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Rendering composite of Ben Shaoul and 196 Orchard St, Photo: Real Deal

Here’s a Recap from that Deplorable ‘LES is More’ Developers Summit Yesterday

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

Yesterday morning, movers and shakers (nay, demolishers) in the real estate industry met to discuss the future of the Lower East Side vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Like a Pinky & the Brain segment, the summit was seemingly an opportunity to plot the future of how to dominate a neighborhood already suffering attack from all sides. The event, […]

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Rendering composite of Ben Shaoul and 196 Orchard St, Photo: Real Deal

Big Real Estate Plots Area Domination with ‘LES is More’ Summit at the Sunshine Cinema

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

“L.E.S. is more.” This cringeworthy slogan, a played-out play-on-words, has long been co-opted by the real estate industry in order to sell the Lower East Side. Closer to home, the Lower East Side Partnership, whose singular mission is to increase property values for the area stakeholders, also employs the phrase.  Now, big real estate is holding […]

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‘Birdhouse Repo’ Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford to Live in NYC Anymore

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

To live in New York City is so expensive, even the birds can’t afford it. This truth is the creative mojo behind a new temporary art project coming to First Park this month. The incoming sculpture, aptly entitled “Birdhouse Repo,” is the work of city native Aaron Schraeter. Simple yet brilliant, his goal was political […]

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Apparently the Junkies and Bowery Bums are Annoying Patrons at Whole Foods

Posted January 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

For years, the second floor of the Bowery Whole Foods has been a veritable hangout for all walks of life, from the upper crust to the homeless and downtrodden. Specifically the area around the corner from the artisanal cafe counters – on the Chrystie Street front – which houses a gaggle of tables and chairs. […]

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Katz’s Deli Owner Jake Dell Lands on Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List

Posted January 5, 2017 at 5:13 am

Forbes magazine released its annual 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs list on Tuesday, and wouldn’t you know it, the Lower East Side is well-represented. Katz’s Deli owner Jake Dell is featured in the “Food & Drink” catagory for “modernizing” the city institution by “upgrading its technology, expanding catering operations, and shipping nationwide.” Dell is the fifth-generation […]

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The ‘Bowery Craft House’ to Replace Ariel’s Latin Bistro on Clinton Street

Posted January 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

For the third time in seven years, there will be a changing of the guard at the southwest corner of East Houston and Clinton Streets. Ariel’s Latin Bistro, which came on the nightlife scene in June 2014, is about to transition from Latin to Contemporary American stylings. Next up, something called the Bowery Craft House. […]

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Chris Martin Raises $4,300 for the Bowery Mission with Impromptu Mercury Lounge Gig [VIDEO]

Last modified December 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

Chris Martin played a surprise (and obviously sold out) gig at Mercury Lounge Wednesday night to benefit the Bowery Mission. We were told that after what was supposed to be a quiet visit to The Bowery Mission, Martin conceived of a same-day benefit concert at 3:00pm. The doors of Mercury Lounge opened six hours later. Fans […]

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Mahfar Alleges CB3 Conflict of Interest over Zoning Change Denial 

Posted December 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

If Samy Mahfar had his way, nightlife would be permitted in the ground level of his thirteen-story mixed-use tower slated for 255 East Houston, which is currently zoned for a community facility. Three months ago, the City Council declined the five-years-in-the-making proposal to rezone the two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston with a commercial overlay […]

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It’s Still Not Looking Good for the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston

Posted December 12, 2016 at 5:04 am

There are rumblings around the potential sale of the Landmark Sunshine Cinema once again. As we’ve mentioned in the past, the historic theater at 139-143 East Houston has been shopped around for well over a year. And now, with the Metrograph Theater capping the other end of the neighborhood, it doesn’t look particularly encouraging for a lease renewal. […]

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Katz’s Deli in Dekalb Market Hall Delayed Until ‘Spring 2017’

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:16 am

The teaser banners are up. Katz’s Deli will open its first satellite outpost in Brooklyn in just a few short months. The signage hanging at the future DeKalb Market Hall touts a spring 2017 launch. Their involvement in the 60,000 square-foot DeKalb project had been rumored for some time before owner Jake Dell confirmed the […]

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