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Gallery Conversion Underway for Old Living Room Space on Ludlow Street

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

The former Living Room space is amidst conversion to a dry use. After the failed bid by exiled drag bar Lucky Cheng’s to take 154 Ludlow Street, the Hell Square address is now forsaking nightlife altogether. Construction has already begun on the artsy replacement; a plywood shed and curbside dumpster are now part of the […]

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SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen Jumps Ship to Become Medicaid Inspector General Under Gov. Cuomo

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

Just when the neighborhood began to develop a true rapport, the proverbial rug is pulled out. Currently in his second term, Governor Cuomo has been busy bolstering his ranks. Last week saw a third round of appointments to various state jobs and committee posts. According to a report in the New York Times, it appears […]

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‘Crime’ Takes Hold of the Lower East Side for HBO

Posted January 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

Crime is coming to the Lower East Side today. As in the new HBO miniseries currently in production. Two different areas are selected for the shoot, including Hell Square and the streets beside the Manhattan Bridge entrance. The eight-hour program – born as an unaired pilot starring the late James Gandolfini – is a New […]

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‘100 Gates Project’ Receives Grant to Paint Storefront Gates Around the Lower East Side

Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:12 am

Looks like local skater and artist Billy Rohan, along with artist Jessica Blower were successful in obtaining that additional funding for their “100 Gates Project” we first heard about last June. The Lower East Side BID was one of seven finalists to land a 2015 Neighborhood Challenge Grant award, which means $30,000 to fund this vibrant vision. Goal of the […]

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CB3 Approves Sale of Spitzer’s Corner and Los Feliz; Sarid Drory Promises High End Makeovers

Last modified January 13, 2015 at 7:37 am

The lack of nightlife hopefuls at the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting last night was deceiving. Never was there ever such an assembly in Community Board 3 that’s lasted under three hours. Oh, no. Especially not when controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian is on the docket to unload two of his marquee properties. Between hearing the […]

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Pity Those Hell Square Bar Owners Who Make Life Miserable for Residents?

Last modified January 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

The New York Post outdid itself yesterday with a follow-up to an article we published about controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian, who is amidst a fire sale of his nightlife holdings in Hell Square. Pity the terrible operator is basically the thrust of the article, which quotes Shamlian’s comment on Boogie last week about how […]

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Remember When MTV Created a Virtual Lower East Side?

Posted January 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

Remember that time when MTV created a virtual Lower East Side landscape? Yup. Back in mid-2007, the colossal media company unveiled what it called vLES, a forum for computer-bound folk to explore the “mecca of all things creative” without the need to leave the house. Within this loose interpretation of the neighborhood, avatars could interact […]

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Cake Shop Again on the Verge of Collapse, Seeks Investors to Keep the Venue Alive

Posted January 8, 2015 at 4:50 am

Cake Shop is now celebrating a decade at 152 Ludlow Street. But its outlook appears rather bleak. Two-and-a-half years after a successful crowdfunding drive that led to a new ten-year lease (via Pledgemusic), the Lower East Side venue is still struggling. In an update to fans on Facebook, ownership divulged that “we are really feeling […]

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The SLA Suspends Darkroom on Ludlow Street, Imposes $22,500 Fine

Posted January 5, 2015 at 5:20 am

City and state agencies had it in for Darkroom at 165 Ludlow Street. The sub-level watering hole has been a constant problem child virtually since its inception over a decade ago. This past October, the Department of Health shuttered the establishment for food-related issues, even though nothing of the sort really happens on premise. The pressure was […]

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Drunken Mob Riots Against Cops on New Year’s Eve in Hell Square [VIDEO]

Last modified January 2, 2015 at 10:36 am

Hell Square on New Year’s Eve was anything but tame. Nothing new for the area, really. Despite the fact that the Lower East Side seemed pretty quiet throughout the holiday week. The next morning, however, we received a couple of reader reports about a small “riot” against 7th Precinct cops on Ludlow Street, yelling obscenities […]

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