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‘Dr Smood’ Organic Health Cafe Announces New Location at the Old LES American Apparel

Posted July 24, 2017 at 4:04 am

Dr Smood, a bougie “organic boutique cafe” specializing in 100-percent United States Department of Agriculture-certified organic food and beverages, just signed a lease for space at the former American Apparel on East Houston Street. Vinyl window cladding announces the imminent arrival of this latest area eatery. With all the condos arriving to market nearby in […]

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Samy Mahfar Sells ‘Jones LES’ Rentals for $62M

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Jones LES luxury rental building on East Houston officially traded hands last week for a cool $62 million. Final deal price for the 67,600 square-foot rental property is just a tad north of what was reported in June. Controversial landlord Samy Mahfar is laughing all the way to the bank with this transaction. His SMA […]

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‘Allegro Coffee’ Opens Inside the Bowery Whole Foods Today

Posted July 10, 2017 at 5:05 am

It’s opening day. Today is the grand opening of the Allegro Coffee outpost inside the Whole Foods Bowery. The sign on the front door of the old beer depot signals as much. Losing the beer room three months ago in favor of coffee is part of an overarching effort to revamp the struggling Whole Foods, now in […]

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‘Allegro Coffee’ Launching Outpost in Former Whole Foods Bowery Beer Store

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:13 am

A different type of brew will soon be served at the Whole Foods Bowery. Indeed, that corner coffee shop we told you about – the one replacing the beer store – is set to become another location of Allegro Coffee. Some of the window paper was removed from the glass last week to reveal the […]

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‘Feminist Ticket Pricing’ and Assorted Entertainment at LES Film Festival’s ‘Ladies’ Night’

Posted June 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

Who run the LES – girls. Today more than ever, the world needs to uplift female identifying people. This is true in all professions and in every corner of the globe. Monday’s selection of the 2017 Lower East Side Film Festival was devoted to just that – progressing feminism in creative spaces, which, as illustrated […]

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Neverending East Houston Reconstruction Closer to Completion as 2nd Avenue Intersection is Paved

Posted June 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Another section of the East Houston Reconstruction Project is wrapping up. But, after seven years of headaches along the thoroughfare, there is still more work to go. This means that it’s four years behind schedule. The Department of Design and Construction recently completed the block-long slate of upgrades between Chrystie Street/Second Avenue and the Bowery. […]

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For the First Time Ever, Katz’s Deli will Begin Serving Brooklyn (on Friday)

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:11 am

It’s a big week for Katz’s Deli. Come Friday, the Lower East Side institution will operate a Brooklyn satellite inside the long-delayed Dekalb Market Hall. This is a watershed moment for the iconic neighborhood deli, as this is the first ever expansion since the establishment opened on Ludlow Street in 1888. “It made perfect sense,” owner […]

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Toppled from Red Square, Lenin Rises Again on the Lower East Side

Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:11 am

Lenin rises again. Indeed, it somehow seems fitting, given the current political climate, that a statue of the Russian communist revolutionary would return to a Lower East Side rooftop. And so it goes. Early Friday afternoon, workers were spotted hoisting the eighteen-foot, Soviet-era sculpture into place at 178 Norfolk Street. The copper tribute had been […]

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‘2nd Time Around’ Consignment Shops Out of Business, Chaos Ensues

Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

2nd Time Around won’t get another. The national consignment chain abruptly shuttered all its stores this week, citing online competition as the main cause. Closer to home, the two-year-old outpost on East Houston Street (at Mott) harbored plenty of drama in the last several days. The store itself has been closed for about a month, […]

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Here’s What Happens When a Flatbed Navigates the East Houston Construction Zone

Posted June 7, 2017 at 5:06 am

Yesterday evening, during the late day rush, a flatbed truck physically came into contact with the never-ending East Houston Reconstruction project. In other words, a driver headed southbound on Second Avenue unknowingly struck and dragged a concrete construction barrier while making a right turn onto East Houston. A good samaritan ran after the truck to […]

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