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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Sync Up With Ticketfly/Pandora

Posted May 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

Grabbing tickets for your favorite shows at two of New York City’s seminal music venues just got a little easier. Ticketing for the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge was just snagged by Ticketfly, which is a subsidiary of the long-running custom radio service, Pandora. Timing of the announcement is curious, as Bowery Presents is rumored to have sold […]

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New Sidewalks and Curbs Signal Some Semblance of Progress for East Houston Reconstruction Project

Posted April 29, 2016 at 9:29 am

​Since East Houston roadwork is nowhere near completion, we must relish the baby steps, as it were, of forward progress. Indeed. The first real noticeable change in months is now palpable along the battered corridor. New sidewalks on the south side. Over the last few weeks, contractors have poured new cement (i.e. “pigmented sidewalks”) and […]

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LES Street Artist Ori Carino Paints New Mural for Rag & Bone

Posted April 22, 2016 at 5:10 am

Lower East Side native, Ori Carino, just painted an excellent new mural on the facade of Rag & Bone. The street artist put the finishing touches of paintwork earlier this week, and it’s easily one of the better additions to this space in recent months. Carino frequently throws up murals around the neighborhood, including a […]

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287 East Houston Begins Courting Condo Buyers for 11-Story Tower

Posted April 20, 2016 at 5:13 am

Demolition has yet to begin, yet developers Hogg Holdings and Vinci Partners are already courting condo buyers for the forthcoming 287 East Houston. An eleven-story tower will rise on the parcel, currently occupied by a single-level building and its adjacent lot. The official website went live this week offering a few extra bread crumbs. Namely, […]

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5 Years Later, ‘East Villager’ Newspaper Becomes ‘The Villager Express’

Posted April 19, 2016 at 10:12 am

Another makeover is in the works for NYC Community Media and its stable of local newspapers. Introduced five-and-a-half years ago as an offshoot of The Villager, the East Villager is a bimonthly version of the community paper that publishes stories pertaining to its namesake neighborhood. But it’s now going through a change in identity. Henceforth, […]


First Look at 11-Story Condo Development to Rise at 287 East Houston

Posted April 6, 2016 at 5:08 am

​It’s been a long time coming for 287 East Houston Street. The two-parcel property – acquired by Hogg Holdings in late 2014 for $15.2 million – is slated to become eleven stories of luxury residential living. Permits were originally filed for the new construction last summer, but the site had otherwise remained mum. Until now; the […]

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Neverending East Houston Roadwork Decimates 2nd Avenue Intersection

Posted March 25, 2016 at 5:18 am

Stay away from 2nd Avenue and East Houston. The city’s capital plan to replace infrastructure beneath East Houston Street is more than three years behind schedule, as previously stated. And yet there’s not much to show for it except roving staging areas, traffic bottlenecks, pedestrian detours, and loss to small businesses. Most recently, contractors opened […]

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CB3 Chastises Samy Mahfar as Bad Actor in Zoning Change Denial for East Houston Development

Posted March 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Representatives from team Samy Mahfar appeared before the Land-use subcommittee last night to obtain approval for a commercial overlay along a two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston Street. It was the second time since 2011 that the notorious landowner sought blessings from the advisory body, which would allow ground-level retail use in this residentially zoned area. […]

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Feltman’s Hot Dogs Crowdfunds for Return to Coney Island, Local Domination

Posted March 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

Feltman’s Hot Dogs is gearing up for summertime in a big way. All the chips are now on the table. The historic weiner brand – revived last spring by Coney Island historian and blogger Michael Quinn (plus brother Joseph) – wants to be served in your favorite restaurant and, eventually, boast one of its own. […]

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Samy Mahfar Seeks Commercial Zoning Change for his 13-Story Tower at 255 East Houston Street

Posted February 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

​For the second time since 2011, controversial slumlord Samy Mahfar is seeking a commercial overlay for a two-and-a-half-block parcel of East Houston Street, between Norfolk and Clinton. The reason – commercial uses are not allowed in new developments situated within residential districts. And Mahfar seeks to construct a new mixed-use tumor at 255 East Houston […]

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