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Burned-Out Remnants of Longtime SoHo Fruit Stand Removed 

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:07 am

There is no longer much evidence of the former Honest Boy Fruit Stand on East Houston Street, which closed in December 2014 after decades in business. In the wake of last month’s fire, its charred carcass – ironwork that apparently dates back to the 1950s – was finally pried from the facade (demolition permits were […]

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Buff Monster Paints Cycloptic Mural for Rag & Bone

Posted August 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

Buff Monster is on a roll. Within the last month, the popular street artist has imparted at least three high-profile murals on the walls of the Lower East Side. A week after painting an enormous piece on the warehouse at 125 Chrystie Street – one block from his artist studio – the street artist returns […]

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Samy Mahfar Files Plans for 10-Story Building at Long-Vacant 255 East Houston Street

Posted August 19, 2015 at 5:10 am

The crumbling 255 East Houston has been vacant ever since construction on the adjacent development destabilized the structure. Ultimately, the activity next door resulted in the departure of the Action for Progress school in 2010. In the ensuing years, owner Samy Mahfar tried – and failed – to unload this property. There had been numerous […]

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NYPD Rolls Out Underage Drinking Warning in Hell Square

Posted August 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

Looky what surfaced right at the northern entrance to Hell Square. Over the weekend, the 7th Precinct rolled out its mobile messaging system beside Katz’s Deli. It’s not much, but something; a passive threat that will likely prove ineffective – “underage drinking will not be tolerated.” This is one way the NYPD thinks it can battle […]

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That ‘Artistic’ Pile of Rubbish was Finally Removed from Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Week

Posted August 12, 2015 at 5:18 am

Sara D. Roosevelt Park was liberated from the bondage of eyesore art this week. Finally, those piles of raunchy rubber mats are gone from the northern end of the park. And you know what? Looks like those pavers may have dipped a bit under the weight. The year-long art project – “Uplift” by Jarrod Beck […]

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Jim Gaffigan Shows Lower East Side Love in his New TV Land Sitcom

Posted August 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

Battle-hardened Lower East Siders understand that, any given day, there is usually some TV show or movie filming on the corner. Living in a constant film set is oftentimes a pain in the ass. And the output isn’t usually worthy of the nuisance caused. Sometimes, however, it’s refreshing to see a local homegrown production use […]

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With Civilianaire’s Failure, It’s a ‘2nd Time Around’ for 53 East Houston Street

Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

It was barely a comeback at all; a brief rebound, if anything. And now, the two-year-old Civilianaire at 53 East Houston Street is officially dead in the water. For real this time. In its place, something that looks exactly the same – 2nd Time Around. Signage arrived last week, as did a platoon of trendy mannequins. […]

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Newsstand Proposed for Sidewalk Outside Union Market on East Houston

Posted July 22, 2015 at 5:13 am

The heavy foot traffic at the southern entrance to Alphabet City apparently requires a sidewalk newsstand. Specifically, the real estate right outside the Union Market at Avenue A, where the concrete widens. A proprietor from Jackson Heights – Sultana Parvin – will go before the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 tonight to obtain the necessary […]

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‘Honest Boy Fruit Stand’ Remnants on East Houston Burned in Weekend Fire; Permits Approved for New 6-Story Building

Last modified July 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Honest Boy Fruit Stand was a SoHo fixture for over three decades, feeding the mass of humanity that passed through on a daily basis. But it closed at the end of last year with barely a whimper. Its lifeless bones remained as testament to its significance in the neighborhood, even if littered with empty bottles and […]

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Boogie Buskers: This Youngster Puts Other Street Buskers to Shame [VIDEO]

Posted June 26, 2015 at 9:23 am

Wednesday evening, Sara D. Roosevelt Park was bustling with sports activity. The basketball courts were buzzing with players for some sort of tournament; and Steve Nash’s eighth annual Showdown NYC entertained the masses at the Nike field a block south. But it was this busking youngster who stole the show. Hands down. The little dude […]

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