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Red Square Lost its Iconic Rooftop Lenin Statue Last Night After 22 Years in the East Village

Posted September 20, 2016 at 4:19 am

It’s been said many times around here the last few years. End of an era this, end of an era that. This time, it’s for Red Square, the luxury rentals building on East Houston. The 18-foot-tall sculpture of Vladimir Lenin no longer stands triumphant atop the East Village. At sundown last night, a crew of […]

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‘Final Paving’ Commences Along East Houston After 6 Years of Constant Headaches

Posted September 14, 2016 at 5:04 am

Break out the bubbly. Already more three years behind schedule, the East Houston Reconstruction Project is finally lunging toward conclusion. Handbills scattered throughout the vicinity alert residents that FINAL PAVING is underway. Indeed, having commenced last night, and continuing tonight, the roadbed between Orchard and Chrystie Streets will soon be permanently capped. Assuming, of course, […]

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Samy Mahfar Bails on Controversial East Houston Rezoning Proposal

Posted September 8, 2016 at 5:04 am

Samy Mahfar now tastes defeat at the hands of City Council. The much-maligned landlord had sought a zoning change that would benefit his in-progress development at 255 East Houston Street. But before the scheduled City Council vote on Tuesday by the zoning and franchises subcommittee, Mahfar tendered a letter of withdrawal to City Planning Director […]

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Sunshine Cinema Pays Tribute to Gene Wilder; Plus, See ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ on the Big Screen

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

Over at the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, management just installed a small tribute to the genius of Gene Wilder. The backlit marquee now reads, “Rest in Peace Gene Wilder.” On a related note, Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory are headed back to theaters this weekend for a limited run. If […]

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Sugar Cafe on Allen Street Returns from Flood-Induced Hiatus

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:09 am

Sugar is back in action on Allen Street, having reopened this past Monday. The 24/7 local standby had been closed for the last two weeks, thanks to some unspecified “plumbing emergency.” At the time, a reader spoke to the owner who indicated the water issue was the result of ongoing roadwork for the East Houston Reconstruction project […]

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The DOT Wants You to Know that the East Houston Reconstruction Could Conclude as Early as Next Week

Posted September 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

Could it be? Are the headaches on East Houston about to become a thing of the past? Well, there’s this: The new construction bulletin from the Department of Transportation promises a conclusion to the never-ending East Houston Reconstruction project. Three years behind schedule, the latest estimate given was by the end of the year. That […]

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Former Preserve 24 Spot on East Houston Finally Finds a Suitor in ‘Late Late’ Owner

Posted August 31, 2016 at 5:05 am

There hasn’t been much luck for the ice man whose drought continues. Maybe that will change with the latest nightlife suitor – the owner of the Late Late just across the street. It’s not a secret that the former Preserve 24 space at 177 East Houston is a cursed entity, perennially unable to attract a new […]

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Adjacent Commercial Developments Break Ground Simultaneously on East Houston Street

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:07 am

Whatever period of respite the Houston Street corridor above SoHo may have enjoyed these past few years (remember the station connection project?), it’s now over. The thoroughfare has just returned to a massive construction zone thanks to a pair of simultaneous commercial developments now underway. The gas station-to-offices complex at 300 Lafayette Street got its first […]

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11-Story East Houston Condo Gears up with New Sales Office on Essex

Posted August 24, 2016 at 5:10 am

Pit status notwithstanding, big pimping begins for 287 East Houston. Condos in this new eleven-story development are slated to go live any day now, so the powers that be are gearing up for the pitch. A new sales office is already in the offing upstairs at 123 Essex Street, a space familiar with such uses. […]

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The LES ‘100 Gates Project’ Reaches its Centennial Goal with Katz’s Deli Mural

Posted August 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

After two years of artwashing the Lower East Side, the 100 Gates Project reaches its namesake goal. And it’s only fitting the that 100th gate in the eponymous street art program appear on Katz’s Deli. Artist L’Amour Suprim was bestowed the honor, and spent yesterday decorating two of the restaurant’s shutters. Apparently there will be a party next […]

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