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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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Los Feliz Reopens After Being Raided by the 7th Precinct Last Week

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

Los Feliz is back open on Ludlow Street. The 7th Precinct raided Rob Shamlian’s four-year-old establishment last week on a “nuisance and abatement” bust. Some are speculating it’s underage serving. This full-court police press arrived on a rather quiet Thursday evening. It remained closed in the interim. But shielded itself from the proverbial egg on […]

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Los Feliz Raided by the NYPD Last Night, Closed by Court Order [UPDATED]

Last modified March 3, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Perhaps it was the flashpoint story in the New York Post yesterday about grassroots Hell Square activism. Or simply just another day at the office. Either way, controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian can’t be too thrilled this morning. Los Feliz was raided in an undercover op last night. Familiar territory for this club, which has […]

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Busted Water Main Forces Taquitoria on Ludlow Street to Close

Posted February 26, 2015 at 5:08 am

The year-old Taquitoria at 168 Ludlow Street is out of commission until further notice. Blame the recent spat of tundra temperatures. Apparently a pipe burst in the building last week, causing flooding in the tiny late-night eatery. The handwritten sign in the window serves as announcement. A Facebook post reveals that Taquitoria will remain shuttered until […]

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Rumor: SoHo House Buys Libation Building On Ludlow Street for $12.5M

Posted February 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

Rumor has it SoHo House just increased its Lower East Side holdings. SoHo House is still in the infant stage of converting the majestic 139 Ludlow Street to its newest members-only outpost. Demolition teams are inside on the regular, basically drilling the old foundation and pouring the new. It’s a huge job. A rooftop addition (what […]

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New York Post Brands LES Dwellers as ‘Party Killers of the Lower East Side’

Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

Whether owner of the rowdy bar or simply the neighbor upstairs, think what you will of the LES Dwellers. Bottom line is, though, that this grassroots block association has grown fairly powerful (nay, prominent) in its first few years. Those who have taken advantage of the system, including members of Community Board 3 (i.e. David […]

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Maybelline is Filming a Commercial in Hell Square Today

Posted February 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

Guess that urine-soaked grime of Hell Square is appealing enough to Maybelline to help sell cosmetics and such. The makeup brand is to occupy the embattled area later today to shoot a commercial. The area is cordoned off with the requisite traffic cones and filming signs. Is the latest foundation line called “vomit crust”?

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