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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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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 […]

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M15 Bus Service Rerouted Thanks to Neverending Roadwork on East Houston

Posted January 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

The neverending clusterfuck of construction on East Houston apparently requires an army of machinery. At last count the embattled traffic artery now boasts eight backhoes and related equipment, positioned between Forsyth and Allen. In addition, a double wide shoulder was created outside the Sunshine Cinema. Such roadwork is wreaking havoc on traffic patterns with no end in […]

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Demolition Likely for Provident Loan Society Building on East Houston; New Development on the Horizon

Posted January 26, 2015 at 5:10 am

It’s truly unfortunate when you discover that a particular architectural treasure is not officially landmarked and is then demolished for luxury living. This trend is endemic of the Lower East Side lately, its very character endangered. And we’re probably losing another. The latest victim of the onslaught is allegedly the Provident Loan Society building at the […]

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Rumor: A Century Later, Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes May Close Due to Rent Hike

Last modified January 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Not even a month into 2015, and already the high-profile Lower East Side closures are stacking up. The greats are fading. Streit’s Matzo obviously comes to mind, with fifth-generation ownership having sold the Rivington Street factory after 90 years on the block. That teary goodbye – and subsequent relocation to New Jersey – is planned […]

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Bowery Coffee and Basement Antiques Store Forced from the Bowery

Posted January 15, 2015 at 5:10 am

Two losses for the Bowery environs… Earlier this week, the always-pithy sandwich board outside Bowery Coffee advertised an ominous message. “Fin” – Latin root meaning “end” – was written clearly on both sides. That’s right, the java joint at 89 East Houston is no longer with us. Bowery Coffee closed for good after business yesterday […]

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Justin Bieber’s Possibly Photoshopped Body Now Dominates East Houston Street

Posted January 14, 2015 at 5:12 am

Justin Bieber’s bod may or may not have been photoshopped for a recent Calvin Klein ad campaign, but his shirtless torso nevertheless dominates East Houston Street. The Bieber billboard-banner – which also features cowgirlin’ supermodel Lara Stone – was hoisted to the brand’s longtime ad space above the entrance to the Broadway-Lafayette subway entrance. The […]

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Revisiting Kool Moe Dee and His Alphabet City Album Cover for ‘How Ya Like Me Now’

Posted January 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

Today the empty Alphabet City lot is a tree-heavy GreenThumb garden called Orchard Alley. Twenty-seven years ago, however, this exact site (between Avenues C and D) was a vacant shitpile that doubled as the setting for hip-hop pioneer Kool Moe Dee’s album cover for How Ya Like Me Now. You can clearly see the San […]

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When Fire and Ice Devastated the Corner of Allen and East Houston [PHOTOS]

Posted January 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

With the so-called polar vortex enveloping the Tri-State area the last week, this story seemed rather appropriate. We’re revisiting the devastating fire that sparked in the early-morning hours of January 12, 1903 beneath a series of adjoining tenements at Houston and Allen Streets. Leather manurfactuer Fayerweather & Ladew owned the buildings, with addresses of 159-165 […]

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