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American Apparel Using the Force in New ‘Star Wars’ Window Display

Posted October 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

A short time ago, in a neighborhood so so close… American Apparel used the Force to bust open your wallet for large bills, just so you can fit in during the upcoming track meet. Seemingly in concert with ComicCon this past weekend, and the imminent arrival of Halloween, American Apparel is doing its part to […]

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That Pile of Rubbish in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is an Art Exhibit

Posted October 9, 2014 at 6:03 am

To many it’s simply a pile of rotting rubbish; to others that pile of mats in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is an art installation by Jarrod Beck. “Uplift” is a faux geological deposit composed of recycled roofing shingles and salvaged wood. The exhibit is meant to resemble tectonic plates, but with the express function of […]

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So long, low-rise East Houston

Another Business Prepares to Vacate After Ben Shaoul’s Purchase of East Houston Development Area

Posted October 6, 2014 at 5:24 am

They don’t call him the Sledgehammer for nothing. After all, notorious landlord Ben Shaoul (i.e. Magnum Realty) stops at nothing to gobble up large swaths of the East Village and Lower East Side. His latest conquest – as we first uncovered – is the low-rise stretch of East Houston retail near the corner of Orchard […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe is Taking a Week-Long Break Starting Next Thursday

Posted September 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

Fair warning that Gaia Italian Cafe is taking a brief recess on September 25. Eponymous owner Gaia Bagnasacco took to the company Facebook page to note that the beloved three-year-old restaurant will reopen a week later on October 2, and to thank patrons for the support. Gaia is certainly a neighborhood treasure, and fiercely protected […]

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Serge Hoyda Successful in Evicting Preserve 24; Per Se Vet Dropped from Lawsuit

Posted September 19, 2014 at 5:49 am

Last Friday, epic failure Preserve 24 (aka Aegis Holding Houston LLC) was officially evicted from 177 East Houston by court order. It has been closed and dormant since late June, and will not reopen under new management as one sign proclaims. The papers served by landlord Serge Hoyda are now taped to the front door. […]

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Mobil Gas Station on East Houston and Avenue C is Boxed Up; 9-Story Condo Development Coming Soon

Posted September 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

Thanks to Boogie reader DC, we now see that the Mobil gas station at East Houston and Avenue C is now boxed up for the next phase of its life. In due course, the 6,000 square-foot parcel will yield a nine-story condoplex. You know, exactly what Loisaida needs. We learned ten days ago via EV […]

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Russ & Daughters Expanding Outside the Lower East Side with New Cafe Inside the Jewish Museum

Last modified September 10, 2014 at 7:32 am

It’s been a banner centennial year for Russ & Daughters. The iconic appetizing haunt opened its cafe namesake on Orchard Street last spring, the Sturgeon Queens film celebrated the family business on the big screen, and now, another expansion. Yes. For the second time in the last year, Russ & Daughters is growing. Only this go-round, it’s […]

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Former PKNY Bartender is Bringing ‘Suffolk Arms’ to 269 East Houston This Fall

Posted September 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

Where Meow Mix, Vasmay Lounge, and the Local 269 once ruled, another bar hopes to make a dent. Enter Suffolk Arms, the new project by Guiseppe Gonzalez, former bartender of many Lower East Side bars (PKNY, Golden Cadillac). Suffolk Arms will boast an “English pub exterior” with a distinct “New York feel inside.” Whatever that […]

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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 […]