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Lou Reed’s Sister Opens Up About His Childhood Struggles

Posted April 15, 2015 at 5:18 am

On the eve of his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lou Reed’s sister, Merrill Reed Weiner opens up about his controversial childhood. Namely, the mental health issues and electroshock therapy treatments. The piece is a great mini-memoir that sets the record straight on a misunderstood time in his life. We’ve […]

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Dirty Gaga and the Albacore Affair: How One Street Cat Got a New Lease on Life in the LES

Posted April 13, 2015 at 10:19 am

Thousands of New Yorkers follow @bodegacatsofinstagram, others contribute to the hashtag #bodegacats, and newcomer @brooklynbodegacats is an artful twist on the topic. It’s no secret, we love our shop cats for many reasons. It can be hard as an animal lover not to worry about the welfare of some cats, as I have seen more […]

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Motor City Bar on Ludlow Street was Traded for This

Last modified April 9, 2015 at 9:24 am

The beloved Motor City Bar closed forever back in June 2013. Two years later, the replacement is rearing its head. The new venture – backed in part by Joseph Torres of recently-departed Foundation nightclub – has been a long time coming. 127 Ludlow Street went under the knife around this time last year, and the […]

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Governor Cuomo Appoints Vincent Bradley as Chairman of State Liquor Authority

Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:10 am

Now, some news from Albany that carries implications back home. Governor Cuomo last week appointed Vincent Bradley as heir to the throne of State Liquor Authority chairmanship. The newb replaces Dennis Rosen, who is leaving the position to head up the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General. Bradley was previously an assistant attorney general […]

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Seven-Year-Old Ludlow Blunt Salon Closes, Stripped Bare

Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:17 am

Despite a re-branding last summer, one upscale salon on Ludlow Street just called it quits. Intel came our way earlier this month that the seven-year-old Ludlow Blunt was on its way out. Apparently the hairdressers had been telling their clients that the location is closing in approximately three weeks, and that employees will be consolidated at the Williamsburg outpost. Well, […]

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Warning of Global Warming on Ludlow Street

Posted March 17, 2015 at 5:18 am

“Warming,” the yellow awning announces at 38 Ludlow Street. Just in time for more springlike weather. But closer inspection reveals that it’s part of a new public exhibit by linguistics-inspired artist Kay Rosen. The canopy is commentary on the effects of global warming. Namely, a warning, the word for which is also spelled by removing […]

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One of the earlier LES Dwellers' street campaigns, October 2012

Who Benefits? Clayton Patterson Demands Answers Regarding Liquor Over-Saturation on the Lower East Side

Last modified March 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

The following letter was written by Clayton Patterson, and directed toward local politicians, including Community Board 3. Yes, enough is enough with the bars and liquor licenses. Why does this part of the community need so many drinking establishments? We have lived through much abuse as our area has been turned into an alcohol theme […]

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Jim Gaffigan Filming His New TV Land Sitcom in Hell Square Today

Posted March 9, 2015 at 9:21 am

Long-stalled comedy project, The Gaffigan Show, will quarter itself on the Lower East Side today for filming. The shoot is to take place in Hell Square, and this time, with a whole new cast. The Gaffigan Show – formerly known as Gaffigan – has been in development since 2013. CBS twice tried to see Jim […]

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Report: 100 Montaditos Files for Bankruptcy, NYC Expansion Halted

Posted March 9, 2015 at 5:12 am

Suddenly the epic failure of 100 Montaditos on Ludlow Street back in December now makes more sense. Reports surfaced last week that the corporate parent of stateside operations went belly up, and is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida courts. The legal proceedings put a halt to the aggressive expansion plans the Spanish-based […]

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The Lams of Ludlow Street, Photo: Thomas Holton

This Photographer Followed One Family on Ludlow Street for 12 Years

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:15 am

Photographer Thomas Holton didn’t grow up in Chinatown, but felt a strong connection to the neighborhood. His grandparents had lived there, and he always saw it as more than a tourist destination. While spending a few months in 2002 accompanying a housing advocate who worked in the area, Holton met the Lam family, a couple […]

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