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Gaia Italian Cafe is Taking a Week-Long Break Starting Next Thursday

Posted September 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

Fair warning that Gaia Italian Cafe is taking a brief recess on September 25. Eponymous owner Gaia Bagnasacco took to the company Facebook page to note that the beloved three-year-old restaurant will reopen a week later on October 2, and to thank patrons for the support. Gaia is certainly a neighborhood treasure, and fiercely protected […]

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Serge Hoyda Successful in Evicting Preserve 24; Per Se Vet Dropped from Lawsuit

Posted September 19, 2014 at 5:49 am

Last Friday, epic failure Preserve 24 (aka Aegis Holding Houston LLC) was officially evicted from 177 East Houston by court order. It has been closed and dormant since late June, and will not reopen under new management as one sign proclaims. The papers served by landlord Serge Hoyda are now taped to the front door. […]

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Mobil Gas Station on East Houston and Avenue C is Boxed Up; 9-Story Condo Development Coming Soon

Posted September 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

Thanks to Boogie reader DC, we now see that the Mobil gas station at East Houston and Avenue C is now boxed up for the next phase of its life. In due course, the 6,000 square-foot parcel will yield a nine-story condoplex. You know, exactly what Loisaida needs. We learned ten days ago via EV […]

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Russ & Daughters Expanding Outside the Lower East Side with New Cafe Inside the Jewish Museum

Last modified September 10, 2014 at 7:32 am

It’s been a banner centennial year for Russ & Daughters. The iconic appetizing haunt opened its cafe namesake on Orchard Street last spring, the Sturgeon Queens film celebrated the family business on the big screen, and now, another expansion. Yes. For the second time in the last year, Russ & Daughters is growing. Only this go-round, it’s […]

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Former PKNY Bartender is Bringing ‘Suffolk Arms’ to 269 East Houston This Fall

Posted September 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

Where Meow Mix, Vasmay Lounge, and the Local 269 once ruled, another bar hopes to make a dent. Enter Suffolk Arms, the new project by Guiseppe Gonzalez, former bartender of many Lower East Side bars (PKNY, Golden Cadillac). Suffolk Arms will boast an “English pub exterior” with a distinct “New York feel inside.” Whatever that […]

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Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Realty is Confirmed as Buyer of Orchard-Houston Block of Real Estate

Posted September 2, 2014 at 5:33 am

While the city prepared the mass departure for Labor Day, some big news came to light regarding the imminent development of Orchard and East Houston. Rumors of its fate have been circulating since last year, but chatter is now at fever pitch. First, we learned that Katz’s Deli sold off their valuable air rights. Proprietor […]

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Breaking: Katz’s Deli Sells Its Air Rights But It’s Not Going Anywhere

Last modified August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

First, the great news. The future of Katz’s Deli is safe. Owner Jake Dell assures us that all is well, while simultaneously disclosing that the 126-year-old Jewish deli just sold off its valuable air rights. “I’m not going anywhere … now I can protect [Katz's],” the 27-year-old proprietor says. The timing of this release is […]

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Katz’s Deli Unveils Commemorative Plaque in Its New Sidewalk

Posted August 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

The sidewalk outside Katz’s Deli has been a broken mess for years thanks to an endless regimen of roadwork and a burst water main. But this past weekend, contractors completed the new curb and concrete slabs. Most notable about the upgraded footpath, though, is this embedded plaque at the unique corner entrance to the landmark […]

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Serge Hoyda Files Suit to Evict Preserve 24, Alleges ‘Per Se’ Vet Purchased the Assets

Last modified August 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

When it comes to nightlife failures on the Lower East Side, Preserve 24 easily ranks as one of the most epic in recent memory. The over-the-top bar-restaurant bit off way more than it could chew, and died on the vine two months ago. It mysteriously closed at the end of June for “remodeling with new […]

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Katz’s Deli Files DOB Permits to Fix Basement Space Ruined in Water Main Rupture

Posted August 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

It’s been a tough summer for the iconic Katz’s Deli, which fell victim to a nasty water main break back in June. Rupture of the 1959 pipe – likely related to the never-ending East Houston rehabilitation project – literally broke the roadway and caused massive flooding in their basement. Moreover, the sidewalk out front caved […]

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