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DIY: Make Your Own Future Band Flyers for ABC No Rio’s Final Exhibit

Posted May 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

You know all of those wouldn’t-it-be-great band names that you’ve come up with when you are in a slightly “altered” state? Here’s your chance to create that band. Well, sort of. ABC No Rio has been the host for many a hardcore punk band in the past. But their makeshift creative space, carved out of […]

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Tell Mayor de Blasio to Reverse the Rivington House Deal [PETITION]

Last modified May 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

It’s not enough that Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation to prevent another Rivington House situation from happening. Or that our public officials continue to assert that the deed restriction process will require more scrutiny in the future. Here’s what needs to happen: the $116 million deal needs to be rescinded, the lifted deed reinstated, and […]

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City Marshal Comes for Calexico 9 Months After Closure; Croman Wants $12,500 for the Space

Posted May 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

For the first time in forever, the roll-down security gates are open at 153 Rivington Street. The shutters have been perennially – more or less – closed since Calexico faded from the commercial landscape last July. Pasted to the window is the familiar computer-printed City Marshal seizure notice. The order was issued last week; better […]

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Pols Line up Behind Legislation Aimed at Preventing Another Rivington House

Posted May 26, 2016 at 5:12 am

As the Rivington House scandal continues to snowball and affect Mayor de Blasio’s footing, local politicians are now lining up to prevent the next such boondoggle from happening. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, alongside Borough President Gale Brewer, introduced new legislation yesterday that would reform the city’s practices concerning deed restrictions. The process – namely, a deed […]

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Visiting the Intersection of Hardcore Punk and Architecture at ABC No Rio

Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

Before the interwebs and before PayPal, if you wanted to hear an underground band or read a fanzine about them, you did it the old-fashioned way: sending an envelope with a check or cash to the band’s address. More often than not, the address on that envelope was the home of one of the band […]

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Rivington House Roundup: More Administration Officials Knew About the Deal, but Mayor Still Denies

Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:13 am

How is it that several in his inner circle knew about the shady Rivington House deed deal, except for Mayor de Blasio himself? It seems like every week another headline is written claiming a “top aide” possessed knowledge of what was happening, namely that the deed to keep the space a nonprofit would be lifted for […]

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Photo: Henry Furman (@henrycfurman)

In Which BMXers Own this Mulch Pile on Rivington Street

Posted May 20, 2016 at 9:16 am

If there’s one thing you learn living on the Lower East Side, it’s that random street furniture and discarded items take on ancillary uses. For instance, a staging area for East Houston roadwork becoming a makeshift gym for one local, or skateboarders doing ollies. Here’s a new one, though. BMXers converting a mulch pile within […]

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ABC No Rio is Headed into Exile Next Month Ahead of its New ‘Passive House’ on Rivington Street

Posted May 17, 2016 at 5:17 am

ABC No Rio is officially going into exile next month to prepare for the next chapter in its life. Nearly seven years after learning that the punk haven – founded in 1980 – is slated for a fancy new replacement facility at 156 Rivington Street, the wrecking ball is on the way. Final shows are planned, […]

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CB3 Approves Serafina for Rivington; Chinatown Fights Against Le Baron Replacement

Last modified May 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Italian cuisine will remain at 98 Rivington Street, as Serafina scored its approval. And Chinatown is against whatever Le Baron replacement Ron Castellano has up his sleeve. Those are the dual headlines from last night’s SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3. The gathering was mind-numbing, as per usual, with the added benefit of a […]

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Rivington House Roundup: City Council Grills Agency Responsible for Deed Lifting

Posted May 16, 2016 at 5:10 am

City Council on Friday afternoon grilled Lisette Camilo, the commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, regarding the controversial deed nullification that led to the $116 million Rivington House boondoggle. Of course, she couldn’t speak about the deal – one that fleeced our community of essential services – because it’s under investigation by the […]

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