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There is a 50-Foot Henry Rollins Towering Above NoHo for Calvin Klein

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:12 am

Nothing gets between punk and its Calvins. As of this past summer, Calvin Klein counts Henry Rollins as one of its brand ambassadors. Touting all the wild and reckless shit he’s done while dressed in their clothes. Now, the former Black Flag front man, poet, and all around badass is towering fifty feet above East […]

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Photo: Rogers Partners

Here’s a Fresh Look at the 12-story Tumor to Sprout from the Provident Loan Society Building [PHOTOS]

Posted October 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Hopes for a landmarked Provident Loan Society building on East Houston further faded yesterday with the release of new renderings for the proposed residential tumor. It was about a year ago when Community Board 3 backed the grassroots bid to landmark 225 East Houston Street, at Essex. A so-called “cowboy preservationist” named Christian Emanuel rallied locals to […]

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Mahfar Just Finished Leveling 255 East Houston for New 13-Story Luxury Building

Posted October 5, 2016 at 5:10 am

SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) is well on the way to erecting its twelve-story phallus on the border of Alphabet City. Yep, 255 East Houston is officially a goner. The derelict building with its faded facade, and prior service to the community, was reduced to dust within the last several weeks. Now its just another […]

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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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