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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 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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Rob Shamlian Admits that Fat Baby is for Sale ‘When the Right Offer Comes Along’

Posted January 6, 2015 at 5:23 am

The Hell Square empire of Rob Shamlian is crumbling bar by bar. That much we’ve chronicled these last few months. When word broke yesterday that, not only Spitzer’s Corner and Los Feliz were for sale, but that The Derby was as well, the controversial nightlife impresario confirmed that he’s all but finished with the neighborhood. He’s […]

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Exclusive: Streit’s Matzo Factory is Under Contract and Leaving the Lower East Side this Spring

Last modified January 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

Devastating news from Rivington Street today. Streit’s Matzo Factory – the fifth generation family business and neighborhood anchor for nearly a century – is departing the Lower East Side for good this spring. It’s an extremely heartbreaking turn of events, and we’re reeling. The following dispatch was sent to us this morning by filmmaker Michael Levine, […]

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Maison Kitsuné is Opening Its 2nd NYC Shop on Rivington Street

Posted December 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

That cutesy pink exterior at Rivington Street was painted black last week. After sitting on the open market for three months, the indie fashion aesthetic of Cutie Room just gave way to something more upscale preppy. Maison Kitsuné – the French-Japanese record label-slash-fashion hybrid – is opening a “unique retail experience” here in the coming […]

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Spiritual America Boutique Quits 5 Rivington Street

Posted December 22, 2014 at 5:35 am

Spiritual America followed its Lower East Side address-mate Cutie Room into the dark oblivion, having closed up shop last week. Last month was its three-year anniversay at 5 Rivington Street; this month is a bit less celebratory. The women’s boutique shuttered without much announcement to the neighborhood. Its window leafing – somewhat scraped off – […]

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Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie’ Filming on Rivington Street Today

Posted December 10, 2014 at 10:03 am

For the second day in a row, the same Hell Square intersection will host more filming activities. Today, the immediate vicinity of Orchard and Rivington Streets will be setting for a Nurse Jackie shoot. Nurse Jackie first premiered on Showtime back in 2009. Local production for the seventh and final season kicked off earlier this fall. […]

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Mazeish to Bring ‘Persian Mediterranean’ Cuisine to the Former Pok Pok Space on Rivington

Posted December 10, 2014 at 5:33 am

Chef-owner Andy Ricker packed up Pok Pok Phat Thai back in September, and relocated the business from the Lower East Side to a much larger space in Brooklyn. It’s the natural trajectory these days. Well, not long after the departure from 137 Rivington Street, butcher paper was placed in the windows of the sub-level store. […]

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