Rutgers Street

Playing Stickball on Rutgers Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

It was like walking into an old black-and-white photograph. A game of stickball on the street – outside Rutgers Houses – with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. A fleeting moment of old school Lower East Side. The Saturday afternoon block party was a NYCHA event complete with cookout, music, and tables of advertising.

Filed Under

The Secret of the Ooze (or, Why this Rutgers Street Playground is Closed

Posted January 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

A mysterious substance leak from a restaurant on East Broadway has sidelined the Captain Jacob Joseph Playground until further notice. The pocket park was gated and locked last week, with signs to that effect arriving shortly thereafter. Apparently an unknown kitchen “grease” oozed into the play area. Equally unknown is the restaurant in question, though […]

Filed Under

Humping on the LES (or How the DOT Installed New Area Speed Bumps)

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

Two sidestreets on the Lower East Side are recipients of speed bumps this month. Rutgers Slip, just above South Street, acts as an exit ramp of sorts for motorists coming from the FDR Drive/South Street. Cars tend to speed away northbound after turning onto the narrow street. The new road hump should deter that. In […]

Filed Under

In Which an LES Dollar Store Becomes Host to ‘Bookshop’ for Badlands Unlimited

Posted February 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

The non-descript Y.P. dollar store on Rutgers Street is what you might expect. A below-grade discount shop that stocks all the usual Chinatown essentials, from toiletries to secrond-rate electronic components. And, as of last week, books from publisher Badlands Unlimited. Mr. and Mrs. Yu have operated Y.P. for years. It’s a reliable standby on the […]

Filed Under

Art

Senator Squadron Hails New Rutgers Houses Sidewalk and Updated Security at Baruch Addition

Posted October 21, 2015 at 5:16 am

Rarely does a sidewalk attract so much political attention. But, nevertheless, here we are twice in the last two months (counting the Allen Street Mall, of course). Monday morning, the concrete outside the Rutgers Houses was turned into a photo op for the electeds. Namely, State Senator Squadron who celebrated its replacement. The sidewalks around the […]

Filed Under

More on the Fire that Took out a Rutgers Street Laundromat

Posted September 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

Shortly after 7am on Wednesday morning, a plume of smoke engulfed Rutgers Street. The laundromat near the corner of Madison Street – Emily’s (Love Beauty) Laundromat – caught fire. A brigade of firefighters arrived almost immediately; gawkers took pictures, some still in pajamas ready to leave if need be. Two hours later, the flames were extinguished. […]

Early Morning Fire Breaks Out in Laundromat on Rutgers Street

Last modified September 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

 Firefighters are currently battling a blaze at 32 Rutgers Street, a one-story commercial building just north of Madison. Emily’s Laundromat is in the ground level of the building. The corner is crowded as all hell while dozens are headed to work. Ladders are out, saws in action, and water flowing. The fire has been smoldering for […]

Rice Noodle Cart Returns to Rutgers Street After Hiatus

Posted August 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

As roadwork eases in Straus Square, a morning institution returns to Rutgers Street. The uber-popular Chinese “Rice Noodle Cart” – long a mainstay at the corner of East Broadway – resumed service on Wednesday morning. Its designated sidewalk square had been gobbled up as part of the staging area for the reconstruction of Straus Square, […]

Filed Under

Elusive Extell Refuses to Confirm Building Heights of One Manhattan Square, and Other Updates

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm

Extell Development Corp. and project management firm LendLease visited the community last night to discuss the two sky-scraping towers it’s constructing along the Lower East Side waterfront. The developer has committed to holding quarterly meetings to update the neighborhood on the latest info, and potentially allay the rampant fears in the aftermath. Local politicians and […]

Filed Under

Stores on East 4th Vulnerable to Cooper Square MHA Tax Hike; Keshav Music Departs to Rutgers Street

Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:44 am

The music is no longer playing at 67 East Fourth Street. Within the last few weeks, Keshav Music Imports shuttered and relocated way south to 24 Rutgers. A handwritten note directs customers to the new, much larger (900 square-feet) Lower East Side outpost. There’s a much deeper story here on Fourth Street, though. One that […]

Filed Under