Rivington Street


Art Lounge Debuts at 174 Rivington Street, Replacing Red Velvet

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

There is a new art-themed bar that soft-launched at 174 Rivington Street this week, thereby replacing Red Velvet. The newcomer took the address as its namesake. 174 Rivington Bar – opened by Luca Carucci and Joseph Peraino – is filling the shoes of a problem predecessor. Red Velvet previously held court here for nearly five […]

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Steve Croman, Photo: Daily News

City and State Join Forces to Combat Landlords Who Harass Rent Stabilized Tenants

Posted February 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

It’s about time. The powers-that-be are finally beginning to take notice and address the very serious matter of the city’s worst landlords. You know, the Mahfars, Cromans, Shaouls, Singers, Kushners, and Misrahis of the world. These men represent an undercurrent of greed, and are allegedly responsible for some heinous harassment of tenants. And now the […]

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The Founder of Economy Candy Died Yesterday at the Age of 97

Posted February 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

Some sour news for the sweet tooth set. Morris “Moishe” Cohen, who founded the historic Economy Candy nearly eighty years ago, passed yesterday morning. He was 97-years-old. Cause of death is unknown at the moment. “It is with great sadness and fond memories that we share with the Economy Candy family that we lost Morris […]

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An Open Letter from the Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance to SMA Equities [Op-Ed]

Posted February 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance is saddened to see that SMA Equities (i.e. Samy Mahfar), which has severely disrupted our lives, has once again tried to cloak their activities as “improvements.” We believe that they have denied leases to long-term tenants, disrupted basic services at unheard of levels, exposed some tenants to potentially toxic lead dust, and broken […]

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Documentary About Streit’s Matzo Scores Festival Run Just Before the Lower East Side Departure

Posted January 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

The Streit’s Matzo factory only has a few months left on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood it called home for ninety years. After Passover – concluding April 11 – it’s all she wrote. In the end, it was filmmaker Michael Levine and producer Michael Green who chronicled the final years of the matzo-makers at […]

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LES Storm Crime Notes: Man Shot 4 Times in the Back on Rivington Street, Cops Shoot Knife-Wielding Suspect in Vladecks

Posted January 27, 2015 at 10:39 am

While the city was forced to close yesterday due to an over-hyped “blizzard” situation, crime found a way. Two separate incidents transpired mere hours apart that had the 7th Precinct pretty busy. At around 7pm last night, a 22-year-old man was approached from behind and shot four times in the back outside 203 Rivington Street. […]


Fat Albert is Outside Fat Baby Skewering Bill Cosby

Posted January 27, 2015 at 8:26 am

Rivington Street is now lampooning disgraced comedian Bill Cosby. It’s classic. In response to the numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault, one street artist invoked Fat Albert in a wheat-paste placement outside Fat Baby (coincidence?). The pithy paster employs Albert’s token saying, alongside the note, “Hey, hey, hey … Bill just admit it.” The […]

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Samy Mahfar renovation of 210 Rivington, July 2014

Samy Mahfar Attempts Buyout of Family Whose Son was Hospitalized from Toxic Lead Exposure at 210 Rivington Street

Posted January 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

The nascent Mahfar Tenants Coaltion definitely has momentum on its side in fighting the controversial landlord. Samy Mahfar and his SMA Equities remain on the warpath of snapping up Lower East Side tenements, and converting to luxury at the expense of tenants. The struggle in recent months was sparked at 102 Norfolk Street, but quickly […]

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For Streit’s Matzo, Decision to Sell Was ‘Most Difficult Decision Our Family Has Made in our Entire Lifetimes’

Posted January 8, 2015 at 5:22 am

Yesterday afternoon, Streit’s Matzo addressed the impending sale of its factory headquarters at 148-154 Rivington Street, and subsequent move from the Lower East Side. It’s a turn of events that has elicited plenty of public outcry worldwide. Their poignant statement was made via Facebook post: As some of you may have already heard we are […]

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More on the Departure of Streit’s Matzo from the Lower East Side

Posted January 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

To be honest, we’re still in shock about the bombshell news yesterday that Streit’s Matzo is departing the Lower East Side come springtime. We’re told that running the tenement factory is no longer economically feasible in the current location (i.e. archane equipment not easily serviceable, the changing business) and that it’s now under contract to […]

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