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Streit’s Documentary is a Smash, Extended 2 More Weeks at Film Forum

Last modified April 29, 2016 at 7:25 am

The numbers are in, and the critically acclaimed documentary about Streit’s Matzo was a home run. In its short one-week residency at the Film Forum, intended to coincide with Passover, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream surpassed expectations. It became the highest grossing film at the movie house this past week. Due to the success, daily […]

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Wolfnights Closes for Renovations to Expand its Footprint

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:18 am

​Five-year-old Wolfnights closed down its corner restaurant at 99 Rivington Street for renovations this week. For real, though. Paper is in the windows and its marquee signage stripped from the exterior. The new-and-improved wrap joint should reopen, along with its nascent annex, come Friday. What’s strange about this job, however, is that the sidecar space – the […]

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On its Final Night, Streit’s Doc Aims for Added Screenings Across the City

Posted April 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

It seems the new documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, really struck a chord with local audiences. On the last day of its run at the Film Forum, filmmaker Michael Levine tells us that it’s been a great success. The screenings were all full. “Shows have been packed the last few days, which was […]

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Rivington House Roundup: City Council to Hold Hearing Next Month, AG Schneiderman Alleges He was Misled

Posted April 26, 2016 at 5:12 am

The torrent of Rivington House headlines continues this week following the bombshell news that the Mayor’s administration knew about, and tried to reverse, the $16.1 million deed-lift that led to sale of the former HIV/AIDS nursing home. This scandal just keeps snowballing. Here are some updates… The City Council is expected to hold a hearing […]

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Report: De Blasio Administration Knew About and Tried to Undo Rivington House Deed Lifting

Posted April 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

This should surprise no one, and equally boil the blood. It appears the Mayor knew all along… Officials in the highest levels of the de Blasio Administration not only knew about, but tried to reverse, the controversial nursing home flip at the Rivington House this year. The New York Post broke the news in a […]

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Even the Mayor Didn’t Care About the Departure of Streit’s Matzo from the Lower East Side [VIDEO]

Posted April 22, 2016 at 11:37 am

Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, filmmaker Michael Levine’s documentary about the venerable family-owned matzo company that called the Lower East Side home for 90 years until 2015, arrived in theaters this week. Just in time for Passover. The film secured a week-long residency here at Film Forum, and is already racking up accolades (e.g. […]

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This is the Glassy Condo Building Replacing Streit’s Matzo on Rivington Street

Posted April 22, 2016 at 8:59 am

Here now, on the eve of Passover, a glimpse at what will replace the former Streit’s Matzo factory on Rivington Street. In a johnny-come-lately story published by the New York Times about the Ben Shaoul mega-condo at 196 Orchard Street (“You call it gentrification, I call it ‘cleaning it up,’”), author Ronda Kaysen ends with a bit about […]

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2 Rivington Street Properties Adjacent to Allen Street Mall on the Auction Block for $11M+

Posted April 22, 2016 at 5:14 am

The bones of a stalled Lower East Side hotel development are being picked apart piecemeal. DAB Group’s dream is done. As part of the overall failure of the Allen Street Hotel on its backside, two adjacent properties on Rivington Street are similarly up for auction. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge is soliciting bids, via Eastern […]

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This Passover, the Streit’s Matzo Box is Forever Changed

Posted April 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

Here’s our fifth question… Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? The simple answer is that the unleavened bread we eat this year has lost its Lower East Side connection. Indeed, the familiar Streit’s Matzo box sitting on your supermarket shelf now boasts an unfamiliar address. Gone is the text pimping 148-154 Rivington […]

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Two Men Were Stabbed Outside Fat Baby this Weekend [UPDATED]

Last modified April 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

​Fat Baby is one of the establishments that lends credence the name Hell Square. A total blight, this place is. Its quality-of-life infractions, not to mention code violations and issues with the State Liquor Authority, are myriad. Early Sunday morning, just as the Rivington Street club was closing down, the situation outside apparently turned violent. […]