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Questioning the Rent History at 143 Ludlow; 2 More Longtime Tenants Evicted

Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am

That slap on the wrist naturally didn’t do much to deter the illegal luxury conversion at 143 Ludlow Street. You’ll recall that building owner (and Lower East Side BID board member) Samy Mahfar, amongst other alleged transgressions, constructed a rooftop addition against city code. His actions were widely reported in the hyperlocal media. The now-seven-story […]

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Hotel Ludlow Peels Plywood to Unveil Its Grand Entrance

Posted April 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

Over in Hell Square, the Ludlow Hotel (aka “The Ludlow”) just axed half of its plywood fence and added glass to its Meatpacking-esque awning. The freshly-revealed exterior carries that same faux-old-world feel as its kin on the Bowery (Sean MacPherson is behind both projects). In other Ludlow Hotel news, word came down the pike a […]

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Max Fish Saluted with Jay Shells ‘Rap Quote’ on Ludlow

Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

Prolific artist Jay Shells hit the Lower East Side this week to add another street corner to his wildly popular map of Rap Quotes signs. The junction of East Houston and Ludlow was chosen as muse this time around, in order to commemorate the utterance of Max Fish in the hip-hop canon. Rather timely considering […]

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Local Empire Tackles a Street Peeing Bro in Sketch [VIDEO]

Posted March 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

The call of the (urban) wild was inspiration behind this funny sketch by Local Empire, dubbed “Street Peeing.” Shot in the vein of a narrated nature documentary, the comedy crew follows a bro as he staggers home drunk looking for a place to urinate. This situation is familiar to anyone living or drinking around the […]

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Demolition Starts at Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage Ahead of $4M Makeover

Posted March 27, 2014 at 5:19 am

With news of SPURA and Essex Crossing on the brain of late, it’s worth revisiting the municipal parking garage straddling Ludlow and Essex Streets. After all, a 1970s style facility doesn’t really fit in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, so it too must react in kind. Even though the scaffolding and netting was installed months ago, […]

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CB3 Full Board Affirms Denial of ‘Beastie Boys Square’; LeRoy McCarthy Vows to Fight for the Right

Last modified March 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Not surprisingly, LeRoy McCarthy’s media-friendly fight to co-name Ludlow and Rivington Streets “Beastie Boys Square” pretty much lost all momentum last night. During its monthly proceedings, the full board of Community Board 3 voted to ratify the denial levied by the transportation subcommittee a couple weeks ago. And it was a close call, with a […]

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SLA Approves Sweet Chick for Full Liquor at Old Max Fish Spot on Ludlow

Posted March 26, 2014 at 6:03 am

For better or worse, Sweet Chick just hatched in Hell Square. The Brooklyn-based chicken-and-waffles joint scored a State Liquor Authority reconsideration, and was ultimately successful in obtaining a full liquor license yesterday afternoon. This, after the board initially denied the application for the former Max Fish space last August. The majority of residents at 176-178 […]

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Op-Ed: Of Pizza and the LES, or How I Spend My $2.50

Last modified July 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

There is no love like the first way-too-hot crunchy, chewy, cheesy, greasy bite of pizza. Healthy food is all well and good, but when you need sustenance to make it through the day or night, you sometimes just need a slice. Or five. So, I give you my four favorite Pizzerias east of Bowery and […]

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Concern Grows Over Sweet Chick and Fire Hazard Exhaust System at Old Max Fish Space on Ludlow

Last modified March 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

Sweet Chick was apparently undeterred by the uncharacteristic liquor license denial (grandfathered license) back in December by the State Liquor Authority. Indeed, the kitchsy chicken-and-waffles joint still plans on opening an outpost on the Lower East Side, which would be location number two for the Brooklyn-based establishment. As previously noted, the eatery is moving into the […]

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Con Artist Gallery Launches Artist Residency Program; Throws Party To Celebrate

Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

The Con Artist collective now has its very own Artist Residency Program, called EPIC EPOCH. One lucky artist will receive three months of fully funded live and work space, culminating with a two-week solo show at the gallery.  Additionally, there are a bunch of opportunities to to incent the creative; 6 artists will be selected for participation in group […]

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