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‘One and One’ Walked Away from Opening a New Bar in Preserve 24 Space

Posted March 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Looks like the former home of Preserve 24 on East Houston will continue to sit idle. Could this L-shaped property now be considered a cursed space? There was a brief moment back in December when the owners of One and One (founded 1998) – Terry Dunne and Paul O’Sullivan – were thisclose to opening another booze […]

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Win Tickets to See the Rooks Play Mercury Lounge this Saturday!

Last modified March 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

New York City-based collective The Rooks have got it. When we asked them on the spot, they liken their sound as “head-knocking-modern-pocket-soul.” Um, we can get with that! The band—Garth Taylor (vocals), Nate Mondschein (drums/vocals), Spencer Hattendorf (sax/vocals/percussion), Graham Richman (guitar), Louis Russo (bass), and Gabe Gordon (keys)—have been crafting their infectious indie/R&B soul blend […]

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Lobster Joint Debuts Its New Food Truck

Posted March 13, 2015 at 5:17 am

When the Lobster Joint bid farewell to its Lower East Side location, it was a dual announcement of sorts. Before departing, the seafood eatery painted a message to keep a lookout for the food truck of same. That day has arrived. The branded Lobster Joint truck (aka “Lobster Joint Mobile“) officially came ashore two weeks […]

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Calvin Klein Wipes Away Paintball Streaks from Justin Bieber Billboard

Posted March 12, 2015 at 5:10 am

Last week, the so-called non-Beliebers scored a victory against Justin Bieber and his pimps at Calvin Klein. A volley of seven yellow paintballs was fired at the ad banner hanging above Houston Street. The vandalism sat unchecked for days. Calvin Klein got wind of the incident, though, and by Monday morning, the drips were gone. […]

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Ray’s Pizza on East Houston Closes to Make Way for 10-Story Ben Shaoul Development

Posted March 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

And then there were three… Famous Ray’s Pizza on East Houston – anchor tenant in the low-rise commercial strip between Orchard and Ludlow Streets for over a decade – is closed for good. The pizzeria wasn’t open during business hours yesterday, its dining room cluttered with price placards and the like. Phone calls go unanswered. […]

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Someone Shot Paintballs at Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad on East Houston

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:18 am

The brief respite from Justin Bieber’s bod (which may or may not be Photoshopped) in NoHo came to an end earlier this week. Calvin Klein hoisted the second in the series of ad banners at its token spot above East Houston, this after days of indecision. And the haters have apparently come out of the […]

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Civilianaire Fails Out of 53 East Houston After Two Years

Posted March 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

We saw this one coming a mile away. A death watch that came to pass. The year-long 50%-off merchandise sale became a rather sure indication of demise. It was just a matter of when. Well, that day of reckoning arrived yesterday for the Civilianaire boutique on East Houston, where a constant placement of window signage […]

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Centre-fuge Artists Decorate Containers and Cement Blocks Along Battered East Houston Street

Posted February 20, 2015 at 5:18 am

Leave it to the Centre-fuge Public Art Project to help soften the onslaught of construction materials along East Houston Street. While the never-ending roadwork continues to plague the area – especially between Eldridge and Orchard – the arts group has taken to decorating some of the larger equipment stored curbside. For the last few weeks, […]

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‘Knights of Gondor Do Not Turn Their Backs’ on Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station

Posted February 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

This is what happens when you cross the MTA with Lord of the Rings. It’s called PuckTalk, pithy parody signs that mix elements of the fantasy story with the reality of the city subway system. We spotted this sign in the Broadway-Lafayette station. Under no circumstances should Knights of Gondor turn their backs! Ever. Especially […]

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Ben ‘Sledgehammer’ Shaoul Files Permits to Demolish the Corner of East Houston and Orchard

Posted February 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

The process of demolition and development is now accelerating at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. Tiehama Grocery – a neighborhood bodega on the block for twenty-five years – shuttered last weekend thanks to Ben Shaoul. Two days later, paperwork was submitted to hasten the takedown. Indeed, the controversial slumlord is grabbing his […]

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