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Vicki Rovere’s ‘Free Store’ Still a Late-Night Attraction on Ludlow Street After 15 Years

Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]

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Essex Crossing Readies Site 1 Parking Lot for Development on Ludlow Street

Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

And just like that, Delancey Street is a construction zone. Essex Crossing is advancing into phase one at quite a pace. In the same week that the firehouse at 185 Broome receives its touch of death, the former Municipal lot on Ludlow is prepped for same. A month after the Department of Transportation forever shuttered […]

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Marolda Properties Flips 144-150 Ludlow Street for $24M

Posted May 8, 2015 at 5:12 am

Marolda Properties, notorious in these parts for being tenant harassing slumlords, just ditched their Hell Square holdings at 144-150 Ludlow Street. It’s the second time in as many years that this pseudo-gated rental complex has changed hands. Akelius Real Estate Management, a subsidiary of Swedish investment firm Akelius Residential Property, forked over $24 million in […]

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As SoHo House Looms, Libation Sells off 137 Ludlow Street for $7.9M

Posted May 8, 2015 at 5:10 am

The transaction is complete. As expected, 137 Ludlow Street recently changed hands for $7.9 million. Princeton Holdings, a real estate investment firm, closed on the four-story Lower East Side property at the end of March, public records show. 137 Ludlow Street currently houses Libation, and is situated alongside the forthcoming SoHo House endeavor (“Ludlow House”). […]

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In the Face of Essex Crossing, One Local Continues to Liberate the Municipal Lot on Ludlow

Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:12 am

For the second time in as many weeks, Essex Crossing has been taken to task with a simple hand tool. A wire cutter. That’s right; the Municipal lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets isn’t going down without a fight. You see, Delancey Street Associates – the consortium of developers behind the mega […]

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Essex Crossing is Fed Up with Drivers Illegally Parking in the Closed Parking Lot on Site 1

Posted April 28, 2015 at 5:10 am

It’s Essex Crossing versus drivers who insist the municipal parking lot situated on SPURA Site 1 is a necessity. Responding to the influx of cars capitalizing on “free” spots, the Delancey Street Associates consortium last week installed a chain-link fence across the entrance to the lot. The exit was also left open to allow people […]

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The Con Artist Collective Celebrates 5 Years on Ludlow Street

Posted April 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

Con Artist is one of the few businesses on Ludlow Street in Hell Square that still caters to creativity. Something other than nightlife. What began as an ambitious basement workshop and thrift boutique in 2010 (formerly home to The Cast), is now a fully-fledged artist collective with storefront workspace and a membership counting in the […]

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Essex Crossing (Unintentionally) Invites Free Parking to Site 1 for the Time Being

Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:17 am

Technically, the longstanding Municipal parking lot on Ludlow Street is permanently closed. Realistically, however, it’s open season for risk-loving drivers. Guess they didn’t get that memo. You see, even though the car park is designated development Site 1 under Essex Crossing, and was shuttered April 15, the Department of Transportation failed to seal the entry […]

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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 […]