Mott Street

Eli Zabar and His Son Are Opening a Bakery-Restaurant at Mott and Kenmare

Last modified May 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

Third-generation Zabar descendent, Oliver Zabar, is teaming up with dad Eli for a new concept in Little Italy. The father-son combo is gunning to take over 192 Mott Street, the cornershop last occupied by L’asso pizzeria (they closed last October). Their proposal is simple. This as-yet-unnamed Zabar establishment will become a bakery that doubles as […]

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NYPD: Chinatown Streets Off Limits to ‘Placard Parking’

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is big. The 5th Precinct effectively announced that placard parking in Chinatown is a thing of the past. Flyers began circulating the neighborhood a couple weeks ago stating that streets in the area are a “permit free zone.” Chinatown activist Karlin Chan has been fighting the issue for years. Specifically, drivers who abused the […]

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Facing 25 Years in Prison, Slumlord Steve Croman Spotted in the Wilds of Mott Street

Posted February 6, 2017 at 5:08 am

The above is a blurry photo of reviled landlord Steve Croman entering 221 Mott Street. In the wild. Considering the man is potentially staring down the barrel of twenty-five years in prison, and that he’s allegedly still harassing tenants in his properties via phone calls, this is an intriguing sight. This particular tenement – 221 […]

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Why L’asso Pizza on Mott Street Won’t be Reopening

Posted November 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

There is no hope for L’asso Pizza. After our last article about its sudden demise, the comments section overheated with accusations that the closure was only temporary to correct an alleged “gas leak” at 192 Mott Street. And that the blacked-out signage was graffiti related. Needless to say, the shop remains gated and dormant. It’s […]

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The ‘Nolita Mart’ just went out of Business After 6 Years on Mott Street

Posted September 12, 2016 at 9:33 am

Chinatown apparently didn’t take too kindly to the upscale Nolita Mart on Mott Street. The independent gourmet market-slash-cafe went belly up at the end of August after six years “catering to the responsible urban palate.” “We set out to bring an authentic coffee experience and quality groceries to our friends, and in that we’ve succeeded,” […]

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Mott Street Cycles in Chinatown will Close Shop at the End of the Month

Posted September 9, 2016 at 5:12 am

After six years in Chinatown, Mott Street Cycles is closing shop. Final day in business on its namesake street is September 30. Everything in the store is on sale. “We are embarking on the newest journey for MSC,” owner Corey Ng noted in an Instagram post. “It’s been one hell of a ride and we […]

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Parisi Pot Bust is Apparently Not a First for 4th-Generation Owner Frank Parisi [Updated]

Last modified August 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

The high times are over for Frank Parisi, owner of the legendary Parisi Bakery in Little Italy. He was busted last month for involvement in a $15 million national pot distribution ring. And, as it turns out, pushing product (i.e. dispensary) on the doorstep of 290 Elizabeth Street. (We first started hearing rumors of drug […]

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L’asso Pizza at Mott and Kenmare Reopens After Renovation Period

Posted August 15, 2016 at 5:10 am

L’asso Pizza reopened its Little Italy pizzeria over the steamy weekend. Ownership had previously closed the operation more than a week before to implement “renovations.” Our prior calls to the establishment went unanswered and the business seemed down. Not anymore. Whatever issues the parlor faced were apparently resolved during the extended hiatus. (Except for the […]

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Chinatown Fair Arcade Doc Nabs Weeklong Residency at Metrograph Theater

Posted August 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

Get that sack of quarters ready… Ten months after its premiere at the IFC Center, the indie film about the classic Chinatown Fair Arcade is coming home. To Chinatown, that is. The flick has a weeklong residency at the Metrograph theater on Ludlow Street, beginning tonight. The Lost Arcade dabbles in “technostalgia,” and has been in the works […]

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L’asso Pizza is Closed for More than a Week, and Might Not Reopen

Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:16 am

That popular Keith Haring mural on the Kenmare Street facade of L’asso Pizza may have been a swan song of sorts. The pizzeria has been closed for several consecutive days – including the all-important moneymaker weekend days – with shutters drawn. The only notification to the neighborhood is a hand-printed sign saying they’re closed for […]

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