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Today in LES History: Officer Petrosino is Gunned Down in Sicily

Posted March 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

On this day in… 1909 – Giuseppe “Joseph” Petrosino was gunned down in Palermo, Sicily. Petrosino was the first Italian-speaking police officer in the NYPD and commander of the “Italian Squad” – a pioneering anti-mafia outfit based out of the Fifth Precinct on Elizabeth Street. A law passed in 1909 allowed deportations of criminals in […]

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The Peace Pentagon on Lafayette Street Hits the Market Again as Development Opportunity

Last modified March 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

For the second time in exactly five years, the storied Peace Pentagon on Lafayette Street, the decades-long haven of progressive activism owned by the AJ Muste Memorial Institute, is again on the chopping block. Price of the pitched development site is not listed (i.e. soliciting offers), but the last ask was pegged at $5.95 million. […]

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‘Bess’ Closes Its Longtime Boutique at 292 Lafayette Street

Posted February 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

In a surprising turn of events, it appears Bess is gone from the downtown retail landscape. The fifteen-year-old offbeat boutique spent almost half that time at 292 Lafayette Street. An impressive feat. The establishment closed for good within the last couple weeks, though; its windows, formerly adorned with interesting art and fashion now simply carries a […]

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Former Jones Diner Site on Lafayette Could Fetch $35M

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

May the Jones Diner rest in peace. Known for its intrusive advertecture in recent years, the vacant lot is now on the open market. The 5,500 square-foot sliver of land at the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Street (aka 363 Lafayette) is the latest “development site” in an area too rich for its britches. […]

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Cafe Select’s Liquor License Expires, Nighttime Service is Temporarily Out of Commission

Posted December 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

Cafe Select is in a bit of a quandary, and the neighborhood opposition is likely rejoicing. You see, its coveted liquor license expired at the end of November. A renewal never went through. Ergo, co-owner Oliver Stumm and team are forced to adapt to the conditions on the ground. We were informed this week that […]

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LA-Based ‘Dita’ Eyewear Brand Begins Construction on New Lafayette Street Flagship

Posted October 3, 2014 at 6:09 am

Los Angeles-based “luxury fashion eyewear” brand – Dita – is opening a flagship location at 273 Lafayette. The brand – puportedly popular with celebrities like Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz – sealed the deal back in June. However, the interior buildout of the 900 square-foot store (plus 400 square-feet in the cellar) is only now beginning. […]

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Cemusa Drops a Newsstand at Lafayette and East Houston

Posted August 13, 2014 at 6:03 am

Pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists converge to make the intersection of Lafayette and East Houston one of the busiest in the downtown environs. But, for whatever reason, the area hadn’t been earmarked for a newfangled newsstand. Until a couple weeks ago. Cemusa dropped another of its unsightly glass boxes at the northeast corner. Right outside the Bank […]

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Over at 222 Lafayette Street, Hop in the Truck Wants You To

Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hop in the Truck. No, that’s not a command, rather the working name of a new restaurant that has eyes for the south store of 222 Lafayette Street, which previously operated as a Subway franchise. Principals for the 14-table Vietnamese eatery appeared before Community Board 2 in June for a wine and beer license. The […]

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The 9-Story Development Forcing Out Decades-Old Businesses at Bleecker and Lafayette

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

Last week, we broke news that the longstanding businesses at the northwest corner of Bleecker and Lafayette would depart for something big. Like the building in the above rendering, unearthed by Curbed yesterday. Nothing is on file yet with the DOB, but rumor has it that this new nine-story building is forthcoming. It’s believed the […]

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‘Tengu: God of Mischief’ Shows the Proper Way to Skateboard in the Subway [VIDEO]

Last modified June 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Director Colin Read (aka Mandible Claw) just uploaded the epic subway skate segment from his 2013 film, Tengu: God of Mischief. So, if you haven’t had a chance to peep the whole movie, this three-minute clip below will satisfy. For now. Read told Gothamist back in January that the skaters and crew were turned on […]

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