soon throw in the towelette, as it were. Earlier real estate listings for 147 East Houston via Massey Knakal had all but telegraphed this. Apparently the owner is looking to move the burger joint to midtown, closer to his other two locations, and look to […]

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‘Geological Art’ Will Soon Sit at the North Entrance to Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted July 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Faux geological deposits are likely on the way to the head of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. A new public art proposal by Jarrod Beck called “Uplift” would have two replica tectonic plates installed at the top of the Houston-facing steps. Composed of recycled roofing shingles and salvaged wood, the temporary installation would redefine the path […]

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