Rivington Street


Schapiro’s Bar Looks to be Donezo After 3 Years on Rivington Street

Last modified August 8, 2016 at 7:23 am

The departure of Nitecap from the basement of Rivington Street was seemingly the first sign of troubled waters. This piggybacking basement lounge – run by Alex Day, Natasha David, and David Kaplan – relocated down the block to bar 151 (which they owned) last month. Now the upstairs establishment is likewise out. Schapiro’s is donezo. […]

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One Last Look Inside the Streit’s Matzo Factory Before it’s Gone Forever [PHOTOS]

Posted August 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

To peer into the Streit’s Matzo factory these days is an eerie sight. The nose is no longer tickled by the sublime scents of baking dough, but rather assaulted by the musty onslaught of crumbled brick and cement. It feels very much like a spooky graveyard. Demolition of the century-old buildings comprising 148-152 Rivington Street […]

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Stringer’s Rivington House Probe is a Slap on the Wrist for de Blasio

Posted August 2, 2016 at 5:10 am

City Controller Scott Stringer’s office yesterday released findings from its probe of the Rivington House debacle. In short, the findings fall short of full rebuke, essentially allowing the administration to get off with naught but a slap on the wrist. The report wasn’t quite as scathing as the Department of Investigation results of same (and […]

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This is the Bombshell Rivington House Deal Memo the de Blasio Administration Tried to Cover up

Posted July 27, 2016 at 10:02 am

The Department of Investigation, whose scathing report last week proved a mishandling by the de Blasio Administration in the Rivington House deed fiasco, released evidence late yesterday that the Mayor’s office deliberately covered up crucial information regarding the ongoing investigation. Specifically, a deal memo from July 2014 that weighed the pros and cons of allowing the […]

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ABC No Rio Demolition Approved by the City Yesterday

Posted July 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

It’s another historic moment for ABC No Rio, currently in exile as it awaits its future. The city issued permits yesterday for the full demolition of the four-story tenement building at 156 Rivington Street, easily one of the last vestiges of Lower East Side punk. Until the wrecking crew is mobilized, however, ABC No Rio remains […]

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Rivington House Activists Reject Mayor’s Proposed Compensation, Demand ‘Care not Condos’

Posted July 21, 2016 at 5:12 am

Grassroots group, Neighbors to Save Rivington House, released the following press release this week in response to the Department of Investigation findings over the Rivington House debacle. The organization is led by Kathleen Webster, who is also part of the Sara D. Roosevelt Coalition. From the mailbag: Neighbors To Save Rivington House is grateful to […]

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Nitecap to Reopen Tomorrow Down the Block in Bar 151 Space

Posted July 20, 2016 at 5:19 am

The cocktail den beneath Schapiro’s – Nitecap – just announced its move down the block to the basement of 151 Rivington Street. Ownership closed the establishment last week, and plans on reopening in the new space, heretofore occupied by 151, tomorrow evening. They had been at this address for two years. A sign atop the […]

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They Knew About the Rivington House Deal, but Just Didn’t Care

Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

More roundup… The Department of Investigations last week issued their scathing report on the Rivington House scandal, the former AIDS home now becoming luxury condos. A total shitshow from top to bottom. Even though no criminal activity is thought to have occurred (in their eyes), the agency repeatedly found fault with the actions and, at […]

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Demolition of Streit's begins

After 90 Years on the Block, the Streit’s Matzo Factory Buildings Getting Demolished

Posted July 12, 2016 at 5:12 am

Unleavened past, unaffordable future. That should be the tagline at 150 Rivington Street. After months of speculation and released renderings, the Streit’s Matzo Factory, on the block for decades, is now officially coming down. Sidewalk bridge, rat-baiting stations, and other pre-demolition appendages have been threatening as much since Passover. The above image was submitted by a […]

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Rivington House Roundup: Everyone Seemed to Know but the Mayor

Posted July 8, 2016 at 5:17 am

More and more revelations this month about how City Hall officials seemed more aware of the Rivington House fiasco than Mayor de Blasio himself. Here’s a roundup of stories, in case you missed from before the holiday… The city’s Human Resources Administration inquired about Rivington House more than a year before the blockbuster $116 million […]

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