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Over at 222 Lafayette Street, Hop in the Truck Wants You To

Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hop in the Truck. No, that’s not a command, rather the working name of a new restaurant that has eyes for the south store of 222 Lafayette Street, which previously operated as a Subway franchise. Principals for the 14-table Vietnamese eatery appeared before Community Board 2 in June for a wine and beer license. The […]

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Vets of Herald Square’s ‘The Liberty’ Seek Basement Bar at 188 Bowery

Posted July 8, 2014 at 5:32 am

Decimation is currently underway on the ground level of 188 Bowery. Until earlier this spring, the large corner space had been home to the Double Win restaurant supply company. Since its departure, though, crews have completely gutted the joint down to a skeleton. The job extends outward to the curb with a mess of traffic […]

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Longtime Local Activist Janet Freeman Honored with Co-Naming at Elizabeth and Kenmare

Posted June 23, 2014 at 10:03 am

The Janet Freeman way was grassroots activism and the endless struggle against the monumental sea change facing the neighborhood. Now the city has honored her as such with a co-named street corner near her old home. “Janet Freeman Way” – the northwest corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets. Yesterday afternoon was the official unveiling of […]

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Crif Dogs Eyeing New Outpost on MacDougal Street

Posted May 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

Around this time last year, we learned that East Village stalwart Crif Dogs wanted to park its Batman-esque truck on the site of Billy’s Antiques. While many were receptive (nay, excited) to the idea, Community Board 2 ultimately killed any chance of it happening. But that apparently did little to deter their intention to expand […]

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Peter Poulakakos Christens ‘Bacchanal’ at 146 Bowery

Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:08 am

Having cleared the State Liquor Authority this month, Peter Poulakakos and partner Dave Oz are ramping up press for their new establishment at 146 Bowery (corner of Broome Street) in the dying lighting district. Known as Bacchanal, the 150-seat venture is considered “a white-tablecloth restaurant without the tablecloths.” Poulakakos hired Veritas vet Scott Bryan to cobble together […]

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CB2 Endorses Permanent Preservation of the Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted February 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

The Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy just cleared its first major hurdle on the track to permanence. Many months of grassroots campaigning netted a win for advocates a couple weeks ago at the full Community Board 2 meeting. Many in the community believe the mid-block sculpture garden is under direct threat from the SPURA […]

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One Final Hearing for the Threatened Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted January 23, 2014 at 6:08 am

Residents of Little Italy are choosing sides between green space and affordable housing. It’s an unusual decision not often faced these days, but an outspoken group of residents has sided with the former. Community Board 2 will weigh in on the matter of Elizabeth Street Garden tonight. As previously reported, the city-owned oasis of artifacts […]

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Lil Charlie’s Ends Its Illegal Basement Operation at Ken & Cook on Kenmare Street

Posted January 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

Caught red-handed, Ken & Cook at 19 Kenmare Street ultimately nixed its illegal basement club, Lil Charlie’s. New Year’s Eve was its last party on premise. Eater had the scoop last week, and reported that the ground-level restaurant will simply expand its operation into the dungeon instead. This will allow for bigger dinner parties and […]

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CB2 Approves Starr Restaurant Group Liquor License for Bowery Steak Joint [UPDATED]

Last modified December 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

The Starr Restaurant Group aims to plant a flag at the landmark Bunker building. As previously reported, the company is in bed with Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm) on the proposed project, reportedly pitched as an “upscale blue collar” steak joint. Whatever that means. We are told plans for the endeavor were met with stiff […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Threatened; Considered for SPURA ‘Affordable Housing’

Posted October 23, 2013 at 5:51 am

That thirty-year-old sculpture garden on Elizabeth Street which so often attracts the gaze of passersby is threatened. Like countless other “green” neighborhood treasures, the city-owned parcel began life as a fallow 20,000 square-foot lot. Its subsequent beautification by the adjacent gallery and the hypergentrification of Little Italy now make the Elizabeth Street Garden a prime […]

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