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Icy & Sot, February 2015

Centre-fuge Artists Decorate Containers and Cement Blocks Along Battered East Houston Street

Posted February 20, 2015 at 5:18 am

Leave it to the Centre-fuge Public Art Project to help soften the onslaught of construction materials along East Houston Street. While the never-ending roadwork continues to plague the area – especially between Eldridge and Orchard – the arts group has taken to decorating some of the larger equipment stored curbside. For the last few weeks, […]

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‘Knights of Gondor Do Not Turn Their Backs’ on Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station

Posted February 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

This is what happens when you cross the MTA with Lord of the Rings. It’s called PuckTalk, pithy parody signs that mix elements of the fantasy story with the reality of the city subway system. We spotted this sign in the Broadway-Lafayette station. Under no circumstances should Knights of Gondor turn their backs! Ever. Especially […]

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Ben ‘Sledgehammer’ Shaoul Files Permits to Demolish the Corner of East Houston and Orchard

Posted February 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

The process of demolition and development is now accelerating at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. Tiehama Grocery – a neighborhood bodega on the block for twenty-five years – shuttered last weekend thanks to Ben Shaoul. Two days later, paperwork was submitted to hasten the takedown. Indeed, the controversial slumlord is grabbing his […]

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Following $400M Sale, Avalon Chrystie Rebrands Itself as ‘The Chrystie’

Posted February 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

The Avalon Chrystie luxury rental development is no longer part of the mothership and has since been rebranded. You’ll recall that Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. purchased the fourteen-story glass box of rental rip-off apartments for $400 million last year. The property was their first foray into residential real estate. Now it’s reborn hard as simply, The […]

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Revisiting NYC in 1981, A Most Violent Year [VIDEO]

Posted February 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

1981 was statistically one of the most dangerous years on record for New York City. During those twelve months, an estimated 637,451 felonies were committed. This is the setting behind a new crime drama aptly entitled, A Most Violent Year, which follows “a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a […]

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Macondo Reopens After Tax-Related Closure Last Week

Posted February 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

Whatever tax trouble Macondo and its owner Hector Sanz are experiencing, it’s apparently resolved. At least enough so to reopen the establishment. You’ll recall that the six-year-old Spanish restaurant fell victim to the taxman last Thursday, and was summarily shuttered with token literature pasted to the gate. The closure was more serious than that, though, and […]

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East Houston in 1995, Photo: Steve Butcher

Tiehama Grocery Closes After 25 Years on East Houston Thanks to Ben Shaoul

Posted February 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

And then there were four… Tiehama Grocery – the bodega located on East Houston for nearly twenty-five years – closed its gates for the last time after business on Saturday. A tipster tells us, “[Owner] Abdul in trusty fur hat is handing over the keys today” to Ben Shaoul, known in these parts as the […]

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Macondo on East Houston Was Shuttered by the Taxman Yesterday, but Has Reopened

Last modified January 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Macondo on East Houston is kaput, six-and-a-half years after first opening. The taxman (i.e. tax compliance agent) came yesterday and seized its assets without warning. When we happened past the establishment later in the evening, the security gates were drawn and seizure documentation plastered across the facade. The State of New York is now the […]

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Report: Yonah Schimmel’s Says It’s Staying on East Houston

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Months of rumors to the contrary, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery is reportedly to remain at 137 East Houston. We have been hearing persistent chatter from locals about a possible closure and/or move since last November. Our latest intel had it that their landlord intended to boot the century-old lunch counter. “We’ve been here for over 100 […]

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Will the real Seth Cohen please stand up?

An Update on the ‘Seth Cohen Project’ and How You Can Help This Seth Cohen Find Them All

Posted January 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

Since we first happened upon a flyer in the East Houston median last November, one city denizen named Seth Cohen has been catapulted to international fame. You see, this guy is on a hunt to find every possible Seth Cohen around the globe, the ambitious mission of his nascent “Seth Cohen Project.” So far, the endeavor […]