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Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Realty is Confirmed as Buyer of Orchard-Houston Block of Real Estate

Posted September 2, 2014 at 5:33 am

While the city prepared the mass departure for Labor Day, some big news came to light regarding the imminent development of Orchard and East Houston. Rumors of its fate have been circulating since last year, but chatter is now at fever pitch. First, we learned that Katz’s Deli sold off their valuable air rights. Proprietor […]

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Breaking: Katz’s Deli Sells Its Air Rights But It’s Not Going Anywhere

Last modified August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

First, the great news. The future of Katz’s Deli is safe. Owner Jake Dell assures us that all is well, while simultaneously disclosing that the 126-year-old Jewish deli just sold off its valuable air rights. “I’m not going anywhere … now I can protect [Katz's],” the 27-year-old proprietor says. The timing of this release is […]

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Katz’s Deli Unveils Commemorative Plaque in Its New Sidewalk

Posted August 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

The sidewalk outside Katz’s Deli has been a broken mess for years thanks to an endless regimen of roadwork and a burst water main. But this past weekend, contractors completed the new curb and concrete slabs. Most notable about the upgraded footpath, though, is this embedded plaque at the unique corner entrance to the landmark […]

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Serge Hoyda Files Suit to Evict Preserve 24, Alleges ‘Per Se’ Vet Purchased the Assets

Last modified August 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

When it comes to nightlife failures on the Lower East Side, Preserve 24 easily ranks as one of the most epic in recent memory. The over-the-top bar-restaurant bit off way more than it could chew, and died on the vine two months ago. It mysteriously closed at the end of June for “remodeling with new […]

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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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